Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program - Gabriel Dumont Institute

The Gabriel Dumont Institute situated in the City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with satellite training centres in Prince Albert and Regina, provides a variety of certified educational programs including the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program. Learn more about the Gabriel Dumont Institute and the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program by viewing this video.

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Transcript: Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program - Gabriel Dumont Institute

Braden Bernier - Student - Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program

We're here in Prince Albert, at University of Saskatchewan.

I am a student at SUNTEP.

SUNTEP is Saskatchewan Urban Native Teachers Education Program.

SUNTEP is a four year, fully accredited Bachelors of Education degree It's offered by Gabriel Dumont Institute.

Michael Relland - Program Coordinator - Gabriel Dumont Institute

The Gabriel Dumont Institute is the educational arm of the Métis Nation Saskatchewan, and we deliver programming throughout the province which focuses on Métis identity, Métis culture…

SUNTEP is a teacher training program designed for Métis students … and we have three locations, one in Prince Albert, one in Regina and one in Saskatoon…and we also work with both the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.

Geordy McCaffrey - Executive Director-Gabriel Dumont Institute

SUNTEP was established in 1980- and it's the result of a period of time when First Nations and Métis people realized that they needed better representation in schools and they also realized that we were underrepresented- in terms of economic participation, participation in the labour market, high school graduation rates and educational attainment levels…

…and so the thought was that we would train Métis teachers and get them out into the classrooms to act as role models and also to help mentor Métis children and First Nations children through the system.

Liza Brown - SUNTEP Program Coordinator

In the Prince Albert SUNTEP program we have 98 students this year, and on average we have 100 students per year.

Murray Hamilton - Program Coordinator - SUNTEP

One of the real strengths of SUNTEP is the experiential training that our students are able to receive. They are placed in schools for student-teaching placements in each and every year of the program.

Leah M. Dorion - SUNTEP Faculty- Prince Albert

The program involves academic courses, experiential based learning and school based experiences- so that our students are very well prepared to take on a classroom teaching role.

I currently specialize in the Native Studies program requirements and cultural programming.

Braden Bernier - Student - Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program

What I learned about my culture and heritage through SUNTEP is where we came from, who we are as a people, what our cultural identity is and also, where we belong in this world.

Geordy McCaffrey - Executive Director-Gabriel Dumont Institute

To date we've trained 1064 teachers and those people are all working out in front of classrooms of children and they act as role models and they also act as Métis and First Nations cultural experts in the school system. They are able to bring curriculum that touches the lives of Métis and First Nations kids.

Trisha Gowen - School Teacher/SUNTEP Graduate

Currently I'm working at King George Community school. I teach grade 3 and 4 …

SUNTEP is special because it's such a close community…and not only are you making friendships, you are learning your culture and your heritage and you can feel proud of who you are.

Ninety percent of my students are Aboriginal, so all of my teaching I involve Aboriginal content; it's my goal everyday to get it in there.

Liza Brown - SUNTEP Program Coordinator

For some of our graduates it's the first time that anybody in their family is walking across the stage to receive a degree that's granted through a University…and it's a huge huge moment.

Murray Hamilton - Program Coordinator - SUNTEP

It's been best characterized as being a life changing experience-
It strengthens their own individual self worth by understanding all of the difficulties that Métis people have faced, by being able to stand up, you know and say "I am truly proud to be a Métis person, and here's why…."

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