Welcome To Treaty 6 Territory

Treaty No. 6 was signed on August 23, 1876 at Fort Carlton in Saskatchewan. The total area of the Treaty stretches from western Alberta, through Saskatchewan and into Manitoba; and inlcudes 50 First Nations.

The University of Saskatchewan's academic governing body, University Council, created language that may be used to acknowledge the lands and Indigenous peoples of the Saskatoon area.

After extensive consultation, thoughtful and consistent language was created for the following three reasons. First, it is appropriate to acknowledge the history and the people of this land. Second, having language helps those in the university community who seek to acknowledge this place and its peoples, but who have concerns about how to do so or what to say. Third, wide consultation ensured that the language was approved by the peoples whom it acknowledges. The aim was to ensure that no one feels excluded by such an acknowledgement.

Through the teaching, learning and academic resources committee of University Council, there was consultation with Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty, students and staff. The language was discussed extensively in order to ensure that the language was inclusive and representative.

The language that University Council unanimously passed is:

As we gather here today, we acknowledge we are on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respect to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another.

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Getting around

Public Transit
U-Pass offers students huge savings for transportation on Saskatoon Transit and is mandatory for most students. The cost of the U-Pass is automatically included in graduate student fees. Students with special circumstances may apply to opt-out of the U-Pass service.

Get your pass
This program is managed by the USSU and students looking to activate their U-Pass can bring their student ID card to the USSU Information Centre in Upper Place Riel.  You must reactivate your U-Pass each term. Review important activation and opt-out dates.

Saskatoon Transit
Saskatoon Transit is Saskatoon’s public bus transportation service provider. For information about routes and schedules visit saskatoontransit.ca.  

Visit the campus parking office for all of your parking needs. 

Cost of Living

Moving to Saskatoon

Saskatchewan is a province with a high quality of life and a low cost of living. The population has grown by over 144,000 in the last decade. The province is working to ensure that this steady growth continues and that Saskatchewan people experience the benefits of this growth

The cost of living in Saskatchewan is extremely low. The average rental for a one-bedroom apartment in Saskatoon is $803 whereas the rental for a one-bedroom in Toronto is $2,230.

The average cost of purchasing a bungalow in Saskatoon is approximately $338,882 whereas a comparative bungalow in Greater Vancouver costs $1,437,873.

In terms of sales tax, Saskatchewan only charges a 6% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) in addition to the nationwide 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST). As such, we have a combined sales tax of 11%, which is considerably lower than provinces like New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Quebec, etc, all of which charge a sales tax of 15%.

Most importantly for families, there is no tuition fee for public school education in Saskatchewan. Furthermore, under the Graduate Retention Program, graduate students are eligible for a $20,000 tuition rebate through the Province of Saskatchewan.


Express address It's easy to inform your utilities and service providers within Saskatchewan of your address change when moving with ExpressAddress.

Car insurance is managed in Saskatchewan by SGI. Saskatchewan Government Insurance was created in 1945 and is a provincial Crown corporation that has been developed over the years into two linked operations.

Internet: The biggest internet service providers in Saskatchewan are Shaw and SaskTel. To compare their rates, you can go through an online directory called FindInternet.

Cell Phone Carriers: The best cell phone carriers in Saskatchewan are Bell, Rogers, and SaskTel. 

Electricity: There are four regulated energy providers in Saskatchewan — SaskPower, SaskEnergy, Saskatoon Light & Power, and Swift Current Electricity Services.

Natural Gas: The primary natural gas provider in Saskatchewan is SaskPower. However, residents may also purchase their natural gas from Future Now Energy and Just Energy.

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Typical expenses

Aside from tuition, books, tech and the usual on-campus costs associated with graduate school, the following information will get you started to plan a budget.

Rent (avg)

$    900.00


$      39.00


$      80.00

Groceries (avg)

$     300.00

On-campus parking

$       69.30

Childcare (avg)

$     800.00


Inexpensive restaurant meal

$      22.50

Starbucks coffee

$       5.00

Movie ticket

$      11.00

Theatre ticket

$      30.00

USask Huskies

  game day tickets free for students

* amounts shown are approximate monthly averages and should be used only to give you an idea of typical expenses

Things to do

The secret is out! With so much to offer, Saskatoon is one of Canada's most talked-about destinations. As it thrives economically and excels as a forward-thinking metropolis, the door is always open for discovery. It is the place to experience local eateries, bustling nightlife, river trails, and other outdoor spaces as well as cultural institutions and museums.

With over 65 annual events (40 in the summer alone), there is no shortage of things to see and do! The Sundog Arts and Entertainment Faire is the perfect opportunity to find that handmade piece of Saskatchewan to take home and show off. See and taste how the professionals do it at RibFest in Diefenbaker Park - you will go to BBQ heaven!

Saskatoon has a number of one-stop shopping centres for your convenience that are easy to get to, and will satisfy any diehard shopper. Not only will you find the basics, but you'll also find that special something at one of the exciting new shops at malls such as The Centre on 8th Street East and Midtown in downtown Saskatoon.

Whatever your plan, let Tourism Saskatoon help!

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