A focus on Metis culture is the defining feature of the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research (GDI). The Institute prides itself on being a conservator of Metis culture—to this end, it holds a large virtual museum of Metis culture and history, with photographs, artwork and textual and oral history records. All its programs have a Metis cultural component, and centre on Native studies, Metis studies and Indigenous languages.
GDI has 11 locations across Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. It offers apprenticeship programs, adult basic education and university-based courses.
In partnership with the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan, GDI offers a four-year bachelor of education program, the Saskatchewan urban Native teacher education program (SUNTEP). In SUNTEP, students study teaching from a Metis and First Nations perspective, and gain hands-on classroom experience by the time they graduate. Students can also opt to take the first two years of a Metis-focused bachelor of arts and science degree in either Saskatoon or Prince Albert, or a master’s program in curriculum and instruction.