Indigenous Spend-a-Day is a one-day event held at the main University of Saskatchewan (uSask) campus for Grade 10, 11 and 12 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.
Through interactive sessions, an Indigenous uSask alumni panel and an information fair, students learn about the program opportunities that have made uSask the choice of more than 3,100 current self-declared Indigenous students.
Indigenous Spend-a-Day is Friday, October 26, 2018.
8:30 am: Check-in - College of Education gym
9:20 am: Welcome
9:30 am: Young Indigenous uSask alumni panel
10:30 – 11:30 am: Session one
11:30 am – 12:15 pm: Traditional games hosted by Wanuskewin Heritage Park - College of Education gym
12:15 – 1:15 pm: Lunch will be provided for all attendees - College of Education lounge
1:30 – 2:30 pm: Session two
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Information fair - College of Education lounge
3:30 pm: Day wraps
Each student will choose two different sessions to attend. Please note the time slot for the sessions you are interested in. You will need this information when registering. We recommend that students register early to get the sessions they are interested in. See the list below for the sessions we are offering in October 2018.
Aboriginal Student Achievement Program (ASAP) Pathways – Learning Together
Find your path in university! Build your confidence, knowledge, and skills, while connecting with other Indigenous students with similar academic goals. Join a cohort of 30 students and receive guidance and mentorship from upper-year Indigenous peer mentors throughout the year. Learn with instructors who are committed to collaborative and creative teaching, and work closely with Aboriginal Student Advisors who connect with students through a holistic lens: mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. We are here to help you achieve your academic and lifelong learning goals! Offered in session time slots one and two.
Aboriginal Students' Centre
The Aboriginal Students’ Centre is dedicated to supporting the academic and personal success of Métis, First Nations and Inuit students. The centre offers personal, social, cultural and academic support through programs, services and events held throughout the academic year. We are located within the new Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, which is a signature building on campus. Please join us in learning more about the programs and supports that we offer, and the community we share at the Centre. Offered in session time slots one and two.
Agriculture and Bioresources
Join this interactive lecture on the basics of tree-ring science. We will discuss the perspective of traditional knowledge around the Yellowknife Dene sacred tree. Students will debate the question: what should we do with the sacred tree now that it has fallen over? Offered in session time slots one and two.
Arts and Science
Ever wonder what you can do with a degree from the College of Arts and Science? Are you uncertain about what to study, or do you feel like you want to study everything? Interested in getting into any professional colleges, like Medicine, Law or others? If so, then come and learn more about the College of Arts and Science and where our programs can take you. With more than 60 program options, there really is something for everyone in the College of Arts and Science. Offered is session time slots one and two.
Degrees in the Biomedical Sciences (BMSC) provide the strongest foundation for further training in health care-related professional programs and graduate studies. In this session, we seek to spark your interest in our undergraduate programs through interactive discussion and first-hand glimpses into laboratories for Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Physiology & Pharmacology, and Anatomy and Cell Biology. The first two years of our programs are referred to as the BMSC core platform and majoring in any of our four BSc programs can serve as an excellent entry point for your admission application into professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, optometry, veterinary medicine and graduate studies and research. Offered in session time slot two.
Get a taste of business and explore all that the Edwards School of Business has to offer. Our graduates have so many opportunities, whether you want to work at a large company or start your own business. You will participate in an interactive session led by upper-year students where you will explore our six majors (Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing and Operations Management) and learn about co-op, study abroad and other exciting opportunities. Offered in session time slots one and two.
The College of Dentistry offers a four-year Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree program. Join staff and dental students in an interactive session and learn about admission requirements and details of the DMD program. Offered in session time slot one.
Tour the department of drama, home of the Greystone Theatre and the wîcêhtowin Theatre Program. Offered in session time slot two.
Education: Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP)
Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) students and mentors will present on what it is like to be an ITEP student and be a part of the ITEP family on campus. Students who attend this session will have the opportunity to learn about the history of ITEP, and they will be able to ask uSask ITEP students questions about student life and expectations. Offered in session time slots one and two.
Education: Saskatchewan Urban Native Education Program (SUNTEP)
Saskatchewan Urban Native Education Program (SUNTEP) is the Métis teacher education program on campus. It’s a four-year direct entry program that enables our students to become culturally enriched with Métis culture, heritage and traditions while preparing to become a teacher. Offered in session time slots one and two.
If you want a career that can truly make a difference in our world, look no further. Come learn about our environmental programs on campus! Around the world, environmental change is affecting people; whether you are interested in learning about food security, climate change, or ensuring access to clean water - we have a program for you. Offered in session time slot one.
Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan takes a holistic approach, covering many areas of study, such as exercise physiology, gross anatomy, biomechanics, motor learning and control, growth and development, psychology and ethics. In our program, you will also have the opportunity to make theory come alive through practice and experiential learning. Offered in session time slot one.
If you are thinking about law school come see what the Program of Legal Studies for Native People (PLSNP) has to offer you. Housed at the Native Law Centre, PLSNP is a national 8-week summer course that provides Aboriginal students from across Canada the opportunity to study first-year Property Law before beginning law school in the fall. Many students take this course as a condition of their acceptance to law school. Offered in session time slots one and two.
Medicine and Nursing
Students will practise hand-on skills, learn about admission requirements and hear from current students in this joint session from the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing. Offered in session time slots one and two.
Nutrition and Dietetics
Find out how you can become a registered dietitian and learn about the excellent career opportunities in clinical dietetics, food service administration and public health nutrition, among others. Take the Food Factor Challenge, learn about nutrition assessment tools, hear about the unique practicum program and participate in a Q & A on the hottest nutrition topics. Offered in session time slot one.
Consider joining the health care team as a pharmacist! Come and see how pharmacy is changing. Pharmacists are taking on expanded roles as medication management experts to prevent adverse drug events and provide optimal drug therapy outcomes for their patients. Pharmacy practice includes a patient-centered care approach allowing pharmacists to deliver expanded services that range from not only providing safe and effective medication but also patient education, prescribing and adapting medications, interpreting and ordering laboratory tests, medication management and reconciliation, and the administration of injections. Find out how pharmacists, as medication experts, have an important role to play as vital members of the health care team. Offered in session time slot two.
Living on campus is a great way to be connected to the campus community and to build meaningful connections with other students. Academic supports, personal supports, and regular community activities are just some of the reasons that many students choose to live in residence. During this session, you will go on a guided tour of our Voyageur Place Residence and attend a short presentation about what Residence Services has to offer. Offered in session time slots one and two.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Join our Aboriginal Student Achievement Program (ASAP) STEM Pathways and Indigenous Peoples Initiative Community (IPIC) Engineering team for a hands-on introduction to the STEM disciplines including access courses, first year programs, degrees, and exciting career possibilities. We’ll flex our creative problem solving muscles with a vertical design challenge and finish the session with fresh perspectives. Offered in session time slots one and two.
St. Thomas More College
Tour of St. Thomas More College. Offered in session time slots one and two.
Through hands-on activities in our new simulation lab, you will learn what veterinary medicine is all about. Offered in session time slot two.
Parent and counsellor registration
Parents and counsellors are invited to Indigenous Spend-a-Day. Parents and counsellors have the same event agenda as students with the exception of sessions one and two. While students attend sessions with their peers, parents and counsellors will learn about admissions, scholarships, student learning services and more.
Spirit of our Nations: Cultural Celebrations and Powwow
The Spirit of our Nations: Cultural Celebrations and Powwow is taking place on October 26 – 28 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. The Grand Entry starts at 7 pm on Friday, October 26. There is the opportunity for students to attend Indigenous Spend-a-Day and then attend the powwow. Schools are responsible for providing transportation of their students from the University of Saskatchewan to Sasktel Centre. For more information on the powwow please visit fsin.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking and transportation
Student, alumni and staff volunteers are needed throughout the day to help our visitors check in, guide them throughout campus, and to assist with set-up and clean-up. Students who volunteer will receive credit for their Co-Curricular Record.