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Indigenous Leadership Program

A leader must be brave enough to raise their voice and act. Leaders are an inspiration to others, and help people achieve a common goal.

Some leaders are born, but others are made. Unlock your potential to lead with the City of Saskatoon's Urban Indigenous Leadership Program.

The program is an umbrella for a variety of exciting experiences that teach you how to be a leader in Saskatoon. Which project grabs your attention?

  • Indigenous Lifeguard Program
  • Indigenous Fitness Leader Program
  • Adult & Community Leadership Development
  • Summer Program Staff Opportunities
  • Atoske Skills & Employment Summer Training Camp
  • Youth Leadership Summits

The Indigenous role models who participate in our programs are vital to our communities. We want to see you as a leader at our leisure centres, in our community associations, at community events, and as a volunteer in the city.

Atoske Summer Training Program

The Atoske summer training program is an excellent opportunity for students to strengthen their job readiness skills. These skills are essential for future employment with the City of Saskatoon and other youth serving agencies. This camp provides an environment in which such skills can be acquired.  Sessions included are First Aid & CPR C, PHCD HIGH Five & Food Safe Level 1.

New ONE WEEK PROGRAM, 16-19 years.


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The following testimonials were provided from graduates of the Atoske skills development program.

 ​Atoske Program Graduate-  JoHannah Angus
 ​Atoske Program Graduate-  Dallas Fiddler
 ​Atoske Program Graduate-  Hailey Lavallee
 Atoske Program Graduate - Joshua Scott
 ​Atoske Program Graduate - Robin Worm

Program Objectives

  • To encourage more Urban Indigenous to become leaders in sports, culture, and recreation activities.
  • To see additional Indigenous residents on community boards and committees.
  • To increase awareness of opportunities and resources for leadership development, and increase awareness of the help that's available to access these opportunities.
  • To recruit summer program staff for the City of Saskatoon.
  • To create new leadership development opportunities within the Urban Indigenous community.
  • To collaborate and partner with community based organizations and businesses.

What are you waiting for? Take the lead.


MĒ TA WĒ TĀN Programs

Whatever your age there is a MĒ TA WĒ TĀN program for you. MĒ TA WĒ TĀN programs are a fun way for all ages to get active in sport, culture and recreation. Whether you are Kokum sharing your stories at the Kokum's sharing circle or taking a class with an Indigenous instructor or learning the art of Indigenous drums and song, attending a MĒ TA WĒ TĀN class means you’ll meet others with similar cultural interests, learn more about the Indigenous traditions, and get active in an environment that helps you learn the tools to a healthier lifestyle and staying active. You’ll always feel welcome and have loads of fun at the City of Saskatoon’s MĒ TA WĒ TĀN programs.

Drop-in Programs

For all ages. No registration is required.    Click here for details.  poster

New MĒ TA WĒ TĀN Programs for 2019!

Indigenous Traditional Games - Learn to play traditional Indigenous games and the cultural significance behind them. For more information please contact 306 975 3378. Poster

Kokums Sharing Circle - Meet with other Kokums to share language, culture and stories for more information please contact 306 975 3378. 

Youth Centres

Free!  For ages 10 to 14 years, the MĒ TA WĒ TĀN  youth centres are the perfect gathering place to get active, meet new friends, and have some fun in the evening.  Click here for locations and times.

MĒ TA WĒ TĀN Travelling Van

The MĒ TA WĒ TĀN Travelling Van visits play programs  throughout the summer and provides some added Indigenous games and activities.  Ask the summer leaders for more details or call 306-975-3378 for more details. 

MĒ TA WĒ TĀN Upcoming Events

Little Sisters in Action  (Fall 2019).  Please check back for further updates.