Indigenous Achievement Week at the University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) invites members of the media to attend Indigenous Achievement Week (IAW). The week is open to the public and celebrates the successes and contributions of Métis, First Nations and Inuit students, staff and faculty.

Monday, Feb. 5 – Friday, Feb. 9
 Events take place at various locations on the U of S campus in Saskatoon and can be found here

IAW offers the public an opportunity to experience some of the initiatives that are happening on campus. The 20-plus events will focus on achievements in academics, research, education, community engagement and leadership. Events are planned by groups from across campus, including colleges, student unions and the University Library. This year’s theme is Identity.

Some highlights for the week include:

Round Dance 101: Monday, Feb. 5, 11:30 am at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre. For anyone who has never been to a traditional round dance, this workshop offers a safe space to learn and ask questions in preparation for Friday’s celebratory event. 

Indigenous Student Leadership panel: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2 pm at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre. Three former students will discuss their experience with leadership at the university and beyond.

Land and Indigenous Identity: Exploring Wanuskewin: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2 pm at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. This will be an opportunity to learn about how past generations of First Nations people survived in the cold. Public should register in advance by emailing

Indigenous Student Achievement Awards: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2:30 pm at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre. A time to honour and celebrate the academic accomplishments, research endeavors, leadership and community involvement of Indigenous students. This year 44 Indigenous students will be honoured.

Ninth Annual Round Dance: Friday, Feb. 9, 7 pm at the Education Gym, 28 Campus Drive, College of Education. The round dance is the final event of IAW and caps off the week with dancing, singing and celebration.


For more information, contact:
John Shelling
Communications and Publications Specialist
University of Saskatchewan

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