What is Building Bridges?

Building Bridges is a partnership program between the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre and the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) that provides programming for University of Saskatchewan students to foster respect and cultural understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous (both domestic and international) students. The program was established by students in 2013 and has since evolved in numerous ways including increasing faculty support and awareness, becoming a Co-curricular Record (CCR) approved program, development of increased program consistency, and aligning the program with the USask Learning Charter, USask 2025 Plan, Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, and USask International Blueprint.  

Cree syllabics applied to a Building Bridges participants arm using henna.
Cree syllabics applied to a Building Bridges participants hand using henna.


Upcoming events


What do we do?

Building Bridges offers bi-weekly programming throughout the regular academic year.  

Events consist of family friendly events, and culturally focused learning opportunities. Previous events include:

  • Discover Saskatoon and Wanuskewin Heritage Park
  • Land Governance and the Politics of Belonging (International and Indigenous perspectives)
  • Cultural Movie Nights
  • Holiday potluck (share your cultural foods)
  • Woodland Cree and Ways of Knowing
  • Lunar New Year Celebration
  • Beading workshop
  • Bannock Making and Traditional Indigenous Food in Treaty 6 Territory

How to contact us