Elk Ridge Resort

February 18-21, 2020

Join the Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network for three+ days of concentrated writing time in an environment that provides strong mentorship. Meet other Indigenous graduate students and receive guidance from mentors. Our purpose is to provide a supportive and comfortable environment so you're able to focus on and reach your writing goals. 

When: February 18-21, 2020 (Reading Week) 
Who: Indigenous Graduate Students 
Where: Elk Ridge Resort
What's included: Accommodation, meals, some student transportation costs (reimbursable). 
Why? Sometimes it's good to write together. Connect with other Indigenous graduate students with an interest in health and wellness, learn from Indigenous health and wellness leaders on and off campus, and stretch your writing muscles! 

Click 'Register here' below to register by credit card

To pay by debit or cash, please go directly to the Conference-Event Registration Office:

El – 105 Administration Place, UofS Campus.

Tentative Schedule



(February 18)

(February 19)

(February 20)

(February 21)

8:00 am – 9:00 am



Travel time to Elk Ridge Resort








9:00 am – 11:00 am

Individual writing time

Office Hours: Dr. Simon Lambert

Individual writing time

Office Hours: Dr. Ranjan Datta

Closing Circle/Workshop

11:00 am – 12:00 pm




12:00  pm– 1:00 pm




1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Individual Writing Time

Office hours: Dr. Jaris Swidrovich

Individual Writing Time

Office Hours: Dr. Robert Henry

Travel time home

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Check-in and welcome

Office hours: Dr. Caroline Tait

Office Hours: Dr. Carrie LaVallie

5:30 – 7:00 pm






Optional Activity/Individual Writing Time


Past retreats

November 13-15, 2019

A total of 12 students participated over 2.5 days at the Health Sciences Building in Saskatoon. Students came from Law, Nursing, Education, Northern Governance, Public Health, Indigenous Studies, and Environmental Science, and from both the University of Saskatchewan and First Nations University of Canada. 

Thank you to our Mentors Louise Halfe (who also facilitated some wonderful activities!) and Tracey Proverbs and to the University of Saskatchewan Writing Centre Staff Jill and Krystl! 

The Writing Centre also offers a variety of workshops and resources for graduate students on a regular basis, including:


February 19-22, 2019

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Five students came together for 4 days (overnight) to work on their research projects, proposals, data analysis and more. 

Thanks to the mentors and partners who joined us for the week and the students who participated!