Keynote Speakers

Carol LaFayette-Boyd

Head and shoulders portrait of Carol Lafayette-Boyd

Carol LaFayette-Boyd grew up on a farm but moved to Regina with her family in 1956 at the age of 14. She was the only Black student attending Sheldon-Williams Collegiate where she participated in a variety of sports including track and field. She decided to follow in her sister, Vera’s footsteps and studied psychiatric nursing at the Saskatchewan Hospital – Weyburn. Currently, she is the Executive Director at the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum. more

  • Date: Feb. 10, 2022
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am

Robyn Maynard

Head and shoulders portrait of Robyn Maynard.

Robyn Maynard is a Toronto based author and scholar. She is the author of Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present (Fernwood 2017). The book is a  national bestseller, designated as one of the “best 100 books of 2017” by the Hill Times, listed in The Walrus‘s “best books of 2018”, shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award, the Concordia University First Book Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction, and the winner of the 2017 Annual Errol Morris Book Prize. more

  • Date: Feb. 17, 2022
  • Time: 7 pm

Robyn Maynard's keynote address was not recorded.


Carol LaFayette-Boyd

Early History of African Descent People in Saskatchewan

This slideshow will present images collected and preserved by the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum that reflect the history of early Black settlers in Saskatchewan, as well as provide insight into the purpose and mandate of the museum.

Organized by the University of Saskatchewan

Robyn Maynard, University of Toronto
Introduction by Peter Stoicheff, President of the University of Saskatchewan

Policing Black Lives 5 Years Later: On the limitations of reform, and the expansive terrain of liberation

  • Date: Feb. 17, 2022
  • Time: 7 pm
  • This keynote address was not recorded.

Organized by the University of Saskatchewan

Inclusive Excellence: A virtual fireside chat in Black History Month about what helps or hinders universities committed to inclusivity and academic excellence.

How shall we address the cumulative impacts of biases and inequalities that have stood in the way of inclusive excellence? Through the USask University Plan 2025 we committed together to diversifying our faculty and student complement, enriching the academic community at the USask, and building a more inclusive environment for all members of this community. Most recently we committed to the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education, which President Stoicheff signed on behalf of USask in Dec 2021. What could happen and is happening for inclusive excellence at universities?

Dr. Airini (Provost and Vice-President Academic) and Dr. Erique Lukong (Professor of Biochemistry, College of Medicine) invite others to join a virtual ‘fireside conversation’ about making inclusive excellence real. In particular, Dr. Lukong will share learnings from leading the recent conference gathering hosted by the Canadian Black Scientists Network --- BE-STEMM 2022 (Jan. 30 to Feb. 2) Black Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine/Health:

  • Inclusive excellence through faculty hiring and retention, and student recruitment and advancement;
  • the importance of growth and retention of Black scholars;
  • regional and national initiatives led by Black scholars, notably in BE-STEMM; and
  • future possibilities for USask context.

Bring your coffee and nibbles to this virtual event. Bring questions and suggestions to the chat box for this unique and inspirational fireside conversation.

Dr. Airini, the University’s Provost and Vice President Academic, invites members of the university and wider community to join her on a journey to learn more about Black experiences on the prairies. Guided discussions will take place each Tuesday throughout February at 5 pm, starting Feb. 8. In addition, Airini would welcome colleagues to share in some/all of her learning experiences for the month. Please see the provost’s calendar of learning for Black History Month at the link below.

This year’s book, The Black Prairie Archive: An Anthology by Karina Vernon (2020), recovers a new regional archive of “Black prairie” literature and includes writing that ranges from work by nineteenth-century black fur traders and pioneers, all of it published here for the first time, to contemporary writing of the twenty-first century. We have some copies of the book to give away to those wishing to participate in the online discussion group. Please contact Airini at if interested.

Please see details on The Provost’s calendar of learning (link below) to see the chapters we will be discussing each week in the Provost’s Book Club. Thank you for your interest.

The ebook version of The Black Prairie Archive: An Anthology is also available for members of the USask community to borrow from the University Library.

Borrow the ebook The Provost's calendar of learning

  • Dates: Feb. 8, 15, and 22, 2022
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Registration for this event has ended.

Black History in Saskatchewan

Featuring: Carol Lafayette-Boyd (Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum), Alicia Vassel (Special Olympics Saskatchewan Coach & Education Student), and moderated by Milly Yusuf (Black Lives Matter YXE).

Black history in Canada is often overlooked or unknown. However, the presence of the Black and African diaspora has been in Canada since its inception shaping it and being shaped by it. Join us as members of the community discuss Black history on the prairies. The panelists will share their experiences, culture, and how their connections to history shape a better future.

  • Date: Feb. 14, 2022
  • Time: 4 pm
  • Registration for this event has ended.

Organized by Black Lives Matter Saskatoon in partnership with the University Library



Scarborough Charter

Building Black Inclusion and Fighting Anti-Black Racism

Scarborough Charter on anti-Black racism and Black inclusion in Canadian higher education: Principles, actions, and accountabilities

In the fall of 2020, Canadian universities and colleges from across Canada engaged in a national conversation co-creating significant and tangible actions that would address equity and inclusion in Canadian post-secondary education. These national dialogues focused heavily on anti-Black racism and strategies aimed at increasing Black inclusion in Canadian higher education. Additionally, discussions were centered on designing a concrete plan to meet these aims, a plan that was developed mutually and authentically through the engagement of a number of partner institutions.

The result of these conversations was the creation of the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education: Principles, Actions and Accountabilities. This document supports and commits to building and sustaining a culture committed to fighting anti-Black racism and supporting Black inclusion in Canadian higher education.

In November 2021, the University of Saskatchewan, along with more than 40 partner institutions across the country, signed the Scarborough Charter.

Other Resources and Initiatives

Black Lives Matter Saskatoon
A positive space for the black community of Saskatoon, and their allies. A space to communicate, plan, and support one another.
Events hosted by the College of Medicine
The College of Medicine, along with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and the College of Medicine Grad Students Society are hosting events throughout the month of February 2022. Check the College of Medicine events calendar for details and registration information.
Black History Month events poster
Why We Need a Black Medical Students Association at USask by Ashley Tshala
One of the things I love most about being in Medicine is the moment you open the exam room door to reveal whose waiting behind it. The anticipation of getting to meet and help someone new. To have an impact on someone’s life, whether it be in a small way or long-lasting.
#MyMD blog by Vivian Murungi
Murungi reflects on her experience as a Black medical student in Saskatchewan while navigating the daily nuances of the health care system and the intersectionality of race, gender, and class.
Saskatchewan African Heritage Museum
The Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum Inc. is a provincial organization whose primary purpose is to celebrate, explore, research, document and preserve the history, heritage and contributions of people of African ancestry.
University Library Resource Guide
This guide is dedicated to Black History Month and highlights the resources offered at the library that focus on the accomplishments and experiences of the Black community. In this guide, we invite you to read, watch, listen to, participate in, or actively learn more about why this month is so important.
USSU Pride Centre
Resources and information for Black History Month will be posted to their Facebook, Instagram, and the USSU Centres' Discord server.
USSU Women's Centre
Resources and information for Black History Month will be posted to their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the USSU Centres' Discord server.

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