Agriculture and Bioresources

The College of Agriculture and Bioresources, home to world-class research and cutting-edge programming, has a staff person dedicated to Aboriginal programming and engaging with Aboriginal communities. 

The college is also the home of the Indigenous Land Management Institute, a research centre dedicated to collaborating with Aboriginal communities to help with land usage, finding solutions to resource management issues and creating a forum for Aboriginal, public and private stakeholders.  

The college has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association to allow for the simple transfer of course credits between the Professional Land Management Certification and the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy program, allowing U of S graduates easy access to a professional certification.

Academic Programming

Kanawayihetaytan Askiy (KA): This program (formerly the Indigenous Peoples Resource Management Program Certificate) is a unique certificate program focused on providing information on a broad range of topics specific to the management of lands and resources on federal reserve lands. The program examines basic environmental, legal and economic aspects of land and resource management in Aboriginal communities. 

Upon completion of the certificate, students are eligible to apply for a two-year diploma in Aboriginal lands governance or in resource management.

Arts and Science

Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways

The College of Arts and Science, the largest at the U of S, is the home to over 1,000 self-declared Métis, First Nations and Inuit students. The Trish Monture Centre for Student Success (“the TMC”) offers holistic academic, personal, and cultural support and referrals, as well as financial advocacy and support applying for funding and bursaries.

ISAP (Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways) offers academically-grounded and co-curricular programming, including learning communities for first-year students, preparatory science courses, developmental mathematics, a peer mentorship program, upper-year common courses, and connection points with Indigenous faculty and alumni to enrich diverse undergraduate degree pathways with a focus on Indigenous perspectives and experiential and community-engaged learning.

ISAP First-year Learning Communities courses include many pre-requisite and required courses for Indigenous certificate and degree programs within the College of Arts & Science and U of S professional colleges.

Certificate and Degree Programs

Drama, wîcêhtowin Theatre Program: The wîcêhtowin  Theatre Program is a two-year certificate program offered by the College of Arts and Science which is delivered over six consecutive semesters of study for Aboriginal students. This innovative program is the first of its kind in Canada.

Political Studies, Indigenous Governance and Politics: The Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Politics allows students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to acquire specialized knowledge to cultivate an understanding of and appreciation for the unique socio-political position of Indigenous peoples in Canada as this relates to historical and contemporary issues in governance and politics

Indigenous Studies (Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate): An emerging discipline, the U of S boasts a thriving and growing Indigenous studies department with a large array of interdisciplinary, community-engaged and unique course offerings.

Sociology, Indigenous Justice and Criminology: This program is ideal for Indigenous students concerned with issues of social justice and criminology. Graduates of the program will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in sociology and a concentration in Indigenous Justice and Criminology (IJC Certificate / formerly the Aboriginal Justice and Criminology ABJAC Certificate Program)

Northern Governance and Development (Master's): The MNGD is the only program of its kind in North America and offers students the unique opportunity to focus on northern issues. The program has supports in place so that northern-based applicants may remain in their home communities while completing the program. Students from northern regions are strongly encouraged to apply. Lectures are available via video-conferencing, on-site teaching and online learning.

Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (Master's): The Joint Master's in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI) is delivered and administered with the UiT, the Arctic University of Norway. GENI is interdisciplinary and is open to students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. GENI will provide competence in the fields of governance, consultation and entrepreneurship for northern and Indigenous communities. 

Aboriginal Public Administration (under review, not accepting new students in 2019): Learn about government institutions, processes, politics, Aboriginal community management, and the relationships between communities in northern, rural and urban areas. Develop your management and administrative skills in this exciting and challenging program. Participate in special internship courses and engage with the leaders in the field.

STEM Accelerator Certificate: This non-degree level certificate establishes skills for success in prerequisite science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) courses common to bachelor's degrees in science, engineering, agriculture and bioresources, education, and health science programs. Returning as a mature student, or missing some high-school pre-requisites for your course of study in the STEM disciplines? Earn a preparatory STEM Accelerator Certificate to broaden your post-secondary program choices.


The College of Education has long had programming focused on Aboriginal education and Aboriginal student success. The Indian Teacher Education Program was established in the 1970s, and since that time the academic and support programming has grown considerably to better serve our increasingly diverse student body. Contact our Programs Office for more information on the College of Education. 

The college also houses the Aboriginal Education Research Centre (AERC), a research centre that seeks to create, support and disseminate innovative Indigenous education research. Through partnerships with scholars, faculty, students, community-based organizations, schools and federal and provincial governments, AERC is working to build stronger relationships among those involved with Indigenous education.

Academic Programming

Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP): SUNTEP is a four-year direct-entry program designed for Métis and non-status Aboriginal students who want to teach at either the elementary, middle years or secondary level. 

Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP)ITEP is a four-year direct-entry program that leads to a Bachelor of Education. The program inspires students to be role models so that other First Nations students will realize their potential and recognize the contributions they can make to their communities and society as a whole.

Indigenous Language Certificate (nêhiyawêwin): This certificate is a non-direct entry program that consists of ten courses. The program leads to a full immersion in an Indigenous language, as well as a strong understanding of Indigenous teaching pedagogies.

Edwards School of Business

At the Rawlinson Centre, Aboriginal students can access research resources, find a place to study and attend cultural or professional development events. The centre is one of the only dedicated spaces for Aboriginal business students in the country. Through the centre, students can also access dedicated student scholarships, emergency financial assistance, and tutoring services for Aboriginal students. 

Edwards also has transfer agreements with the Aboriginal Finance Officers Association of Canada and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies to help students more easily complete a Bachelor of Commerce degree. 

Academic Programming

Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate (ABAC): The ABAC is a two-year direct-entry program for self-declared Aboriginal students. ABAC is designed to provide programming for those Aboriginal students who do not meet the admission criteria for direct admission or transfer admission to the undergraduate degree program and for those Aboriginal students who wish to obtain a certificate in business but who do not want to study in a four-year degree program.

Management (Aboriginal stream)The Edwards School of Business is a great place to study business in Western Canada. Saskatoon is a vibrant community with a thriving economy and we are committed to providing an outstanding experience to students from around the world. Students can specialize in Aboriginal business in the management program.


The College of Engineering fosters student success by raising the profile of the successes of Indigenous persons within the college. The college is also dedicated to creating connections among current and prospective Indigenous students, Indigenous communities, community organizations, schools, businesses and the colleges, opening doors for students to careers and other opportunities.

The College of Engineering has a strong commitment to recruit and retain Indigenous students, to be inclusive of Indigenous cultures and ways of knowing in engineering research and teaching, to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan and to recruit employees of Indigenous ancestry. 

Learn more about these initiatives on their website or contact the Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Office


Established in 1912, the College of Law is the oldest law school in Western Canada, exemplifying a tradition of excellence in teaching, research and innovation. Aboriginal law, in particular, is one of the college’s pre-eminent teaching and research areas.

The college boasts the Native Law Centre, a centre dedicated to facilitating access to legal education for Aboriginal peoples, promoting the development of the law and the legal system in Canada in ways which better accommodate the advancement of Aboriginal peoples and communities and disseminating information concerning Aboriginal peoples and the law. 

Academic Programming

Program of Legal Studies for Native People (PLSNP): The PLSNP is an eight-week summer course offered through the University of Saskatchewan’s Native Law Centre that provides Aboriginal students from across Canada an 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.


The undergraduate medical education program is a fully accredited four-year program leading to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. After earning an MD, students are eligible to apply for post-graduate training in the discipline of their choice. Ten per cent of first-year spaces are reserved for Aboriginal students.

The Aboriginal Student Mentorship Program allows Aboriginal students to spend either a half or full day with a physician while meeting medical students, doctors and other health care workers. Please contact the Aboriginal Co-ordinator in the College of Medicine for more information on this program.

The College of Medicine also co-ordinates the Indigenous Health Committee, a body composed of faculty, staff and community members who are dedicated to Indigenous health. This committee exists to strengthen culturally-based linkages between Indigenous world views and the medical community.


The College of Nursing, with sites in Treaties 4, 6 and 10 and the Métis Homeland, is working with Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal communities to build local nursing capacity and generate knowledge through research. The college is striving to lead change in the way health care is currently delivered to contribute to the improved health and well-being of Aboriginal families in our province. The College of Nursing has set side one-sixth of all of its seats for Aboriginal applicantsand has the highest proportion of self-declared Aboriginal undergraduate students in the country.

The college has established the University of Saskatchewan Community of Aboriginal Nursing (UCAN), a community of support to help Aboriginal students along their pathway to becoming a registered nurse, from completing high school prerequisites to transitioning to the workplace. UCAN offers such services as student advising, tutoring, bursaries, study spaces, access to elders, mentorship, help with funding and creating community connections.  

Through its 'learn where you live' philosophy, the College of Nursing is engaged throughout the province in undergraduate and graduate learning, clinical placements, community outreach and research projects. View the college's engagement map to learn more.