Saskatchewan Polytechnic has been recognized for their efforts in Indigenizing their education programs.
The institution took home a bronze medal from the Colleges and Institutes Canada Indigenous Education Excellence Awards. The award recognizes an institution which demonstrated a commitment to Indigenous education through innovative and dedicated structures, services and community partnerships.
“Indigenous students find success at Sask Polytech,” Dr. Larry Rosia, the president and CEO said in a press release. “We are heartened by all that has been accomplished since we began implementation of those very first recommendations of the then SIAST Aboriginal Council.”
Indigenous students at Sask Polytech have access to summer transition programming, student centres specifically designed for them, Elders, Indigenous student advisors and financial supports through bursaries and scholarships. Students are also offered the opportunity to connect to their culture through honour ceremonies, which have been hosted for the last 25 years.
Jason Seright, the institute’s director of Indigenous strategy, said it was a humbling experience to receive the award.
“Indigenous students are an important and valued part of Sask Polytech’s community,” Seright said.
Sask Polytech serves the Treaty 4 and 6 territories in Saskatchewan, with over 28,000 students at campuses in Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Regina, and Saskatoon.
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