Monday, Feb. 2

Aboriginal Achievement Week Pipe Ceremony

9:30  - 10:30 am
 Room 160, Law Building, 15 Campus Drive

The Aboriginal Students’ Centre will host a pipe ceremony at the Native Law Centre to begin Aboriginal Achievement Week. Donnie Speidel will lead the pipe ceremony and will follow Lakota and Dakota traditions and protocols. This pipe ceremony has no gender divide. It is gender neutral and is open and accepting of all gender identities.

Aboriginal Achievement Week Brunch

10:30 - 11:30 am        
Aboriginal Students’ Centre, 110 Marquis Hall, 97 Campus Drive

The Aboriginal Students’ Centre will host a hot brunch after the pipe ceremony.  Please join the on-campus Aboriginal community at the Aboriginal Students’ Centre in celebrating the beginning of this year’s Aboriginal Achievement Week with a pancake breakfast.

Traditional Aboriginal Games

12 pm - 2 pm              
Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building, 105 Administration Place

The College of Arts and Science and the College of Kinesiology are excited to welcome Lamarr Oksasikewiyin to campus for this year’s Aboriginal Achievement Week celebrations. Lamarr Oksasikewiyin specializes in teaching Aboriginal Games and will be conducting a two-hour session that will introduce participants to the fundamentals of traditional Aboriginal games, and the skills and values they teach. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch and water bottle.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Achieving Aboriginal Success in Science and Engineering

9 - 11 am
Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building, 105 Administration Place

The College of Engineering is hosting a panel discussion on achieving success in science and engineering as an Aboriginal person. Panelists will offer perspectives on successful K-12 science outreach programs, the benefits and challenges of being an engineering student, and the path to becoming a professional engineer.

Sustainable Community Development in Aboriginal Communities

12 pm - 2 pm              
Room 1E80, College of Agriculture and Bioresources Building, 51 Campus Drive

The College of Agriculture and Bioresources is hosting Darwin Derocher from Flying Dust First Nation, who will provide an overview of their journey through different land management regimes over the past 20 years. Darwin will provide an overview of the complexities related to land management under these different land regimes.  He will also highlight the challenges and successes of the community of Flying Dust First Nation. Pizza lunch will be provided.

8th Fire: At the Crossroads

2:30 pm - 4 pm          
Neatby Timlin Theatre, Arts Building, 9 Campus Drive

The Indigenous Graduate Students’ Council will show the last episode from CBC’s documentary series 8th Fire: At the Crossroads. The 45-minute episode looks at the leaders and youth that are taking new pride in their heritage and working to develop a new relationship with Canada. A discussion session will follow. Popcorn and refreshments will be served.

Métis High Cooking

4 pm - 5 pm
101 Mclean Hall, 106 Wiggins Road

In honor of the late Harry Daniels, Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program presents "Métis High Cooking", an episode of Full Circle that is hosted by Harry Daniels and Roger Cardinal which features Métis cooking.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Celebrating Aboriginal Achievements in the Natural Sciences

9:30 am - 11:30 am    
Canadian Light Source Inc., 44 Innovation Blvd

The Canadian Light Source Inc. (Synchrotron) is opening its doors to celebrate Aboriginal achievements in the natural sciences.  Come in for a visit, refreshments, door prizes and even a tour of the facility. Listen as Aboriginal scientists and staff discuss their stories and careers.  Check out the research done by our amazing student groups from the Gwich’in and La Loche communities and the Sahtu Settlement region. Participants may come directly to the CLS or meet at 9:15 am in the foyer of the Education Building and walk over with a guide.

Buffalo Boy Productions Dance Performance

11 am - 12 pm             
Upper Place Riel, 1 Campus Drive

Aboriginal Students’ Centre is hosting Buffalo Boy Productions. Buffalo Boy Productions is a First Nations dance company with mixed repertory representative of Saskatchewan’s Cree, Dene, Nakawe, Dakota, Nakota and Lakota song and dance traditions. Come by and enjoy and learn more about Saskatchewan First Nations song and dance traditions.

Soup and Bannock

12 pm - 1 pm               
Aboriginal Students’ Centre, 110 Marquis Hall, 97 Campus Drive

The Aboriginal Students’ Centre is hosting soup and bannock with Métis elder Norman Fleury. Enjoy some great conversation, fry bread and delicious soup.

Bring on the Heat!

Convocation Hall

Indigenous arts are on an upswing in Saskatoon, and this event celebrates the words, ideas and fearlessness of creators of poetry, theatre, comedy and other wordplay. Featured is a “battle of words,” hosted by Indigenous Art Fellow Kenneth T. Williams, and judged by the esteemed poet Louise Halfe and the host of CBC Radio’s Unreserved, Rosanna Deerchild. For more information, contact Tasha Hubbard at

Mistress Madeleine

4 pm - 5 pm 
101 Mclean Hall, 106 Wiggins Road

In honour of the late Harry Daniels, the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program will be hosting a video presentation of Mistress Madeleine by Aaron Kim Johnson. Set in the 1850s, this movie follows Madeleine, the Métis common-law wife of a Hudson's Bay Company clerk. She is caught between her loyalty to her husband and her brother. Life is forever changed when company policy ends Madeleine's content and secure life, and drives her to re-evaluate her identity.

Understanding Power and Privilege Sharing Circle

5 pm - 7 pm
Aboriginal Students’ Centre, 110 Marquis Hall, 97 Campus Drive

Attend the Building Bridges’ sharing circle to learn about the commonalities of Canada’s mosaic of cultures. In a safe space, participants can discuss their understanding and experience with racism and privilege in Canada. Together we will dispel myths, ask questions and respectfully understand our differences. A meal of soup and bannock will also be shared.

USSU Speaker Series Presents Dr. Robert-Falcon Ouellette

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm  
Emmanual St. Chad, 1337 College Drive

Aboriginal peoples often find that sometimes the worldview of the university doesn’t match with the Aboriginal worldview. Come listen, share, and reflect as a community with a conversation facilitated by Dr. Robert-Falcon Ouellette from Red Pheasant First Nation.

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm  
Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building, 105 Administration

Dr. Robert-Falcon Ouellette, from Red Pheasant First Nation, will be giving the Annual University of Saskatchewan Students’ 'Union Aboriginal Achievement Week Speaker Series Lecture on the importance of Leadership for our communities. 

Aboriginal Arts Festival

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm     
Louis’ Pub, 93 Campus Drive

The Indigenous Students’ Council is hosting an Aboriginal Arts Festival. The festival celebrates Indigenous culture in the form of artwork, live music, poetry, dance and fashion. The night will kick off with a fashion show featuring the work of local Indigenous fashion designers. Local artists will then perform live music, poetry and dance. Indigenous artwork, jewelry, accessories, and clothing will be showcased for viewing and for sale. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Thursday, February 5

Métis Identity and Language Lesson

10 am - 12 pm            
Student Lounge, Education Building, 28 Campus Drive

Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Program is hosting Métis Elder Norman Fleury. Norman will speak about Métis identity and the Michif language. He will discuss the origin and the history of the Métis as well as give a basic lesson on Michif. 

Ayamihcikêwikamik - An Aboriginal woman's journey into Librarianship

 10:30 to 11:30 am
 Aboriginal Education area, Education & Music Library, 28 Campus Drive

Join Aboriginal Intern Jessica Generoux on the journey of becoming a professional librarian. Jessica has over a decade of experience working in children's programming with Regina Public Library, where she coordinated the Aboriginal Library Programs with community branches as well developing and delivering programming for an inner city library. As a passionate puppeteer and single mother, Jessica will share the knowledge she has gained, resources she has found useful over the years, and experiences that can connect and inspire students to consider studies in librarianship.

Flute Performance

11:00 am-12:00 pm     
Upper Place Riel

Award winning traditional flutist Jason Chamakese and singer Robert Gladue have been performing together since 2010. Combining traditional flute with drumming and vocals, they have taken their music throughout Canada and abroad to Scotland.

 Soup and Bannock

Edwards School of Business, 25 Campus Drive

In celebration for Aboriginal Achievement Week, the Edwards School of business will handing out soup and bannock near the main entrance of the school. Stop by and enjoy some delicious soup and bannock. Everyone welcome.  

Aboriginal Achievement Week Student Awards Ceremony

2 - 4 pm
Exeter Room, Marquis Hall, 97 Campus Drive
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The Aboriginal Students’ Centre is hosting the Students Awards Ceremony. The ceremony is dedicated to recognizing Aboriginal student achievement at the university. Students who have been selected for an award have exceled in their studies, conducted unique and compelling research, shown leadership, or made significant contributions to the community. Each college will recognize their outstanding Aboriginal students during the ceremony.  Hor’dourves will be served after the ceremony.

“Committee on the Constitution, Dec. 2, 1980”

4 to 5 pm              
101 Mclean Hall, 106 Wiggins Road

In honour of the late Harry Daniels, Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program will host a video presentation of Committee on the Constitution, Dec. 2, 1980. This video is of Harry Daniels presenting at a Constitutional workshop, preceding the Federal-Provincial Meeting of Ministers on Aboriginal Constitutional Matters.

Student Awards Gala

7 - 11:45 pm        
Louis Loft, 93 Campus Drive

To recognize and honor the award recipients, the Indigenous Students’ Council is hosting a gala after the awards ceremony. The gala will include dinner, a dance and entertainment. Max FineDay and Jack Saddleback will be Masters of Ceremony. Tickets for general admission are $20, student tickets are $10. Contact Feather Pewapisconias at for more information.

Friday, Feb. 6

Indigenous Leadership in Medicine and Nursing

10 am - 11:30 am             
Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building, 105 Administration  

The College of Medicine and the College of Nursing presents two leaders in Indigenous healthcare, Dr. Alika Lafontaine and Vanessa Schellenberg. Dr. Alika Lafontaine was born and raised in Saskatchewan, completing both his Medical Doctorate and Anesthesia Fellowship at the University of Saskatchewan.  Vanessa Schellenberg is a First Nation’s woman from Beardy’s Okemasis First Nation. She is a Registered Nurse, graduating from the Nursing Education Program of Saskatchewan in 2011. Dr. Lafontaine and Ms. Schellenberg will give their perspectives on leadership in their respective practices.

Two-Spirit Tea & Bannock

12 pm - 1 pm              
Aboriginal Students’ Centre, 110 Marquis Hall, 97 Campus Drive

University of Saskatchewan Student Union’s Pride Centre is hosting a short presentation on the meaning, history and contemporary oppressions of Two-Spirit people. Tea and bannock will be served.

Creative Native

1 pm to 3 pm              
Aboriginal Students’ Centre, 110 Marquis Hall, 97 Campus Drive

Marylou Mintram, Aboriginal Student Ambassador of Community and Culture, will offer an introductory beading class, hosted by the Aboriginal Students’ Centre.

Feast and Round Dance

4 pm - 2 am  
Education Gymnasium, Education Building, 28 Campus Drive 

The Indian Teacher Education Program’s Student Council is hosting their annual feast and round dance to celebrate and to conclude Aboriginal Achievement Week. This year’s round dance celebrates students from both past and present, and also acknowledges the Elders, community members, alumni, faculty, staff and students who have committed themselves to helping shape the university into a positive place for Aboriginal people. Everyone is welcome. Participants are asked to bring their own plate or bowl and eating utensils.