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SUNTEP Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program

For over forty years SUNTEP has offered a pre-service teacher training program. SUNTEP is a four-year Bachelor of Education degree delivered by the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI), in partnership with the Ministry of Advanced Education, the University of Regina, and the University of Saskatchewan.

Distinct features of the SUNTEP program include small class sizes, one-on-one academic and instructor support, tutorials, and access to professional development opportunities and Michif cultural experiences on and off campus.

The primary goals of SUNTEP are:

  • To ensure that people of Métis ancestry are adequately represented in the teaching profession, and
  • To ensure SUNTEP graduates are trained to be sensitive to the individual needs of Indigenous students and all students.


SUNTEP is grounded in foundational education theories that embrace pedagogy of relations, culturally responsive education, diversity, and inclusivity. The program has a strong emphasis on Métis history, Michif language, social justice, and anti-racist/anti-oppressive education. In the program you will learn about:

  • Métis Ways of Knowing and Being
  • Cross-cultural education
  • Métis and First Nation people’s history and culture
  • The Michif language and land-based learning
  • The Saskatchewan curriculum and societal issues exploring social justice, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist education lenses which extend to the schools and classroom experience

SUNTEP promotes a community of practice between peers, educators, Métis Old Ones/Knowledge Keepers, and the Michif community seeking to enhance equality, inclusivity, and diversity.


  • Grade 12 with a 65 percent average (U of R requirement), or 70 percent average (U of S requirement) in approved courses;
  • Adult or special admission requirements (21 years of age or over, Adult 12 preferred).
  • As a condition of field placement in schools, you will be required to provide a criminal record check with a vulnerable sector search to the SUNTEP center you apply to. Not all criminal convictions will prevent you from teaching but must be disclosed.  If you have any questions as to whether your criminal record will prevent you from receiving teacher certification you should contact: Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board (SPTRB) at 306-352-2230 or 1-844-690-9741.
  • All applicants will be interviewed by a screening committee

SUNTEP sponsors qualified Métis applicants for all tuition and required fees during the four years of pre-service teacher training.

To subsidize living expenses, most SUNTEP students borrow money from Saskatchewan student loans and/or Canada student loans while attending university.

Applications are now open for the fall of 2024!

  • Early admission application deadline: March 15, 2024
  • General intake application deadline: May 1, 2024

*Some late applications may be accepted if spaces are still available. Apply early to ensure your seat in these popular programs!

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Gabriel Dumont Institue

GDI is a Saskatchewan-based educational, employment and cultural institute serving Métis across the province

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