The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) was one of the first post-secondary institutes in the country to be fully governed by First Nations leaders, and the only Indigenous accrediting post-secondary institution in Saskatchewan. The school has campuses in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Regina, all of which offer supports from Elders and life-skills coaches. For students moving to the city, community resource workers can help with finding housing and child care. There are nine career centres across the province, and the school travels to First Nation communities to teach about 30 programs a year.
SIIT’s growing program roster includes diplomas, certificates, academic upgrading, and apprenticeship and trades training. Program areas include First Nations child care, health care, auto body repair and trades. Some programs, like the ECE program, are currently fully funded by the government of Saskatchewan with no cost to students. SIIT also has an agreement with North West College to offer residence spaces to power engineer students in Meadow Lake. The school’s business program gives students a basic understanding of the operations of a corporation, charity or government organization. Through a transfer agreement, students in the two-year business diploma program can move to the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Lethbridge to complete a bachelor of commerce degree.
In June 2023, SIIT officially launched pawâcikêwikamik: the Innovation Collective, dedicated to empowering grassroots Indigenous entrepreneurship and innovation in Saskatchewan. What started off as a temporary program now has a permanent home in Saskatoon. Pawâcikêwikamik provides access to cutting-edge technologies and training to support the creation of successful start-ups, in a space that emphasizes culture, language, kinship and connection.
• Diploma $0-$12,272
• Certificate $7,500-$8,577
• Adult Basic Education
• Early Childhood Education
• Mental Health and Wellness
• Indigenous Practical Nursing
• Miyoskamin: Innovation and Entrepreneurship: This program showcases both Indigenous and non-Indigenous world views in areas such as governance, marketing and finance.
• Aircraft Maintenance Engineering: This program features a state-of-the-art lab with a helicopter, plane and aircraft parts.