Matthew J. Dunn, P.Eng., M.Sc.
Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Coordinator
(306) 966-4910

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

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. 


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.

Hatch IPIPP Recruitment Session

12:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Rom 2A15, Engineering Building

Hatch has a summer job opportunity through the Indigenous Peoples Industry Partnership Program (IPIPP). Through this program Hatch will provide summer employment and financial support to be used towards tuition and expenses. Join us for a free lunch and to find out more about this opportunity.


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

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

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

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

Aboriginal 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?

Admission Requirements

  • 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:

Additional Information

Community Engagement

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, with "Outreach" in the subject line.

Campus Tours & Visits

Community Engagement

Community Presentations

  • The College of Engineering can provide community presentations on opportunities in engineering to students, teachers, guidance counselors, potential adult learners, and community members.

Engineering Research

  • 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

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:


  • 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.