Graduation Powwow

Graduation Powwow
May 31, 2017
Celebrating high school and university graduates.

The University of Saskatchewan (uSask) is a welcoming, diverse and supportive community that is dedicated to First Nations, Métis and Inuit student success.

Our main campus is located on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis, and we pay our respect to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another.

Join more than 2,200 self-declared First Nations, Métis and Inuit students currently studying at our main campus in Saskatoon or at one of our off-campus sites located throughout the province.

Declare your ancestry when you apply. Help to strengthen the voice of Aboriginal students on our campus and help us to support you through the admissions process and beyond!

Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

The Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre is a place where First Nations, Métis and Inuit students are able to access programs and services designed to create a sense of community and an enriched experience for students here. In this inclusive gathering place, the rich history of the Saskatchewan region is celebrated.

The centre is home to the Aboriginal Students’ Centre and Indigenous student leadership, with additional space for programming and ceremonies.

Aboriginal Students' Centre (ASC)

The Aboriginal Students' Centre (ASC) is dedicated to supporting Aboriginal student academic and personal success.

Come to the ASC to study, use a computer, connect with other students, and participate in the wide variety of programs and services offered throughout the year, including:

  • orientation for new students
  • student success workshops
  • English, math/statistics and chemistry tutoring
  • social and cultural programming, such as Elders' visits, weekly soup and bannock, sweat lodge and pipe ceremonies, and Creative Native workshops
  • Aboriginal Achievement Week
  • Graduation Powwow

Indigenous Students' Council

The Indigenous Students’ Council (ISC) is a U of S student group that aims to unify and engage Aboriginal students on campus through cultural, academic and social activities. 

Arts and Science

Aboriginal Student Achievement Program (ASAP) 

Learn to improve your academic skills, connect with Aboriginal role models and upper-year peer mentors, and get involved by taking part in an ASAP Learning Community. In ASAP, you will share a common group of classes with other Aboriginal first-year students and will enjoy other benefits of ASAP, including small class sizes, culturally sensitive instructors, and cultural events and time with Elders.

Trish Monture Centre for Student Success

The renovated and expanded Trish Monture Centre for Student Success is open to both ASAP students and University Transition Program students for academic advising or studying purposes. Our mission at the Trish Monture Centre is to encourage students and to do this, we use a holistic approach to advising that addresses each student as a whole person.

Edwards School of Business

Rawlinson Centre for Aboriginal Business Students (renamed in 2016) 

Access research resources, find a place to study, or attend cultural or professional development events at one of the only dedicated spaces for Aboriginal business students in the country.


Indigenous Peoples Initiatives

The College of Engineering creates a community for student success by raising Indigenous awareness within the college and by creating connections among current and prospective students, Indigenous communities, community organizations and schools, faculty and staff in the college and corporations, opening doors for students to careers and opportunity.


Program of Legal Studies for Native People (PLSNP) 

Prepare to study law over this eight-week summer program, dedicated to improving access to legal education for Aboriginal students.


Aboriginal Student Mentorship Program

Meet medical students, doctors and other healthcare workers and gain exposure to the healthcare field by spending a half or full day with a physician.


University of Saskatchewan Community of Aboriginal Nursing (UCAN)

Find support throughout your nursing education through UCAN, which provides academic advising, advisement/referrals to other support services, and community-building opportunities to students at each of our sites.

Programs with an Aboriginal focus

Agriculture and Bioresources

Arts and Science



Graduate programs

  • Aboriginal Agriculture and Land Management (PGD)
  • Indigenous Studies (Master’s)
  • Northern Governance and Development (Master’s)
  • Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (Master’s)

Scholarships and Awards

The University of Saskatchewan offers many scholarships, bursaries and awards, and several are designated specially for students of Aboriginal ancestry. You are encouraged to apply for as many of our scholarships, bursaries and awards as possible, but if you'd like to see which of our awards are open exclusively to Aboriginal students, enter “Aboriginal” as a keyword in the Awards Search database.

Circle of Honour Awards (Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships)

uSask's Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships, our top awards for entering students, include five designated for Aboriginal students, known as the Circle of Honours Awards. These scholarships range in value from $24,000 to $40,000 over four years and are awarded to recognize academic excellence and community engagement.

Competitive Entrance Awards

Valued at up to $32,000, Competitive Entrance Awards may be offered based on academic achievement, financial need and/or contributions to school and community life. 

Here are a few resources you can access to learn about other scholarship opportunities for Aboriginal students:

Band Funding

If you have questions about applying for funding offered by your band or tribal council, contact your high school or post-secondary counsellor in your school or community. Visit our Band Funding page for more details, including contact phone numbers for Saskatchewan communities.

Residence and Housing

There are four residence complexes at the University of Saskatchewan, each offering its own benefits and appealing to students with different needs. 

For more information about living in residence or to access resources to find off-campus housing, check out our Housing and Residence page.


USSU Childcare Centre
The USSU Childcare Centre is licensed and has room for 66 children aged six months to six years. Priority is given to undergraduate students.

Campus Daycare
The Campus Daycare is a licensed facility that provides care for the children of U of S students, staff and faculty. The facility has room for 44 children between 30 and 60 months old (two and a half to six years old).

Rm. 1201 Education Building
28 Campus Dr.

Health and Counselling

Student Health Services and Counselling Services are both available on the main University of Saskatchewan campus. A wide variety of online resources are also available to all students to help you stay healthy during your studies. 


A universal city bus pass, or U-Pass, is included in your student fees, whether you are planning to enroll full- or part-time in undergraduate or graduate-level study.

If you plan to drive to campus, there are a number of parking lots allocated for student parking, as well.

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