Programs and Services
The centre prides itself on creating an inclusive community that supports students by providing a variety of programs and services throughout the Regular Session.
- Support for new students through orientation programing and monthly events to help keep students connected to advisors and support services.
- Research and writing workshops, as well as English and Math tutoring throughout the week in partnership with the University Learning Centre.
- Social events such as Soup and Bannock, which are hosted every Wednesday in partnership with a university college or student service. The centre also hosts seasonal celebrations and monthly birthday parties for students who are away from home.
- Presentations and workshops to help students gain the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to stay healthy, strong, and inspired throughout their studies.
- Cultural programing includes Elders Services, who visit the centre during Soup and Bannock. We also offer Creative Native and Knowledge Keeper presentations.
- Ceremonies such as Pipe Ceremonies and Sweats are held during each of the four seasons and for special events like Price Centre’s Queerpoloza.
- The centre also celebrates student success through Aboriginal Achievement Week, Graduation Powwow, and National Aboriginal Day.
The ASC works in partnership with colleges and services across campus to support Aboriginal students. The center provides one-on-advising and referrals when necessary. If you require assistance, please contact Lori Delorme, First-Year Transition Coordinator for assistance.
Student Ambassador Program
The Aboriginal Student Ambassadors are an important part of the ASC team. Each Ambassador has an area of focus, being social and cultural, health and wellness, environment and sustainability or communications and research.
With direction from the Team Leader, ambassadors work with ASC staff
- to host events,
- undertake special projects,
- support the centre,
- and work with colleges and other student services to encourage Aboriginal students to participate in programs and events across campus.
ASC Student Ambassadors
(pictured left to right: Xavier Fisher, Alexandra Thomson, Marylou Mintram and Feather Pewapisconias.)
Team Leader, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Success
Joseph is Gitxsan from northwestern British Columbia. He is a member of the House of Guxsan, which is part of the Fireweed Clan or Gisgaast. He has worked in higher education for almost fourteen years at the University of British Columbia's Vancouver Campus (UBC).
Joseph is tasked with ensuring the diverse needs of Aboriginal students are considered and that barriers to access and support are examined and addressed and will work to strengthen the services and supports available for Aboriginal students.
First Year Transition
Lori is Metis born and raised in Cochin, Saskatchewan. She has been working at the Aboriginal Students' Centre for over 16 years with her most current role being First-Year Transition Coordinator. Her primary role is to assist 1st Year Aboriginal students to their transition to the University of Saskatchewan. She is their first point of contact at the ASC and can meet for one on one issues or concerns such as: registration, moving to Saskatoon, Child care, budgeting, or any personal concerns or needs you may have. If you are unknown to this campus, she can assist you in learning about the campus and other services and programs that may be beneficial to your years of study here.
Edie Venne Hyggen
Student Development Coordinator
Edie is a a Band member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. She is a Woodland Cree speaker/writer and knows some phrases in Saulteaux (Nahkawe) and for the last fifteen years was teaching, developing, and coordinating Cree language at the elementary and post-secondary levels. For the last five years, she worked on providing student supports and life skills to adult students. Edie will be working as part of the ASC team to provide support services for Aboriginal students at the U of S.
Ellmere is a Cree woman from Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan. She has been working as the new Clerical Assistant for the Aboriginal Students’ Centre since December 2012. She is very excited to be a part of the phenomenal staff at the Aboriginal Students’ Centre.
Janelle is a Renewable Resource Management student in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. She is a Plains Cree woman from Little Pine First Nations and has been with the ASC since May, 2013. Janelle works on the Sāpo Nistohtamowin pilot program, working in partnership with the International Students and Study Abroad Centre. The program offers students and staff a space to learn about other Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Cultures, dispel myths, ask questions, promote commonalities and respectfully understand our differences.