Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)


Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is an Indigenous-led peer and faculty mentoring program headed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) and the Vice-Provost Office (Indigenous Programming and Research). SAGE offers the opportunity for graduate students to engage with their fellow Indigenous peers, faculty and researchers, and facilitates their development both on- and off-campus.

This initiative is dedicated to supporting Indigenous scholarship and academic excellence through community-oriented approaches, research, and Indigenous knowledge, with the goal of inciting social and educational change. SAGE operates on the principles of respect, reciprocity, relationships, and responsibility.

Program Goals

SAGE's goals are as follows:

  • Increase numbers of Indigenous graduate students at the University of Alberta;
  • Develop scholarship and academic success for Indigenous students;
  • Foster cultural, community consciousness, and affirmation among graduate students to affect change within Indigenous communities;
  • Bridging Master's students into PhD programs;
  • Building working relationships with other SAGE Pods across Canada; and
  • Create community and network building for graduate students within and among SAGE Pods.


SAGE Programming changes every year and during COVID-19, sessions will be recorded and shared on eClass for enrolled students to watch if they cannot immediately attend.

Two types of sessions will be hosted by eClass: academic resource presentations and panel discussions. SAGE has partnered with Situated Knowledges, Indigenous Peoples and Place (SKIPP) to share their academic programming.

Please email the Coordinator to be enrolled in SAGE 101 on eClass.

Event Spotlight: Dr. Gwen Healey Akearok | Join the Zoom Meeting Here

A talk with Dr. Gwen Healey Akearok about community-based research on their work in the Canadian circumpolar north.

Biography: Born and raised, and currently living in Iqaluit, Dr. Gwen Healey Akearok is the Co-Founder and Executive and Scientific Director of the Quajigiartiit Health Research Centre (AHRN-NU) in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

She completed her BSc in Physics at Queen's University, her MSc in Community Health and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and her PhD in Public Health at the University of Toronto. Their interests include Indigenous, community-based and participatory action research methods, research ethics and their interpretation and application of indigenous and community perspectives. They are also interested in the determinants of mental health and wellness among adolescents in Canada's North, and the relationship between historic and intergenerational trauma and family connections that impact mental health.

Previous Events & Offerings

  • IGSA/SAGE Craft Night 
    February 28, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. MST
  • Keeoukaywin on the Internet: Indigenous Canada MOOC and Visiting with Dan Levy
    November 16, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. MST

Contact Information

Questions regarding SAGE and its programming can be directed to:

Evan Wong, Cold Lake First Nations
Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)
Office: 1-22 Triffo Hall, University of Alberta

Dr. Paul L. Gareau, Métis
SAGE Faculty Mentor
Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)
Office: 2-58 Pembina Hall, University of Alberta