Matthew J. Dunn, P.Eng., M.Sc.
Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Coordinator
(306) 966-4910
indigenous.engineering@usask.ca

Dean's Office
Room 2A07 Engineering Building
57 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9

Indigenous Peoples Initiatives

We reach out to and support prospective and current Indigenous engineering students at the University of Saskatchewan through initiatives in the areas of student access, retention and engagement, we engage with communities through outreach, engineering research, and capstone design projects, and we are working to raise Indigenous awareness and understanding within the College of Engineering.

We work with: students and prospective students of engineering; Indigenous communities, community organizations and schools; faculty and staff in our college; and corporations - to open doors to careers and opportunity. 

Events

Summer Bridging Program

Engineering Building, August 18th and 19th, 2018

The Engineering Student Centre in the College of Engineering is offering a Summer Bridging Program for Indigenous Students as part of their new IPIC Engineering Access Program. The IPIC Engineering Access Program provides proactive supports to Indigenous students that increase access to engineering and improve retention in the college.

The Summer Bridging Program is a fundamental component of the IPIC Engineering Access Program. Sessions will be provided that focus on transitioning to living in Saskatoon, navigating the University of Saskatchewan campus, and academic preparation for engineering. Industry tours and guest speakers will be included to allow students to see and experience career options in engineering.

Students

IPIC Engineering Access Program

Creating a Community for Student Success

The Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Community (IPIC) Engineering Access Program provides proactive supports to Indigenous students that increase access to engineering through new pathways, improves the transition to being an engineering student, and creates a community for student success through engagement events and peer support. The IPIC Engineering Access Program consists of: pathways to engineering through Northlands PRES and ASAP STEM; a Summer Bridging Program; and a Student Success Program.

Pathways to Engineering

Students that do not have the required pre-requisites to apply to the College of Engineering can register for a year of academic upgrading through the ASAP STEM Pathway to Engineering Program or Northlands PRES Program. During this year of upgrading students will meet with an academic advisor from the Engineering Student Centre to discuss the requirements of the engineering program. Once students successfully complete either the ASAP STEM Pathway to Engineering Program or Northlands PRES Program, they must attend the Summer Bridging Program before starting their first year of engineering.

  • To apply for the Northlands PRES Program, or to find out more about this pathway to engineering, please visit the Northlands College website.  
  • To find out more about the pathway to engineering through ASAP STEM please contact an Aboriginal Student Advisor in the College of Arts & Science.

Summer Bridging Program

The Engineering Student Centre in the College of Engineering is offering a Summer Bridging Program for Indigenous Students as part of the new IPIC Engineering Access Program. Sessions will be provided that focus on transitioning to living in Saskatoon, navigating the University of Saskatchewan campus, and academic preparation for engineering. Industry tours and guest speakers will be included to allow students to see and experience career options in engineering.

Student Success Program

Once students are in their first year of engineering they can access the social, academic, financial, and employment supports available through the Student Success Program. Students in this program must meet regularly with academic advisors from the Engineering Student Centre and attend the 1st year facilitated study sessions to help ensure their success as an engineering student. Upper-year Indigenous Student Ambassadors will organize regular social events, provide group tutorials, and be available for peer mentorship and support. Students that participate in the Summer Bridging Program and the Student Success Program will be able to access up to $1,000 in financial supports for wellness activities, professional and leadership development opportunities, or emergency financial assistance.

Indigenous Peoples Industry Partnership Program (IPIPP)

The Indigenous Peoples Industry Partnership Program (IPIPP) facilitates partnerships between companies and Indigenous engineering students. Students that participate in IPIPP receive a $5,000 tuition incentive, valuable summer work experience and important industry connections that enhance their engineering studies and lay the groundwork for excellent opportunities after graduation. This program also provides companies with the opportunity to mentor and develop an engineering student into a future leader and promising employee.

Nutrien and Hatch are active participants in IPIPP and have partnered with multiple Indigenous engineering students, supporting their academic and career success.

  • If any students or companies are interested in becoming a part of this program, please contact Matthew Dunn, the Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Coordinator at indigenous.engineering@usask.ca.

Academic Supports

Academic Advising

The Engineering Student Centre provides academic advising services to all engineering students.

  • To make an appointment to see an academic advisor or for general questions and information, please contact: Engineering Student Centre Rm 2A05, (306) 966 5274 or engineering.studentcentre@usask.ca

Financial Supports

U of S Scholarships

  • There are a number of scholarships available for Aboriginal engineering students. For additional advice on applying for scholarships please inquire with Matthew Dunn, the Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Coordinator at indigenous.engineering@usask.ca.

The full list of scholarships available at the U of S are available at:

Funding

For more more information on the funding available for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students please go to:

Additional Information

Prospective Students

What is Engineering?

Additional Information

Outreach

Outreach Volunteer List

If any students, staff or faculty are interested in volunteering to help with Indigenous outreach initiatives such as campus tours, community visits, or science fair judging, please send an email to indigenous.engineering@usask.ca, with "Outreach" in the subject line.

Campus Tours & Visits

Community Engagement

Engineering Research

  • The College of Engineering can partner with First Nation and Metis communities to identify relevant engineering research that incorporates innovative engineering solutions to meet current needs in that community.

Design Class Projects

  • The College of Engineering can work with First Nation and Metis communities to develop design class projects that solve a practical need in that community. These projects would be completed by engineering students under the supervision of an Engineer-in-Residence hired by the College of Engineering.

If any communities are interested in engineering research or design project opportunities, please contact Matthew Dunn, the Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Coordinator at indigenous.engineering@usask.ca.

About Us

The College of Engineering has a strong commitment to recruit and retain Indigenous students, to incorporate Indigenous Peoples culture and ways of knowing into engineering research and teaching, to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan, and to recruit employees of Indigenous background. In order to meet these ambitions, the College of Engineering is developing multiple initiatives in the areas of student engagement, retention and recruitment, community engagement, and increasing Indigenous awareness within the college.

The Indigenous Peoples Initiatives program at the U of S College of Engineering is led by:

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  • Matthew Dunn, Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Coordinator
    • Matthew is Dene and a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. He grew up in Watrous, SK, obtained his masters and bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the U of S, and worked in industry before joining the college's administrative staff in 2014 in his current role. 

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  • Duncan Cree, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    • Duncan joined the college in 2014. He brings experience in implementing and managing engineering access programs for Indigenous youth.

Together, they are developing multiple initiatives in the areas of Indigenous student engagement, retention, recruitment, community engagement and increasing awareness of Indigenous culture, history and traditional knowledge.