What better way to be heard than to speak together?

What is BIRM?

In the Building Intercultural Resilience Mentorship program (BIRM) USask students will be connected with Indigenous high school students in Saskatoon Public Schools to build relationships through shared experiences, interests, and goals.

BIRM will be structured as a wrap-around network of inspiration and support for these students, and they will be able to develop mentor-mentee relationships that will be intercultural on many levels (i.e., education, age, race/ethnicity/culture, etc.).

The students will meet regularly with the support of the Program Coordinator to engage in leadership opportunities, career exploration, goal setting, learning Indigenous cultures and languages, land-based experiences, and developing academic skills. The program will culminate with a group trip to the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity in 2022 (pending Provincial Health guidelines).

Create meaningful change for Indigenous youth to achieve their goals and better their communities.

Why participate?

  • To support, inspire, and learn from/with the next generation of Indigenous youth in achieving their highest aspirations.

  • To be an active participant in the improvement of outcomes for Indigenous youth in our community.

  • There will be an opportunity for regular volunteers to develop a co-curricular record or accumulate important volunteer hours.

Success is not measured by how well you have followed someone else’s path but by how you have pushed yourself to achieve your own goals.

What is expected of you?

USask student volunteers are needed to facilitate regular BIRM programming throughout the school year on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for an hour per session.

We are seeking mentors to start the program for the Fall of 2021 so you will need to be available for mentorship training in August.

If you are interested in supporting the program but cannot commit to the time, please contact the program coordinator below to see how you can volunteer on a drop in basis.


SPS logo

This opportunity is available through the partnership of USask's Office of the Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement and Saskatoon Public Schools.

Contact us

Contact the BIRM Program Coordinator Nahanni Olson at nahanni.olson@usask.ca for information on how to become a mentor.

Connect with us on social media to stay up to date on how to get involved:

Birm Usask
 @birmusask