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Federated College Developing Smoothly

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      NOVEMBER 1976      v06 n11 p31  
In May 1976, the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College officially became federated with the University of Regina.

The terms of the federation provide for the establishment of a new B.A. program with a major in Indian Studies, within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Regina and for the establishment of a series of first, second, and third year courses in Indian Studies.

All the Indian studies classes will be taught by the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College and the College will also negotiate with individual departments. This arrangement is unique since, while other federated colleges do have their own internal department organization, no other federated college has housed within it a department of a faculty of the University. The Indian Studies department will have control over course and program content for the Indian Studies degree. Internally, a minimum of three departments will be developed each leading to an Indian Studies degree. With a major in one of the Humanities, the Social Sciences or Fine Arts. The Indian Studies Program in Saskatchewan is the first program in North America leading to a university degree, which is Indian controlled.

Like the two other colleges federated with the University of Regina, Luther and Campion, the Cultural College will ultimately have to establish its own building on the campus of the university. In the intermin, the university has agreed to rent space to the College (Land Bank Office). The programs are academically integrated with the university, but remain financially and administratively separate and distinct.

The Board of Directors of the Federated College will be made up of the Executive of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians.

It is hoped that the Indian Studies program will provide a vehicle for the Saskatchewan Indian Bands and reserves with university trained Indian expertise. It will also be a vehicle through which Indians can engage in an on-going dialogue with the academic community and the community at large establishing a uniquely Indian presence within a major institution in society.