The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.

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Creating stronger communities through music

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When the Indigenous Peoples Program hosted the first Aboriginal Music Festival six years ago, they had no idea how big an event it would become. The festival started as a fundraiser for the various programs the IPP hosts. They held their first festival at Amigos Cantina with about 100 attendees. However, over the past six years the festival has become its own event; this year's sixth annual festival on Sept. 10 and 11 will take place at TCU Place and about 2,000 people are expected.

Free stuff! Coming to a sidewalk near you

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Thanks to a trial recycling program in Saskatoon, this year it will be easier and cheaper than ever to get a hold of those great cheap finds. The program, called New 2U, invites residents from certain neighbourhoods to put unwanted items on the curb on a certain day. Then residents from across the city are invited into the host neighbourhood to scan the streets for used treasures...

U of S goes mobile

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A new University of Saskatchewan iPhone and iPod Touch application is getting the computer science department national attention. The app, called iUSask, is the first of its kind in Canada. It features class schedules, campus news, the library catalogue, a campus map and more. The current version features 12 unique buttons, with four more being added with the next update.

Play On plays on nostalgia

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Back in elementary school, the dismissal bell was music to many kids' ears. Everyone rushed home to get in a few hours of fun before dinner. Street hockey was often the sport of choice. Easy to set up and take down, kids would play for hours in the heat, rain or snow, long after dark, and usually under the glow of the streetlights. Do you miss those days, where your troubles slipped away and all that mattered in life was finding a way to put a ball into the back of the net? Now there is the opportunity to relive your youth again

Creating pedestrian-friendly spaces

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Jan Gehl is a world-renowned architect involved in projects on every continent except Antarctica. Now he's hoping to leave his mark in Saskatoon. On Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, Gehl is getting involved with Saskatoon residents, giving two lectures, meeting with city officials and sitting down with students. Gehl's work focuses on making urban life “lively, healthy, diverse, sustainable and safe.” ...

Speed junkies compete on local racetracks

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Despite its size, Saskatoon has a big community of racing fans. With horse races, and drag, street legal, and stock car races taking place nearly every weekend, there's almost always a way to satisfy your need for speed.

USSU executive speaks up for human rights

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The Islamic Republic of Iran has been in turmoil since the June 12 presidential elections. Two hours after the polls closed, authorities announced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the presidency with 60 per cent of the votes. The announcement prompted protests from supporters of main opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. All three of the opposition candidates have suggested the election was rigged, and more recently, former presidents Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami also noted their dissatisfaction with the results. Countries around the world, including Canada, also doubt the validity of the election results.

Saskatoon slam poetry team heads to nationals

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Taylor Leedahl started Tonight It's Poetry, a weekly showcase of local poetic talent, in April 2008. Little did she know that a year later, her locally-grown project would attract national attention. On June 14, at the last Tonight It's Poetry of the year, the first Saskatoon slam poetry team was decided. They will be heading to Victoria to compete in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word from Nov. 10 to 14. “What I'm really excited about is, when our team goes out there, what they're going to bring back here,” said Leedahl, team manager. “And, you know, next year, there's the chance for people to be on the 2010 team.” Winner Megan Lane and runner-up Charles Hamilton were both surprised with their success at the competition June 14. Hamilton said he was nervous going in and Lane said she didn't think she would make it to the second round. Jocelyn Doepker came in third, Nicole Almond came in fourth and Stephen Rutherford is the team's alternate.

Wakeboarding comes to Saskatoon

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This summer a new festival is coming to the South Saskatchewan River: WakeRide '09. “We have such a beautiful river bank, so why don't we use it?” asked WakeRide '09 spokesperson Nicole Martini. “We have a gross winter but summer is so cool.” The wakeboarding competition is part of an effort of the government-funded initiative Urban Playground to attract and retain younger people in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan. The competition levels will include beginner, intermediate one and two, and advanced. There will be big air competitions, different trick competitions, and rails in the water. Sunday is the professional competition, including the likes of Rusty Malinoski, a local rider who has made it big in the wakeboarding world. “We decided that this is just something we want to do to make Saskatoon cooler,” said Martini. “The fact that Rusty comes from Humbolt says that anything is possible; you can dream big, you can achieve your dreams. We want to give that encouragement to kids in Saskatoon.”

More science than fiction

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The large hadron collider is a giant scientific instrument straddling the Switzerland-France border. This fall, the machine will run its first full experiment, recreating energy levels unseen since the big bang. No one knows for sure what will happen but Canadian science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer has a guess.

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