uSask reports 30% increase in Aboriginal student enrolment

November 20, 2013

The University of Saskatchewan is reporting an increase of almost 30% in Aboriginal student enrolment this fall over last year, according to Global News. This brings the total number of self-identified Aboriginal students at uSask to approximately 2,000. Candace Wasacase-Lafferty, the uSask First Nations and Métis Engagement Director at its English River facility, says that the facility has been reaching out to First Nations communities as part of efforts to get more students enrolled in university. Max FineDay, President of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union, says that “being an Indigenous university student still has its challenges.” Programs like uSask’s Aboriginal Student Achievement Program (ASAP) offer support for new students through the creation of learning communities and dedicated advisers and peer mentors. The English River facility provides cultural and spiritual support for Aboriginal students, as does the Aboriginal Students’ Centre on the Saskatoon campus. “They’re comfortable; they kind of settle into their studies a little better because they know there’s a connection to home, even if it’s a spiritual connection,” said Robert Badger, the facility’s Cultural Coordinator. Global News | New York Times