Gathering Places

Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

The Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre is intended to be an inclusive, intercultural gathering space for the entire campus community, and is a part of the university’s community of supports that ensure the success of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

The centre is grounded in the teachings of collaboration, cooperation, humility, reciprocity and sharing. Through teachings, events and ceremonies, the cultures and contributions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples will be recognized and celebrated.

The building houses the Aboriginal Students’ Centre and Aboriginal student leadership groups—with additional space for learning, gathering and ceremonies.

Aboriginal Students' Centre

The Aboriginal Students’ Centre (ASC) is a welcoming place to make friends and access support. Staff at the ASC are committed to supporting the academic and personal success of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. 


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 (AAW) to celebrate Aboriginal achievement, reflect on traditions and ceremonies, and connect with the community.

Social and Cultural Programming

For more information for any of the events below, contact the Aboriginal Students' Centre directly or check us out on Twitter or Facebook.

Creative Native Hour

Join us for Creative Native where you can learn how to make a variety of traditional crafts or hone your current skills. Workshops include beading, drum making, and basketry.

 This session most Fridays at 1-2 pm
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

Soup and Bannock

Generosity and sharing meals is an important part of Aboriginal peoples’ cultures. To honor these traditions, the ASC co-hosts Soup and Bannock with another university programs or student service every Wednesday.

 This session every Wednesday at noon-1:30 pm
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

Elders Service

Elders will be available for cultural teachings during each Soup and Bannock. The ASC recognizes the uniqueness of different Aboriginal peoples, and makes a conscious effort to bring in Elders from different communities across Saskatchewan.

 This session every Wednesday at 11:30-1:30 pm
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

Pipe Ceremonies

The ASC hosts pipe ceremonies for each of the four seasons of the year and during special events. Pipe ceremonies are conducted by the university’s Cultural Coordinator.  Please contact Bob Badger for more information.

 Palliser Gardens

Sweat Lodge Ceremonies

Sweat lodge ceremonies are held for each of the four seasons of the year and during special events.  Sweats are a traditional purification ceremonies and are conducted by the university’s Cultural Coordinator.  Please contact Bob Badger for more information.


Aboriginal Funding

Aboriginal students, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, may receive specialized government support for post-secondary education.

First Nations students may receive federal funding for post-secondary study as part of the treaty right to education. This funding is administered through First Nations bands or tribal councils who receive a set, limited amount of funding to distribute annually through the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP). This funding may cover tuition, mandatory student fees and a living allowance.

First Nations students should contact their band for more information. In Saskatchewan, most bands have post-secondary coordinators with whom you will need to speak regarding funding.

Inuit students should contact their designated organization or Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) regarding applying for support. General information about the program and contact information for bands, designated organizations, and regional INAC offices can be found on the INAC website.

Métis students may be eligible for financial support through Employment and Social Development Canada’s Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy. Check with your local or provincial Métis organization to see if they are an agreement holder and to learn more about the program’s eligibility requirements and the support offered. In Saskatchewan, Métis students can contact Gabriel Dumont Institute for more information.

Students are encouraged to ensure that their sponsors fill out the Sponsorship Agency Form as early as possible. View information for Sponsored Students including obligations, procedures and due dates.

First Nations Funding contact information for Saskatchewan Band post secondary coordinators.



We have Aboriginal faculty across our campus and colleges.

Community Organizations