Our Commitment to Reconciliation

2018 Indigenous Governance Symposium

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School is located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territories, the lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda, Dene, Nakota, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

As a policy school committed to respecting and uplifting Indigenous nations, we pay our respect to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. We make this acknowledgement an act of our genuine commitment to truth and reconciliation.

May we continue working with First Nations and Métis governments and communities when called upon to support their need for capacity building, and with non-Indigenous governments to provide ongoing education and development for public servants in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action #57.

For aspiring public servants, we commit to ensuring you leave your program with cultural and historical awareness, Indigenous governance knowledge, and the ability to work with all in a good way.

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Policy decisions have a transformational impact on the people they are meant to serve—now and in the future.

As current and future change-makers in your community, having both western and traditional policy knowledge is fundamental for supporting and advancing sustainable progress and improving quality of life. Join the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and learn to think strategically, apply evidence-based approaches, build relationships, and harness diverse perspectives and ways of understanding. JSGS can help you build your career and make an impact in your community.

JSGS is committed to and invested in your success.

Every year we welcome new graduate students who are eager to immerse themselves in critical learning and grow as policy professionals. From communities such as Opaskwayak Cree Nation, to Saskatoon, to Ottawa, and Accra (Ghana), you all join the JSGS community with a common purpose to expand your policy understanding. Our staff, faculty, executives-in-residence, and leadership care about and support your success through collaboration, guidance, and program counselling. Here, you will benefit from smaller class sizes (max 30 students) designed to build personal connections and life-long networks with your peers and instructors. You will learn in a culturally inclusive environment that supports your well-being and growth. You will also be exposed to local, regional and national policy leaders, elders and knowledge keepers, and thought leaders from across sectors to help broaden your perspective.

“JSGS’s programs provide Indigenous students with the education necessary to become the type of leaders we need in the North. They help enhance our innate desire for sustaining and protecting the things that make us Indigenous—our lands, our communities, and the unique needs of our people—and equip us with the skills to become key decision makers in policy and development.”

- Jillian Senécal, Master of Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas student, and Member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation

JSGS offers world-class and relevant programming that addresses community-based needs.

First Nations University of Canada, UiT the Arctic University of Norway, and JSGS together offer programs that build Indigenous leadership and governance capacity in Saskatchewan and throughout the circumpolar north. We offer a range of programming to meet you where you are in your career: professional and research-based graduate programs, three-course certificates (some can be counted towards a graduate degree), and non-credit executive programs and workshops. Some programs have online options that allow you to study right from your community. Our blend of in-person and online program options provides the flexibility to choose the programming that works best for you and your life. JSGS supports a student’s whole career cycle and can help you find funding to pursue your academic goals.