The University of Saskatchewan announced on Friday, March 13 that effective immediately, all non-essential events hosted on campus will be cancelled or postponed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While Health Canada still advises that the risk to Canadians is low, we are taking extra precautionary measures to protect you, other visitors and the campus community. Thank you for your interest in Indigenous Spend-a-Day. If you would like to be contacted with information about the University of Saskatchewan or have questions about applying for admission, please email us at admissions@usask.ca.

About

Indigenous Spend-a-Day is a one-day event for Grade 10, 11 and 12 Métis, First Nations and Inuit students. 

Get to know the USask campus community by participating in interactive cultural and academic experiences and building relationships with other prospective and current university students.

Come discover why USask is the choice of more than 3,300 self-declared Indigenous students.

Agenda

Time Activity
8:15-9 am Check-in
Physical Activity Complex (PAC)
9:20 am Welcome and opening prayer
9:30 am Keynote speaker:
Constable John Langan of the Saskatoon Police Service
10:15 am Learning opportunity
Student services and support presentation
Parent and counsellor presentation
11:30 am-12 pm Optional dance workshop with Creeland Dancers
11:30-1 pm Lunch featuring entertainment by Creeland Dancers
1:15 pm Learning opportunity
Student services and support presentation
2:30 pm Information fair
Campus tours


Students

Your experience at Indigenous Spend-a-Day includes your choice of learning opportunity in either the morning or the afternoon, along with a student services and support presentation.

e.g. If your choice of learning opportunity is in the morning, you will attend a student and services and support presentation in the afternoon, or vice versa.

You also have the option to attend a dance workshop with Creeland Dancers at lunch, and can opt between taking a campus tour or visiting the information fair to end the day.

When registering online, you can choose one (1) of the following learning opportunities:

Admissions: Apply on the Spot (Grade 12 students only)

Already know that you want to be a USask student in Fall 2020? Want help with submitting your application? Sign up for this session to apply on the spot! We will have USask admissions staff help you with the application and answer any questions you may have. Come prepared with your up-to-date transcript. We will priortize your application.

Available in the morning (AM)

Agriculture and Bioresources: Indigenous Perspectives

At AgBio, we are committed to caring for the environment while finding solutions to meet the demands of a hungry and growing world. Learn more about our exciting areas of study, including Indigenous land and resource management, Indigenous agriculture, food production and security, environment and sustainability, animal behavior and welfare, and resource economics. You’ll hear from one of our Indigenous faculty members about her experiences and why AgBio is the place for you!

Available in the morning (AM) or afternoon (PM)

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.

Available in the afternoon (PM)

Biomedical Sciences

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 discussion with current students and interactive science experiments in the areas of biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, physiology, pharmacology, 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 programs can serve as an excellent foundation for your application into professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, optometry, veterinary medicine and graduate studies and research.

Available in the morning (AM)

Business

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.

Available in the afternoon (PM)

Creating Future Leaders—Cree Language and Indigenous Studies on the Front Lines

This session will be lead by Cree language instructor Randy Morin (Big River First Nation), who will demonstrate the importance of language revitalization through interactive games, and two graduate students who will do Q & A with students on what kind of career an Indigenous studies degree can prepare you for. One of the main goals of Indigenous studies is to graduate students with relevant and innovative skills and insight grounded in Indigenous and academic knowledge.

Available in the morning (AM)
 

Dentistry

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.

Available in the afternoon (PM)

Drama

Come, play! And tour the department of Drama, home of the Greystone Theatre and the wîcêhtowin Theatre Program.

Available in the morning (AM)

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.

Available in the morning (AM) or afternoon (PM)

Engineering

Available in the afternoon (PM)

Indigenous Games

Engage and participate in Indigenous games and activities in this session designed to introduce students to activity classes offered in the College of Kinesiology.

Available in the afternoon (PM)

Kinesiology

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.

Available in the afternoon (PM)

Law

Interested in law? The Indigenous Law Centre (ILC) Summer Program has been offered at USask since 1973. A national program for Indigenous law students from across Canada, this program is meant to increase the number and success rate of Indigenous students in law school. When the program first started, there were only four lawyers and five law students of Indigenous ancestry in Canada. Within the first 20 years of the program, 373 program alumni graduated from law schools across Canada, and by 2011, a total of 832 program alumni had received their law degree. Program alumni have gone on to become lawyers, judges, chiefs, government officials (such as senators) and professors. However, the Indigenous community is still significantly underrepresented in all facets of the legal profession. The ILC encourages Indigenous students to consider law as a career. At this session, we will discuss why law is an exciting area of study for Indigenous students and what the ILC Summer Program is about, and hear from current Indigenous law students who have completed the ILC Summer Program. Ekowsi.

Available in the morning (AM) or afternoon (PM)

Medicine and Nursing

Practise hands-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.

Available in the morning (AM) or afternoon (PM)

Métis Storytelling

The Museum of Natural Sciences welcomes Métis storyteller and USask alum, Cort Dogniez, as our special guest for Indigenous Spend-a-Day. Cort is a graduate of the ITEP program, was a teacher for 23 years and was the Coordinator of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education with the Saskatoon Public School Division for eight years. Cort has also been the Métis Education Program Leader with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools for the past five years. Through traditional storytelling, Cort will share history, stories and cultural perspectives as taught to him by his kohkom.

Available in the afternoon (PM)

Michif 101

Available in the morning (AM)

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. Learn about nutrition assessment tools, hear about the unique practicum program and participate in a Q & A on the hottest nutrition topics.

Available in the morning (AM)

Pharmacy

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.

Available in the morning (AM)

Queer Stuff: Talking 2SLGBTQ Identities, Coming Out and Being Supportive

In this session, we'll talk about what it means to be 2SLGBTQ (two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) and the differences between bodies, gender and attraction. The presenters will also share their own coming out stories and what it was like growing up Queer in smaller Saskatchewan communities. We'll also test your knowledge and play a super fun trivia game, so come join us for some important conversations and learning!

Available in the afternoon (PM)

From Big Picture to Everyday Life: Explore Sociology, Indigenous Justice and Therapy Dogs

During this session we will introduce you to sociology in everyday life. Through interactions with therapy dogs to sociology graduates speaking about the real-world applications of their degrees, this session aims to introduce students to topics they will find within sociology; including therapy dogs, the Indigenous Justice and Criminology (IJC) program, as well as deviance and social control.

Available in the morning (AM)

Veterinary Medicine

Through hands-on activities in our new simulation lab, you will learn what veterinary medicine is all about. 

Available in the afternoon (PM)

Learn the Red River Jig in a beginner's dance workshop with Creeland Dancers.

This dance form has origins in various culture groups, and various styles based on the territory/community of the dancer. There is no prior dance experience necessary for this workshop. Please attend with an open mind and heart. Reconciliation efforts focus on our shared histories and commonalities in our cultures while honoring and respecting the differences, creating authentic relationships based on this understanding and fostering a safe and inclusive community. Through learning the Métis Jig, you are engaging in a reconciliation effort as you are learning of and honoring Indigenous peoples in these territories.

The Métis Jig: The Métis Jig is a beautiful dance comprised of the art forms of many cultures. The origins of the jig are of European and Indigenous descent. Irish, Scottish, and French dance forms combined with the foot work of the First Nations powwow dance forms, provide a kaleidoscope of dance styles incorporated into an art form that represent the union and kinship across cultures.

The Red River Jig: a traditional, competitive Métis dance that is the anthem of the Métis and the most popular dance of the nation. This dance allows an opportunity for jiggers to showcase footwork reflective of their families and communities.

Information fair

Colleges and departments, student services and community organizations will be on hand at the information fair to answer questions and demonstrate a variety of programs, activities and communities you can be part of at USask.

Campus tour

Explore the University of Saskatchewan and find out more about your future campus. Tours are conducted by current students who can tell you what life as a student is like and show you buildings where you could have classes, popular student hang-outs and study areas and other facilities important to your student experience.

Parents and counsellors

Parents and counsellors are welcome. While students attend individual learning opportunities with their peers, we are offering a student support information session for parents and counsellors. There will also be several opportunities to reconnect with students during the day.


Questions?

If you have any questions, please email us at admission.events@usask.ca.