This technical institute is the training arm of the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research (GDI), which prides itself as a conservator of Métis culture. To this end, GDI holds a large virtual museum of Métis culture and history. The collection includes photographs, artwork, and textual and oral history records. GDI’s museum and the award-winning Gabriel Dumont Institute Press, which exclusively publishes Métis authors and illustrators, have been recognized for promoting history and culture.
GDI’s main campus is in Saskatoon; 15 program delivery centres exist across Saskatchewan. Approximately 80 per cent of GDI’s graduates secure employment within three months of graduating. For some programs, such as the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) and practical nursing, the number is over 90 per cent. The institute is the second-largest practical nursing training provider in Saskatchewan.
Through partnerships with the province’s post-secondary institutions, GDI offers a variety of educational, vocational and skills-training programs. These include academic upgrading and certificate and diploma programs. Students also may complete the first two years of bachelor of arts and science degrees.
The college’s SUNTEP, a bachelor of education program that focuses on Indigenous studies, cross-cultural education, and Métis and First Nations history and culture, is run in co-operation with the universities of Regina and Saskatchewan. GDI also offers the northern Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP).
|Size of school||Tuition (degree)||Tuition (diploma)||Tuition (certificate)||Tuition (post-grad)||Residence offerings|
|Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)||$5,600-$6,690||$4,813-$10,430||$4,800-$8,050||$4,300-$8,000||No|
- Indigenous Birth Support Worker: A six-week program teaches students to provide emotional support and physical comfort to women and their families during birth
- Workplace 101: These programs focus on the essential skills needed to find gainful full- or part-time employment
- Continuing Care Assistant: This program involves hands-on classroom learning with practical clinical experience in home care, long-term care, special care and acute care settings.
- Adult Basic Education
- Practical Nursing
- Heavy Equipment Truck and Transport Mechanic
- Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP)
- Community-based Master of Education Program