Indigenous Peoples Initiatives
Creating a Community for Student Success
We reach out to and support prospective and current Indigenous engineering students at the University of Saskatchewan through initiatives in the areas of student engagement and retention, outreach and community engagement, and raising Indigenous awareness 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.
Bannock Sandwich Lunch with "Intro to Project Management" Session (EXP Consulting)
12:00 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017
Rom 2A15, Engineering Building
EXP Consulting will be providing a free "Intro to Project Management" session during the first Banwich Lunch of the new year! This will be an excellent professional development opportunity that will provide useful information to help you successfully manage projects during your design classes and summer employment.
Free lunch will be provided.
PotashCorp Recruitment Session
12:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Rom 2A15, Engineering Building
PotashCorp is the first company to partner with the College of Engineering on the Indigenous Peoples Industry Partnership Program (IPIPP), and they will be providing information on their current summer, internship and EIT employment opportunities. They will also be accepting job applications so please bring a resume.
Free lunch will be provided.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Indigenous Peoples Industry Partnership Program (IPIPP)
The College of Engineering has created a program that facilitates partnerships between companies and Indigenous engineering students. IPIPP provides students with funds, 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.
PotashCorp is the first company to join IPIPP and has 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more more information on the funding available for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students please go to:
- Engineering Student Centre
- U of S Information for Aboriginal Students
- U of S Aboriginal Student Centre
- APEGS booklet on the various disciplines and careers available in engineering (external link)
What is Engineering?
- Chemistry 30*, Physics 30*, Mathematics** (Pre-Calculus 30* and Calculus 30*).
- *Apart from meeting the admission average for the college, minimum of 70% required in each of the indicated courses.
- **Former math curriculum: Mathematics B30, Mathematics C30*, and Calculus 30*. The current admission requirements can be found at:
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 email@example.com, with "Outreach" in the subject line.
Campus Tours & Visits
- College of Engineering tours and visits for high school and mature students can be arranged by contacting Matthew Dunn, the Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Campus tours are available through Student and Enrolment Services Division (SESD).
- The College of Engineering can provide community presentations on opportunities in engineering to students, teachers, guidance counselors, potential adult learners, and community members.
- The College of Engineering can work 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 presentations, research or design project opportunities, please contact Matthew Dunn, the Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Coordinator at email@example.com.
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:
- 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.
- 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.