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 celebrations and monthly birthday parties for students who are away from home.
- 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 at noon and on Mondays for Smudge and Share at 9:30 am. We also offer Creative Native and Knowledge Keeper presentations.
- Ceremonies such as Pipe Ceremonies and Sweats are held during each of the four seasons and for special events like Pride Centre’s Queerapalooza.
- The centre also celebrates student success through Aboriginal Achievement Week, Graduation Powwow, and National Aboriginal Day.
The ASC works in partnership with colleges and services across campus to support Aboriginal students. The center provides one-on-advising and referrals when necessary. If you require assistance, please contact Lori Delorme, Student Services Coordinator for assistance.
Student Ambassador Program
The Aboriginal Student Ambassadors are an important part of the ASC team.
With direction from the Team Leader, ambassadors work with ASC staff throughout the academic year
- to host events,
- undertake special projects,
- support the centre,
- and work with colleges and other student services to encourage Aboriginal students to participate in programs and events across campus.
Team Leader, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Success
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.
Student Services Coordinator
Lori is Métis born and raised in Cochin, Saskatchewan. She has been working at the Aboriginal Students' Centre for over 17 years with her most current role being Student Services Coordinator. Her primary role is to assist 1st Year Aboriginal students to 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: Applying to University, moving to Saskatoon, Child care, budgeting, or any personal concerns or needs you may have. If you are unknown to this 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.
Amaranta Sokol Como
Student Development Coordinator
Amaranta (Amy) is from Duck Lake, SK. She is alumni of University of Saskatchewan; as a graduate of SUNTEP and more recently receiving her M.Ed. through the Department of Educational Foundations. Amaranta will be working as part of the ASC team to provide support services and coordinate opportunities for Aboriginal students.
Ellmere is a Cree woman from Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan. She has been working as 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.