Monday, Feb. 8

Aboriginal Achievement Week Pipe Ceremony

9:30-10:30 am
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

The Aboriginal Students’ Centre will host a pipe ceremony to begin Aboriginal Achievement Week. This pipe ceremony has no gender divide. It is gender neutral and is open and accepting of all gender identities.

Aboriginal Achievement Week Brunch

10:30-11:30 am        
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

The Aboriginal Students’ Centre will host a hot brunch after the pipe ceremony.

Buffalo Boys Performance

Noon-1 pm              
 Upper Place Riel, 1 Campus Drive

Aboriginal Students’ Centre is hosting Buffalo Boy Productions. Buffalo Boy Productions is a First Nations dance company with mixed repertory representative of Saskatchewan’s Cree, Dene, Nakawe, Dakota, Nakota and Lakota song and dance traditions. Come by and enjoy and learn more about Saskatchewan First Nations song and dance traditions.

Motivational Talk by Marcel Petit

1:30-2:30 pm             
 Neatby Timlin Theatre, room 241, Arts Building 

Marcel Petit is a Métis filmmaker who has worked on several short dramatic pieces and feature documentaries. His work includes Hookers. A Documentary (2008), The PISIM Project (2010) and The Jim Brady Story (2011), which he co-directed. He is also a community activist and a strong believer in hope and change.

Sharing and Giving Back

4-5:30 pm            
 Room 112, Edwards School of Business

Entrepreneurs will speak to their experience on sharing and giving back to the community.

Elle Maija Tailfeathers – Feminist Film Screening
4-6 pm
Room 146, Arts Building

Blackfoot-Sami filmmaker Elle Maija Tailfeathers will screen her work, including A Red Girl’s Reasoning and Bihttos, just nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. Panelists will join in afterward for a discussion and snacks.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

First Peoples - First Person Networking event

10:30-noon
 Office Space 303, on the third floor, St. Andrew’s College 

Are you interested in Indigenous Health research? Network with researchers in the related area and write Prime Minister Trudeau a valentine in the support of the well-being of Indigenous children and the social inequalities they face. This is in conjunction with "'Have a Heart Day”, the campaign is led by the First Nations Child and Family Caring, a dynamic non-profit organization led by Dr. Cindy Blackstock which advocates for the rights of First Nations children. The Caring Society says, "Have a Heart Day is about caring Canadians working together to ensure First Nations children have proper services that make them feel proud of who they are”. 

Coffee and refreshments provided.

Student Success Stories and Innovative Programming

Noon-1 pm              
Room 1E80, College of Agriculture and Bioresources Building, 51 Campus Drive

An overview of the new Kanawayihetaytan Askiy certificate, as well as two new potential diploma streams will be provided. In addition, past student experiences will be provided by a past graduate of the Indigenous Peoples Resource Management Program and a student currently enrolled in the Renewable Resource Management Program.

Hosted by the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

Research Exchange, Expertise, and Exposé, R(EX)3

1 pm      
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

This panel presentation will introduce undergraduates and the campus community to highlights and opportunities in one of six signature research areas, Aboriginal Peoples: Scholarship and Engagement from perspectives in Education and Health Sciences. Dr. Jeff Baker, Dr. Sarah Oosman, and doctoral candidate Michelle Whitstone will feature their various research perspectives, findings, opportunities, and processes: Dr. Baker, Chair in Aboriginal Education, Dr. Oosman community-engaged scholar in Aboriginal Health, College of Medicine-School of Physical Therapy, and Ms. Whitstone PhD candidate in Education.

The panel consists of three, 10-minute individual presentations and a 15-minute moderated question and answer session. All are welcome.

Hosted by the Undergraduate Research Initiative-OVPR and Student Learning Services, University Library. 

Library Dean’s Research Lecture 2016:  Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future

2:30-3:30 pm      
Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building

The presentation is by Ry Moran, the director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) at the University of Manitoba.

Hosted by the University Library.

Culture Through the Arts

 5-6:30 pm
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

The Indigenous Graduate Students’ Council is hosting three talented First Nations and Metis artists and performers. Join us for an evening of traditional and contemporary song, dance, and poetry, featuring Krystle Pederson, Warren Isbister-Bear and Zoey Roy.

Appetizers and refreshments provided. 

Wednesday, Feb. 10

St. Mary’s Elementary School Dance Troupe with the Dallas and Phil Boyer Band

11 am-noon
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

St Mary’s has over 20 dancers and drummers in their dance troupe from kindergarten to Grade 8. The dance troupe began in the spring of 1989 as an extracurricular activity run by St Mary’s Staff. Today Elders, parents, community members and staff teach students the values and traditions of the Aboriginal Culture and Dance, and each dancer and drummer holds great respect for their dance and songs.

Soup and Bannock

Noon-1 pm               
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

The Aboriginal Students’ Centre is hosting soup and bannock. Enjoy some great conversation and delicious fry bread and soup.

Michif Language and Culture

1:30-3:30
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

Join Elder Norman Fleury for a presentation on Michif language, history, culture and storytelling.

Building Bridges sessions with Dr. Verna St. Denis

5-7 pm
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

This interactive session highlights the relationships between groups of Canadian peoples based on historical systems, and how these relationships create a power dynamic that perpetuates and reproduces inequality. It will be opportunity for participants to discuss their understanding of and experience with racism and privilege in Canada.

Aboriginal Arts Festival
6:30-10 pm
Louis' Loft

The festival will include musical and poetic performances by students from the U of S, in addition to a physical art showcase, and a space for students to sell their artwork.  No cover. Free appetizers provided.

Presented by the Indigenous Students’ Council.

Thursday, February 11

Traditional Medicine and Health, Valerie Bradfield and Dr. Jim Waldram

10-11 am             
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

Valerie Bradfield, RN. BScN, and Dr. Jim Waldram, Ph.D., will present their perspectives, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, on Aboriginal health and healing.  They will each touch on the traditional and contemporary aspects of health from their unique backgrounds and training in this important area that intersects our everyday lives. 

This is a partnership with the College of Nursing, College of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition.

Bannock Chat with the Edwards Student and Faculty Services Office

11:30 am             
Main entrance, Edwards School of Business 

Come by for some homemade soup and bannock beginning at 11:30 am!

Jigging Performance and Instruction with fiddle music by Dallas & Phil Boyer

Noon-12:45 pm 
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

Interested in learning how to jig? Wanting to show off your fancy foot work? Come and enjoy some Métis traditional dancing and music! Soup and bannock will be served after the performance. 

Sponsored by the Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre.

Achieving Indigenous Success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

 1-2 pm
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

This event will feature a panel presentation and World Café discussion on achieving Indigenous success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Panelists will offer perspectives on the benefits and challenges of being a STEM university student, and discuss the path to becoming a scientist or professional engineer. The World Café will provide an opportunity for everyone to share their ideas on how STEM can help Indigenous communities solve practical needs, such as providing access to safe drinking water.

Aboriginal Achievement Week Student Awards Ceremony

3-4:30 pm
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

The Aboriginal Students’ Centre is hosting the Students Awards Ceremony. The ceremony is dedicated to recognizing Aboriginal student achievement at the university. Students who have been selected for an award have excelled in their studies, conducted unique and compelling research, shown exemplary leadership, or made significant contributions to the community. Each college will recognize their outstanding Aboriginal students during the ceremony. Hors d’oeuvres will be served after the ceremony.

Aboriginal Achievement Week Gala
7 pm-12:30 am
Louis' Loft

The Aboriginal Achievement Week Gala celebrate Aboriginal achievement across the U of S. The gala will begin with dinner from 7 to 9 pm, followed by a dance/networking event with a cash bar, candy bar, DJ and photo booth until 12:30 am that evening.

Tickets: $10 for students, $20 for staff/community | Email isc@usask.ca for tickets or buy them at the door.

Presented by the Indigenous Students’ Council.

Friday, Feb. 12

The Office of the Treaty Commissioner presents: Lunch, Learn and Listen 

11:30 am-1 pm               
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

Please join OTC as we gather for lunch.  Sit, listen and reflect on the teachings from Office of the Treaty Commissioner staff as we talk about resilience as it relates to our traditions.  

Creative Native

1-3 pm              
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

This special Creative Native will feature two options: bead work and sash weaving. Elder Maria Linklater will be sharing her teachings and skills with beadwork. Scott Duffee will share the Métis tradition and history of the sash so you can begin weaving your own. 

Feast and Round Dance

4 pm-midnight  
Education Gymnasium, Education Building, 28 Campus Drive 

The Indian Teacher Education Program’s Student Council is hosting their annual feast and round dance to celebrate and to conclude Aboriginal Achievement Week.  Everyone is welcome. Participants are asked to bring their own plate or bowl and eating utensils.