Aboriginal Students' Centre (ASC)

The Aboriginal Students’ Centre is dedicated to supporting the academic and personal success of Métis, First Nations and Inuit students. The centre offers personal, social, cultural and academic support through programs, services and events held throughout the academic year.

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

Programs and Services

The centre prides itself on creating an inclusive community that supports students by providing a variety of programs and services throughout the Regular Session.

  • Support for new students through orientation programing and monthly events to help keep students connected to advisors and support services.
  • Research and writing workshops, as well as English, Math/Stats and Chemistry tutoring throughout the week.  English is in partnership with the Student Learning Services.
  • Social events such as Soup and Bannock, which are hosted every Wednesday in partnership with a university college or student service. The centre also hosts seasonal and birthday celebrations for students who are away from home.
  • Annual Social Event "Old Time Métis Dinner and Dance".
  • Presentations and workshops to help students gain the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to stay healthy, strong, and inspired throughout their studies.
  • Cultural programing includes Elders Services, who visit the centre during Soup and Bannock on Wednesdays from 11:30am - 1:30pm,  Mondays for Smudge and Share at 9:30 am and Mass on certain Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 am (watch for updates in the ASC weekly newsletter and Facebook for that information).
  • We also offer CreativiTea and Knowledge Keeper presentations.
  • Ceremonies such as Pipe Ceremonies and Sweats are held during the school term and for special events like Pride Centre’s Queerapalooza.
  • The centre also celebrates student success through Indigenous Achievement Week, Graduation Powwow, and National Aboriginal Day.

Support Services Advising and Referrals

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. If you require assistance, please contact Lori Delorme, Student Services Coordinator for assistance.

Staff

Graeme Joseph

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

306-966-7287

Graeme is Gitxsan from northwestern British Columbia. He is a member of the House of Guxsan, which is part of the Fireweed Clan or Gisgaast. He has worked in higher education for almost fourteen years at the University of British Columbia's Vancouver Campus (UBC).

Graeme is tasked with ensuring the diverse needs of Aboriginal students are considered and that barriers to access and support are examined and addressed and will work to strengthen the services and supports available for Aboriginal students.

graeme.joseph@usask.ca


Lori Delorme

Lori Delorme
Student Services Coordinator

306-966-1604

Lori is Métis born and raised from Cochin, Saskatchewan. She has been working at the Aboriginal Students' Centre for over 20 years with her most current role being Student Services Coordinator. Her primary role is to assist 1st year Aboriginal students with their transition to the University of Saskatchewan. She is their first point of contact at the ASC and can meet for one on one issues or concerns such as: steps in applying to University, moving to Saskatoon, locations for child-care, 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.

lori.delorme@usask.ca


Amaranta Sokol Comoe

Amaranta Sokol Como
Student Development Coordinator

306-966-1368

Amaranta (Amy) is from Duck Lake, SK. She has her education degree through SUNTEP and her master’s through the Department of Educational Foundations. Amaranta coordinates educational, personal, and group development opportunities for Aboriginal students.

a.sokolcomo@usask.ca


Ellmere Duquette

Ellmere Duquette
Clerical Assistant

306-966-5790

Ellmere is a Cree woman from Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan.  She has been the new Clerical Assistant for the Aboriginal Students’ Centre since December 2012.  She is very excited to be a part of the phenomenal staff at the Aboriginal Students’ Centre.  

ellmere.duquette@usask.ca


Rachel Fiddler

Rachel Fiddler
Community Resource Coordinator

306-966-2871

Rachel is a member of the Waterhen Lake Cree Nation and has matrilineal roots in Cote First Nation. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan (Sociology, Aboriginal Justice and Criminology program). Her career has been in community development as well as cultural and academic support services for Indigenous youth. Her role with the Aboriginal Students’ Centre (ASC) is to coordinate cultural events, to liaise with community and to support the various programs and services offered by the ASC.


rachel.fiddler@usask.ca