Indigenous Student Success Strategy

Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan Steering Committee

The Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan (ASAP) steering committee meets quarterly and is a multidisciplinary group of individuals. Together they provide a broad representation across campuses and divisions, and balances Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

Committee History

The committee formed in 2008 and completed an eight-month study to identify remaining barriers to Aboriginal student recruitment and program completion at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. The final report contains 21 recommendations.

The ASAP steering committee continues to guide strategy implementation and provide support to the institution’s process of Indigenization. The committee continues to look for new ways to ensure the institution remains engaged in discussion and plays a role in supporting campus awareness of the initiative’s progress.

Committee Responsibilities

The Saskatchewan Polytechnic ASAP committee:

  • Acts as champions for the ASAP initiative;
  • Receives regular updates on the progress of the initiative;
  • Reviews and providing feedback on recommendations from initiative working committees;
  • Discusses and provides input on issues that arise as part of the initiative implementation;
  • Reviews and provides feedback on recommended strategies to address barriers to recruitment and program completion; and
  • Provides assistance with ongoing prioritization of initiative strategies and actions. 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic ASAP committee members are appointed for a term of either two or three years to allow for planned replacement of committee members. Committee members may serve more than one term. The student representative will be replaced annually to allow for rotation through the campus student associations.

Committee for the 2015-2016 Academic Year


Dennis Johnson and Jason Seright


Nancy Dill, Sharon Ahenakew, Cory Amiskusees, Terrance Carswell, Martine Gauthier, Lisa Shepard, Deanna Speidel, Tobi Strohan, Bob Daniels (Misty Adventures inc. of Mistawasis First Nation) and Amy Briley (Gabriel Dumont Institute).