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June 13 - 15, 2013

Saskatoon, SK

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Local Indigenous People

Saskatchewan is home to over 70 Aboriginal Communities including Dene, Plains Cree, Swampy Cree, Woods Cree, Saulteaux, Assiniboine, Lakota, Dakota and Métis.

As of 2006 [1], Aboriginal Peoples made up approximately 15% (141,890) of the population of Saskatchewan and 9% (21,535) of Saskatoon’s population. The population of Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan is growing at a significant rate, from 2001-2006 there was a 6% population increase.

In Saskatchewan, 33, 445 people speak an Indigenous language as their first language. Cree is the 3rd most common ‘Mother Tongue’ in Saskatchewan (after English and German) with 24,045 reporting it as their first language. Dene is a first language for over 8000 Saskatchewanians and Ojibway a first language for just over 1000.[2]

At the University of Saskatchewan, 1700 students self-identify Aboriginal ancestry and make up approximately 10% of the student body.[3]


Listed below are links to local indigenous organizations representing First Nations and Métis peoples in Saskatoon and across Saskatchewan.>

Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations

FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan with the goals of protecting Treaties and Treaty Rights, developing economic, educational opportunities for First Nations in the province, and advocating on behalf of these communities to various levels of government. For full details on their activities and mandates, visit their website.

Métis Nation of Saskatchewan

The Métis Nation – Saskatchewan represents the Métis people of Saskatchewan. Its legislative assembly has the authority to enact legislation and resolutions regarding the affairs and conduct of the Métis people of Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon Tribal Council

Saskatoon Tribal Council helps Saskatchewan families transform their lives through education, training, employment, affordable housing and a diversity of family support programs and services.

Central Urban Métis Federation Inc.

Central Urban Métis Federation (1993) Inc., (CUMFI) is a community based Métis owned and operated non-profit, charitable organization located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. CUMFI is a local and national leader in the area of urban Aboriginal issues and challenges. Our constituents and clientele cut across a broad range of personal, social and economic backgrounds. Due to the hard work and commitment of a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, we have the fundamental structure in place upon which to address the social-economic discrepancies faced by urban Aboriginal People in Saskatoon.[4]

[1] Thomas Anderson, “2006 Aboriginal Population Profile for Saskatoon,” Statistics Canada (February 2012).
[2] Saskatchewan language, 2011 Census of Canada