U of S hosts Indigenous Spend-a-Day for prospective students

Through interactive sessions, an Indigenous U of S student panel and an information fair, students learned about the program opportunities that have made the U of S the choice of more than 2,900 current self-declared Indigenous students.

The event started with a welcome to students from Jacqueline Ottmann, vice-provost of Indigenous engagement. Ottmann who is Anishinaabe (Saulteaux) and a member of Saskatchewan’s Fishing Lake First Nation, shared her education and career journey with students.

“I want prospective students to walk away from this day feeling inspired and excited about what the future holds for them,” said Ottmann. “Students should experience the broadening of their world because of the choices they have here––the courage to dream bigger because of the role models that are evident throughout the University of Saskatchewan.”

More than 150 students from across Saskatchewan attended the event. Students had their choice of 23 different interactive sessions to attend, ranging from medicine to drama to business. 

“Our goal is to be the most welcoming place we can be for Indigenous students and communities,” said Alison Pickrell, assistant vice-provost of strategic enrolment management. “The interactive nature of this day provides an opportunity for prospective First Nations, Métis and Inuit high school students to further explore our programs and support services, as well as interact with current Indigenous university students. It is our hope that by spending some quality time on campus, students will experience for themselves what it would be like to be a student here.”

Attached are two photos of the event. The first photo is Ottmann addressing students. The second photo is third-year U of S nursing student Teresa Wolfe leading a demonstration to prospective students.  Photos are credited to the University of Saskatchewan.



For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Brett Makulowich
Communications Officer, Prospective Students
University of Saskatchewan

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