At the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), we value and foster relationships with partner organizations and communities. Our dedication to problem-oriented and engaged scholarship provides our students with an environment that stimulates discovery and allows them to apply sustainability principles by working directly with communities in ways that truly make a difference.

Our partnerships

SENS is undertaking research with community members at Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation that can help the community address a range of issues related to environment and sustainability. To date, these include:

• Source water protection
• Flood assessment
• Clean drinking water
• Emergency planning
• Readiness for climate hazards
• Planning for climate change
• Learning how to bring traditional knowledge and cultural values into land and resource decision-making
• Building a safe and accessible repository for traditional and local knowledge
• Understanding the value of partnerships with other municipalities and organizations like Prince Albert Model Forest
• Assessing the value of programs such as Junior Resource Rangers

We were very fortunate to have Mr. Conrad Alfred Gamble from Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation as an Indigenous Mentor with our school from 2016 to spring 2017. Mr. Gamble has been working with faculty and students at SENS since 2015, sharing his considerable knowledge of environment and sustainability issues at his First Nation, and helping us develop research that will benefit his community.

The Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve (RLBR) is located in central Saskatchewan and is one of a handful of reserves in Canada designated by UNESCO as an area with worldwide ecological significance. Biosphere reserves address the challenging issues of how to maintain the health of natural systems while meeting the needs of communities and are learning places for testing and demonstrating integrated management and protection of land, water and biodiversity.

In April 2012, SENS and RLBR signed a Memorandum of Understanding which allows our school and the biosphere reserve to expand the scope of research and education projects relating to the environment and sustainability sectors. This memorandum formalised an already established partnership between our organizations. SENS students and faculty have been conducting research at the reserve for the past few years, and one course (ENVS 801) holds a field trip there annually.

A key feature of the MOU is the continued offering of the field trip to RLBR for three days of hands-on training on field research methods in different ecosystems like rivers, wetlands and grasslands. Students also talk to local farmers, ranchers and other community representatives about their concerns and ideas on how to preserve this land for future generations and – at the same time – make a living in today’s economic challenges.

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SENS and Mistawasis Nêhiyawak have a partnership that includes completing mutual research projects as well as exchanging and sharing research results and offering and implementing field trips for students on a regular basis. Mr. Anthony Blair Dreaver Johnston is the Indigenous Mentor with SENS and works regularly with faculty and students on projects and research that collectively advance sustainability and reconciliation. Mistawasis Nêhiyawak is also a partner in our UNESCO Chair in Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability, Reconciliation and Renewal, fostering relationships that support Indigenous self-determination and protect biological and cultural heritage. 

Learn more about our partnership here

SENS has been working with the Northern Village of Cumberland House on delta research activities and fostering a mutually-beneficial and respectful relationship since 2011. Projects include the Delta Dialogue NetworkBecoming WaterDelta DaysE.B. Campbell Dam research and the Delta Days Travelling Art Exhibit.

The Master of Water Security field course spends time at the Hannin Creek Education Facility near Candle Lake, SK, which is a camp run by the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Students learn a variety of field techniques including stream and groundwater monitoring and hydro-meteorological observations. 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture in the Classroom Sask (School Garden Programs)

AMEC Environment & Infrastructure

Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Society


Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation

BHP Billiton


Canada North Environmental Services

Canadian Nature-Escapes

Chaplin Tourism

Charlebois Community School

Child Hunger and Education Program - CHEP

Child Hunger and Education Program - CHEP

City of Saskatoon, Environmental Advisory Committee

City of Saskatoon, Environmental Services

City of Saskatoon, Planning & Deevelopment

City of Saskatoon, Saskatoon Emergency Measures Organization

Craik Sustainable Living Project

CUPE Environment Committee

Ducks Unlimited

Earth Keepers Program

ECO Canada


Environment Canada, Prairie and Northern Wildlife Research Centre

Federated Co-op

Food Secure Saskatchewan

Global Institute of Food Security UofS

Global Water Security Agency UofS

Golder Associates Ltd.

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon

Keewatin Community Development Association Inc.

Lakeland District (R.M. No. 521)

Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation

Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve

Meewasin Valley Authority

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development - BC

Mistawasis Nehiyawak

Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan

Nature Conservancy of Canada Regina

Nature Conservancy of Canada Saskatchewan

Nature Saskatchewan

Nautilus Environmental

North American Food Systems Network

North Saskatchewan River Basin Council

Peachy Printer


Prince Albert Grand Council

Prince Albert Model Forest

Prince Albert National Park

Public Pastures-Public Interest

Public Pastures—Public Interest

RCE Saskatchewan

Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve

Rock Paper Sun Ltd

Saskatchewan Eco Network

Saskatchewan Environmental Industry and Managers Association

Saskatchewan Environmental Society

Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council

Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Technical Resources Branch

Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association

Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan

Saskatchewan Research Council

Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council

Saskatchewan Water Security Agency

Saskatchewan Watershed Authority

Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation

Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre

Saskatoon Horticultural Society

Saskatoon Nature Society

Saskatoon Public Schools


SaskPower, Sustainability Office

Shell Canada

SOS Elms Coalition Inc.

South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards


The Wildfire Prevention Working Group

University of Saskatchewan, Corporate Administration

University of Saskatchewan, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness

University of Saskatchewan, Office of Sustainability

University of Saskatchewan, Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education

University of Saskatchewan, Sustainability Education Research Institute

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wapusk National Park

Wild About Saskatoon

Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association

Canadian Museum for Human Rights


Gwich'in Council International

Gwich'in Tribal Council

Luleå University of Technology

Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and its Group of Companies

Saskatchewan Polytechnic


University of Alaska Fairbanks/Alaska Centre for Energy and Power

University of Tromso, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

The University of Winnipeg

York Factory First Nation


Contact SENS if you have questions or are interested in creating a partnership with us.