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EDI training

Developing an inclusive mindset is a continuous journey. Widen your perspective and gain new skills for the workplace and world with equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) training. Check back often as new opportunities become available.

SAIT webinars  

Check SAIT's event calendar for upcoming training opportunities, or catch previously recorded sessions below.

LinkedIn Learning

SAIT employees and students have free access to LinkedIn Learning.  Activate your account to begin exploring EDI learning pathways:

Education and resources

Broaden your understanding in areas related to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Indigenous land acknowledgements

Land acknowledgements recognize the history and legacy of colonialism, and are an important and necessary first step toward honouring Indigenous peoples' principal kinship to the land. Inspired by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation's  94 recommended calls to action, they are often used at the beginning of ceremonies and other public events. 

Acknowledging the land is not simply a box to check and should be approached with intention and mindfulness. Discover tips for crafting a meaningful acknowledgement and get started with SAIT's Indigenous land acknowledgement below.

Oki, Amba'wastitch, Danit'ada, Tân'si, Hello. The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) acknowledges it is situated on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which today encompasses the Indigenous people of the Treaty 7 region: the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, the Stoney Nakoda, and the homeland of the Northwest Métis. SAIT also recognizes all Peoples who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of southern Alberta.

Words matter — Indigenous terminology

Source: BC Public Service (2018). Words Matter: Guidelines on Using Inclusive Language in the Workplace


Indigenous is a general term and is a preferred term in international writing and discussion that is gaining broader acceptance in Canada. In Canada, Indigenous collectively refers to people who identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

First Nations

First Nations describes people who identify as First Nations, which have distinct cultures, languages and traditions and connections to a particular land base of traditional territory.


Métis is a French term for “mixed blood,” which refers to the specific group of Indigenous people who trace their ancestry to the Métis homeland and are accepted members of the Métis community.


Inuit refers to a group of people who share cultural similarities and inhabit the Arctic regions of Canada, Greenland, Russia and the United States of America. Inuit is a plural noun, and the singular is Inuk. Also note that “Inuit” means “people,” so it is redundant to say “Inuit people.”


Indian in reference to an Indigenous person is a historical misnomer with negative meanings for many Indigenous people as an imposed term. Use of this term should be avoided unless it is part of a historical reference, part of a legacy term, or used in reference to a government policy or classification (e.g., “Indian Act,” “status Indian,” “the Musqueam Indian Band”). While there are some status First Nations who prefer this term, “Indian” is considered an “in-group” term for their use.

Aboriginal may be used in reference to First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. However, it may no longer be the preferred term as language use is changing and more are embracing the term “Indigenous.”

Eskimo is a historical misnomer with negative meaning for many Inuit and should be avoided. 

Understanding pronouns

Pronouns are often used when referring to someone without using their name. For queer, gender non-conforming, non-binary and transgender people, commonly used pronouns like "he" and "she" may not fit and have harmful effects. Learning someone's personal pronouns is a sign of respect, and shows you care about creating an inclusive environment.

SAIT’s business card and corporate email signature templates have been updated to include personal pronouns — consider including them in your email signature. Learn more about pronouns and why they matter.

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