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USask’s master of Indigenous Land-Based Education program celebrates first graduates –

Nov 14, 2023

Sixteen honoured at fall convocation.

SASKATOON – Sixteen graduates of the Master of Indigenous Land-based Education (MILBE) program received their diplomas from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) at Fall Convocation on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at Merlis Belsher Place.

Launched in 2022 by the College of Education, the MILBE degree is unique in North America and provides educators with a knowledge base in Indigenous teachings, restoring connections to the land which have been severed through colonization.

Developed by Dr. Alex Wilson (EdD), member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation and professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, the program is rooted in Indigenous worldview and frameworks, taught primarily by Indigenous faculty, and offered in partnership with Indigenous communities. It blends field and online courses and concludes with students completing a community capstone project. Its structure accommodates teachers who are unable to leave their communities during the regular school year.

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