2021 Indigenous Youth Awards

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We collaborate with the Indigenous community, leveraging Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to enhance social health and economic prosperity.

We’re committed to building meaningful relationships with Indigenous Peoples and their communities and investing in learning, understanding, and meeting the needs of our Indigenous customers.

Connecting Communities

Our Indigenous Business Development team works to improve the communities and businesses of our Indigenous customers. We’ve created the most connected province in Canada to First Nations communities and continually upgrade our network to meet the community needs.

  • All First Nation communities in Saskatchewan can connect their education, health, and band office facilities to fibre technology, allowing access to more broadband services.
  • Whitecap Dakota First Nation is the first Indigenous community in Saskatchewan to be fully connected by fibre optic broadband infrastructure. Learn more
  • Our Connected Community Program supports First Nations digital transformation by creating internet access in community buildings and providing internal and external communication tools to enhance daily routines for health, social, education, and economic opportunities.
  • Indigenous and Northern communities enjoy the benefits of faster internet with the expansion of service options and speeds.
  • 30 Indigenous and Northern communities have access to the next generation of TV with maxTV Stream.
  • Indigenous communities and surrounding areas of Buffalo River Dene Nation, Waterhen Lake First Nation, Clearwater River Dene Nation (La Loche), and Muskoday First Nation have improved wireless service with the addition of new cellular towers.

Supporting Organizations & Events

We’re proud to be a Saskatchewan company committed to supporting community organizations, including those with an Indigenous focus.

Here are just a few of the community organizations and events we sponsor:

  • Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) Health Bus – The bus visits STC member communities to provide residents with medical services from a dental team, mental health worker, and paramedic along with a trailer of sporting and physical equipment for the children to enjoy. Learn more

  • Community Events – We support a variety of community events and celebrations such as Pow Wows, National Indigenous Peoples Day and Orange Shirt Day.

  • SaskTel Indigenous Youth Awards of Excellence – We celebrate the greatest achievements and qualities of our Indigenous youth. Since the awards were established with the Wicihitowin Foundation in 1997, SaskTel has proudly been the title sponsor. Learn about the awards and nomination process.

Indigenous Employee Network

SaskTel Aboriginal Employee Network (SAEN) is a group of Indigenous employees that act as ambassadors to educate and support SaskTel employees regarding the significance and diversity of Indigenous cultures.

SAEN members give back to the community to support Indigenous people in Saskatchewan. Some of the SAEN initiatives include:

  • Toy and Clothing Drives – SaskTel employees donate new or gently used toys, school supplies, and warm clothing to give to community schools in Regina and Saskatoon.

  • Greeting Card Program – Indigenous students from partner high schools participate in an annual art contest. Five works of art are chosen and turned into art cards that are sold throughout the year. 100% of the profits go back to the school’s art programs. Cards can be purchased in bundles of five for $5 by contacting saen.mail@sasktel.com.

SAEN Minh Cao
SAEN Cherelle Williams