The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and the Saskatchewan First Nations Women’s Commission (SFNWC) of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
In a press release sent Friday afternoon, both parties said the agreement will help support Indigenous research. Specifically, the MOU will see pewaseskwan, the university’s Indigenous wellness research group, work with the FSIN to ensure that research involving First Nations communities benefits those communities. Both parties will also endeavor to ensure their leadership in the field of research. The partnership will also explore opportunities for collaboration in academic and community-based research, particularly in the areas of Indigenous cultural expression, health and well-being, environmental conservation and stewardship, and food sovereignty.
FSIN Deputy Chief Aly Bear welcomes the opportunities this deal presents.
“We are thrilled to partner with the pewaseskwan research team as we collaborate to ensure that research on First Nations communities is community-led, respects our cultural values, and helps create a future that our communities are working towards.” “, she said.
Dr. Alexandra King, Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness who co-directs pewaseskwan, told the Indigenous research group that the agreement is important.
“This is an important step in our partnership with the FSIN. We look forward to strengthening our research with First Nations communities and working with SFNWC, we will be able to pursue culturally safe and community-led opportunities,” she said.