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. 

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.

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

Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network

We are a team of 75+ university faculty, graduate students, and administrators who received a Canadian Institutes for Health Research Training Grant to develop a provincial-based Indigenous Mentorship Network Program (IMNP) to support Indigenous graduate students, post doctoral fellows and new investigators to be successful in their pursuit of careers in the fields of health and wellness, Indigenous studies and community-based research. 

Over the next few years we will be working to create mentorship opportunities that address areas of need as identified by students and new investigators. We will work with students, faculty, administrators and the community to inform institutional change to ensure the university is effectively implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations.

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The Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network is excited to announce the launch of our first award! The Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network - Mentee Scholarship! Open to Indigenous graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan!

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