Next writing retreat

November 13-15, 2019

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: November 13-15, 2019 
Who: Indigenous Graduate Students 
What's included: Lunch, coffee, snacks and mentorship! 
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! 



Louise Halfe

Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Louise is married and has two adult children and three grandsons. She graduated with a Bachelor of social work from the University of Regina. She also completed two years of Nechi Training in St. Albert’s Nechi Institute where she also facilitated the program. She served as Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for two years and has traveled extensively. She has served as “keynote speaker” at numerous conferences. Her books, Bear Bones and Feathers, Blue Marrow, The Crooked Good, and Burning In This Midnight Dream published by Coteau Publishers have all received numerous accolades and awards. Louise was award an honorary degree from Wilfred Laurier University and the University of Saskatchewan.


Tracey Proverbs

Tracey Proverbs finished her Masters degree with the University of Victoria’s School of Environmental Studies in August 2019, and recently moved to Saskatoon. Her family on her Dad’s side is from Barbados and England, and on her Mom’s side is European and Kaska-Dena from Liard First Nation. Tracey was fortunate to work with members of the Gwich’in First Nation on two projects during her Masters degree: one exploring social-ecological determinants of access to fish and well-being, and one mapping potential overlap between environmental disturbances and important cultural places in Gwich’in territory. Tracey is passionate about using interdisciplinary approaches to understand social-ecological change. She loves working with Indigenous community members to track environmental changes, particularly when it includes youth and time spent outside. Otherwise, Tracey loves hockey, paddling, reading, and food.

Writing Centre Tutor

A tutor specializing in graduate student writing will join us on Friday, November 15 for one-on-one help.  The Writing Centre also offers a variety of workshops and resources for graduate students on a regular basis, including:


Past retreats

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!