Aboriginal Students' Centre (ASC)

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 Métis, First Nation and Inuit students. The centre prides itself in creating an inclusive community through personal, social, cultural and academic programs and services held throughout the academic year.

Address
5 Campus Drive
Hours
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Culture

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Smudge and share

Join us every Monday morning for a smudging ceremony led by Elder Louise Halfe. It is a chance to come together as a community to prepare for the week ahead. Following the smudge, Elder Louise Halfe will be available to meet with students for support and to provide cultural teachings. 

Students, faculty and staff are all welcome to attend. 

 Every Monday at 9:30 am
 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.

 Every Wednesday at 11:30-1:30 pm
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

Pipe ceremonies

The ASC hosts pipe ceremonies during the school term as well as during special events.

Sweat lodge ceremonies

Sweat lodge ceremonies are held during the school term as well as during special events.

For any questions about cultural programming at the Aboriginal Students' Center, contact:

Rachel Fiddler
Community Resource Coordinator, ASC


Social / Academic

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Academic support

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

Advising and Support

The ASC works in partnership with colleges and services across campus to support Aboriginal students. The center provides student support advising and referrals when necessary as well as monthly check-ins for first year students.

Old Time Métis Dinner and Dance

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

 November 8, 2018
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

For any questions about the above programming at the Aboriginal Students' Center, contact:

Lori Delorme
Student Services Coordinator

Lori can help you by answering questions about applying to University, moving to Saskatoon, childcare, budgeting, or any personal concerns or needs you may have. If you are unfamiliar to 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.


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Soup and bannock

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

 Every Wednesday at noon to 1:30 pm
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

Parent Circle

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

 Monthly, check newsletter for upcoming dates
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

Building Bridges

Provides a safe space to learn about culture and identity, dispel myths, ask questions, promote commonalities and respectfully understand differences.

 Building Bridges Facebook group

Health and Wellness

Campus recreation teams, Fitness4U, therapy dogs, and other experiences are facilitated through ASC. Keep an eye on our newsletter or Facebook page for details throughout the term.

For any questions about the above programming at the Aboriginal Students' Center, contact:

Amaranta Sokol Como
Student Development Coordinator

Amaranta works as part of the ASC team to coordinate educational, personal, and group development opportunities for Aboriginal students.


Events

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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 Métis, First Nations and Inuit graduates from the U of S and from high schools across Saskatchewan.

May 31, 2019
Merlis Belsher Place

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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.

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New Student Welcome

The ASC New Student Welcome is a free program for new Métis, First Nations and Inuit students at the end of August. It’s a great way to get familiar with campus and meet new people before classes start in September.

August 29 and 30, 2019
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

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 Métis, First Nations 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 Métis, First Nations 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.

The building's hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m with the exception that at 4:30 p.m. the doors automatically lock to get up to the second floor.  On weekends only the first floor of the building is open for students to come and study or do homework.

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