Graduation Powwow

Graduation Powwow
May 27th, 2015
Celebrating high school and university graduates.


Proudly located in the heart of Treaty 6 on First Nations and Métis territory, the University of Saskatchewan is a welcoming, diverse and supportive community that is dedicated to Aboriginal student success.

Join more than 2,100 self-declared First Nations, Métis and Inuit students currently studying at the University of Saskatchewan 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!

Aboriginal Students' Centre (ASC)

Studying at the ASC

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

Come to the ASC, currently located in Marquis Hall but soon moving to the Gordon Oakes Red-Bear Student Centre, 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
  • English and math tutoring
  • student development workshops
  • social and cultural programming

Gordon Oakes Redbear Student Centre

Gordon Oakes-Red Bear Student CentreThe U of S has begun construction of the new Gordon Oakes Redbear Student Centre, which will be a vibrant, inclusive gathering place that welcomes everyone—Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike—to come together and learn from each other in respectful ways.

Designed by well-known architect Douglas Cardinal, who is of Métis and Blackfoot heritage, the new centre will house both the Aboriginal Students' Centre and the Indigenous Students' Council, with additional space for learning and ceremonies.

Construction of the centre is well underway. Check out the live webcam feed of the construction site to see the centre's progress.

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 leisure activities. The council, which is comprised of eight students, plans and implements programs to fulfill its mission.

One ISC initiative is the Role Model Program, which is designed to connect Aboriginal students at the U of S with Aboriginal students in high school. The goal of the program is to raise awareness about the post-secondary opportunities available to young students.

Arts and Science

The Aboriginal Student Achievement Program (ASAP) in the College of Arts and Science helps first-year Aboriginal students develop a community on campus, improve their academic skills, and set academic and career goals. In the ASAP Learning Communities, a small group of Aboriginal first-year students register in a common set of three classes, including courses such as psychology, English and biology.

In addition to sharing a common classroom experience, the students gather as a smaller community in a weekly LC hour guided by two successful senior students, where they learn about career options, study together, participate in cultural activities and get involved in the larger community. Extra tutorials to work on essential academic skills are also provided.

Edwards School of Business

The Rawlco Resource Centre at the Edwards School of Business is one of the few dedicated spaces for Aboriginal students in business schools across Canada. Business students can use the centre for studying, group project work, research, meeting classmates and lounging.


The Program of Legal Studies for Native People (PLSNP) is an eight-week summer course in property law that prepares Aboriginal students for admission to, and success in, law studies at universities across Canada. The goal of the PLSNP is to increase the number of Aboriginal lawyers in Canada’s legal profession.


Students who want to gain exposure to the health-care field may participate in the Aboriginal Student Mentorship Program. The College of Medicine will arrange for students to spend a half or full day with a physician, giving students the opportunity to meet medical students, doctors and other health-care workers.

The college’s Aboriginal programming and initiatives also include equity seats, scholarships, summer employment, the sharing of Indigenous knowledge, curriculum development and a warm and welcoming environment for community members, students and families.


The University of Saskatchewan Community of Aboriginal Nursing (UCAN) recruits and supports Aboriginal students interested in or enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Aboriginal nursing advisors in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert work with students to build community through gatherings and peer networks, provide academic and personal advisement and facilitate tutoring, mentorship and referrals to culturally appropriate supports as requested. UCAN advisors are also available to provide information and referrals for childcare, housing, funding and other concerns.

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.

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.


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. 

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.


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.

Was this page helpful?

What could make this page better?

Or, let us know what would have been more helpful:

If you have any questions that weren't answered by our website, contact us.