Canada's Original Think Tank

Jack Saddleback

Jack Saddleback

Jack Saddleback

Jack Saddleback

Published on 13 May 2015
Hansard and Statements by Senator Lillian Eva Dyck

Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck:

Honourable senators, on March 26, Jack Saddleback was elected as the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union president. Jack is the third Aboriginal students’ union president and the first transgender students’ union president at the university. Upon his election, he said:

The fact that people don’t think of me as just a trans man, don’t think of me as just a First Nations man. They see all the skills that I have, they see the fact that I’ve put in work for a number of years and have been so invested in our university to make it a better place for all students.

Jack’s platform included a significant plank dedicated to developing a mental health strategy on campus. Jack was named as one of the Faces of Mental Illness by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health in 2014. Through this campaign, Jack was able to share his experience and story with Canadians all across the country in an effort to crush the stigma of mental health issues. Jack is now bringing that message to the campus.

Understanding the pressures that university students are now facing, Jack wants to make sure students have the support and services to be treated for mental health illnesses, and to create a safe environment for these issues to be discussed.

I would like to congratulate Jack on his historic election and wish him all the best in his tenure as the president of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union. Well done, Jack!

Hon. Senators: Hear, hear!


  1. Jack Saddleback 2 years ago

    Thank you very much for the congratulations, it is truly humbling!

    • Senator Dyck 2 years ago

      It was well deserved!

  2. Marie Battiste 2 years ago

    As a senior Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan, I want to thank you Senator Dyck for honoring Jack Saddleback. We are proud of the leadership of Jack and others who have invested their energy to make U of S a safe and respectful place where students of all ancestries representing gender and sexual diversity can feel they belong and can get their education without fear and hesitancy in being who they are. Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan are 15% of the province and yet they make up only 2000 of 22,000 students at the U of S. The Aboriginal staff is less one percent. These are important figures sure to grow, but it will take the concerted effort of institutions to do more. Student advocacy and activism is sure to help. We now have Jack and his back!

  3. Senator Dyck 2 years ago

    Dr. Battiste, thank you for the comments and information about the under representation of Aboriginal students and staff at the UofS. Your research and scholarly work is transforming the university too. Thanks.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *