First shown to the public in January 1959, Saskatchewan Our University was produced by Crawley Films to mark the 50th anniversary of university classes. With a running time of 27 minutes, the film documents several aspects of campus life including scenes with the Cobalt-60, the betatron with Sylvia Fedoruk, Thorburger Thorvaldson and cement research, Emrys Jones directing a play, and President W.P. Thompson speaking at Convocation.
The Golden Jubilee was a year-long celebration that included a Royal visit, hosting the Learned Societies, a six-week summer music festival, the world premiere of a W.O. Mitchell play and open houses, public lectures and a special convocation. The film was seen by thousands of people in dozens of Saskatchewan locales as part of special "University Nights" organized across the province.
A glaring omission in the film is that Indigenous people are completely missing. This was reflective of the time in which the film was made – a time when universities had not come to grips with the history and legacy of residential schools. The 2015 Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has underscored the critically important role post-secondary institutions play in fostering reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.