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Aboriginal Achievement Week

The university will host Aboriginal Achievement Week from March 11–15 to celebrate Aboriginal achievements, reflect on traditions and ceremonies and connect with the community. I encourage you to attend some of the events during the week. I have listed a few events staff may be interested in attending below. For more information, please visit aboriginal.usask.ca

Monday
Pipe Ceremony
8:30 to 9:30 am. Native Law Centre
Bob Badger, the Aboriginal Students’ Centre cultural coordinator, will lead and explain the history of the pipe ceremony. For more information, contact Bob at (306) 966-5790.

Hot Breakfast
9:30 to 10:30 am Aboriginal Students' Centre
Drop by the Aboriginal Students’ Centre to eat some breakfast, meet the staff and get a tour of the space.

Signing Ceremony with The Office of the Treaty Commissioner
Noon to 1:30 pm North Concourse, Place Riel Student Centre
At this signing ceremony the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and the University of Saskatchewan will renew a partnership, with new stakeholders such as the Department of Native Studies and the Indigenous Students’ Council. Lunch will be provided.

Baking Bannock with Bob Badger
3 to 5 pm. Marquis Hall
Bob Badger, the Aboriginal Students’ Centre cultural coordinator, will teach participants how to prepare and cook healthy traditional Aboriginal foods.

Tuesday
Jigging and Fiddling Workshop
10 am to 12 pm. Education Student Lounge, Education Building.
Listen to live fiddling music and learn Métis jigging.

Treaty 6 Flag Ceremony
11:30 am to 12 pm. Agriculture Atrium, Agriculture Building
The Treaty 6 flag that was gifted to President Ilene Busch-Vishniac in November 2012 by Onion Lake Chief Wallace Fox will be honoured. The president will be in attendance.

Wednesday
Significance of the Drum Workshop
10 to 11:30 am. Education Student Lounge, Education Building
An interactive workshop to discuss the significance and importance of the drum.

USSU Speaker Series: Joseph Boyden
1:30 to 3 pm, Room 241, Arts Building
Canadian novelist and short story writer Joseph Boyden will speak on Native literature.

Thursday
Conversational Cree Workshop
10 - 11:30 am. Roy Romanow Student Council Chamber, Place Riel Student Centre
Learn different words from the Cree culture. All levels welcome as this will be an informal workshop from beginners to experts!

Aboriginal Symbols: What makes sense for the U of S?
3 pm. Aboriginal Students' Centre
A discussion with staff and faculty.

Friday
Aboriginal Symposium: Taking Stock
9 am to 4:30 pm. Education Gym, Education Building
Symposium activities include an expo and poster display, a speech by President Ilene Busch-Vishniac, a traditional feast and a round dance.

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