Women's History Month
UPlan Presentation 2023
Join the Provost’s Book Club during Black History Month in February
The theme for Black History Month 2024 at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is “Celebrating Black Experiences: Arts, Literature and More.” Members of the USask community are welcome to join the Provost’s Book Club, which will meet on three Wednesdays from 12 noon – 1 pm during the month of February.
Building on the momentum from 2022 and 2023, book club attendees will continue to read and discuss selections from the 55+ sections of The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology, edited by Karina Vernon. The ebook version is available from the University Library, and hard copies of the anthology can be purchased through the Shop USask Bookstore.
Book club schedule and readings
Book club members can join the gatherings in person or online via Zoom. Registration is not required in advance. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and retirees are welcome to attend one, two, or all three weekly sessions. Please note that there will be no book club gathering during USask’s Winter Mid-Term Break, which is scheduled from Feb. 19 to Feb. 23, 2024.
FEB. 7, 2024
12 noon - 1 pm: PMB 206 (Peter MacKinnon Building)
Host: Natalya Mason, community engagement specialist, Division of Social Accountability, College of Medicine
- “Mulatto Nation” by Marika Warner, p. 467
- “The Drinking Gourd: Three Tales” by Miranda Martini, p. 541
- Between: Living in the Hyphen by Anne Marie Nakagawa (National Film Board of Canada)
- “Grey” by Khodi Dill, p. 495
- “Grey” by Khodi Dill – live performance
FEB. 14, 2024
12 noon – 1 pm: Admin C210 (Administration Building)
Host: Deputy Provost Patti McDougall, with book editor Karina Vernon to join this session
- Letters by Mildred Jane Lewis Ware, p. 50
FEB. 28, 2024
12 noon – 1 pm: Admin C210 (Administration Building)
Host: Provost and Vice-President Academic Airini
- “I can” by Wakefield Brewster, p. 380
Dec. 6 is The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is observed annually in Canada on December 6.
Content warning: The text below discusses gender-based violence and gun violence.
On this day in 1989, 14 young women were murdered at Polytechnique Montréal in an act of gender-based violence that shocked Canadians from coast to coast. Known as the Montreal Massacre, this brutal act of femicide exposed the extreme ways in which hatred based on gender identity can manifest.
The mourning continues as does the remembrance of those who died. This violent act of misogyny led the Canadian Parliament to officially designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
While the tragedy at Polytechnique Montréal occurred 34 years ago, gender-based violence remains a significant issue in our province, in our country, and around the world. Women, girls, and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community continue to face discrimination and violence in many forms.
Today is a time to honour and remember all those who have experienced gender-based violence. It is also a time for us to take action.
Learning: Guidance is available on speaking out against gender-based violence and against discrimination in all its forms. Here is one example: 16 ways to end gender-based violence.
Solidarity: The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is informally called White Ribbon Day, and wearing a white ribbon is a symbol of a shared commitment to ending gender-based violence. Across the country there is a ‘rolling’ observing of a moment of silence at 11 am.
Policy and procedures: USask is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and positive environment in which any form of sexual assault and sexual misconduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The USask Sexual Assault Prevention Policy and its corresponding procedures provide a framework and firm commitment to prevention, education, awareness, and to fostering engagement from the university community to enable its members to recognize and to help prevent sexual assault and sexual misconduct on campus. All members of the USask community have a right to work, live, and study in an environment that is free from any form of sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct. The procedures and a response protocol have been developed for incidents of sexual assault and sexual misconduct at USask. The USask community is committed to creating safe spaces free of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. This commitment extends to addressing incidents of sexual assault or sexual misconduct and creating a safe environment for reporting.
Disclosing or raising a concern or complaint: If you are experiencing workplace incivility, harassment, or discrimination, advice is available. Students can contact Student Affairs and Outreach by calling 306-966-5757 or by booking an appointment online. To book a mental health intake, students can call 306-966-5768 or visit the Student Wellness Centre. For after-hours support, please contact Saskatoon Mobile Crisis at 306-933-6200 or Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566. USask offers a safe and confidential environment to raise and discuss matters of discrimination and harassment through Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services (DHPS), which is available by calling 306-966-4936 or by filling out a complaint form. Additionally, faculty and staff can contact their Human Resources Strategic Business Advisor (SBA). The Conflict Engagement Specialist (CES) is also available to students, faculty, and staff. A list of additional resources, both on and off campus, can be accessed online.
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women reminds us of the victims more than three decades ago, and that more actions are needed today to end gender-based violence. The USask community believes in the principles of diversity, equality, and human dignity and is committed to acting in accordance with the values of inclusiveness and respect.
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