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Indigenous Students

SAIT welcomes First Nations, Inuit and Métis learners from across the country. We offer:

  • A place to gather and connect with peers
  • Access to financial support
  • Upgrading courses to ease your transition to SAIT or other colleges or universities
  • High-quality training for Indigenous communities
  • A welcoming and familiar student association

Indigenous Learner Success Strategy

SAIT respectfully acknowledges it has much to learn on the path to reconciliation.

Our Indigenous Learner Success Strategy is the first step in our process of Indigenization and commits SAIT to taking action toward four strategic priorities.

Read our strategy

Upcoming events you may be interested in

An Indigenous woman studies at a private table inside the Chinook Lodge Resource Centre.

Academic Upgrading Indigenous Program

This program offers a series of courses and experiences to ease your transition into further study at SAIT or other post-secondary schools. 

At 12 months in length, the program begins at the Grade 9 level and ends with your completion of Grade 11 and 12 courses.

Learn more
A pow wow takes place inside the Stan Grad Building on SAIT campus.

Customized training for Indigenous communities

For more than two decades SAIT has learned about the specific training requirements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit and the organizations that work with them.

In partnership with our Indigenous clients, we design and deliver training programs that support the learner and the Indigenous community.

Group training

Indigenous land acknowledgment

Oki, Amba'wastitch, Danit'ada, Tân'si, Hello. We would like to acknowledge that SAIT is situated on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy. The City of Calgary encompasses a region that the Blackfoot tribes of Southern Alberta described as Moh’kinsstis, meaning ‘Elbow,’ in reference to its location at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers. Since time immemorial, this region was a traditional gathering place for the tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy. We are meeting/gathered on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which, today encompasses the Indigenous people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta: the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Northwest Métis Homeland – Region 3.

Contact us

Chinook Lodge Resource Centre

NN 108, Senator Burns Building, SAIT Main Campus

403.210.4028 403.210.4524 (fax) chinook.lodge@sait.ca