Mentorship Opportunities

Online Mentorship

Wanting to connect with a mentor through our Network? We're happy to set up online mentorship sessions with Mentors in our network. These are typically one hour sessions where you're able to meet with leading Indigenous health researchers and chat about your project, questions, etc.

Take a look at our 'find a mentor' list below to learn more about mentors involved in our network. The list isn't exhaustive, so if there is someone else you'd like to connect with, just let us know! Ombaashi, the National/International IMNP is happy to provide introductions to Indigenous scholars abroad as well!

E-mail sk.imnp@usask.ca 


 

Online Writing Groups

Writing Groups

We host weekly online writing groups throughout the year. These are low-stakes and committment - participate as often as you'd like and connect with staff, faculty and peers studying at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, First Nations University of Canada and at other institutions. 

If you're looking for a way to keep yourself accountable while working from home, this is a great way to check in on a weekly basis and acheive your writing goals!


Tuesdays @ 1:00 PM CST
Thursdays @ 8:30 AM CST

Join via webex.

Meeting Number/Access Code: 923 820 494

Password: mentorship

 

Join via webex.

Meeting Number/Access Code: 145 629 7447

Password: mentorship

E-mail sk.imnp@usask.ca for webex information.

Find a Mentor

Name

Community Affiliation

Unit

Institution

Research Areas

Currently Accepting Grad Students?
Anderson, Christy
PhD Student

Pinaymootang First Nation/Anishinaabe

Indigenous Studies

USASK

Women, decolonizing, gender-based colonial violence, police violence, healing through ceremony, intergenerational resilience, community-based research

Belhumeur, Jacqueline
PhD Candidate

Métis

Education, Curriculum and Instruction

URegina

Workplace wellness, bullying, stress 

Best, Indiana
MPH Student

Métis 

School of Public Health

USASK

Indigenous health and wellness, population and public health, harm reduction, addictions support and treatment, patient and community oriented research

Bird, Danielle
MA Student

Cree - Saddle Lake Cree Nation

Indigenous Studies

USASK

Critical prison studies, crime, criminalization, reintegration, wellness, Indigenous men, Indigenous women

Boyer, Curtis

Métis

JSGS

USASK

Indigenous Governance, Human-Animal Relations, Political Psychology, Public Policy

Calvez, Stryker

Michif (Métis; with Cree, Mohawk, French, and Scottish ancestry

Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning

USASK

Education specialist, researcher, and evaluator, Indigenous Voices Program

Carriere, Dana

Cree/Métis

Human Resources

USASK

Indigenous Recruitment Specialist, Sustainable Development


Cook, William (Bill)
MEd Student

Cree - Peter Ballentyne Cree Nation-Southend

Education, Curriculum & Instruction

URegina

Indigenous languages

Daniels, Belinda
PhD Candidate

Cree - Sturgeon Lake First Nation

Interdisciplinary Studies

USASK

Language reclamation

Descheneaux, Michelle
MSW Student

Cree - Kehewin Cree Nation, Okanese Cree Nation

Social Work

URegina

Indigenous forms of healing, dance as a form of healing

Deschenes, Cindy
PhD Candidate

Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg

Health Sciences

USASK

Leadership, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Indigenous education

Dorion, Ann
Masters Student

Woodland Cree

Public Policy

URegina

Community-based, Indigenous health and wellness

Foulds, Heather

Métis

College of Kinesiology

USASK

Culture and social determinants of cardiovascular health for Indigenous women, heart and brain health

 
Gamble, Serena
Masters Student

Beardy's & Okemasis Cree Nation

Curriculum Studies, Education

USASK

Holistic wellness in education, decolonization, values and methodologies

Graham, Holly

Cree - Thunderchild First Nation

College of Nursing

USASK

Indigenous mental health & well-being, Trauma & posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Mental health & well-being

Halabiski, Nola
Undergraduate Student

First Nations

Education

USASK

Education - Healing through TRC, Healing through Intergenerational Trauma

Hartman, Andrew
PhD Student

Métis

Pyschology

USASK

Shame, 2SLGBTQ Issues, Gender-based violence, youth homelessness, program evaluation, community-based participatory research; help-seeking

Henry, Robert

Métis

Indigenous Studies

USASK

Indigenous street gangs, Indigenous methodologies, Indigenous health and wellbeing, Indigenous urban issues, Survivance, Indigenous criminology, Visual research methods, Community engaged research

Huntley, Jed
Masters student

Métis

Education Foundations, College of Education

USASK

Indigenous holiistic health, Indigenous spirituality and ceremony

Innes, Robert Alexander

Saulteaux -Cowesses First Nation

Indigenous Studies

USASK

Indigenous masculinities, Contemporary kinship roles and responsibities

Lambert, Simon

Maori

Indigenous Studies

USASK

Indigenous Disaster Risk Reduction,Indigenous environmental planning and development, Cultural diplomacy, Indigenous development

Luther, Glen

Ojibway

Law, Psychiatry

USASK

Police Powers, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Criminal Law, Procedure and Sentencing, Evidence Law, and Mental Health Law (Law and Psychiatry), Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice StudiesCLASSIC, Inc. legal assistance clinic 

Marwood, Bonnie
Masters Student

Métis

Law

USASK

Criminal Law, dangerous offenders, sentencing, indigenous law, FASD.

McInnes, Adam
Masters Student

Métis

Engineering

USASK

Biomedical Engineering, Medical Doctor

McNab, Marlene
PhD Candidate

George Gordon First Nation

Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy/Assistant Professor at First Nations University

URegina

Intergenerational Trauma, Addictions, Mental Health, Indigenous Health Policy, Trauma Treatment, Energy Psychology, Trauma-Informed Care

Miles, Na'ta'ne
Masters Student

Salt River Pima-Maricopa (United States)

Library Technician

 Northwest Indian College

Environmental Education, Traditional Knowledge of Foods, Food Sovereignty/Food Justice, Queer Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Indigenous Feminism

Neapetung, Joseph
Masters student

Saulteaux

Physiology, College of Medicine

USASK

Physiology, Neuroscience, Diabetes, Oxidative Stress

Oakes, Nathan
MPH Student

Cree - Piapot First Nation

School of Public Health

USASK

Community health, community health programming

Pratt, Carrie
MN Student

Métis

College of Nursing

USASK

Indigenous family health, child and maternal health, Public Policy, Indigenous Studies, Medicine, Nursing

Purnell, James

 

College of Medicine

USASK

Academic Family Medicine, remote presence and telehealth technology, remote and rural medicine

Smith, Jacqueline
Masters Student

Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Indigenous Studies

USASK

Indigenous health, Indigenous healing, mental health

Smith, Katryna
Undergraduate Student

Cree

 

First Nations University of Canada

Two Spirit/Kinship/Geneology

Stevenson, Allyson

 Métis

Politics and International Studies

URegina

Global Indigenous rights movements, Indigenous families, kinship and decolonization

Swidrovich, Jaris

Saulteaux - Yellow Quill First Nation

Pharmacy and Nutrition

USASK

Indigenous Health, Health professions education, HIV/AIDS, Poverty, Systemic racism, Mental health and addictions

Tait, Caroline

Métis

Psychiatry, Medicine

USASK

Mental health and addictions, Organ Donation and Transplantation, Indigenous Health, Cultural Safety and Trauma Informed Care

Tuffs, Brittany
MA Student
Dene

Indigenous Studies

USASK

Indigenous law, decolonization, revitalization. self-determination, sovereignty, non-western worldviews, ontology, land claims/treaty, land as legal pedagogy, land, law, power and authority and northern development.

Turner, Peter
PhD Student
James Smith Cree Nation

Education

University of Regina

Discourse/anti-colonialism, Indigenous/nehiyaw/cree language and narrative

Vandale-Roode, Hailee
Undergraduate Student
Métis

Nursing

USASK

Indigenous palliative care, land-based education, Indigenizing the nursing curriculum, Exploring the Ethics of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPAR)

Waldram, James

Anthopology & Archaeology

USASK

Anthropology of healing, Anthropology of disaster and dislocation, Indigenous people, Culture and mental health, Ethnographic film, Prison ethnography

Other opportunities and resources

  • Building Research Relationships with Indigenous Communities (BRRIC) training offered by the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC)
  •  The Role of the Practitioner in Indigenous Wellness A jointly created online course by Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Education in REhabitatition Sciences (CERS) that explores the health and wellness of Indigenous patients in our province. The course starts from a historical perspective and moves to current institutional experiences with the goal of creating an evidence-based communications plan to assist in providing improved health care to your indigenous patients.

 

American Indian Science and Engineering Society AISES
.caISES February 28 - March 1, 2020 Saskatoon, SK
Gathering for miyomahcihowin and mii yoo naa kaa twayh ta mihk March 24-26, 2020 Saskatoon, SK
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association NAISA May 7-9, 2020 Tkaronto, ON (Toronto)

National Aboriginal Diabetes Association
NADA
National Gathering of Graduate Students NGGS May 11-14, 2020 London, ON
Indigenous Health Conference May 21-23, 2020
Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada IPAC
Indigenous Research Showcase   September annually

University of Regina
Regina, SK

Think Indigenous March 11, 12, 13, 2020 Edmonton, AB
Wîcihitowin Conference October annually Saskatoon, SK

Undergraduate

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Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network Mentors

Connect with Indigenous faculty, staff and community mentors through workshops, writing retreats, our Annual Gathering, and more!

Looking for one on one or cohort-based mentorship? Click here to learn more. 

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Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways (ISAP)

Established in 2012, our Arts & Science Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways (ISAP; formerly ASAP) welcomes First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to the College through academically-grounded programming that builds confidence, knowledge, and skills, while connecting students to one another and to our campus community.

ISAP First-year Learning Communities bring students with common academic goals together in popular 100-level courses, a weekly gathering with upper year peer mentors, and offer holistic academic advising and connection points with Indigenous faculty and alumni role models. ISAP First-year LCs include many courses that contribute to or are pre-requisites for Indigenous certificate and degree programs, including the wîcêhtowin Theatre Program, Indigenous Justice and Criminology (IJC, formerly ABJAC), Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Politics, and Bachelor of Indigenous Studies.

Learn more about ISAP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and the STEM Accelerator Certificate courses here.

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Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) Aboriginal Mentorship Program (AMP)

At SRC, we value the positive, long-term relationships we have with Aboriginal communities, and we’re dedicated to participating in and supporting initiatives that can benefit Aboriginal people.

SRC is committed to fostering Aboriginal participation in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines by supporting students as they progress through their post-secondary education with opportunities to learn and grow both personally and professionally.

Applications for our 2019 program are closed, but if you're interested in our next program, feel free to send us an email.

The program aims to connect Aboriginal post-secondary students in the STEM disciplines with SRC mentors in the same or similar disciplines to help them take their education and experience to the next level. Our program kicks off in January of each year and includes coaching and mentoring throughout the school year to help set students up for success, along with meaningful summer employment and opportunities to help students develop skills and gain experience that will help them in their studies and future careers.  

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Rivers to Success Indigenous Mentorship Program (Indspire)

Rivers to Success is a national mentorship program that supports the academic and career success of Indigenous students. Rivers has two streams of mentorship. We match Indigenous post-secondary students with high school students to support and encourage graduation and transition to post-secondary. Rivers also pairs Indigenous post-secondary students with professionals in relevant career fields. The mentoring relationship is driven by the mentee’s developmental goals and the mentor’s knowledge and experience.

Learn more.

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MentorStep

MentorSTEP supports a closer connection between Indigenous women interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Saskatchewan's mining community.

In partnership with the Saskatoon Tribal Council and funded by the International Minerals Innovation Institute, MentorSTEP welcomes senior high school and undergraduate university-level women interested in and/or taking STEM-related degrees.

 

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MentorStep

MentorSTEP supports a closer connection between Indigenous women interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Saskatchewan's mining community.

In partnership with the Saskatoon Tribal Council and funded by the International Minerals Innovation Institute, MentorSTEP welcomes senior high school and undergraduate university-level women interested in and/or taking STEM-related degrees.

Science Outreach

Science Ambassador Program

The Science Ambassador Program connects northern Indigenous communities with the University of Saskatchewan by pairing senior undergraduate and graduate students with schools across northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba for 4-6 week placements each spring. 

Science Ambassadors work with community educators to provide culturally-responsive, hands-on science education activities in the classroom, and an environment where K-12 students can develop a high level of comfort and success in exploring scientific concepts. We provide science expertise and education support to schools that often lack dedicated science teachers, have limited science resources, and have little access to off-site enrichment opportunities due to geographic location. Click here to learn more.

Nutrien Kamskénow

Nutrien Kamskénow provides hands-on hands-on science and mathematics activities to Saskatoon Community School classrooms. The goal of this program is to increase science literacy and engagement, with the long-term aim of increasing the participation of Indigenous people in the sciences. Click here to learn more.

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Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways (ISAP)

Established in 2012, our Arts & Science Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways (ISAP; formerly ASAP) welcomes First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to the College through academically-grounded programming that builds confidence, knowledge, and skills, while connecting students to one another and to our campus community.

ISAP Peer Mentors are often ‘alumni’ of first-year ISAP learning communities who have built strong leadership and facilitation skills by volunteering energy and knowledge within their academic communities. Interested in being a peer-mentor? Click here.

ISAP First-year Learning Communities bring students with common academic goals together in popular 100-level courses, a weekly gathering with upper year peer mentors, and offer holistic academic advising and connection points with Indigenous faculty and alumni role models. ISAP First-year LCs include many courses that contribute to or are pre-requisites for Indigenous certificate and degree programs, including the wîcêhtowin Theatre Program, Indigenous Justice and Criminology (IJC, formerly ABJAC), Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Politics, and Bachelor of Indigenous Studies.

Learn more about ISAP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and the STEM Accelerator Certificate courses here.

SK-IMN Undergraduate Summer Studentship

Have a research project and community or faculty member you're interested in learning from? Apply to the Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network's Undergraduate Summer Studentship Funding Competition to get paid over the summer months to complete a research project. 

2019-2020 Funded projects included:

  • First Nations University - Examining Student Mental Health Supports
  • University of Saskatchewan - Neurology
  • University of Saskatchewan - Cultural Safety 

First Year Research Experience (FYRE)

Incorporating meaningful and dynamic research experiences in the curriculum right at the first-year level sets students up for future professional and academic success. FYRE classes take students through the research arc: ask a question, investigate the question, and share the results.

Good students vs. Good Researchers

University of Saskatchewan faculty researchers working with FYRE have discovered that the best researchers aren't always the top students in the class.

The best researchers have grit and tenacity, the ability to think laterally, imagination and are willing to put in the hard work. These skills matter just as much as marks and test scores. You might be a great researcher -- don't let marks stop you!

Learn more here.

 

Undergraduate Student Research Assistant initiative (USRA)

Work as an undergraduate research assistant with a USask faculty member or as part of a campus research team. As a research assistant, students gain excellent experience for future career and academic paths. 

Learn more here.

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MentorStep

MentorSTEP supports a closer connection between Indigenous women interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Saskatchewan's mining community.

In partnership with the Saskatoon Tribal Council and funded by the International Minerals Innovation Institute, MentorSTEP welcomes senior high school and undergraduate university-level women interested in and/or taking STEM-related degrees.

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Indigenous Mentorship Network Programs

The Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network has regular events where you can connect with mentors, meet peers, and learn from leading Indigenous health researchers. 

Thinking of studying outside Saskatchewan? There is an Indigenous Mentorship Network in each province/region. See the full list here

Ombaashi (below) is the International/National mentorship network and can connect you with leading Indigenous health researchers abroad. 

Ombaashi International Indigenous Mentors

Ombaashi is a word in the Ojibwe language that means to soar upwards or to be lifted up by the wind. The vision of the soaring eagle comes to mind because the eagle is thought, by many Indigenous peoples, to be a source of vision, wisdom and courage.

The Ombaashi network provides opportunities for Indigenous students to access international Indigenous mentors through online workshops, one-on-one relationships and speakers at the National Gathering.

vVisit Ombaashi's website to learn more and fill out an international mentorship request form.

 

 

Faculty

 What are ways you can get involved in the Mentorship Network?

 

High School

 

Science Ambassador Program

The Science Ambassador Program connects northern Indigenous communities with the University of Saskatchewan by pairing senior undergraduate and graduate students with schools across northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba for 4-6 week placements each spring. 

Science Ambassadors work with community educators to provide culturally-responsive, hands-on science education activities in the classroom, and an environment where K-12 students can develop a high level of comfort and success in exploring scientific concepts. We provide science expertise and education support to schools that often lack dedicated science teachers, have limited science resources, and have little access to off-site enrichment opportunities due to geographic location. 

Learn more. 

 

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MentorStep

MentorSTEP supports a closer connection between Indigenous women interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Saskatchewan's mining community.

In partnership with the Saskatoon Tribal Council and funded by the International Minerals Innovation Institute, MentorSTEP welcomes senior high school and undergraduate university-level women interested in and/or taking STEM-related degrees.

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Rivers to Success Indigenous Mentorship Program (Indspire)

Rivers to Success is a national mentorship program that supports the academic and career success of Indigenous students. Rivers has two streams of mentorship. We match Indigenous post-secondary students with high school students to support and encourage graduation and transition to post-secondary. Rivers also pairs Indigenous post-secondary students with professionals in relevant career fields. The mentoring relationship is driven by the mentee’s developmental goals and the mentor’s knowledge and experience.

Learn more.