University of Saskatchewan

The Indigenous Peoples Program

The Indigenous Peoples Program (IPP) at the Extension Division was established in 1988. It has achieved recognition for its conferences and workshops, and as a publisher and research unit. IPP works primarily with organizations and institutions to provide educational opportunities and promote programs toward improving social and economic conditions for Indigenous peoples locally and globally.

Current Programs

Sustainable Development of the Amazonian Indigenous Communities (an IPP and Universidad de San Marcos, Peru partnership)
Jan. 2006-Jan. 2007

3rd Annual Saskatchewan Aboriginal (& Friends) Summer Music Festival
Sept 8, 2006

nêhiyawêwin (the Cree language) Conversational Weekly Language Circles
Sept., 2006-Mar., 2007

Aboriginal Youth Leadership Training Retreat and Youth Strawbale Construction Project
Iskwewak: Oct. 13-15, 2006 & Apr. 20-22, 2007
Napewak: Nov. 9-11, 2006 & May 26-28, 2007

Youth Video Project
March 5–May 14, 2007

Indigenous Food Symposium
July 18-20, 2007

To register for any of the above programs call (306) 966-5539.

For more information on any of the above programs contact:
Priscilla Settee, Ph.D. candidate
Director, Indigenous Peoples Program
Extension Division, University of Saskatchewan
Room 134 Kirk Hall
Saskatoon, SK. Canada S7N 5C8
Ph: (306) 966-5556. Fax: (306) 966-5567

Alex Munoz
Program Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples Program
Extension Division, University of Saskatchewan
Rm 127, Kirk Hall
Saskatoon, SK. Canada S7N 5C8
Ph: (306) 966-2027. Fax: (306) 966-5567

What do we do?

Past Achievements

  • Held Green Economic and Sustainable Development Conference (Sept. 16-18th, 2005)
  • Provided Elder Services at the Regional Psychiatric Centre from 1991 to 1998 under contract with the federal government.
  • Provide cross-cultural training for teachers and schools, Canadian government departments, and trade unions.
  • Hosted the 1998 Canadian Aboriginal Science and Technology Society Conference and the 2001 international Indigenous Knowledge Conference, and the 2004 International Indigenous Knowledge Conference.
  • Support an innovative program to enhance the skills of talented Aboriginal students who excel in math, science and technology—the Super Saturday Project of the Saskatoon Tribal Council and the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Hosted and collaborated in the implementation of the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute since 2000.
  • Established the Iskwewak and Napewak Emerging Leadership Program for young Aboriginal women and men to develop personal and job skills, using the Medicine Wheel as a model.


  • Workshop on conducting respectful research.
  • Collaborating on Bridges and Foundations, a SSHRC (CURA), CMHC, and UofS funded project on Aboriginal housing in Saskatoon.
  • Participated in consultations led by International Research Development Council (IDRC).

International Developments

  • Established linkages with the University of Hawaii, Centre for Hawaiian Studies, and in 1998 hosted an Indigenous Educators Hawaiian Study Tour.
  • Advised and served as a member of the International Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights for the federal government.
  • Sent five young Aboriginal women to the South Pacific to work with Indigenous organizations through the Youth International Internship Program (DEFAIT).

Community Education Workshops

  • Sustainable development and community issues (e.g., midwifery, diabetes, FAS/FAE, housing)
  • Language training in Cree, Dakota, and Dene
  • Indigenous knowledge, Aboriginal healing
  • Treaties
  • Leadership
  • Media training skills


The University Extension Press’ publications on Indigenous Peoples may also be of interest.

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