uSask opens new Aboriginal student centre

February 10, 2016

The University of Saskatchewan has officially opened the new Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre. The 1,884-square-metre building was designed by Aboriginal architect Douglas Cardinal as a home for the 2,200 Aboriginal students on campus and as a gathering place for the wider uSask community. “[This] is a centre for Aboriginal students but also a centre for non-Aboriginal students to meet and be part of Aboriginal ceremonies. That bringing together of traditions is of fundamental importance to the building,” said uSask President Peter Stoicheff. The new building was designed in consultation with Elders from the surrounding communities and reflects Indigenous building traditions. The centre faces south, according to local Cree principles, and the ceiling is painted in the four colours of the medicine wheel. Support services for Aboriginal students will be housed in the new centre, which also provides space for events and ceremonies.  uSask | StarPhoenix | Globe & Mail CBC