SAGE UT (Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement, University of Toronto) is a graduate student led group operating out of the Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives (CAI) at the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus. SAGE UT plans workshops, presentations, meetings and other events that focus on promoting the academic and personal development of Indigenous graduate students.

SAGE UT works toward the recruitment, retention and completion of specifically First Nations (status/non-status), Inuit, Métis and other Indigenous scholars at U of T. This is carried out by ensuring safe spaces for graduate students to share knowledge and ideas, and support one another throughout the graduate student experience. SAGE UT events promote discussion on a wide range of topics relevant to Indigenous research and related discourses. SAGE UT consistently works with CAI, First Nations House and programs and initiatives at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), organizing relevant learning opportunities, and helping to facilitate access to knowledge holders such as Elders, faculty and community members.


  • Provide safe, culturally relevant spaces for Indigenous students to share and discuss ideas, resources, challenges and experiences
  • Connect graduate students and faculty across diverse academic programs for social and academic support
  • Initiate learning opportunities that are valuable to Indigenous students
  • Promote graduate academic work and achievements
  • Facilitate guidance and networking for students, and access to appropriate supports, services and programming
  • Remain connected to Indigenous students at all levels of education – prospective and undergraduate students as well as alumni are welcome at SAGE events

 SAGE UT offers:

  • Quarterly ‘Nest’ meetings usually held in the Turtle Lounge, Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives
  • Honouring Feasts – whether the passing of the season or semester, gathering to acknowledge one another’s hard work is important
  • Office hours (please inquire) – for individual consultation
  • Annual Graduate Student Symposium – research conference with students and community
  • Thesis writing workshops
  • Presentations (Speaker Series) by faculty, alumni and community members on topics related to academic processes, research and/or Indigenous/Aboriginal discourses
  • Coordinating events at UTM and UTSC for Indigenous students and allies studying outside St. George campus