ISAP Learning Communities

2021 - 2022

Note: Registration opens April 1st with Seat Reservations through our online form


TERM 1

Fine & Performing Arts

This Learning Community offers a small cohort experience of courses required for Fine Arts and Performing Arts degree pathways, along with a weekly LC hour meeting with upper year Indigenous peer mentors.

Courses marked with an asterisk are required for registration in this LC; additional ISAP course options that fit with the Willow Hoop LC timetable are shown on the next page.

Bachelor of Fine Arts students should speak with an Academic advisor about priority enrolment in Term 2 Studio Art courses.

Note: You will receive confirmation of registration for your ISAP LC and Courses during or after opening of the U of S registration window in June. At that time, you will be able to access your official timetable through PAWS and register for additional courses outside of ISAP offerings if you choose.

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Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

This Learning Community offers a small cohort experience of courses required for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math degree pathways, along with a weekly LC hour meeting with upper year Indigenous peer mentors.

Courses marked with an asterisk are required for registration in this LC; additional ISAP course options that fit with the Medicine Wheel LC timetable are shown on the next page.

Speak with an Academic advisor about undergraduate pathways to Engineering, Kinesiology, and Nursing.

Note: You will receive confirmation of registration for your ISAP LC and Courses during or after opening of the USask registration window in June. At that time, you will be able to access your official timetable through PAWS and register for additional courses outside of ISAP offerings if you choose.

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Preparation for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

Our preparatory STEM pathway is designed for Indigenous students interested in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) who lack pre-requisites for their degree programs and/or have been out of school for a significant period of time (3 of more years). Start strong with a preparatory term and set yourself up for a successful transition to first year STEM courses in Term 2!

Additional ISAP course options that fit with the STEM Prep LC timetable are shown on the next page.

Students outside of ISAP that wish to enroll in the 90-level STEM courses must fill out this form.

Students who enroll in Physics 90, Chemistry 90, and Biology 90 can earn a Preparatory STEM Certificate. Meet with an Academic Advisor for more information.

Note: You will receive confirmation of registration for your ISAP LC and Courses during or after opening of the U of S registration window in June. At that time, you will be able to access your official timetable through PAWS and register for additional courses outside of ISAP offerings if you choose.

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Social Sciences & Humanities

This Learning Community offers a small cohort experience of courses required for Social Science and Humanities degree pathways, along with a weekly LC hour meeting with upper year Indigenous peer mentors.

Courses marked with an asterisk are required for registration in this LC; additional ISAP course options that fit with the Star Blanket LC timetable are shown on the next page.

Note: You will receive confirmation of registration for your ISAP LC and Courses during or after opening of the U of S registration window in June. At that time, you will be able to access your official timetable through PAWS and register for additional courses outside of ISAP offerings if you choose.

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TERM 2

Fine & Performing Arts

This Learning Community offers a small cohort experience of courses required for Fine Arts and Performing Arts degree pathways, along with a weekly LC hour meeting with upper year Indigenous peer mentors.

Courses marked with an asterisk are required for registration in this LC; additional ISAP course options that fit with the Willow Hoop LC timetable are shown on the next page.

Bachelor of Fine Arts students should speak with an Academic advisor about priority enrolment in Term 2 Studio Art courses.

Note: You will receive confirmation of registration for your ISAP LC and Courses during or after opening of the U of S registration window in June. At that time, you will be able to access your official timetable through PAWS and register for additional courses outside of ISAP offerings if you choose.

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Natural Sciences & Engineering

This Learning Community offers a small cohort experience of courses required for Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine degree pathways with a focus on Natural Sciences, along with a weekly LC hour meeting with upper year Indigenous peer mentors.

Courses marked with an asterisk are required for registration in this LC; additional ISAP course options that fit with the Medicine Wheel LC timetable are shown on the next page.

Speak with an Academic advisor about undergraduate pathways to Engineering, Kinesiology, and Nursing.

Note: You will receive confirmation of registration for your ISAP LC and Courses during or after opening of the U of S registration window in June. At that time, you will be able to access your official timetable through PAWS and register for additional courses outside of ISAP offerings if you choose.

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Health Sciences, Nursing & Medicine

This Learning Community offers a small cohort experience of courses required for Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine degree pathways with a focus on Health Sciences, along with a weekly LC hour meeting with upper year Indigenous peer mentors.

Courses marked with an asterisk are required for registration in this LC; additional ISAP course options that fit with the Medicine Wheel LC timetable are shown on the next page.

Speak with an Academic advisor about undergraduate pathways to Engineering, Kinesiology, and Nursing.

Note: You will receive confirmation of registration for your ISAP LC and Courses during or after opening of the U of S registration window in June. At that time, you will be able to access your official timetable through PAWS and register for additional courses outside of ISAP offerings if you choose.

Download Schedule Opt-in Online

This Learning Community offers a small cohort experience of courses required for Social Sciences degree pathways, along with a weekly LC hour meeting with upper year Indigenous peer mentors.

Courses marked with an asterisk are required for registration in this LC; additional ISAP course options that fit with the Star Blanket LC timetable are shown on the next page.

Note: You will receive confirmation of registration for your ISAP LC and Courses during or after opening of the U of S registration window in June. At that time, you will be able to access your official timetable through PAWS and register for additional courses outside of ISAP offerings if you choose.

Download Schedule Opt-in Online

This Learning Community offers a small cohort experience of courses required for Humanities degree pathways, along with a weekly LC hour meeting with upper year Indigenous peer mentors.

Courses marked with an asterisk are required for registration in this LC; additional ISAP course options that fit with the Star Blanket LC timetable are shown on the next page.

Note: You will receive confirmation of registration for your ISAP LC and Courses during or after opening of the U of S registration window in June. At that time, you will be able to access your official timetable through PAWS and register for additional courses outside of ISAP offerings if you choose.

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ISAP Common Courses

2021 - 2022


TERM 1

Establish skills for success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects common to degrees in Bachelor of Science, Engineering, Agriculture & Bio resources, Professional Health Science, and Science Education programs.

ISAP’s preparatory STEM Accelerator courses are designed for students who want to pursue a degree in science or a related professional program but lack high school prerequisites, or have been away from school for > 3 years and would benefit by refreshing their subject knowledge.

90 levels can be taken separately or in combination, and can be applied toward a preparatory STEM Accelerator Certificate.

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Beginning in Fall Term 2020, all Bachelor of Arts students are required to complete a quantitative learning requirement; this can be satisfied with an exciting new program offering, Math 101: Quantitative Reasoning.

This course will expose students to various ways to apply quantitative reasoning, to analyze problems, critique arguments, and draw and justify conclusions. The class nurtures basic skills in numeracy, arithmetic, and estimation. Students will learn to use basic algebraic and statistical methods to solve problems and understand changing quantities, and to detect and interpret trends and patterns in data drawn from real-world scenarios and case studies. The format of the course involves 1 hour of lecture and 3 hours of lab-based active learning activity per week, emphasizing inquiry, practice, and collaborative learning.

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This course provides beginning undergraduate students with a core set of essential skills and academic strategies to bring their personal strengths forward for success in science and related professional programs. Key topics which will be explored through a combination of lecture and experiential learning include the nature of science, methods of discovery and communication in science, methods of teaching and evaluation used in the sciences, writing for the sciences, and forms of reasoning and argumentation (including mathematics) that are foundational to scientific literacy.

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This introductory course explores interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art making including installation, performance, relational aesthetics, digital media and other forms of extended media. Reading and discussion of related texts and audio/visual material, technical tutorials and critique will accompany production of artworks.

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This introductory course explores the essentials of acting through the exploration of body, voice, idea, and imagination.

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TERM 2

This introductory course discusses mathematical ideas essential for the study of calculus. Topics include: the fundamentals of algebra; functions, their properties and graphs; polynomial and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions; trigonometric properties.

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Biology 120 is a key course for advanced study in the life sciences. It includes an introduction to the underlying fundamental aspects of living systems: covering cell biology, genetics and the evolutionary processes which lead to complex, multi-cellular life forms. Students registered in ISAP’s Biology 120 will participate in Lectures (3 hours per week), Labs (3 hours per week), and an Extension Tutorial (1.5 per week).

Pre-requisites for registration include: successful completion of Biology 90 or Biology 30 within the past 3 years. Chemistry 90 or Chemistry 30 is also strongly recommended.

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Chemistry 112 provides the opportunity for students to learn about the structure, bonding and properties of materials in a small cohort. Students registered in ISAP’s Chemistry 112 will participate in Lectures (3 hours per week), Labs (3 hours per week), and an Extension Tutorial (1.5 per week).

Our Extension Tutorials allow students to review and reinforce lab skills, and to build understanding through hands-on activities and problem sets in a collaborative learning environment.

Pre-requisites for registration include: successful completion of Chemistry 90 or Chemistry 30 within the past 3 years.

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What does it mean to be a citizen in Canada today? How can individuals be effective citizens within Canadian democracy? This course introduces students to political participation and activism in Canada. Topics include the Canadian political system, political culture and identity, the role of media, political rights and duties, political representation, Québécois nationalism, Indigenous self-government, political socialization, and the role of Canada and Canadians in the world.

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nehiyawetan Let Us Speak Cree! Cree 110 presents the elements of the grammar and vocabulary of Cree as spoken in central Canada and will introduce the oral literary tradition associated with it. Students will work with the Cree Sound System and learn how to read and pronounce the Cree words given throughout. Students will engage in activities to connect with Aboriginal Language and Culture resources within their community.

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North America is often considered a young continent with a brief history. Yet over thousands of years Indigenous peoples have developed rich cultures with sophisticated technologies, including large earthen works on par with Egyptian pyramids and cities that matched in population size and architectural wonder those of ancient Rome and Greece. They have also domesticated plants and animals, created extensive irrigation and road systems, and woven their own histories of exploration, empire, art, and technology. This course studies the history of North America—what some Indigenous peoples call “Turtle Island”— from “time immemorial” to the establishment of European settler societies in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.

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TERM 3

Nutrition 120 is an introduction to nutrition and health. The concepts of recommended nutrient intakes and dietary guidelines are introduced; the major nutrients and their functions in the body are outlined. Nutrition issues facing the general public are presented.

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How to Sign-up

If you have already been accepted to the University of Saskatchewan, you can request seat reservations in ISAP LCs and Common Courses through our online intake form. Our ISAP Programming team will complete your registration and contact you to confirm your registration status. They may also request an in-person or phone appointment to discuss your goals and strategies for the term. If you have any questions you can reach out to isap.queries@artsandscience.usask.ca

Not yet admitted to USask?

  1. Apply to the University of Saskatchewan through USASK Admissions.
  2. After receiving acceptance to USASK complete the ISAP online intake form.
  3. Receive confirmation of registration through phone and/or email communications with our ISAP Programming Office.

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Get in Touch!

ISAP @ the Trish Monture Centre
: isap.queries@artsandscience.usask.ca
: (306) 966-2004
: Arts 250 *Top of the Ramp*
: 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm,
Monday - Friday

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ISAP Frequently Asked Questions

Like all programs at the University of Saskatchewan, ISAP has had to adapt, drawing on the expertise of the Departments and staff that support our program. To protect our communities from the risks of COVID-19, all Fall Term 2020 and Winter Term 2021 ISAP courses and Learning Communities will be hosted remotely.

Some ISAP seats will be offered within larger course sections, while others will be offered within small remote course sections – ALL ISAP courses will be supported by synchronous (“live”) tutorials that promote collaborative learning and connections to Indigenous perspectives, priorities and past experience across the disciplines.

Details relevant to specific course offerings will be kept up to date in our LC and Common Course Listings.

We have hired an excellent group of Indigenous Peer Mentors who will be trained to facilitate ISAP Learning Community meetings through WebEX (and or Zoom) throughout the fall term and host exciting remote guest lectures and community experiences over the fall term. Watch for notices on our ISAP Facebook Page.

ISAP is committed to Indigenous student achievement. We offer:

  • popular first-year courses, including interdisciplinary electives
  • small class and cohort sizes (usually a maximum of 30 students)
  • dedicated and culturally responsive instructors
  • peer mentorship and social connection — a community for learning
  • personalized advising through the Trish Monture Centre for Student Success
  • subject-specific tutorials to build academic skills
  • financial advocacy and bursaries
  • support with inter-college transfers, professional college admissions, and career preparation
  • ISAP celebrations and cultural engagement throughout the academic year
  • A strong foundation for success at ISAP Summer Start

ISAP classrooms offer an opportunity for Indigenous students to challenge themselves in a team-focused learning environment. ISAP courses offer a high instructor to student ratio to maximise opportunities for collaborative learning, connection to Indigenous culture and perspectives, and development of academic confidence in each student.

ISAP courses meet and exceed standards for student engagement and achievement, and are strong preparation for continuing studies in any of the 60+ degree programs offered in the College of Arts and Science.

The best way to learn about the ISAP student experience is to hear from students who have participated in the program! The videos on the right hand side bar were created by ISAP students in 2015 and 2016 and share some of their experiences as first-year students.

Learn more from our ISAP Stories

ISAP students take ownership for creating a growth-oriented environment within ISAP classrooms—an approach that, since 2012, has a proven track record of increasing students’ sense of belonging at the University of Saskatchewan, increasing their academic confidence within and beyond ISAP courses, and supporting student retention and academic achievement.

ISAP supports students as whole people, with programming that attends to students' academic, emotional, cultural and financial needs.

As in all academic programs, preparation and regular attendance in ISAP classes, extended learning opportunities, tutorial and laboratory sections are the beginning of a successful learning journey. ISAP students self-monitor their academic progress, and have the advocacy of dedicated Indigenous advisors when they require advice during their studies.

A Learning Community (LC) Hour is a weekly meeting time with other students in your ISAP learning community and two upper year peer mentors. Your LC Hour is a space to develop study skills, participate in cultural activities, explore career options, discuss ‘big ideas’ and common interests, learn from your peer mentors’ experience, and make lifelong friendships!

ISAP LC hours are coordinated to fall on the same day and time between ISAP cohorts — this allows us to bring the whole ISAP community together for special events like our term end celebrations, faculty and Elder visits, and to host other guests and speakers.

Yes, you certainly can.

Most students in first-year ISAP Learning Communities will be taking their 3 ISAP courses together, and adding an elective (or two) from General Population courses.

For example, a student in the Term 1 Star Blanket LC will be taking ISAP sections of English 120, Sociology 111 and Psychology 120, and might also register in a General Population first-year course elective tied to their interests, e.g. History 115 “The Vikings: History and Myth”.

Some students may also combine ISAP LC courses with an ISAP common course.

For example, many students in the Medicine Wheel LC will be taking ISAP sections of English 113, Biology 120 and INTS 102 as well as registering in ISAP STEM Accelerator courses—perhaps one or both of Physics 90 and Chemistry 90.

Physics 90 satisfies the 30-level Physics pre-requisite required for intercollege transfers to the College of Engineering; and Chemistry 90 is an excellent foundation for success in ISAP’s Term 2 section of Chemistry 112, a course required for most undergraduate natural science programs, as well as for admission to the College of Nursing.

Upper year students will be registered mainly in General Population courses, and choose ISAP common courses as electives to broaden their degree options (90-levels) and explore Indigenous perspectives (Walking Together courses) within their disciplinary areas.

  • Step 1: Apply to U of S.
  • Step 2: Once you have received and accepted your admission to USASK, you are eligible to opt-in to ISAP courses and learning communities through our online intake form.
  • Step 3: Our ISAP Programming Officer and Indigenous Student Advisors will register you in your selected courses and be in touch to confirm registration by email, usually within 48 hours. They may also request an in-person or phone appointment to discuss your goals and strategies for the term.

You can set up an advising appointment to discuss your academic plans and non-academic supports at any time in the academic term: get in touch using the contact information on the sidebar (tmc@artsandscience.usask.ca)

Provincial, Federal, and Band-administered sources of educational funding are awarded at different times throughout the year. Many students do not receive notice of financial support until late spring or mid-summer — but sign-up for ISAP courses and Learning Communities opens on in early spring (March/April).

Signing-up for and registering in ISAP and other courses can proceed before you have secured funding.

You will not be charged for course tuition as long as you withdraw from courses before the Deadline for Registration Changes, usually the third week of September for Fall Term, and third week of January for Winter Term.

ISAP courses and learning communities are available to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis students who have qualified for admission to a direct-entry college at the University of Saskatchewan. This may include Regular Admission, Part-time, and Special (Mature) Admission students. All students should speak with an academic advisor to ensure that they have attained pre-requisite course credits and academic skills for success in their course selections.

Note: Students admitted through the University Transition Program (UTRAN) cannot enroll in for-credit ISAP courses or Learning Communities until they have successfully achieved 18 credit units. Exceptions may be made for non-degree credit STEM Accelerator courses (Biology 90, Physics 90, and Chemistry 90)—ask your UTRAN advisor for more information.

ISAP has limited seats, which are prioritized for First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American students who have committed to academics at this point in their life and learning journey.

Each term, seats in some courses offered through ISAP may be made available to non-Indigenous students who have an interested in participating in a rigorous, collaborative, and culturally-centered learning environment.

Non-Indigenous students interested in ISAP courses should consult an academic advisor (tmc@artsandscience.usask.ca) to inquire about seat availability and set up a registration meeting if applicable.

Note: non-Indigenous students will be asked to indicate their reasons for requesting an ISAP course seat, and to demonstrate understanding of and commitment to meeting the expectations for ISAP student participation and community engagement.

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