The Indigenous Graduate Students' Council

The Indigenous Graduate Students' Council (IGSC) exists to represent, serve and support the academic and non-academic needs of Aboriginal and Indigenous graduate students within the University of Saskatchewan. The IGSC strives to increase the engagement, visibility, and capacity of Aboriginal and Indigenous graduate students and work collaboratively with the campus community towards the goal of indigenizing the university.

The IGSC has strong ties with the Graduate Students’ Association in getting their members involved in the academic, social and political realms on campus and within the broader community. You may find the IGSC Constitution here.

The IGSC office is located in the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, room 210.4. Aboriginal students are also encouraged to visit the IGSC website.

Priorities

Mission Statement: Indigenous Graduate Students’ Council (IGSC) exists to represent, serve and support the academic and non-academic needs of Aboriginal and Indigenous graduate students within The University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

Vision: The IGSC aims to offer its members opportunities to get involved in academic, social and political realms on campus and within the broader community, promote Indigenous advancement and worldview, provide a voice for Indigenous graduate students, and forward the goal of decolonization within the University.

Values: The IGSC will be guided by mutual respect, transparency, participation, teamwork, trust, professionalism, and social and environmental responsibility. Furthermore, the IGSC will operate based on these core values:

  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scholarship
  • Innovation and academic and personal excellence among students and faculty
  • Student growth and success
  • Collaboration in teaching, research, and engagement
  • Personal self-determination informed by respectful group discussion
  • Respectful and substantive engagement with communities
  • Inclusion of different ways of knowing
  • Supporting sustainable and healthy communities
  • Support for faculty and administration in Indigenous initiatives Engage in processes of decolonization on a personal and institutional level
  • Making a difference through public discourse, deliberative processes, and informed citizenship

The Aboriginal Liaison

The Aboriginal Liaison acts as a liaison officer within the university community and the College of Graduate Studies and Research with respect to Aboriginal and Indigenous issues, as well as between the Graduate Students’ Association Executive and the Indigenous Graduate Students’ Council. The Aboriginal Liaison also maintains the Indigenous Graduate Students’ Council (IGSC). You can contact the Aboriginal Liaison at gsa.aboriginal@usask.ca.

Iloradanon Efimoff is the current Graduate Student Association Aboriginal Liaison and the Indigenous Graduate Students’ Council Co-Chair. Originally from BC, she is new to Saskatchewan and loving the community. Her family is from Haida Gwai (previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) in North West British Columbia. Having spent most of her life with her mother (non-Indigenous), and having a father who distanced himself from his Indigenous roots, it is only in the last few years that Iloradanon has been able to broadly re-connect with her family. She is a Masters student in Applied Social Psychology, studying the experiences of people who ethno-culturally identify as Indigenous, but do not physically appear Indigenous. Her undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology (HONS) was undertaken at Douglas College in British Columbia (2015).