Aboriginal Engagement

We will be characterized as a place with diversified approaches and flourishing initiatives in every college and school involving rigorous and supportive programs for Aboriginal student success, engagement with Aboriginal communities, inclusion of Indigenous knowledge and experience in curricular offerings and intercultural engagement among faculty, staff and students.


We will know we are successful if, by 2016, we have:

  • Increased the institutional first to second year direct-entry retention rate of Aboriginal students by 10%, on track to achieving the goal of Aboriginal enrolment at 15% of total enrolment by 2020. 
    • Baseline Data: 61% of the 2010/11 cohort was retained into fall 2011
    • Status: 58.2% of the 2011/12 cohort was retained into fall 2012
  • Increased the graduation rates of self-identified Aboriginal students in a wider array of programs.
    • Baseline Data: 4% of graduate degrees and 8% of undergraduate degrees were awarded to self-identified Aboriginal students in 2011
  • Implemented a registry and/or portal documenting Aboriginal initiatives, programs, services and partnerships.
  • Increased the visibility of Aboriginal culture, language and symbols throughout the campus, beginning with the Gordon Oakes – Red Bear Student Centre and including on institutional, college, school and unit websites, on roadways and signage, on and within buildings.
  • Established a set of prestigious awards for faculty and students to recognize scholarship, accomplishment, innovations in pedagogy and contributions to reconciliation and understanding between Aboriginal peoples and newcomers in Canada.
  • Established initiatives and programs that encourage and enable faculty experts and Aboriginal students to engage with counterparts in other regions of the world. 
  • Established a baseline for courses providing undergraduate students with experiential learning through outreach and engagement involving Aboriginal communities or organizations.
    • Baseline Data: Expected by May 30, 2013
  • Established a baseline for research partnerships or projects happening in and with Aboriginal communities.
    • Baseline Data: Expected by May 30, 2013
  • A co-ordinated approach to engagement with the provincial K-12 system 
    • Leaders: Candace Wasacase-Lafferty, director of First Nation and Métis engagement and  Lynn Lemisko, associate dean, College of Education
    • Terms of Reference  -  Expected early 2013
  • The Way Forward - the next steps for the university in Aboriginal engagement

    • Leader: Brett Fairbairn, provost and vice-president academic
    • Terms of Reference pdf document
    • President's speech (Taking Stock, March 15, 2013): University of Saskatchewan president, Ilene Busch-Vishniac, shares her thoughts on Aboriginal engagement at the university over the past 40 years
    • Poster booklet: A compilation of all posters displayed at Taking Stock highlighting several Aboriginal research and program initiatives at the University of Saskatchewan
  • Increase visibility of Aboriginal culture and symbols on university website and publications

  • Increase visibility of Aboriginal culture and symbols on campus

    • Leaders: Colin Tennent, associate vice-president, facilities management and Joan Greyeyes, special advisor, Aboriginal initiatives
    • Terms of Reference pdf document
  • Increased presence of Aboriginal culture in formal university ceremonies and university-sponsored events

    • Leaders: Beth Williamson, university secretary and Russ Isinger, university registrar
    • Terms of Reference pdf document
  • Increase the presence of Aboriginal art displays - Not beginning until September 2013