Welcome package

Register to receive a welcome package! These will mailed or dropped off if you register before September 11th. Orientation is open to Indigenous graduate students studying at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution (USask, U of R, FNUniv). 

What's included?

  • Information on the Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network, our fall schedule, funding deadlines
  • Information on the Indigenous Mentorship Network Program including National/International mentorship opportunities
  • Swag from the Mentorship Network, Indspire, and a few surprises!

Friday, September 18: Schedule

Join for all or part of the below!

10:00 AM | Orientation (Online)

  • Welcome from the Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network
  • Ombaashi the National/International Mentorship Network 
  • Turtle Island Journal of Indigenous Health

11:00 AM | Scavenger Hunt (Online or in-person)

  • Options for both in-person (and socially distant) or virtual participation
  • Connect with mentors and our team! We’ll be stationed at both in-person and online locations
  • Win prizes

1:00 PM | Prizes and Networking Session (Online)

  • Share your photos with the group and connect with other participants 
  • Prizes annoucned
  • Connect with SK-IMN Mentors


Tues, September 22: Building Your Academic CV

Webex | 3:00 PM

Join Dr. Caroline Tait for a webinar on building your academic CV to give yourself a competative edge during your job search, in applying for grants, and more. 

Wed, Sept 23: Building Brighter Futures (Indspire)

Webex | 12:00 PM CST
Building Brighter Futures:

With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education. Building Brighter Futures provides Indigenous students with the support they need to achieve their greatest potential. Our goal is to make Indigenous students’ post-secondary dreams possible. This presentation will walk you through the application process - including how to fill out the budget, necessary documents,

On average, the award amount for 2019-2020 recipients was over $800 higher than last year. This means more money goes to individual First Nation, Inuit and Métis students to help with their education. Building Brighter Futures‘ funding model is unlike any other in the country, wherever possible funds are awarded to a student to use as they wish – tuition, childcare, food, cultural support, shelter, travel, etc.

Learn about the application process, creating a budget, necessary documents and ask any questions you have!

Tues, Sept 29: Conversations with an Elder

Webex | 3:00 PM

Connect with Elder Judy Pelly for a small group discussion. 

Judy Pelly is Anishinaabe-Saulteaux and was born and raised in Cote First Nation. She is a mother to three sons and Kohkum to five grandchildren. She is involved in a variety of health research projects and is currently a cultural advisor with the SHA.

An alumna of the University of Saskatchewan, Judy spent 15 years as an Indigenous Education Manager for Alberta Learning. She later returned to Saskatoon where she worked in various capacities with several Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) institutes. In 2015, and after 21 years of service, Judy retired from Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies as the Dean of Community and Health Studies.

She is also a Cultural Advisor for the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Mental Health and Addictions Services Adult Outreach.

Wed, Sept 30: Rivers to Success (Indspire)

Webex | 12:00 PM CST
Rivers to Success:

 Are you a First Nations, Inuit, or Métis high school student who’s facing graduation and would like some extra help & guidance? Or are you a First Nations, Inuit, or Métis post-secondary student who wants to stay connected to your culture while getting some good tips for thriving in post-secondary life – and making the jump to the working world after graduation? If this sounds familiar…we’ve got a program for you!

Rivers to Success is a mentorship-focused program whose three streams feature cultural resources, customized resources, and matching with a mentor or mentorship group to give you good guidance no matter where you are on your learning journey. It’s absolutely free, the sign-up is quick and easy – and you can start right away.

Go to www.indspire.ca/rivers to sign up! We can’t wait to meet you. :)


Date TBD: Summer Studentship Research Presentations

Meet this year's undergraduate summer studentship recipients Nola Halabiski (SUNTEP) and Hailee Vandale-Roode (Nursing) and learn about their research experiences.