U of S College of Medicine Initiative

The University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine requested assistance from the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission in responding to equity concerns that were raised by Black, Indigenous and other medical professionals and students of colour within the College. Dean Smith publicly announced the collaboration on October 14, 2021, stating that his intent of the initiative is to make the College of Medicine “a better, more equitable and diverse working and learning environment for all.”

A systemic approach enables the Commission to work collaboratively with stakeholders who have an interest in the training of medical professionals in Saskatchewan. The Commission has successfully used systemic advocacy to address inequity and inequality that affects individuals and groups by considering the systems which, sometimes by design, and sometimes unintentionally, create barriers or disadvantage. Through its Equity Programs, the Commission also has the capacity to approve measures that can address disadvantages experienced by groups, such as students, staff, and faculty, in the College of Medicine.

Project status:

  • Initial discussions with College of Medicine’s leadership. (Complete)
  • Stakeholder interviews. (Complete)
  • Open feedback survey. (Complete)
  • Reporting back. (In Progress)


We thank everyone who has contributed to this initiative through interviews or through survey feedback. We are currently in the process of compiling all the information we received for a report back to the College of Medicine community.

If you still wish to provide information, you may still contact us confidentially: robin.mowat@gov.sk.ca