Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways
Access, Entrance, and Enrichment
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, Certificate in the Study of Indigenous Storytelling, and Bachelor of Indigenous Studies.
Learn more about ISAP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and the STEM Accelerator Certificate courses here.
NOTE: The University will be closed from December 20th to January 4th; email responses will be delayed during this time.
ISAP Registration is NOW OPEN
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com) 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.
Proud to be situated on Treaty 6 territory and Métis homeland
"95% of ISAP students would recommend ISAP Learning Communities to a sibling or friend"
Source: 2015-16 ISAP Learning Communities Student Survey March 2016
Get in Touch!
ISAP Student Experience (2015)
Our ISAP Team
- Shanelle Labach, Indigenous Student Advisor
- Malaya Alexander, Indigenous Student Advisor (on leave)
- Jocelyn Ormerod, Indigenous Student Advisor
- Sheena Kaiser, Undergraduate Student Office Support Coordinator
- Michayla van de Velde, ISAP Programs Officer
- Kevin Sawatzky, ISAP Mathematics Proctor
- Dr. Sandy Bonny, Team Lead, ISAP and STEM Pathways
- Dr. Angela Jaime, Vice Dean Indigenous
- Vanessa Hyggen, Executive Assistant to the Vice Dean Indigenous
- Renée Penney, Director of Student Advising and Academic Services
- Participating departments, faculty, instructors & graduate teaching assistants
- ISAP Peer Mentors & Student Ambassadors!