We are Proud


We are proud that we have over 2,200 self-declared First Nations, Métis and Inuit students—a number among the highest of any university in Canada. Our student body is increasingly diverse, and the programming and services of our university are always adapting to these changes. 


At the certificate through graduate levels, we offer 17 programs with a distinct focus on Aboriginal peoples, with many other programs offering courses about Canada's Aboriginal peoples and Indigenous ways of knowing. Many of these programs are the first of their kind in Canada. 


Our university is the home to over 30 Aboriginal faculty, a number expected to continue to rise in the coming years. These academics are teaching our students, creating new knowledge and developing new programming in a diverse number of fields and colleges. 


Last academic year, we gave out over $1.1 million in scholarships, awards and bursaries to self-declared Aboriginal students. We also have over $85 thousand dedicated specifically to Aboriginal student entrance awards as well as resources to help administer band funding. 

Aboriginal Symbols

A cross-campus team worked with leaders in Aboriginal communities, faculty and students to develop a suite of symbols representing Aboriginal cultures from across Saskatchewan. These symbols have been designed and will be used in order to diversify the University of Saskatchewan’s visual identity and to better promote and communicate Aboriginal initiatives. The symbols are to be used in coordination with other U of S visual elements as articualted in the Visual Expression Guide.

For more information on the meanings of these symbols and for an overview on how to use these symbols, please visit the communications website. If you are unsure about whether a use is appropriate, please email

Land Recognition

The University of Saskatchewan's academic governing body, University Council, created language that may be used to acknowledge Indigenous peoples and lands of the Saskatoon area.

Having thoughtful and consistent language that was developed after extensive consultation is important for three reasons. First, it is appropriate that acknowledgement of the history and the people of this land be made. Second, while many in our community may seek to acknowledge this place and its people, they may have concerns about how to do so or what to say. Third, wide consultation ensured that the language was approved by the peoples whom it acknowledges. The aim was to ensure that all Indigenous peoples feel welcomed to the land, and that no one feels excluded.

The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, through the teaching, learning and academic resources committee of University Council, consulted Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal faculty, students and staff. The language was discussed extensively in order to ensure that the language was inclusive and representative.

The language that was passed unanimously by University Council is:

As we gather here today, we acknowledge we are on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respect to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another.

Smudging and Pipe Ceremonies Policy

To protect, promote and facilitate the practice of time-honoured Indigenous traditions and ceremonies and to support of the university’s commitment to Indigenized practices, the U of S, in consultation with elders and other Indigenous community members, has created a policy on smudging and pipe ceremonies. 

At the U of S, the practice of Indigenous traditions and ceremonies, including smudging and pipe ceremonies, will be protected, promoted and accommodated while ensuring acceptable air quality for occupants of adjacent spaces and places.  

Read the policy to learn more about how to go about having an event that includes smudging. 

Archive of Initiatives

In March of 2013, as part of the Third Integrated Plan, the U of S held a symposium to raise awareness of the past accomplishments of the university in regards to Aboriginal initiatives and to better plan for the next priorities in this area.

The following documents were created in preparation for this symposium. Since the time of collection, many of the programs have grown and evolved, so this information should be understood with this in mind.  


For more information on what the university is doing for Aboriginal student success and Aboriginal engagement, be sure to check out our news feature

If you have any questions about any initiatives or if you are wanting to know how you can get involved, please contact us