At USask

Indigenous Engagement

The vice-provost, Indigenous engagement provides inspirational, transformational, and visionary leadership for the Indigenous academic portfolio at the University of Saskatchewan.

The vice-provost, Indigenous engagement works alongside Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in and outside of the University to achieve the academic mission of the university, broadly intersecting with such areas as governance, teaching, learning and student experience, and research. In addition, they provide the guidance and leadership necessary to engage students, faculty, and staff so that members of the university, as a whole, see themselves working towards and contributing to Indigenization and Reconciliation initiatives as identified in the university vision, mission and values statements and the emerging University Plan.

Gordon Oakes Red Bear Center

Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

The Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre is intended to be an inclusive, intercultural gathering space for the entire campus community, and is a part of the university’s community of supports that ensure the success of Métis, First Nations and Inuit students.

The centre is grounded in the teachings of collaboration, cooperation, humility, reciprocity and sharing. Through teachings, events and ceremonies, the cultures and contributions of Métis, First Nations and Inuit peoples will be recognized and celebrated.

The building houses the Aboriginal Students’ Centre and Aboriginal student leadership groups—with additional space for learning, gathering and ceremonies.

In Saskatchewan

Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of the Treaties, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.

Saskatoon Tribal Council

Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) improves the quality of life of First Nations through mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations and industry.

Opportunities for improved living are accessed through programs and services in health, safety, economic development, education, and financial investments in the broader community. Acting as a representative body for seven First Nations, STC delivers programs and services to those living in member communities and Saskatoon.

Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan

The Friendship Centre movement is built on community support, trust, strong leadership, tradition and faith and is mandated to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal Peoples throughout Canada.

The concept of Friendship Centres originated in the 1950s with the increasing numbers of Aboriginal people moving into urban areas. The centres were created within urban settings as a way to address the needs of First Nations and Métis people at the local level, providing referrals and counselling with respect to employment, housing, education, health, and liaison with other community organizations. Saskatchewan currently has 11 Friendship Centres and a corporate office in Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre (SICC)

Since 1972, the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre (SICC) has worked to preserve and revitalize First Nations languages in Saskatchewan. It also assist First Nations people, educators, students, government agencies, and the general public in gaining access to information pertaining to Saskatchewan First Nations.