2019 Community Connections Tour of Northern Saskatchewan

Media Advisory Release Date: September 16, 2019 2:00 p.m.

Dr. Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor, along with several senior University officials, will be visiting a number of northern communities from September 18 – 20, 2019, as part of the University’s 11th annual Community Connections Tour.

“The University of Regina, as a provincial institution, is interested in listening to and learning from communities and officials from across the province,” said Timmons. “The University’s 2015-20 Strategic Plan: peyak aski kikawinaw – Together We Are Stronger informs the intent of these visits, which is to discuss opportunities for deepening the University’s relationship with our communities and understanding how we can best meet their post-secondary educational needs.”

This year’s northern tour includes meetings with community and school leaders:

  • September 18 - Birch Narrows Dene Nation and Clearwater River Dene Nation
  • September 19 - Flying Dust First Nation/Meadow Lake Tribal Council and Meadow Lake
  • September 20 – Wollaston Lake and La Ronge

During her tenure as President of the University, Timmons has visited communities ranging from Uranium City to Yorkton; Cumberland House to Maple Creek. In some cases, these visits have led to community partnerships that in turn have helped create remote learning programs and other education initiatives.

Media are invited to speak with Timmons prior to her departure. She is available in the afternoon of September 17, in Regina. Other on-site media availabilities during the tour include: September 19, 9:30 a.m. at Flying Dust Cree Nation near Meadow Lake, and on September 20, at 10:45 a.m. at Northlands College in La Ronge.


Tour schedule below.


 President’s September 18- 20, 2019 Community Connections Tour


Wednesday, September 18

Birch Narrows

Meet Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) delegation and Birch Narrows Dene Nation officials

Tour of Community School in Birch Narrows

Traditional Lunch

Clearwater River Dene Nation (CRDN)

Meet Dene Chiefs and Council: BRDN, ERFN, BNDN, CRDN


Thursday, September 19

Flying Dust First Nation

K-8 School Tour – media availability 9:30 a.m.

Carpenter High School Tour

Lunch with MLTC

Meet with Southern Chiefs and Council at MLTC CLFN, MLFN, WLFN, MSFN, FDFN

Meadow Lake

Meet with North West College

Meet with Mayor and Council


Friday, September 20

La Ronge

Northlands College Meeting and Tour – media availability 9:45 a.m.

Education Department Meetings – Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB)

Northern Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) meeting and tour

LLRIB Chief and Council Lunch Meeting

Wollaston Lake

Hatchet Lake Chief and Council Meeting

Tour of Father Megret High School



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