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Aboriginal Students' Centre

The Aboriginal Students' Centre (ASC) is dedicated to supporting the personal, social, cultural, and academic success of Métis, First Nations and Inuit students.

Services are available in-person and online. Building is open during regular hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) with reduced seating available on main floor.

Address
5 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 5A4
Hours
Monday to Friday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
(closed all statutory holidays)

Cultural Programming

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Grounding Circle

(previously Smudge & Share)

Join us Mondays at 10:00 AM for a weekly Grounding Circle with Elders Roland Duquette and Louise Halfe. These circles are intended to be a confidential space for students, staff and elders to connect virtually. It is a shared safe space focused on respect, kindness, compassion and maintaining good relationships with one another. 

Elders and Knowledge Keeper Service

Elders and Knowledge Keepers are available during select programming and also for student use when requested.  We recognize the uniqueness of different Indigenous peoples, and makes a conscious effort to bring in Elders from different communities across Saskatchewan.

Ceremony

(on hold until further notice)

We host both Pipe Ceremonies and Sweat Lodge Ceremonies during the regular school term as well as during special events. Please watch our newsletter for updates and additional information. 

  For any questions about our cultural programming please contact:

Rachel Fiddler
Community Resource Coordinator

Academic & Social Programming

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Workshop and Tutors

Research and writing workshops, as well as English, Math/Stats and Chemistry tutoring, are offered throughout the week.  English is in partnership with the Learning Hub. 

Support and Referrals

We work partnership with colleges and services across campus to support Indigenous students. By providing student support with advising and referrals when necessary. Virtual drop-ins will be available weekly. This is an opportunity for students who may:

  • have questions or concerns regarding university life
  • in need of some guidance
  • in need of other support services
  • discuss how things are going

If you are feeling overwhelmed, have any questions or need to chat, please email Lori Delorme for available appointments.

First Year Monthly Check-in

Monthly check-ins create a greater sense of community among first-year students and provide them with a support system during their freshman year at USask.

For any questions about our Academic & Social programming please contact:

Lori Delorme
Student Services Coordinator

Student Development Programming

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Health and Wellness

We offer a wide spectrum of supports and activities to help Indigenous students maintain a healthy lifestyle and create a sense of community. Some of these activities include:

  • Sports teams 
  • Therapy dogs
  • Wellness Presentations
  • Paint nights
  • ASC Run Club
  • Fitness 4U

Soup and Bannock

(on hold until further notice)

Sharing meals is an important part of Indigenous peoples’ cultures. To honor these traditions, we co-host Soup and Bannock with other university programs or student service every Wednesday at 12:00 PM.

Parent Circle

(on hold until further notice)

Every month, parents on campus come together to share knowledge. Families are welcome, activities are provided for children.

Building Bridges

Our award winning program provides a safe space to learn about culture and identity, dispel myths, ask questions, promote commonalities and respectfully understand differences. For information on current events, please our webpage or the Building Bridges Facebook page

For any questions about our Student Development Programming please contact:

 

 

 

Amaranta (Amy) Sokol Como
Student Services Coordinator


Annual Events

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Indigenous Graduation Celebration 

(formerly known as the Graduation Powwow)

Join us as we celebrate the academic achievements of graduating Métis, First Nations and Inuit students from the University of Saskatchewan. Everyone is welcome. 

June 2022

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Indigenous Achievement Week

Each year the University of Saskatchewan hosts Indigenous Achievement Week (IAW) to celebrate Métis, First Nations and Inuit student achievement, reflect on traditions and ceremonies and connect with the community.

February 7 - 11, 2022

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New Student Welcome

New Métis, First Nations and Inuit students are encouraged to join our New Student Welcome. It’s a great way to get familiar with campus and meet new people before classes start in September and January.

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Thank you to our lead sponsor Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel for helping us make the New Student Welcome and the first-year check-ins a yearly success.

Winter Term: TBD 

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Old Time Métis Dinner and Dance

(on hold until further notice)

This family-friendly event is dedicated to bringing Métis students, staff, faculty, and community members together to celebrate Métis culture, history, and community at USask.


 

The Building

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Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

The Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre  is an inclusive, intercultural gathering place where students can connect with other students, access supports, and utilize space. The centre is the home to the Aboriginal Students' Centre (ASC) and provides space to Indigenous student leadership groups. 

Key features of the student centre:

  • Bright open student study spaces
  • Student Lounge with kitchenette
  • Gender neutral bathrooms
  • Quiet study areas
  • Computer lab and printer
  • Private Elders room for smudging
  • Two (2) bookable meeting rooms 
  • Direct in person support

Our Staff

Lori Delorme
Student Services Coordinator


Rachel Fiddler
Community Resource Coordinator, ASC


Graeme Joseph
Team Leader, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Success


Amaranta Sokol Como
Student Development Coordinator