Living in Saskatoon
The PLSNP is held at the Native Law Centre on the beautiful University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, which is on Treaty 6 territory. The U of S was established in 1907, built on the east side of the South Saskatchewan River, just over the bridge from downtown. Saskatoon is a city at the heart of the prairies, and it is home to many Aboriginal nations, including Cree, Dene, Nakawe, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, and Métis.
Saskatoon is a gem of a city. It has a beautiful landscape, with a vast river running through it and riverside trails that are great for walks, runs, and bike rides—or simply for getting out of the hustle and bustle and into the calm shade for some down time. During the summer, the weir on the river hosts a magnificent pod of pelicans that fish in the eddy.
City life is vibrant in the youthful area of Broadway, and downtown on the other side of the river features a condensed core of shops, cafes, and restaurants.
The summer weather is often cheerful—the city is nicknamed Sunny Saskatoon for having the most hours of sunshine of any major city in Canada—but the thunderstorms are magnificent and beautiful in their own right.
When you’re not reading and studying, get to know Saskatoon during your eight-week stay:
Tourism Saskatoon: http://www.tourismsaskatoon.com/
City of Saskatoon: http://www.saskatoon.ca/
Downtown Business Improvement District: http://www.downtownsaskatoon.com/
Broadway Business Improvement District: http://www.onbroadway.ca/
The Star Phoenix: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/
The University of Saskatchewan's Office of Aboriginal Initiatives and the Spatial Initiative have created the aMAP (Aboriginal Map), which features the locations of Aboriginal programs, Aboriginal student services, Aboriginal community initiatives on campus, in Saskatoon, and in Saskatchewan. The aMAP also maps out Treaty territories, reserve boundaries, band offices, and Métis communities. The map can be useful to Saskatoon and Saskatchewan residents who want to find nearby or relevant initiatives. Explore the aMAP and familiarize yourself with the campus, the city, and the province!
If you have questions about moving to Saskatoon, you can request to be put in touch with PLSNP alumni who can share their experiences and advice about living in Saskatoon and taking the PLSNP. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with an alum.