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Indigenous Student Housing

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Indigenous student practicing

We are located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the NorthWest Metis, and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.

At SAIT Residence we believe in student success and our residence community is built on relationships, education and training. We work closely with Chinook Lodge to build on the success of our Indigenous Residences.

Chinook Lodge

At SAIT we are committed to the success of our Inuit, Metis and First Nations students by providing programs, resources and services through our Chinook Lodge Resource Centre. We promote understanding — not only of the culture and values of Indigenous peoples, but of all peoples — and provide the opportunity to meet, engage and learn together as one diverse community:

Residence suites

Our residence suites are located in the northeast corner of the main campus with two modern high rises boasting four different floor plans — one bedroom apartments, four bedroom shared quads, two bedroom units and studio suites. All of our suites come fully-furnished with utilities included and are self-contained with individual bedrooms, shared kitchens and bathrooms, study areas and common living spaces.

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Residence life

Living at SAIT gives you access to the Indigenous Students' Alliance, who will help create a welcoming environment, encourage you to become proactive in representing yourself through student-based initiatives and will give you the opportunity to participate in the development and implementation of services and events that will contribute to your academic success. 

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Amenities

We offer many amenities and living on campus will provide you with quick access to your classrooms, labs, fitness facilities, the Reg Erhardt library and more! 

  • Great location in the heart of Calgary
  • Convenient to classes, labs and the library
  • 24-hour campus security
  • On-site management and maintenance
  • A robust residence community
  • Study areas
  • Mentorship programs
  • Employment opportunities

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Parents, family members, and supporters

AT SAIT we focus on enhancing the student experience, and ensuring that the living spaces support academic success.

Living in residence cultivates understanding, tolerance, and respect for others, and we provide many resources such as educational programming and peer support right in-house and are close to a multitude of services available to students on campus.

Ideas to support your student from home

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We offer great accommodation options for parents and guests — upgraded hotel suites at a fraction of the cost — so that you can stay close to your loved one without cramping their style or their space.

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Other offerings

Self-declaration

Identifying yourself as First Nations, Metis or Inuit is a self-declaration on the SAIT Application for Admission. If you end up not self-declaring at Admissions time, you may do this at the Office of the Registrar, located in Heritage Hall.

Although it is a self-declaration, some programs, scholarships etc., may require documentation.

Can we smudge in residence?

You are not allowed to smudge in residence, however, you can smudge at Chinook Lodge, which usually takes place in the mornings.

Are Elders available?

Elders are available to provide cultural teachings and ceremonies, located at Chinook Lodge, who will be able to help you obtain the schedule for Elders visits.

Funding

There are many scholarships available for First Nations, Metis or Inuit students and Chinook Lodge offers seminars on how to apply for scholarships as well as finding scholarships that fit your program. 

Where can I study?

There are many places to study on campus, and Chinook Lodge offers computers that students can use, as well as study spaces for students to connect with each other.

SAITSA Indigenous Students' Alliance

The main objectives of the SAITSA Indigenous Students' Alliance (SISA) is to create a welcoming environment, encourage Indigenous students to become proactive in representing themselves through student-based initiatives and participate in the development and implementation of services and events that will contribute to Indigenous students' academic success.

To become a member of SISA, stop by Chinook Lodge and speak with one of the SISA executives, located in the Senator Burns Building, N108G.

What amenities are provided in the units?

Begin Tower and East Hall:

  • Dresser
  • Desk and chair
  • VOIP Phone
  • Cable hook up (set up service with Shaw Cable)

Begin Tower suite common areas:

  • Kitchen table and chairs
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Microwave
  • Full-size fridge

East Hall suite common areas:

  • Couch and chair
  • Coffee table
  • Kitchen facilities including a full oven
  • Microwave
What should I bring?

Bedroom:

  • Bed linens (queen sheets work great)
  • Mattress cover
  • Hangers
  • Alarm clock

Bathroom:

  • Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Kleenex
  • Bathroom carpet and bath mat
  • Toiletries (hair dryer)
  • Shower curtain and rings

Kitchen:

  • Kitchen supplies
  • Kitchen towels
  • Pots and pans
  • Utensils
  • Electric grill
  • Plates, bowls, glasses, and mugs
  • Kettle, toaster or toaster oven

Other:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Garbage can and bags
  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry supplies
  • Detergent (liquid)
  • Photos of loved ones and wall decor (only to be hung on the walls with sticky tack)

What should I leave at home?
  • Pets (including fish)
  • Weapons, firearms
  • Dartboards
  • Drugs and paraphernalia
  • Halogen lights
  • Upholstered furniture
  • BBQ's and grills
  • Major appliances
  • Candles and incense
  • Obnoxious instruments (drums, amps etc.)
I have questions, who should I speak with?

We encourage our students to drop by the office, located in Begin Tower. You can email us or call us at 403.284.8013 ext. 1 to speak with a staff member. 

Privacy and entering of units

SAIT Residence recognizes a student's need for privacy and will only enter a unit in specific situations:

  • To perform maintenance work following a work order.
  • If a Residence Staff member has reason to believe that a wellness check is needed to assure a resident is safe.
  • To assess a unit for cleaning and maintenance requirements when another student has moved out.
  • To deliver urgent notices or information.

If access is required to a unit for other reasons, the Residence Office will attempt to give appropriate 24-hour advance notice if possible.

In addition, all bedrooms are private with locks. Students in shared accommodations still have their own space and can lock their individual bedroom doors.

Am I able to move the furniture in my unit?

Yes, you can move the furniture within your unit, this is your home and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.

That being said, you cannot move the furniture from your unit to another person's unit or from common spaces. Furniture should only be moved during the daytime to avoid noise during evening hours.

24-hour security

At SAIT ensuring student's safety is our first priority, and we take safety and security on campus very seriously. The SAIT Residence team works closely with campus security to create a safe and secure living environment so our students can succeed.

SAIT Residence and campus security work together to provide:

  • 24/7 emergency response to alarms, accidents and unusual activity
  • monitored security cameras
  • daily and nightly security patrols
  • all items that are found at SAIT Residence is taken to SAIT security for holding
  • on-site Residence staff who perform rounds of the Residence buildings at night and deal with any issues that may arise.
Safewalk

SAITSA Campus Safewalk is a free, volunteer-based service dedicated to ensuring the peace of mind of all SAIT staff, students and visitors when travelling on or near SAIT's main campus.

Volunteers will walk you to your car, the C-Train or anywhere within a 10-block radius of campus.

Can anybody stay on campus throughout the academic year?

Throughout the academic year, only full-time students are accepted into SAIT Residence. If your status drops below a full-time status, you will be asked to leave. 

If we request someone to live with us, what are our chances of becoming roommates?

We ask that you and your friend email us requesting that you both want to room together. We cannot guarantee that you will be roommates but we will do our best to arrange roommates who want to live together.

Can we have guests stay with us on campus?

Yes, you have the privilege of hosting guests only if you have permission from all of your roommates. A resident's right to privacy takes precedence over a roommate's right to host a guest.

Each resident may only have overnight guests for a maximum of five nights per month if all roommates agree.

Your guests are your responsibility, and if they should do anything that warrants disciplinary action, you are personally responsible and will receive a fine or discipline. Guests must always be accompanied by their host and not left alone in residence.

Can a resident stay on campus for the summer?

Yes, although you may be asked to move from your current location to one that is set aside for summer residents.

If you would like more information, call us at 403.284.8013 ext. 1 or drop by the office in the Begin Tower. You will receive an email when we start accepting summer applications.

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