Gathering Places

Aboriginal Students' Centre

The Aboriginal Students' Centre prides itself on creating a community within the centre. It is an inclusive gathering space for students to come before, after and between classes to study, use a computer, connect with other students or access services.

Rawlco Resource Centre

The Rawlco Resource Centre at the Edwards School of Business is one of the few dedicated spaces for Aboriginal students in business schools across Canada. Business students can use the centre for studying, group project work, research, meeting classmates and lounging.

Gordon Oakes-Red Bear Student Centre

The Gordon Oakes-Red Bear Student Centre will be an inclusive gathering place where all people—Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal—will come together and learn from one another. Designed by well-known architect Douglas Cardinal, who is of Métis and Blackfoot heritage, the new centre will house both the Aboriginal Students’ Centre and the Indigenous Students’ Council, with additional space for learning and ceremonies. Construction began on National Aboriginal Day in the summer of 2013.


Aboriginal Events Calendar


Graduation Powwow

For centuries, song and dance has been used to facilitate prayer and thanks giving within Aboriginal cultures—and so, we think a powwow is the perfect setting to celebrate our graduates.

The Graduation Powwow celebrates graduating Aboriginal students from high schools across Saskatchewan as well as our U of S graduates.

Aboriginal Achievement Week

Each year the University of Saskatchewan hosts Aboriginal Achievement Week to celebrate Aboriginal achievement, reflect on traditions and ceremonies, and connect with the community.

Cultural Programming

For more information for any of the events below, contact the Aboriginal Students' Centre directly.

Creative Native Hour

Need to relax? Join us every other week for "Creative Native" where you can learn how to make a variety of traditional crafts or hone your current skills. Being creative helps bring balance to your life. Various crafts including:

  • beading
  • drum making
  • feather art

When: This term every Second Thursday
Where: Aboriginal Students' Centre

Soup and Bannock

Come and meet with different Elders and enjoy a meal of soup and bannock. Food and the sharing of meals is an important part of First Nations culture. First Nations people are generous and traditionally display their wealth by giving away goods, in keeping with this, the ASC hosts Soup and Bannock lunches to honor these traditions. 

Due to the fact that the Elders' time on campus is limited, feel free to use the soup and bannock lunches as an opportunity to meet the Elders and arrange for another meeting if need be. The Aboriginal Students' Centre recognizes the uniqueness of different Aboriginal groups, and makes a conscious effort to bring in Elders from different geographic locations, and language groups. Some of the Elders who have been to the ASC include:

  • Dexter Asapace
  • Stanley Asapace
  • Veronica Duquette
  • William Duquette
  • Maria Linklater
  • Walter Linklater
  • Ivan Lonechild
  • Darlene Speidel
  • Donald Speidel

Please bring your own bowl and spoon! To contribute to the long-term health of Mother Earth, we will be phasing out the use of foam bowls and plastic spoons.

When: This term every Wednesday at 12:00-1:30pm
Where: Aboriginal Students' Centre

Monthly Pipe Ceremonies

The pipe ceremony is used for many different reasons such as blessing, honouring, commemorating and paying respect to a deity, or may be held to pray in a humble way. A pipe ceremony is a spiritual time where tobacco is placed into a pipe bowl and prayers are rendered by an Elder/Traditional Knowledge Keeper and blessed by the smudge of sweet grass, sage or cedar.

A pipe ceremony could be 30 minutes to two hours in length depending on the Elder/Traditional Knowledge Keeper and what First Nation they come from. In some areas only men are allowed to smoke the pipe while women observe (Saulteaux/Nahkawē, Cree and Nakota), and in others the pipe is shared with men and women (Lakota, Dakota and Nakota). Some First Nations have women pipe keepers that only the women are allowed to smoke.

When: TBD
WhereNative Law Centre

Sweat Lodge Ceremonies

Participants have their own reasons for participating in a Sweat Lodge ceremony and should undertake the ceremony with positive energies, feelings and emotions. First Nations Elders recommend that each person enters the Sweat Lodge with appropriateness, kindness, and with prayers; the Elders are role models that exemplify this behavior and mindset.

As in any ceremony, appropriate dress and attire is needed. Each Elder may have different practices so please consult with the Elder conducting the ceremony you are attending.

When: This term we will be hosting Sweat Lodges at the end of each academic month.
More Info: Aboriginal Students' Centre




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