The University of Saskatchewan (U of S), situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis, has hosted a powwow on its Saskatoon campus for almost 30 years. Since 2009, the powwow has been held in the spring to celebrate the academic achievements of graduating First Nations, Métis and Inuit students from the U of S and Saskatchewan high schools.

Everyone welcome

Thousands of children from Kindergarten to Grade 12 attend our annual Graduation Powwow. Attendees have the opportunity to celebrate and honour Aboriginal graduates from Saskatchewan, listen to traditional First Nations drumming and singing, watch a variety of traditional First Nations dance styles and dress, and participate in educational children's workshops held in tipi's and a Métis Red River cart.

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Schedule

9:30 am: High school graduates line up for grand entry
9:45 am: Drum roll call
10 am: Grand entry and honouring of high school graduates
11 am: Youth dance and drum competition
12:30 pm: U of S graduates line up for honouring
1 pm: Honouring of U of S graduates
2–4 pm: Adult dance and drum competition

Download a poster and print and post it in your school or community.

Learn more about the Powwow

If you’ve never attended a powwow before or if you want to learn more about the U of S Graduation Powwow, we’re hosting ‘Powwow 101’ information sessions on campus at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre at the following times:

  • Thursday, May 19 from 10-11 am
  • Friday, May 20 from 2:30-3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 24 from 9-10 am

Everyone is welcome to attend these sessions to learn about the history and cultural significance of the powwow.

If you are unable to attend any of the above sessions, we’ve also put together a concise document on some basics that will be covered during these sessions.

Register

School groups and Grade 12 graduates

Students of all ages are welcome to attend the powwow! Please have one person from your school register all students who plan on attending the powwow, including any graduating Grade 12 Aboriginal students.

U of S Aboriginal graduates

If you said you were an Aboriginal student when you applied to graduate, you were invited to take part in the Graduation Powwow’s honouring and have your name listed in the powwow’s program booklet. 

If you are a U of S graduate and have questions about the honouring or about the Graduation Powwow in general, please contact Lori Delorme by email at lori.delorme@usask.ca or by phone at 306-966-1604.

If you registered to take part in the honouring, please check in at the Registration table in the Bowl between noon and 12:30 pm on May 25. The honouring will take place at 1 pm.

Contact us

For more information, please contact the Aboriginal Students' Centre at asc@usask.ca or 306-966-5081.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Benefits

Becoming an official sponsor of the U of S Graduation Powwow places you in a unique position to:

  • showcase your organization’s commitment to celebrate First Nations, Métis, and Inuit scholarship, and
  • raise your organization’s profile and image among the campus and Aboriginal communities (more than 3,000 people in total).

For more information about getting involved with the Graduation Powwow, please contact Graeme Joseph by email at graeme.joseph@usask.ca or by telephone at 306-966-7287.

Sponsor Presenting

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Partners

Friends

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Sponsorship Amounts $7,500 - $12,500+
Limited to one - FILLED
$5,000 - $7,499
Limited to two
$2,500 - $4999
Limited to two
$1,000 -2,499 In-kind
Naming Opportunities Acknowledged as the presenting sponsor for Secondary School Grand Entry, and USask Grand Entry. Exposition or Children’s Tent Dignitary or Veterans Tent    
Advertising          
Event Guide Full page Recognition Half-Page Recognition Quarter-Page Recognition Program Listing  
Promotional Material Presenting Sponsor Recognition Pre and Post event Logo Recognition Logo Recognition    
Powwow Website Presenting Sponsor Recognition Logo Recognition Logo Recognition Recognition Recognition
Social Media Multiple ASC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram recognition with paid boosts ASC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram recognition with paid boost. ASC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram recognition with paid boost. ASC Facebook, Twitter recognition ASC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram recognition
Eagle Feather Newspaper Thankyou Presenting Sponsor Recognition Logo Recognition Logo Recognition Recognition Recognition
EventAd          
Verbal Recognition by MC Presenting Sponsor Recognition within Grand Entry and throughout event Recognition Recognition Recognition Recognition
Advertising Signage on the Master of Ceremonies and Host Drum Tent. Banner on the Exposition or Children’s Tent. Signage by the Dignitaries, Veterans and Tent. Recognition on Signage on light posts around the bowl. Recognition on Signage on light posts around the bowl.
Employee Engagement Employee Engagement Opportunities        
Exposition Tent Promotional space and three tables provided. One table provided. Table provided. Table provided. Table provided.
Dancer Bib Presenting Sponsor Recognition        
Grand Entry Option to Participate within the grand entry within lead group Option to Participate within the grand entry. Option to Participate within the grand entry. Option to Participate within the grand entry. Option to Participate within the grand entry.
Welcome Presenting Sponsor will have the option to provide welcoming remarks at the first Grand Entry.