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 ( 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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Calgary Board of Education will form name review committee for Sir John A. Macdonald School

Disclaimer – The views in this article are not necessarily the views of, nor express our reality in, ASPA.  The purpose of highlighting this article is to provide members with varying viewpoints and information about Labour and the happenings around campus, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Written by Paula Tran for 770 CHQR Posted May 2, 2022, 10:53am.

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) board of trustees will form a name review committee for Sir John A. Macdonald School in the city’s northwest.

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Mental Health Awareness – Free Hotdog Day in the Bowl

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.

Please join our volunteers in the Bowl Wednesday, June 15th from 11:30am – 1:00pm for free hot dogs! First come first serve until they are gone.

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ASPA President and Vice-President’s


LaVina Watts has been selected as ASPA President for the 2022-2023 year. LaVina was one of the Vice-Presidents for three years before being elected as President. She works in the College of Arts & Science as the Manager for Study Abroad and Interdisciplinary Programs. LaVina has made some meaningful connections with the University leadership and hopes to bring that experience and knowledge to the role of president and to serve you and your interests as our members.

You may contact LaVina at or

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ASPA Member Services Officer – Glenn Billingsley

Hello ASPA Members,

We would like to thank you for patiently awaiting the announcement of our new Member Services Officer. Glenn Billingsley will be starting in the ASPA Office room 302 Kirk Hall on May 30, 2022.

You may contact Glenn Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm at or 306.966.7392

Glenn Billingsley grew up in Regina before moving to Saskatoon in 2009. Glenn has worked fulltime for the Government of Saskatchewan and SGEU for the past 33 years. He earned a Certificate in Labour Relations from Queens in 2009, and holds many certificates from the Foundation of Administrative Justice.

Previously, Glenn worked for SGEU for 14 years, with a focus on labour, human rights, and employment relations. Glenn represented workers as a Labour Relations Officer for unions and their members on a wide range of labour and employment law issues and has appeared before the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board and Arbitration Boards, as well has negotiated with various levels of private and public sector bargaining units in Saskatchewan.