National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

tānisi. hãn. ëdƚanet’e? taanishi. aniin

[Cree. Dakota/Lakota/Nakota. Dene. Michif. Saulteaux]

ASPA acknowledges the importance of Sept 30th, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, as a day to honour the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

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President’s Message

Happy September and beginning of term!

I’m very excited for everyone’s return to campus! The hallways are once again filled with students, staff and faculty and it’s so nice to see.  Although the mask mandate is no longer in effect, masking is still highly recommended – especially while indoors. 

Welcome week is going to be quickly upon us and with that we are once again having the Joint Unions Pancake Breakfast. This annual event is something I am personally looking forward too!  It’s a wonderful opportunity to get together to see friends and colleagues (some in person for the first time in many months!).  This year it will be held September 8th in the bowl from 7:30 am – 10:30 am.

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The Role Pets Play in Human Health and Mentality – Video Recording

This presentation was be given by Colleen Dell, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., and Research Chair in One Health & Wellness.

Thank you for those who were able to attend, and for those who brought their furry friends on screen from home. We recorded it for those who were interested and unable to attend.

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The Role Pets Play in Human Health and Mentality

ASPA and CUPE 1975’s Mental Health Campaign would like to invite you and your colleagues to a virtual presentation. This presentation will be given by Colleen Dell, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Research Chair in One Health & Wellness, and her lovely Dog, E-Jay!

This presentation will be on Wednesday, August 24th from 12:00pm-1:00pm, via Zoom. If you are interested in attending, the Zoom link will be sent out the morning of.

We encourage those who are working from home to bring their furry friends on camera!

For questions, comments, or concerns, please contact ASPA at aspa@aspasask.ca

Mental Health Awareness – Free Hotdog Day in the Bowl was a Success

From left to right, Alain Fafard, Erwin Marbella, Erin Walling, Tamara Hominuke, Julie Maier, Brianna Groot, LaVina Watts, Angeline Hainstock, Ryan Klassen, Linda Riopel, Tracey Baliski, and Alan Bohle. Photo taken by Glenn Billingsley

As some of you may know, CUPE 1975, ASPA, and The Canadian Mental Health Association have partnered together for a campaign to end the stigma on Mental Health and promote awareness.

We recently had our first major event on Wednesday, June 15. The event was held in the Bowl where we gave away free hot dogs and sold t-shirts for donations.

The total of donations received for the Canadian Mental Health Association is $1,322.63!

Thank you to all the CUPE 1975 & ASPA Members that volunteered their time and energy to this event. Please keep your eyes and ears open for our next event.

If you or someone you know is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out to some of the resources listed below.

In solidarity,

CUPE 1975 & ASPA

Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566

EFAP: https://wellness.usask.ca/help/efap.php

Indigenous Wellness Resources: https://indigenous.usask.ca/resources/wellness-resources.php

Lumino Health Care: https://wellness.usask.ca/help/virtual-health-care.php#Overview

Mind Beacon: https://wellness.usask.ca/help/cbt.php

Saskatoon Mobile Crisis (After Hours): 306-933-6200

Saskatchewan Marks National Indigenous Peoples Day for 2022

By Jeanelle Mandes – Global News – Posted June 21, 2022

Celebrating Indigenous culture, heritage and pride kicks off summer solstice. On June 21, Saskatchewanians can participate in National Indigenous Peoples (NIP) Day celebrations across the province.

The significance is to recognize and honour the outstanding achievements of the Indigenous peoples of Canada and to celebrate the summer solstice. This will be Regina’s first year back since the pandemic of celebrating NIP Day in person.

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Sask Music Producer Hopes New Studio Will Help Indigenous Artists Flourish

  • Tyler Barrow
  • Multi-Skilled Journalist CTV News Saskatoon
  • Published June 6, 2022, 4:22pm

George Parker attached a studio to his home in Cando, Sask. to help provide opportunities for Indigenous artists.

The studio is fully-equipped to help artists, podcast producers and documentarians.

“It gives us a place to work under our own time constraints. The clock is not ticking for us,” said Parker, who has worked in the Indigenous music industry for 30 years.

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ASPA Member Highlight – Mark Ferguson, Director of Communications, Global Institute for Water Security

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Mark Ferguson has a Bachelor of Arts (English Major) from the University of Saskatchewan and a post-grad Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College. His first job was as the Editor of the Sheaf student newspaper in 2001. He moved away for a while to pursue grad studies. Mark returned in 2007 to take a position with the Alumni Relations Department working on the Green & White and as an in-house writer. He soon moved over to On Campus News as a writer with the Communications Department. He became the first Media Relations Officer a couple years after that and built the first USask news site (news.usask.ca). He took a position with the Canadian Light Source in 2013 where he worked in the communications department as a science writer until 2016. Mark took a short leave from campus to work for the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan but returned in 2017 to take a position with the Global Institute for Water Security and the pan-Canadian Global Water Futures program. He has worked about 17 years at the university.

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