To help set a good intention for this event, Elders and Indigenous youth from the USask community came together to choose a meaningful name for USask's Indigenous Student Experience Day. The name that was chosen was piihtikway in Michif and pihtikwe tawāw in Cree, which translate as, "Come in; you are welcome here."


Indigenous Student Experience Day is an event for Métis, First Nations and Inuit students in high school and their supporters to get to know the USask campus and community.

During this event, you will be able to explore our beautiful campus, learn about programs and student services offered at USask, and meet with other prospective and current university students, university staff and faculty, alumni and Elders.


 10 - 10:30 am: Check in
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

10:30 - 11 am: Welcome

11 am - 12:30 pm: Introduction to university programs, admissions, student services, scholarships, housing and more!

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch
 Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

1:30 - 3:30 pm:
  • Information fair
  • Campus tours (pre-registration required)
  • Cultural activity

3:30 - 4 pm: Event closes

Check in - All participants

Come to the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre when you arrive on campus.

Bus drop-off location and parking

Buses are welcome to drop students off and pick them up at the Physical Activity Complex.

Bus parking is available at Lot 20 (Merlis Belsher Place) for drivers planning to spend the day on campus. Drivers/teachers must provide the license plate number when checking in at the event.

Alternatively, Preston Crossing is a nearby area accessible for buses.

Vehicle drop-off and parking passes

Parking passes for Lot 4 (Education) will be provided at the event for participants bringing their own vehicles.

If you are being dropped off, Elders Court is closest to the event, or you can be dropped off at the Physical Activity Complex.

Other event details

Photography and video may be taken during this on-campus event.


When you arrive to the campus, look for maps and signs posted along pedestrian routes, and keep an eye out for our friendly volunteers who will be able to help you find your way.

Download a printable map of campus



Be welcomed to the University of Saskatchewan (USask) by the Indigenous Student Experience Day planning team and Indigenous leaders from the university.

University information session

During this presentation, you will be able to learn about university and how you can get ready in high school to pursue post-secondary studies. You will hear about different programs offered at USask, what you will need to do to get ready to apply and many special opportunities in university programs designated for Indigenous students.

You'll also hear about student services who are here to support you to transition from high school to university, like the Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways (ISAP) program, and throughout your university studies, including the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre and many others.  


Therapy dog meeting USask mascot, Howler

Lunch will be provided in the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre.

Information Fair

Two students meet a USask staff member at an information fair

Throughout the afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to meet representatives from colleges/programs and student services across the university at their booths in our information fair. This is a great chance to meet current students, professors and university staff in-person and ask any questions you have.

Collect stamps and signatures from students and staff at information fair booths for Indigenous Student Experience Day BINGO and enter into a draw at the end of the day for some great prizes!

Cultural activity

Participate in a come-and-go cultural activity led by a member of USask's Indigenous community.

Campus tours

Register for a tour of the university when you sign up for Indigenous Student Experience Day and we will show you some of the amazing spaces around our campus that students love and where you will study or find services when you become a student here. We can't wait to show you around!

Parents, counsellors and supporters

School counsellors, teachers, parents and other supporters are welcome and encouraged to join us at Indigenous Student Experience Day to learn about the university alongside students. This event is a great opportunity to get to know the USask community and bring any questions you have about how best to support students on their journey to post-secondary studies.


Registration for Indigenous Student Experience Day is open now. If you have any questions, please get in touch. 

Indigenous Student Experience Day is made possible, in part, through the generous support of:

Dakota Dunes Community Development logo

   Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) logo