The University of Saskatchewan is reaching out to more Aboriginal students.

It has launched a new website in an effort to build partnerships in Aboriginal communities and to increase the participation of Aboriginal students.

They currently make up about 10% of the student population.

The director of First Nation and Metis engagement at the university is Candace Wasacase Lafferty, who says the site has been in the works for years:

“A one-stop shop for anything that might be related to Aboriginal programming.  Now, that is if you’re a student . . . and hopefully we’ve created a user-friendly tool that speaks directly to Aboriginal youth about the opportunity at the U of S.”

Wascase-Lafferty also says having more Aboriginal students gives the entire university a better understanding of the issues, values and identities of Aboriginal people.