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 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.  Weekends the first floor ONLY of the building is open for students to come and study or do homework.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

 This session 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.  Please contact Rachel Fiddler at 306-966-2871 for more information.

Sweat Lodge Ceremonies

Sweat lodge ceremonies are held during the school term as well as during special events.  Please contact Rachel Fiddler at 306-966-2871 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.

Aboriginal self declaration

The University of Saskatchewan has made Aboriginal student success a priority. To help the university support and better understand the needs of Aboriginal students, we ask Aboriginal students to self-declare as First Nation, Métis or Inuit.

The university will use this information to develop and maintain effective programs and services that support Aboriginal student academic and personal success. This will include sending information about events, programs and services specifically for Aboriginal students.

Self declaration is optional.

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