Unveiling of the Memorial Bench
To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the University of Saskatchewan’s Great War Commemoration Committee solicited donations for the creation and installation of a memorial bench dedicated to the men and women of the campus who served their country from 1914 to 1918. To view images of the unveiling of the bench, click here.
Vimy at 100: The History of an idea
Public lecture, no admission fee.
7:00pm, April 27, 2017
Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building, U of S campus
A lecture by award-winning author Tim Cook.Cook is an historian at the Canadian War Museum and the author of several books about the military history of Canada during World War I. Click here for images of the event.
The Clandestine Camera: Canada’s Great War Through the Photos of Sgt. William Wightman
A Public Lecture. No admission fee:
7:00pm, March 22, 2016
Convocation Hall, University of Saskatchewan
By Keith Thor Carlson, Professor of History
Two years ago, while helping his mother organize some of her keepsakes, Keith Carlson came across something he had never seen before, and that his mother did not remember having. Tucked in a shoebox was a small leather wallet containing over 30 photographs taken by Keith’s grandfather, Sgt. William Vint Wightman while serving as a member of the 29th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces on the western front. It was illegal for service men to have cameras and take pictures on the front lines. That makes these images different from the official photographs with which we are familiar. They offer candid, and clandestine, glimpses into a soldier’s life; what he felt was important to document. But who were these photos for, and what can we learn from them today?
The Great War: A Four Part Documentary Series - February 2016
The U of S Great War Commemoration Committee presented The Great War Tour, a four part documentary series by Norm Christie. The films were shown over four nights, at The Broadway Theatre : 715 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon:
ARTHUR CURRIE: MASTER OF WAR
The Vimy Pilgrimage
Norm Christie, the filmmaker and noted Canadian military historian, was in attendance at and speaking following the February 23 showing.
A panel discussion and Q&A followed each of the showings.
Murray Library Link Display - November- January 2015/2016
University Archives and Special Collections exhibit on the Great War, curated by Patrick Hayes. Visit the webpage
for more information.
Political Cartooning and the Great War - October 2015
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Neatby-Timlin Theatre, U of S Campus
On Thursday October 22, 2015, the University of Saskatchewan's Great War remembrance committee hosted a talk by Brian Gable on political cartooning and the Great War. Gable is himself an award-winning Globe and Mail
cartoonist, and a University of Saskatchewan Alumni. Watch the lecture.
Aboriginal Roundtable - June 19, 2015
An event held at Convocation Hall honoring the aboriginal peoples who fought during the Great War, and all aboriginal veterans. The event started with a pipe ceremony outside of the Peter Mackinnon building, followed by a Michif prayer by Norman Fleury and a luncheon. After this, the University community and Saskatoon public were invited to participate in the roundtable discussion hosted by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner. Donnie Parenteau sang songs of tribute to the soldiers before the start of the roundtable, and Chancellor Emeritus Vera Pezer welcomed participants. Georg Lafond (the Saskatchewan Treaty Commissioner) moderated the event. An honour song with hand drum closed the event following the discussion. Many members of the First Nation Veterans Association attended the event. The
Gabriel Dumont Institute in provided a loop of Metis soldiers that was projected in the hall and several Metis Elders were present representing families of soldiers. Click here to view a recording of the event.
Book of Remembrance accepted by Dean of Libraries - December 2014
On Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 Dean Vicki Williamson accepted a copy of the Book of Remembrance, which was put together in order to honour the citizens of Saskatoon and members of the University of Saskatchewan community lost in the First World War and to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of that War. The book, now available at the University Archives and Special Collections, as well as at the City Archives and all of Saskatoon's Public Libraries contains the names and brief biographies of 622 citizens of Saskatoon and 69 individuals from the University of Saskatchewan lost in the First World War. It is the intent of the Military Institute of Saskatoon to develop similar books of remembrance commemorating the citizens lost in the Second World War, the Korean War and subsequent actions. View the Gallery.