Indigenous Student Housing
We are located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the NorthWest Métis, 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.
At SAIT we are committed to the success of our Inuit, Métis 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:
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.
Living at SAIT gives you access to the Indigenous Students' Alliance, which 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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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.
Additional information about SAIT Residence
Identifying yourself as First Nations, Métis 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 and so on may require documentation.
You are not allowed to smudge in residence, however, you can smudge at Chinook Lodge, which usually takes place in the mornings.
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.
There are many scholarships available for First Nations, Métis or Inuit students and Chinook Lodge offers seminars on how to apply for scholarships as well as finding scholarships that fit your program.
There are many places to study on campus, including the Reg Erhardt Library and Chinook Lodge which offer computers students can use, as well as study spaces for students to connect with each other.
The main objectives of the SAITSA Indigenous Students' Alliance (SISA) are 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, room N108G.
Begin Tower and East Hall:
- Desk and chair
- Cable hook up (set up service with Shaw Cable)
Begin Tower suite common areas:
- Kitchen table and chairs
- Kitchen facilities
- Full-size fridge
East Hall suite common areas:
- Couch and chair
- Coffee table
- Kitchen facilities include a full oven
See a full list of amenities available in SAIT Residence.
- Bed linens (queen sheets work great)
- Mattress cover
- Alarm clock
- Toilet paper
- Bathroom carpet and bath mat
- Toiletries (hairdryer)
- Shower curtain and rings
- Kitchen supplies
- Kitchen towels
- Pots and pans
- Electric grill
- Plates, bowls, glasses, and mugs
- Kettle, toaster or toaster oven
- Cleaning supplies
- Garbage cans 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)
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We encourage our students to drop by the Residence office, located in Begin Tower. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 403.284.8013 (ext. 1) to speak with a staff member.
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