With 17 centres in 13 communities across Saskatchewan, the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research (GDI) is one of the largest Métis educational and cultural institutes in the country. Through partnerships with the province’s post-secondary institutions, GDI offers various educational, vocational and skills-training programs. As a conservator of Métis culture, GDI holds a large virtual museum with photographs, artwork, text and oral history records. The award-winning GDI Press, which exclusively publishes Métis authors and illustrators, has also been recognized for promoting history and culture.
GDI’s main campus is in Saskatoon, and other program-delivery centres are spread across the province. The Dumont Technical Institute (DTI) is the skills-training and adult basic education branch of GDI. The institute has five campuses.
The college’s Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP), a bachelor of education program that focuses on Indigenous studies, cross-cultural education, and Métis and First Nations history and culture, co-operates with the universities of Regina and Saskatchewan. GDI also offers the Northern Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP).
Approximately 80 per cent of GDI’s graduates secure employment within three months of graduating. For some programs, such as SUNTEP and practical nursing, the number is greater than 90 per cent. The institute is the second-largest practical nursing training provider in Saskatchewan.
|Size of school||Tuition (degree)||Tuition (diploma)||Tuition (certificate)||Tuition (post-grad)||Residence offerings|
|Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)||$6,000-$7,000||$5,000-$10,500||$5,000-$8,000||$4,500-$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 the birth process.
- Justice Studies Program: Offered in partnership with the University of Regina, this program merges classroom study with hands-on practicums within organizations like the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice.
- 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.
- Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP)
- Adult Basic Education
- Practical Nursing
- Northern Saskatchewan Indigenous Teacher Education Program
- Community-Based Master of Education Program