Program Information: 

This Three Day Intensive Program is designed to help Indigenous students prepare for university classes and life. This program is designed to give our indigneous youth the skills and tools as the foundation to conquer their degree programs and succeed. This program has been designed for Grade 12 graduates, undergraduates, or those who simply wish to beat the challenges of post-secondary education. Although this program is designed for Indigenous Students,  it is open to anyone and everyone who wishing to improve their lives and pursue formal education at all levels.

Participants will Learn:

  • Practical Decision Making and Problem Solving Skills
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • The Reality of Academia and Education
  • How to Survive Using Student Life/Living Hacks
  • Student Leadership Skills
  • How the Academic System is Structured
  • Core Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence  
  • How to Navigate from Rural Living to Urban Living
  • How to Maintain Healthy Lifestyles While Pursuing a Degree
  • How to Pass Classes You Disagree With
  • How To Budget and Plan for Academic Survival and Life Success 

Program Includes: 

  • Personal Development Certificate from Red Echo Associates for Student's CV
  • Program manual and resources materials 
  • Access to long term on-line support from program particpants and program leaders 
  • Q & A sessions with Graduate Students, Scholars and Professors.
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Program Dates and Locations:

Poundmaker Indian Reserve 

July 11, 12, 13th 2017

USASK Graduate Student Commons

July 18, 19, 20th 2017


This program will be delivered by Mylan Tootoosis, a PhD Student at the University of Saskatchewan and Certified Life Skills Coach. At the age of 16 Mylan moved to the City of Saskatoon to attend High school at Mount Royal Collegiate. After graduating in 2005 he attended the University of Saskatchewan for one academic year, disheartened by the experience he decided to take Red Echo Associates Life Skill Coach Training Program and became a Certified Life Skills Coach. He then decided to move to Santa Fe, New Mexico to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts where he participated in the Associated Student Government(ASG) as Treasurer, Vice President and President. He graduated from IAIA in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Liberal Studies. He then moved to Victoria, BC and attend the Masters of Arts in Indigenous Governance Program and completed his Masters in 2013. He is currently a PhD Student at the University of Saskatchewan where he has gained experience teaching and tutoring university students, he was also active with the USASK Graduate Student Association. 

Mylan contributes much of his academic achievements to the skills he received from his Life Skills Coach Training and has become a life long learner of practical skills that benefit personal growth and social change. He wishes to help Indigenous Students obtain the skills necessary to hack the academic systems and become successful in life. Drawing on his unique experiences and perspectives, he has created some amazing university preparation programs designed specifically for Indigenous students. One of which is this Intensive Three-Day Indigenous School House.  

Click here for more information on Mylan Tootoosis.




Q&A Sessions with Professors and Scholars

Dr. renée holt- Q&A on July 12th

renée holt is a Dine/Nimiipuu mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, friend, and daughter of Mother Earth. Her area of research focuses on reclaiming Indigenous education, feminism, and methodologies through research that works in reclaiming language, and decolonizing practices grounded in land, language, and culture. As a teacher educator, who works with pre and in-service teachers, she is a Project Director and Principal Investigator for a Native Teacher Preparation program, Titooqan Cuukweneewit using culturally sustaining pedagogies at Washington State University, College of Education Department of Teaching and Learning.

renée earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science/History from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho and her Master of Art in History with an emphasis in American Indian Western history from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho and currently lives in Pullman, WA with her three children.

Dr. Tasha Hubbard- Q&A on July 20th

Tasha Hubbard teaches indigenous literatures, as well as classes in first-year English as part of the Aboriginal Student Achievement Program at the University of Saskatchewan. . Her current film and academic work focuses on Indigenous creative representation of the Buffalo and on recovering historic Indigenous stories. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker; her solo writing/directing project Two Worlds Colliding (2004) won a Canada Award at the Geminis and a Golden Sheaf Award and she recently released the animated short film Buffalo Calling, 2013.


Dr. Damien Lee- Q&A on July 13th 

Damien engages with the space of Indigenous Studies from the position of a cis-gendered racially-white man who belongs with the Anishinaabeg of the northern shore of Lake Superior. He was adopted as an infant into Fort William First Nation in accordance with Anishinaabe law, and raised as Anishinaabe by his family. In addition to his teaching duties, he is wrapping up his dissertation, which explores the concept of dibenjigaazowin - claiming others and owning our associations - through adoption narratives within his community as a means to better understand Anishinaabe citizenship orders.

Damien has taught at the post secondary level since 2012. He takes an Indigenist approach to course design and delivery, meaning his classes simultaneously centre Indigenous peoples' worldviews and political orders while also promoting decolonization through consciousness raising and unsettling settler colonial common sense. Damien also engages his students in land-based learning whenever possible.

In 2014, Damien moved home to Fort William First Nation to revitalize the community's maple sugar bush with his cousins. He ended up staying there for the next two years, both teaching at Lakehead University and working with his fellow community members to renew the Fort William First Nation citizenship code. Damien moved to Saskatoon in July 2016 to begin teaching at USask Indigenous Studies.

Réal Carrière- Q&A on July 18 

Réal is a Nehinuw (N dialect Cree) from Cumberland House, Saskatchewan. He was raised and home-schooled on his territory, which is situated 50 km into the wilderness near Cumberland House. He is faculty in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.  His research focuses on Cree governance theory.  He spends his free time on the land trying to connect with the creator and Cree knowledge. 




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