Aboriginal Achievement Week

Mon Mar 10 – Fri Mar 15

University of Saskatchewan

Activities

#usaskAAW

Each year in March the University of Saskatchewan hosts Aboriginal Achievement Week to celebrate Aboriginal achievement, reflect on traditions and ceremonies, and connect with the community. Everyone is welcome to attend Aboriginal Achievement Week events.

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Pick up an event tracker at Student Central, the USSU Information Centre and the Aboriginal Students’ Centre.

MarSat08

Respect, Reconciliation and Renewal: Exploring the Future of Indigenous/Christian Relations.

8:30-5:00pmSt. Thomas More College -1437 College Drive

The conference is about the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and Christian churches grew out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings and STM's desire to keep the process moving forward. While acknowledging the historical context, we hoped to develop some concrete strategies for moving forward and to discern the College's role in the process.

The conference is intended to be an opportunity to open doors and invite Elders, church leaders, community members and academics to speak and be heard. The ultimate goal is to find ways to contribute to building a future where all peoples can live to the fullness the Creator intends.

For more information please contact: Gertrude Rompre grompre@stmcollege.ca or Darrell McLaughlin dmclaughlin@stmcollege.ca

MarMon10

Aboriginal Visuals in Place Riel

all week from March 10-14th North Concourse, Place Riel Student Centre

Office of the Treaty Commissioner and the SUNTEP office will have information about Aboriginal history including Treaties and Métis people available for students, faculty, and staff to partake in a self-guided tour throughout the week.

For more information please contact the Aboriginal Students’ Centre at 966-5790

AAW Pipe Ceremony

8:30-9:30am Native Law Centre, Law Building, 15 Campus Drive

Bob Badger, Cultural Coordinator, will lead and explain the history of pipe ceremonies.

For more information please contact: Bob Badger at bob.badger@usask.ca

Hot Breakfast

9:30-10:30amAboriginal Students' Centre, Marquis Hall, Room 110

Drop by the Aboriginal Students Centre to eat some breakfast, meet the staff, and mingle with students, staff and faculty.

For more information please contact: Ellmere at the Aboriginal Students Centre 966-5790
Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Panel

10- 12pmLouis Private Function Room

The Aboriginal Business Student Society proudly presents John Lagimodiere of Eagle Feather News, Kendal Netmaker of Neechie Gear and Helen Semaganis of Semaganis Worme law firm. Our speakers will address the challenges they have faced throughout their careers in the creation of their businesses.  A question and answers period will follow. Refreshment will be provided courtesy of Edwards School of Business

For more information please contact: Rheana Worme at Rheana.worme@usask.ca
Cindy Blackstock Presentation hosted by the Aboriginal Law Student Association

11:30-1:00pmRoom 150, Law Building

The Aboriginal Law Students Association will be hosting Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.  Come out to hear a presentation from our honoured guest.   It is also a great opportunity to meet some of the ALSA members and partake in tea and bannock.

For more information please contact:   Danika Lightning- alsa.exec@usask.ca
Creative Native with Marylou Mintram

1-2:30pmAboriginal Students' Centre, Marquis Hall, Room 110

The Aboriginal Students Centre will host an interactive workshop to discuss the significance of beads in the Aboriginal community as well as teach students how to bead. Participants will be able to take home their projects or join us weekly at the ASC for our beading sessions.

For more information please contact: The Aboriginal Students’ Centre at 966-5790

8th Fire: Indigenous in the City hosted by the Aboriginal and Indigenous Graduate Student Council

2:00-3:00pmRoom 241, Arts Building

The Aboriginal & Indigenous Graduate Students’ Council will be showing the first episode from CBC’s documentary series 8th Fire: Aboriginal Peoples, Canada & The Way Forward. The 45-minute episode, Indigenous in the City, is about Canada’s urban Aboriginal population and their efforts to challenge stereotypes and reassert their culture within a wider population of non-Indigenous Canadians. Popcorn and refreshments will be served.

Popcorn sponsored by Student Health Centre


For more information please contact: Dana Carriere at gsa.aboriginal@usask.ca

8th Fire: It’s Time hosted by the Aboriginal and Indigenous Graduate Student Council

3:00-4:00pmRoom 241, Arts Building

The Aboriginal and Indigenous Graduate Students’ Council will be showing the second episode from CBC’s documentary series 8th Fire: Aboriginal Peoples, Canada & The Way Forward. The 45-minute episode, It’s Time, is about challenging reality: if the relationship with Aboriginal people does not improve, the economy may cripple. The First Nations of this country were not conquered. They signed treaties to share the land, and this means that Aboriginal people must be consulted and accommodated when anyone wants to dig, explore, or develop on their land.  Popcorn and refreshments will be served.

Popcorn sponsored by the Student Health Centre.

For more information please contact: Dana Carriere at gsa.aboriginal@usask.ca

Building Bridges – “Language and Resilience” Sharing Circle

4:30-6:30pmAboriginal Students’ Centre, Marquis Hall, Room 110

This sharing circle will take place in a safe space to talk about your experiences with maintaining your language and cultural heritage in the face of globalization of English language.

For more information please contact: Janelle (966-5790, Janelle.Pewapsconias@usask.ca) and Davida (966-4965, Davida.Bentham@usask.ca).
Wunusweh Lecture in Aboriginal Law featuring Cindy Blackstock

7:00pmConvocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building

This lecture is free of charge and open to the public. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, will speak about “ The human rights case on First Nations child welfare and the associated social movement for equity for First Nations children and their families”

MarTue11

SUNTEP- Jigging Workshop

10am- 12pmEducation Student Lounge, Education Building

The Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) students will host a jigging workshop to showcase traditional Metis jigging.  You are welcome to watch the dancers, participate or just come enjoy the live fiddle music.
For more information please contact: SUNTEP SRC President, Ashley Shaw – ADS676@mail.usask.ca
OTC present Language, Lunch, and Learn

12:00-1:00pm110 Marquis Hall, 97 Campus Dr.

The Office of the Treaty Commissioner would like to offer students the opportunity to ask three panelists their experiences, while having some soup and bannock. The presenters will speak about their personal endeavors towards learning and maintaining their own languages and the importance of that traditional knowledge.

For more information please contact Jennifer Heimbecker at 306-667-5653 or jheimbecker@otc.ca
Conversational Dene language & culture workshop with Allan Adam

1:00-3:00pmRoy Romanow Student Council Chamber, Place Riel Student Centre

Allan is a well-known Dene language instructor, translator and interpreter from Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation. His workshop will provide an introduction to Dene language and culture.

For more information please contact: winona.wheeler@usask.ca 966-6210
Rainbow Exploration

4:30-6:30pm Louis Loft, Memorial Union Building

Join us for our Two-Spirit edition of the Rainbow Explorations Community Coffeehouse with special guest Adrian Stimson, MFA. This is a great place to hear about upcoming events, campaigns, and other queer happenings in Saskatchewan while meeting new people in a fun and friendly environment!

Free and open to all; coffee and light snacks provided.

For more information please contact: USSU Pride Centre Coordinator Jack Saddleback at (306) 966 – 6615 or at pride.centre@ussu.ca.

USSU Speaker Series – National Chief Shawn Atleo

7:00-9:00pmConvocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building

This lecture is free of charge, in partnership with St. Thomas More College, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nation, Shawn A-In-Chut Atleo, will be presenting on the importance of post-secondary education for developing prosperity in First Nations communities

Buffy St. Marie: A multi-media life

7:30pm-9:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)The Broadway Theatre- 715 Broadway Avenue

MarWed12

Conversation Michif workshop with Norman Fleury

10am- 12pmISSAC Training Room, Lower Place Riel

Come and learn Michif, the language of the Métis people. This is an Introductory conversational Michif language workshop with Mr. Norman Fleury. He is a speaker of seven Aboriginal languages and is a strong advocate for the Michif language. He is also a noted storyteller and knowledge keeper
    
For more information please contact: SUNTEP SRC President, Ashley Shaw – ADS676@mail.usask.ca
Soup and Bannock with Norman Fleury

12pm-1pmAboriginal Students' Centre, Marquis Hall, Room 110

Join us for Soup and Bannock at the Aboriginal Students’ Centre. During  lunch,  Mr. Fleury will explain the significance of his history and culture.

For more information please contact:  Aboriginal Students’ Centre at 966-5790
Conversational Dene language and culture workshop with Allan Adam

1:00-3:00pm Roy Romanow Student Chamber, Place Riel Student Centre

Allan is a well-known Dene language instructor, translator and interpreter from Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation. His workshop will provide an introduction to Dene language and culture.

For more information please contact: winona.wheeler@usask.ca 966-6210

Néhiyawitapsinowin - Cree Perspective

2 pm to 4 pmRoom E1150, Health Sciences

This session will focus on learning some Nehiyawaywin-Cree words/terms related to health and direct interaction with Nehiyawak - Cree people, the importance and value of the Nehiyawaywin - Cree language, Nehiyawitapsinowin - Cree perspectives on knowledge and social ceremonials such as the Piyciciwin - Round Dance and Pwatsimowin - Pow Wow.  The information will be provided by Tyrone Wilfred Tootoosis Sr.  Tyrone was born on the Samson Cree Nation and raised on the Poundmaker Cree Nation. As a Storykeeper, he`s inherited many recorded interviews of Cree Elders from his late father Wilfred. Tyrone has personally interviewed Elders in Cree and then transcribed into English for several book, film and TV projects, in addition to collecting several hundred recorded interviews of Elders from different sources.

For more information please contact: valerie.arnault@usask.ca or trudy.unger@usask.ca”
Danis Goulet Talk and Film Screenings

3:30 - 5:30pmNeatby-Timlin Theatre, Room 241 Arts Building

Organized by:  University Library, Women's & Gender Studies, Dept. of English

Danis Goulet, originally from La Ronge, is coming home to Saskatchewan to share her award-winning short films that have screened internationally at Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival and Cannes. Two of her films featured local youth and community members from La Ronge in the lead roles. Her most recent film, Wakening, screened before the opening night film at the Toronto International Film Festival, the first time an independently-produced short film has ever been selected. Free to everyone; light refreshments served.

For more information please contact:  Deborah Lee: Deborah.lee789@gmail.com or Tasha Hubbard: tasha.hubbard@usask.ca

Aboriginal Arts Festival

6:00pm- 9:00pmLouis’, Memorial Union Building

Please come and join us as we showcase the amazing talent of our own Aboriginal students! There will be visual, performance, and literary arts will be celebrated and showcased

Louis' will be open so you can eat supper, snack, or have a few drinks while you watch our talented students perform, some for the first time!

Aboriginal students are encouraged to submit their artwork to be shown.

For more information contact the Aboriginal Students' Centre at 966-5790

MarThu13

Come & Go Soup and Bannock Lunch & Cree Language Poster Campaign

12-1:30pmASAO Office, Arts Building, Room 248

Come have lunch at the Aboriginal Student Achievement Office (Arts 248) and have fun learning some words in Cree!


For more information please contact: Sandra Duarte at sandra.duarte@usask.ca
Celebrating Aboriginal Achievements and Opportunities in the Natural Sciences

1-3pm Canadian Light Source, 44 Innovation Blvd (across the parking lots from Education)

The Canadian Light Source Inc. (Synchrotron) is opening our doors to celebrate Aboriginal achievements and opportunities in the natural sciences.  Come in for a brief tour, refreshments and door prizes. Check out the research done by our amazing students groups from the Gwich’in and La Loche communities and the Sahtu Settlement region.  Learn about the research being done at the CLS on environmental issues and the links to Traditional Ecological Knowledge.  Information will be available on careers in the sciences and on student, research and technical positions that come available at the CLS.

For more information please contact: Outreach@lightsource.ca  

ISC Awards

3:00 -5:00pmNeatby-Timlin Theatre, Room 241, Arts Building

The ISC is hosting awards for Aboriginal students to recognize excellence in their respective disciplines. These awards are representative of holistic learning, not just academic success. We are honoring the recipients by presenting them with certificate and medallion.   All our welcome to attend to honor the achievements of our students.  

For more information please contact:  Marylou.mintram@usask.ca
 
Aboriginal Achievement Across the Arts

3-5pmMurray Library

Aboriginal Achievement Across the Arts is a quadruple A-rated project of the All Peoples University Collective. The event engages with this year’s Aboriginal Achievement Week theme by celebrating work in visual and verbal languages by emerging and professional Aboriginal artists in the literary and dramatic arts, film, and installation art.
 
Three Indigenous creative writers, Mika Lafond, Tenille Campbell, and Andréa Ledding, who are in the Master’s of Writing and English Department Ph.D. programs, will read from their work.


ISC Networking Reception

7-9pmLouis’, Memorial Union Building

We are inviting Aboriginal community members from Saskatoon to attend the networking reception to showcase the achievement of our students to the broader Saskatoon community. Join us in commemorating, encouraging, and celebrating the accomplishments of our current students. Our networking event will include a comedy show from Ryan MaMahon. Ryan has been been in many comedy festivals across North America. Including Canada's prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Ryan is original, hilarious, and inventive and will be joining our celebration at our networking event. We will have many door praises, a silent auction and a photo booth to capture the great memories this evening will bring.

MarFri14

Conversation Michif workshop with Norman Fleury

10am- 12pmRoy Romanow Student Chamber, Place Riel Student Centre

Come and learn Michif, the language of the Métis people. This is an Introductory conversational Michif language workshop with Mr. Norman Fleury. He is a speaker of seven Aboriginal languages and is a strong advocate for the Michif language. He is also a noted storyteller and knowledge keeper
    

Celebrating Indigenous Scholarship—faculty & graduate student book launch

12-1pmoy Romanow Chambers, Place Riel Student Centre

There are still too few Indigenous faculty at Usask but those we have are making significant scholarly contributions with their research and publications by bringing Indigenous knowledge into the academy. This session contributes to AAW by sharing their work and creating a forum for role modelling, mentoring, and discussion. The authors will talk briefly about their published work and will share their post secondary journeys to encourage students forward.
Refreshments & snack will be served.

For more information please contact:  Winona Wheeler 966-6210 or winona.wheeler@usask.ca

Baking Bannock with Bob & Lisa

2:00pm- 3:00pmUpper Marquis Hall

Bob Badger & Lisa Langan will teach participants how to prepare and cook bannock!  Each participant will be able to make, eat, and take home bannock !

For more information please contact: Aboriginal Students’ Centre at 966-5790
ITEP 5th Annual Feast and Round Dance

4pm Feast, 7pm Round DanceEducation Gym, Education Building

This 5th annual Round Dance is 5th is celebrating the 42nd Anniversary of ITEP. We will be honouring:

FSIN Senator/Past Chief Sol Sanderson for helping lead the fight for Indian Control of Education, whick led to the formation of ITEP, Marni Ros who is working at Bedford Road HS to increase rentention rates and graduation rates for Aboriginal students and past ITEP Student Council President Riel Thomson for service to the students and campus community. We expect people from across the province and surrounding communities to be in attendance.

For more information please contact: David Pratt at dap561@mail.usask.ca

MarSat15

Theory to Practice: Supporting Youth Empowerment for an Anti-Racist, Anti- Oppressive Future

10:30-4:00pmRoom 1005, Education Building

Keynote speaker Dr. Marie Battiste, together with a range of professionals working on youth empowerment from an anti-racist/anti-oppressive standpoint.

The Student Teachers’ Anti-Racism Society (STARS) is pleased to offer a conference advancing the theory and practice of anti-racist/anti oppressive education. Drawing on insight and expertise for a range of experienced anti-oppressive practitioners, the conference seeks to empower attendees with knowledge and strategies toward transforming racism  and other forms of oppression experienced daily in our society.

For more information please contact: Vince Anderson at  vince.anderson@usask.ca

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