1995: Doug Wilson Award established
In March 1995 the Doug Wilson
award was established by Gays and Lesbians at the U of S (GLUS) to “honour
those individuals who have shown leadership and courage in advancing the rights
of gays & lesbians at the University of Saskatchewan”. Peter Millard, a former Professor of
English, was the first recipient. At
the same time, the Peter Millard Scholarship Fund was announced – a
university-managed scholarship fund for gay, lesbian and bisexual studies, the
first in Canada.
The Doug Wilson Award is named
in honour of a former student who was at the centre of a controversy about
human rights in 1975, and died in 1992.
Doug Wilson was a graduate student at the College of Education. After Wilson placed an advertisement
organizing a gay students’ association using his College of Education address,
the Dean removed Wilson’s name from the list of students eligible to supervise
teaching interns. Almost immediately,
the Committee to Defend Doug Wilson was formed. The Committee took Wilson’s case to the Saskatchewan Human Rights
Commission, which ruled that discrimination on the grounds of “sex” included
sexual orientation, and a formal inquiry was scheduled. However, upon appeal from the University,
the Court of Queen’s Bench ruled that the Commission did not have the
jurisdiction to make that interpretation
In the meantime, a Special
Council Committee Concerning Discrimination on Sexual Orientation was struck
“to propose a policy for the University regarding discrimination on sexual
orientation and other areas of possible discrimination.” The main recommendation of this committee,
passed by Council, read: “University faculty shall be employed, assigned to
duties, and evaluated on the basis of academic qualifications and
competence. Personal conduct and
qualities of a faculty member, including the fact that he or she is
heterosexual or homosexual, shall not be considered unless they affect the
performance of his or her functions or the proper activities of the
P.T. Millard fonds, MG 47.
1995a: Sheaf article, 26 September 1975, breaking the story that Wilson had been removed from supervision duties.
The Sheaf, 30 March 1995.
P.T. Millard fonds, MG 47, file 2a.
President’s Office fonds, RG 2001, Series V, file II.8.Y.i.
President’s Office fonds, RG 2001, Series V, file II.7.E.iii.b.
Council minutes, 22 March 1976.