The Sky Is the Limit May 29-31, 2019
The Sky Is the Limit: Growing Healthy Learning Environments
Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Wednesday, May 29 | 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

10:15 am Load buses
10:30 am Buses leave (sharp)
10:45 am Arrive / split into two groups for tours of St. Kateri & Chief Whitecap
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Tour group 1 – St. Kateri
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Tour group 2 – Chief Whitecap
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Tour group 1 – St. Kateri
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Tour group 2 – Chief Whitecap
1:00 pm Load buses
1:10 pm – 1:30 pm Travel to A-Wing
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm All group – 30 min lunch in Atrium, brief tour of E-Wing, or presentation on E-Wing
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Walk to Gordon Oakes / assemble for tour
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm All groups tour of Gordon Oakes
3:30 pm Buses leave for Sheraton

St. Kateri Tekakwitha School & Chief Whitecap School
This facility has three components, two schools, Chief Whitecap School (Public School Division) and St. Kateri Tekakwitha School (Separate School Division), and a shared core/community centre. This school was built using a public-private partnership (P3) model to maximize savings and deliver the schools on-time and on-budget. The overall project, the Saskatchewan Joint-Use Schools Project (SJUSP), produced 18 schools on nine sites in four different cities, Martensville, Regina, Saskatoon, and Warman. The consultants, Ministry of Education, and the Joint Use Mutual Partnership (JUMP) consortium worked with five School Divisions on design build considerations.

St. Kateri Chief Whitecap

The tour of Chief Whitecap School will focus on the cultural components within the school and throughout the site, including how the design supports the education partnership with Whitecap Dakota First Nation. The tour of St. Kateri Tekakwitha School will focus on the design and variety of learning environments.

Gordon Oakes
Gordon Oakes Buildings tell stories. They tell the stories of the people who desire them, the people who pay for them, the people who design them, the people who make them, and ultimately the people who inhabit them. Buildings tell the stories of who we are and who we desire to be. The Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre is stories of Indigenous knowledge, told in a building, told in stone.

Beginning in 2007, the UofS hired the architectural team of Douglas Cardinal Architect and RBM Architecture to design a stand-alone building to house the Aboriginal Student Centre. Then President Peter MacKinnon personally shepherded the project forward, with the concept of bringing Indigenous knowledge to the center of campus life.

The building was named after Gordon Oakes an Elder and graduate of the UofS dedicated to education and welcoming to all. He often spoke of culture and education as a team of horses, needing both to succeed. Read more »
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