Gabriel Dumont Institue

COVID-19

May 28th, 2020

Information on the COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic changes daily. We encourage GDI staff, students, clients, and stakeholders to access reliable information and make every effort to keep informed about new developments.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Government of Saskatchewan Health Authority are two reliable sources.

Saskatchewan Health provides an online COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

 

Latest Update (older updates below or in the COVID-19 News Archive here)

 

May 28, 2020 

 

Updates for the Week of May 25-29, 2020:

 

  • NEW GDI COVID-19 Emergency Bursary for Métis Students
    • The GDI COVID-19 Emergency Bursary for Students application is no longer available.
    • If you are a current student in extreme financial need during this time, please email scholarships@gdi.gdins.org to request assistance and your situation will be assessed on an individual basis.
    • During this time we highly encourage individuals to look into these other sources of assistance:

 

  • NEW 2020/21 Métis Nation University Sponsorship Applications Now Open
    • Applications for Métis Nation University Sponsorship for 2020/21 are now open. Please apply online at gdins.org/university by July 1, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact us via email at usponsorship@gdins.org.

 

  • NEW GDI Pathways to Entrepreneurship Program to Continue
    • The GDI Pathways to Entrepreneurship program (2017-2020), which was scheduled to end this summer, will continue. More information to follow shortly.

 

  • NEW Graduation Ceremonies/ Events
    • SUNTEP Prince Albert and Dumont Technical Institute have held virtual graduation events. Other Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) and Gabriel Dumont College (GDC) programs have postponed their graduation ceremonies.

 

  • Testing Services
    • ACCUPLACER Testing is now available through remote or distance processes. Please contact DTI Testing Services if you have any questions or to set up an appointment at testing@gdins.org or Toll Free: 1-877-488-6888.

 

  • GDI Library
    • The Prince Albert and Regina Branches of the GDI Library are open for business. Click here for more information
    • Electronic resources are available for loan
    • Curbside pickup is available for loan of physical materials.

 

  • Fall Program Delivery
    • GDI has been working closely with our partners in post-secondary education as we plan for fall delivery.
    • GDI’s situation is unique, with programs and classrooms in at least 16 Métis communities across Saskatchewan providing a broad range of programs from Master and Bachelor degrees, to diploma and certificate programs, as well as multiple levels of Adult Basic Education. As such, GDI’s response will be tailored to the accrediting agency and the best needs of each particular program and community in question.
    • In consultation with public health and Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer, the Institute will utilize a hybrid, or blended, approach to education delivery this fall, as appropriate. Leveraging the best practices of face-to-face in-person classes and online and distance education instruction will give our students the best chance of academic success in the ever-changing environment of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
    • A staged and blended model will combine online, classroom, laboratory, shop, and clinical instruction. The concept reflects comprehensive planning work done by our staff and faculty in the recent weeks. It also provides the programming flexibility needed to manage the risks of the pandemic while ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
  • Mental Health Student Support Program
    • Free and confidential mental health and counselling supports are now available for all GDI students 24/7.
    • Services are available through a variety of modalities including toll-free telephone, video counselling, on-line chat, in-person counselling (when allowed), and mobile app.
    • The best way to access service is to download the My SSP app
    • Students may also access the counselling services via the toll-free number at 1-844-451-9700
    • Staff and faculty orientation sessions were held May 7 & 8, 2020. A link to the staff orientation video can be found on the GDI intranet.
    • A student orientation video is available here. Please share the link directly with your students.
    • This service is exclusively for students of the Gabriel Dumont Institute (including Dumont Technical Institute, SUNTEP, NSITEP, and Gabriel Dumont College). Students should select “Gabriel Dumont Institute” when accessing the program.
    • Student counselling services are provided by keep.meSAFE in partnership with Morneau Shepell

 

  • GDI Virtual Concerts
    • Virtual concerts hosted by the Gabriel Dumont Institute have been very popular and well accessed. Available concerts are as follows:
    • April 21, 2020: Donny Parenteau on YouTube or on
    • April 27, 2020: Jess Lee in concert on Facebook or watch it on YouTube
    • May 4, 2020: John Arcand, Master of the Métis Fiddle, on Facebook or YouTube.
    • May 11, 2020: Tristen Durocher on Facebook or YouTube.
    • May 25, 2020: Lucas Welsh on YouTube or Facebook
    • Like GDI on Facebook

 

  • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact Amy Briley or scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

 

 

  • A new resource, The Métis Alphabet Colouring Book, created by George Gingras, is being released in pages. The first two letters to be released are “L is for Louis Riel” and “D is for Dumont.” Some pages include lesson plan ideas. The Métis Alphabet Colouring Book pages are available for download here.  The new resource is inspired by The Métis Alphabet Study Prints by Joseph Jean Fauchon with Darren R. Prefontaine.

 

Student Updates:

 

  • ABE Adult 10-12 Update
    • During the COVID pandemic, the provincial government together with post-secondary institutions, support Adult learners to continue their education towards completion.
    • The Adult Basic Education Adult 10-12 Instructional Framework provides policy direction to post-secondary institutions that is consistent with the direction provided to Grades 10-12 in the K-12 system.
    • Adult learners in credit programs will be provided similar opportunities as K-12 for supplemental learning, assessment and evaluation, grading, and transition.
    • A minimum final mark of 50 percent or greater will be applied to the outcomes evaluated to-date in the subject areas as of March 13, 2020. Adult learners will be afforded the opportunity to improve their marks through supplemental learning.
    • Adult learners will not be penalized for committing to supplemental learning. If a learner’s grade goes down by the end of supplemental learning, their final grade will be the mark recorded as of March 13, 2020 (50 per cent or greater).
    • Adult learners will be encouraged to continue learning; however, if they are not able to, they will be assigned their grade as of March 13, 2020.
    • Provincial examinations are waived from March 13, 2020 through to the end of June 2020 for Adult learners engaged blended programs (now 100% instructor marks) or programs taught by non-accredited instructors.
    • No differentiation will be made on transcripts administered from the K-12 system to denote students who engaged in supplemental learning versus students who chose not to and were assigned the grade they had as of March 13, 2020.

 

  • Provincial Training Allowance (PTA)
    • For students funded by PTA, funding will continue to the program end date. After this time, students must transfer to another means of financial support. Adult 12 graduates are eligible for the Canada Student Emergency Benefit (CESB).

 

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
    • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring.
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time amendment to program start and/or end dates.
    • GDITE clients who are still in training and applying for EI/CERB should let their employment counsellor know ASAP.
    • GDITE career, employment, and training information and services continue to be available.  Find more information here. gdins.org

 

COVID-19 Information Online

Residents of Saskatchewan can go to the Saskatchewan government website for reliable information related to COVID-19 in our province.

 

The Province of Saskatchewan has announced a phased Re-Open Saskatchewan plan to slowly lift restrictions. For details, click here.

 

We encourage the entire GDI community to continue to follow preventative actions, including:

  • Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette;
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands;
  • Maintain safe food practices; and,
  • Use social distancing of two meters (six feet) between yourself and others.

 

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s (SPSA) toll free line, 1-855-559-5502, is now being offered 24 hours, 7 days a week. The SPSA toll free line was established in order to answer non-health specific questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

COVID-19 Emergency Benefit Programs (summary)

 

Federal

 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months.

 

The CERB is now available if you earned $1,000 (before taxes) or less during an eligibility period. If this applies to your situation, you may be eligible to apply for a previous period, starting March 15, 2020. Click here for more information.

 

Eligibility

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who have not quit their job voluntarily.

 

To begin the application process, you will be asked to answer a few simple questions. The answers you provide will help direct you to the service option that best fits your situation. See the website for more information.

 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is accessible through CRA My Account or over the phone with an automated phone service. 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041. For more information click here.

 

Employment Insurance (EI)

For those currently receiving EI benefits and who expect them to continue, you should not apply for CERB. If your EI benefits cease before October 3, 2020, then you can apply for CERB when those benefits run out, if you are unable to work because of COVID-19.

 

All Canadians who have ceased working due to COVID-19, whether they are EI-eligible or not, would be able to receive the CERB

 

Those who have applied for EI and their applications have not been processed do not have to reapply.

 

Those who are eligible for regular EI and sickness benefits can still access those benefits if they’re still unemployed after the 16-week period covered by the CERB.

 

Employment Insurance and Pension applications can be made online.

 

Support for Students and Recent Graduates

The federal government has put a number of programs and supports in place to help students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. These include enhanced student financial assistance for fall 2020, the Canada Student Service Grant, and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, Find out more here.

 

Canada Pension Plan

Apply by visiting: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/cpp-benefit/apply.html

If you have questions about the CPP, you can call 1-800-277-9914.

 

Old Age Security

Apply by visiting: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/old-age-security/apply.html

If you have questions about OAS, you can call 1-800-277-9914.

 

Help applying for a benefit

If someone needs help applying for a benefit, they can complete a service request form at: https://sr-ds.powerappsportals.com/caseintakeen/. Someone from Service Canada will call them within two days.

 

If community members don’t have access to the internet or have trouble using it, they can call 1-877-631-2657 for immediate assistance. This is a special line for people who previously relied on in-person services.

 

Provincial

 

Saskatchewan residents who have been ordered to self-isolate and are not eligible for the federal supports can apply for the province’s self-isolation support program, which provides recipients with $900 over two weeks. The program will mainly benefit self-employed workers.

 

Métis Nation–Saskatchewan

 

Métis-specific emergency response

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

 

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • The MN–S recognizes that many people are being stretched financially and emotionally by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The MN–S Housing Support Program has been put in place to help those struggling to make ends meet.
  • MN–S has provided emergency funds to each region to assist households in meeting household expenses during COVID-19 pandemic crisis. These funds are meant to supplement, not to replace income.
  • Please note: the Regions are responsible for determining the eligibility and dollar amounts based on need for each request as funding is limited.
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds here and submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional rep to register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Childcare Support

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application tochildcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.work or 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative / 1-833-343-8391

 

For further information phone the MN–S toll-free number at 1-833-343-8391.

May 20, 2020

Updates for the Week of May 18-22, 2020

 

  • NEW Graduation Ceremonies/ Events
    • Most of Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) and Gabriel Dumont College (GDC) programs have postponed graduation events. At Dumont Technical Institute (DTI), there are a few exceptions with some programs piloting virtual graduation events.

 

  • NEW Testing Services
    • ACCUPLACER Testing is now available through remote or distance processes. Please contact DTI Testing Services if you have any questions or to set up an appointment at testing@gdins.org or Toll Free: 1-877-488-6888.

 

  • NEW GDI Library
    • The Prince Albert and Regina Branches of the GDI Library are open for business. Click here for more information
    • Electronic resources are available for loan
    • Library staff can be contacted for assistance
    • Curbside pickup is available for loan of physical materials.

 

  • NEW Fall Program Delivery
    • The Gabriel Dumont Institute has been working closely with our partners in post-secondary education as we plan for fall delivery.
    • GDI’s situation is unique, with programs and classrooms in at least 16 Métis communities across Saskatchewan providing a broad range of programs from Master and Bachelor degrees, to diploma and certificate programs, as well as multiple levels of Adult Basic Education. As such, GDI’s response will be tailored to the accrediting agency and the best needs of each particular program and community in question.
    • In consultation with public health and Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer, the Institute aims utilize a hybrid, or blended, approach to education delivery this fall, as appropriate. Leveraging the best practices of face-to-face in-person classes and online and distance education instruction will give our students the best chance of academic success in the ever-changing environment of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
    • Our top concern remains the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff and we will closely monitor the situation and adjust as necessary. There will not be a one-size-fits-all approach to fall delivery but rather what’s best for each program and location. Details will be communicated as available.

 

Student and Public Updates

  • Mental Health Student Support Program
    • Many GDI students are under pressure and struggling with daily stresses as they continue to work toward their academic goals.
    • Gabriel Dumont Institute students now have access to confidential mental health and counselling supports including immediate access to counsellors 24/7 at no cost to the student.
    • Services are available through a variety of modalities including toll-free telephone, video counselling, on-line chat, in-person counselling, and mobile app.
    • Information on how to access services is being shared directly with GDI students.

 

  • GDI Virtual Concerts
    • Virtual concerts hosted by the Gabriel Dumont Institute have been very popular and well accessed. Available concerts are as follows:
    • NEW Enjoy the music of Tristen Durocher on Facebook or YouTube.
    • Watch John Arcand, Master of the Métis Fiddle, on Facebook or YouTube.
    • Enjoy the music of Jess Lee in concert on Facebook or watch it on YouTube
    • Enjoy the music of Donny Parenteau on YouTube or on
    • Upcoming concert: Lucas Welsh on May 25, 2020
    • Like GDI on Facebook

 

  • GDI Approves Emergency Bursaries to Students
    • 375 Métis students have been approved for emergency bursaries, administered through the Gabriel Dumont Scholarship Foundation.

 

  • COVID-19 Emergency Bursary for Métis Students
    • Applications are open
    • Emergency Bursary is for Saskatchewan Métis students experiencing hardships and loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Students may be experiencing difficulty completing their studies due to rapid and unforeseen changes in living situations. Those transitioning to online learning platforms face unforeseen costs such as needed educational equipment, access to technology, and IT supports (ie, reliable internet, computers, printers, software, IT support, etc.) to complete their studies. Many Métis students have lost income and are experiencing difficulties meeting basic living expenses.
    • Métis post-secondary and Adult Basic Education students can request assistance for immediate expenses and associated living costs including but not limited to; rent, groceries, utilities, childcare, medications, cleaning services, and needed educational equipment and technology access. Childcare support is eligible for children ages 0 – 13 and older dependants with disabilities requiring care.
    • Applicants must be Métis residents of Saskatchewan and have a valid Saskatchewan Health Card. Métis Nation–Saskatchewan registry cards are not required.
    • Complete information and online application forms are available at the following link:  https://gdins.org/covid-19/covid-19-bursary/

 

  • ABE Adult 10-12 Update
    • During the COVID pandemic, the provincial government together with post-secondary institutions, support Adult learners to continue their education towards completion.
    • The Adult Basic Education Adult 10-12 Instructional Framework provides policy direction to post-secondary institutions that is consistent with the direction provided to Grades 10-12 in the K-12 system.
    • Adult learners in credit programs will be provided similar opportunities as K-12 for supplemental learning, assessment and evaluation, grading, and transition.
    • A minimum final mark of 50 percent or greater will be applied to the outcomes evaluated to-date in the subject areas as of March 13, 2020. Adult learners will be afforded the opportunity to improve their marks through supplemental learning.
    • Adult learners will not be penalized for committing to supplemental learning. If a learner’s grade goes down by the end of supplemental learning, their final grade will be the mark recorded as of March 13, 2020 (50 per cent or greater).
    • Adult learners will be encouraged to continue learning; however, if they are not able to, they will be assigned their grade as of March 13, 2020.
    • Provincial examinations are waived from March 13, 2020 through to the end of June 2020 for Adult learners engaged blended programs (now 100% instructor marks) or programs taught by non-accredited instructors.
    • No differentiation will be made on transcripts administered from the K-12 system to denote students who engaged in supplemental learning versus students who chose not to and were assigned the grade they had as of March 13, 2020.

 

  • Provincial Training Allowance (PTA)
    • For students funded by PTA, funding will continue to the program end date. After this time, students must transfer to another means of financial support. Adult 12 graduates are eligible for the Canada Student Emergency Benefit (CESB).

 

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
    • Additional supports for tutoring are also being offered to funded clients.
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time amendment to program start and/or end dates.
    • GDITE clients who are still in training and applying for EI/CERB should let their employment counsellor know ASAP.

 

  • GDI Graduation Ceremonies
    • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

 

  • NEW A new resource, The Métis Alphabet Colouring Book, created by George Gingras, is being released in pages. The first two letters to be released are “L is for Louis Riel” and “D is for Dumont.” Some pages include lesson plan ideas. The Métis Alphabet Colouring Book pages are available for download here. The new resource is inspired by The Métis Alphabet Study Prints by Joseph Jean Fauchon with Darren R. Prefontaine.

 

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

  • GDI Golf Tournament
    • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

 

COVID-19 Information

 

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s (SPSA) toll free line, 1-855-559-5502, is now being offered 24 hours, 7 days a week.  The SPSA toll free line was established in order to answer non-health specific questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

For everyone’s health and safety it is imperative to work together to limit exposure and spread of illness.

  • Practice effective handwashing techniques. Wash hands regularly with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home if you are sick (to prevent spreading illness to other people).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your arm. Turn away from other people. Dispose of tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or using a tissue.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, or mouth).
  • Keep a distance of at least two meters (six feet) between people.

 

COVID-19 Emergency Benefit Programs (summary)

Updated May 13, 2020

 

Federal

 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months.

 

The CERB is now available if you earned $1,000 (before taxes) or less during an eligibility period. If this applies to your situation, you may be eligible to apply for a previous period, starting March 15, 2020. Click here for more information.

 

Eligibility

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who have not quit their job voluntarily.

When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim.

When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of your new claim.

 

The CERB is being jointly delivered by Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency.

 

To begin the application process, you will be asked to answer a few simple questions. The answers you provide will help direct you to the service option that best fits your situation. See the website for more information.

 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is accessible through CRA My Account or over the phone with an automated phone service. 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041. For more information click here.

 

Employment Insurance (EI)

For those currently receiving EI benefits and who expect them to continue, you should not apply for CERB. If your EI benefits cease before October 3, 2020, then you can apply for CERB when those benefits run out, if you are unable to work because of COVID-19.

 

All Canadians who have ceased working due to COVID-19, whether they are EI-eligible or not, would be able to receive the CERB

 

Those who have applied for EI and their applications have not been processed do not have to reapply.

 

Those who are eligible for regular EI and sickness benefits can still access those benefits if they’re still unemployed after the 16-week period covered by the CERB.

 

Employment Insurance and Pension applications can be made online at: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/portfolio/service-canada.html

 

Support for Students and Recent Graduates

The federal government has put a number of programs and supports in place to help students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. These include enhanced student financial assistance for fall 2020, the Canada Student Service Grant, and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, Find out more here.

 

Provincial

 

Saskatchewan residents who have been ordered to self-isolate and are not eligible for the federal supports can apply for the province’s self-isolation support program, which provides recipients with $900 over two weeks. The program will mainly benefit self-employed workers.

 

Métis Nation

 

Métis-specific emergency response

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

 

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • The MN-S recognizes that many people are being stretched financially and emotionally by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The MN-S Housing Support Program has been put in place to help those struggling to make ends meet.
  • MNS has provided emergency funds to each region to assist households in meeting household expenses during COVID-19 pandemic crisis. These funds are meant to supplement, not to replace income.
  • Please note: the Regions are responsible for determining the eligibility and dollar amounts based on need for each request as funding is limited.
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds here and submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional rep to register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Childcare Support

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application tochildcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.work or 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative / 1-833-343-8391

 

For further information phone the MN–S toll-free number at 1-833-343-8391.

May 12, 2020

 

 

Student and Public Updates

  • Mental Health Student Support Program
    • Many GDI students are under pressure and struggling with daily stresses as they continue to work toward their academic goals.
    • Gabriel Dumont Institute students now have access to confidential mental health and counselling supports including immediate access to counsellors 24/7 at no cost to the student.
    • Services are available through a variety of modalities including toll-free telephone, video counselling, on-line chat, in-person counselling, and mobile app.
    • Information on how to access services is being shared directly with GDI students.

 

  • GDI Virtual Concerts
    • Virtual concerts hosted by the Gabriel Dumont Institute have been very popular and well accessed. Available concerts are as follows:
    • NEW Enjoy the music of Tristen Durocher on Facebook or YouTube.
    • Watch John Arcand, Master of the Métis Fiddle, on Facebook or YouTube.
    • Enjoy the music of Jess Lee in concert on Facebook or watch it on YouTube
    • Enjoy the music of Donny Parenteau on YouTube or on Facebook.
    • Upcoming concert: Lucas Welsh on May 25, 2020
    • Like GDI on Facebook

 

  • GDI Approves Emergency Bursaries to Students
    • 375 Métis students have been approved for emergency bursaries, administered through the Gabriel Dumont Scholarship Foundation.

 

  • COVID-19 Emergency Bursary for Métis Students
    • Applications are open
    • Emergency Bursary is for Saskatchewan Métis students experiencing hardships and loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Students may be experiencing difficulty completing their studies due to rapid and unforeseen changes in living situations. Those transitioning to online learning platforms face unforeseen costs such as needed educational equipment, access to technology, and IT supports (ie, reliable internet, computers, printers, software, IT support, etc.) to complete their studies. Many Métis students have lost income and are experiencing difficulties meeting basic living expenses.
    • Métis post-secondary and Adult Basic Education students can request assistance for immediate expenses and associated living costs including but not limited to; rent, groceries, utilities, childcare, medications, cleaning services, and needed educational equipment and technology access. Childcare support is eligible for children ages 0 – 13 and older dependants with disabilities requiring care.
    • Applicants must be Métis residents of Saskatchewan and have a valid Saskatchewan Health Card. Métis Nation–Saskatchewan registry cards are not required.
    • Complete information and online application forms are available at the following link:  https://gdins.org/covid-19/covid-19-bursary/

 

  • ABE Adult 10-12 Update
  • During the COVID pandemic, the provincial government together with post-secondary institutions, support Adult learners to continue their education towards completion.
  • The Adult Basic Education Adult 10-12 Instructional Framework provides policy direction to post-secondary institutions that is consistent with the direction provided to Grades 10-12 in the K-12 system.
  • Adult learners in credit programs will be provided similar opportunities as K-12 for supplemental learning, assessment and evaluation, grading, and transition.
  • A minimum final mark of 50 percent or greater will be applied to the outcomes evaluated to-date in the subject areas as of March 13, 2020. Adult learners will be afforded the opportunity to improve their marks through supplemental learning.
  • Adult learners will not be penalized for committing to supplemental learning. If a learner’s grade goes down by the end of supplemental learning, their final grade will be the mark recorded as of March 13, 2020 (50 per cent or greater).
  • Adult learners will be encouraged to continue learning; however, if they are not able to, they will be assigned their grade as of March 13, 2020.
  • Provincial examinations are waived from March 13, 2020 through to the end of June 2020 for Adult learners engaged blended programs (now 100% instructor marks) or programs taught by non-accredited instructors.
  • No differentiation will be made on transcripts administered from the K-12 system to denote students who engaged in supplemental learning versus students who chose not to and were assigned the grade they had as of March 13, 2020.

 

  • Provincial Training Allowance (PTA)
    • For students funded by PTA, funding will continue to the program end date. After this time, students must transfer to another means of financial support.

 

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
    • Additional supports for tutoring are also being offered to funded clients.
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time amendment to program start and/or end dates.
    • GDITE clients who are still in training and applying for EI/CERB should let their employment counsellor know ASAP.

 

  • GDI Graduation Ceremonies
    • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

 

  • NEW A new resource, The Métis Alphabet Colouring Book, created by George Gingras, is being released in pages. The first two letters to be released are “L is for Louis Riel” and “D is for Dumont.” Some pages include lesson plan ideas. The Métis Alphabet Colouring Book pages are available for download here. The new resource is inspired by The Métis Alphabet Study Prints by Joseph Jean Fauchon with Darren R. Prefontaine.

 

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

  • GDI Golf Tournament
    • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

 

 

COVID-19 Information

 

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s (SPSA) toll free line, 1-855-559-5502, is now being offered 24 hours, 7 days a week.  The SPSA toll free line was established in order to answer non-health specific questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

For everyone’s health and safety it is imperative to work together to limit exposure and spread of illness.

  • Practice effective handwashing techniques. Wash hands regularly with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home if you are sick (to prevent spreading illness to other people).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your arm. Turn away from other people. Dispose of tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or using a tissue.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, or mouth).
  • Keep a distance of at least two meters (six feet) between people.

 

 

COVID-19 Emergency Benefit Programs (summary)

Updated April 28, 2020

 

Federal

 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months.

 

The CERB is now available if you earned $1,000 (before taxes) or less during an eligibility period. If this applies to your situation, you may be eligible to apply for a previous period, starting March 15, 2020. Click here for more information.

 

Eligibility

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who have not quit their job voluntarily.

When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim.

When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of your new claim.

 

The CERB is being jointly delivered by Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency.

 

To begin the application process, you will be asked to answer a few simple questions. The answers you provide will help direct you to the service option that best fits your situation. See the website for more information.

 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is accessible through CRA My Account or over the phone with an automated phone service. 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041. For more information click here.

 

 

Employment Insurance (EI)

For those currently receiving EI benefits and who expect them to continue, you should not apply for CERB. If your EI benefits cease before October 3, 2020, then you can apply for CERB when those benefits run out, if you are unable to work because of COVID-19.

 

All Canadians who have ceased working due to COVID-19, whether they are EI-eligible or not, would be able to receive the CERB

 

Those who have applied for EI and their applications have not been processed do not have to reapply.

 

Those who are eligible for regular EI and sickness benefits can still access those benefits if they’re still unemployed after the 16-week period covered by the CERB.

 

Employment Insurance and Pension applications can be made online at: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/portfolio/service-canada.html

 

 

Support for Students and Recent Graduates

The federal government has put a number of programs and supports in place to help students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. These include enhanced student financial assistance for fall 2020, the Canada Student Service Grant, and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, Find out more here.

 

 

Provincial

 

Saskatchewan residents who have been ordered to self-isolate and are not eligible for the federal supports can apply for the province’s self-isolation support program, which provides recipients with $900 over two weeks. The program will mainly benefit self-employed workers.

 

 

Métis Nation

 

Métis-specific emergency response

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

 

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • The MN-S recognizes that many people are being stretched financially and emotionally by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The MN-S Housing Support Program has been put in place to help those struggling to make ends meet.
  • MNS has provided emergency funds to each region to assist households in meeting household expenses during COVID-19 pandemic crisis. These funds are meant to supplement, not to replace income.
  • Please note: the Regions are responsible for determining the eligibility and dollar amounts based on need for each request as funding is limited.
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds here and submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional rep to register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Childcare Support

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application to childcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.work or 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative / 1-833-343-8391

 

 

For further information phone the MN–S toll-free number at 1-833-343-8391.

Information on the COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic changes daily. We encourage GDI staff, students, clients, and stakeholders to access reliable information and make every effort to keep informed about new developments.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Government of Saskatchewan Health Authority are two reliable sources.

Saskatchewan Health provides an online COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

 

Latest Update (older updates below or in the COVID-19 News Archive here)

 

May 7, 2020

 

 

Student Updates

  • Mental Health Student Support Program
    • During the COVID emergency, many GDI students are under pressure and struggling with daily stresses as they continue to work toward their academic goals.
    • Gabriel Dumont Institute is in the process of putting in place fully confidential mental health and counselling supports for GDI students that will include immediate access to counsellors 24/7 at no cost to the student.
    • Services will be available through a variety of modalities including toll-free telephone, video counselling, on-line chat, in-person counselling, and mobile app.
    • More information and official announcement will be shared with GDI students in the coming days.

 

  • GDI Virtual Concerts
    • The virtual concerts hosted by the Gabriel Dumont Institute have been very popular and well accessed. Available concerts are as follows:
    • Watch John Arcand, Master of the Métis Fiddle, on Facebook or YouTube.
    • Enjoy the music of Jess Lee in concert on Facebook or watch it on YouTube
    • Enjoy the music of Donny Parenteau on YouTube or on Facebook.
    • Upcoming concert:
    • Tristen Durocher available Monday May 11, 2020
    • Like GDI on Facebook

 

  • UPDATED GDI Approves Emergency Bursaries to Students
    • 375 Métis students have been approved for emergency bursaries, administered through the Gabriel Dumont Scholarship Foundation.

 

  • COVID-19 Emergency Bursary for Métis Students
    • Applications are open
    • Emergency Bursary is for Saskatchewan Métis students experiencing hardships and loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Students may be experiencing difficulty completing their studies due to rapid and unforeseen changes in living situations. Those transitioning to online learning platforms face unforeseen costs such as needed educational equipment, access to technology, and IT supports (ie, reliable internet, computers, printers, software, IT support, etc.) to complete their studies. Many Métis students have lost income and are experiencing difficulties meeting basic living expenses.
    • Métis post-secondary and Adult Basic Education students can request assistance for immediate expenses and associated living costs including but not limited to; rent, groceries, utilities, childcare, medications, cleaning services, and needed educational equipment and technology access. Childcare support is eligible for children ages 0 – 13 and older dependants with disabilities requiring care.
    • Applicants must be Métis residents of Saskatchewan and have a valid Saskatchewan Health Card. Métis Nation–Saskatchewan registry cards are not required.
    • Complete information and online application forms are available at the following link:  https://gdins.org/covid-19/covid-19-bursary/

 

  • ABE Adult 10-12 Update
  • During the COVID pandemic, the provincial government together with post-secondary institutions, support Adult learners to continue their education towards completion.
  • The Adult Basic Education Adult 10-12 Instructional Framework provides policy direction to post-secondary institutions that is consistent with the direction provided to Grades 10-12 in the K-12 system.
  • Adult learners in credit programs will be provided similar opportunities as K-12 for supplemental learning, assessment and evaluation, grading, and transition.
  • A minimum final mark of 50 percent or greater will be applied to the outcomes evaluated to-date in the subject areas as of March 13, 2020. Adult learners will be afforded the opportunity to improve their marks through supplemental learning.
  • Adult learners will not be penalized for committing to supplemental learning. If a learner’s grade goes down by the end of supplemental learning, their final grade will be the mark recorded as of March 13, 2020 (50 per cent or greater).
  • Adult learners will be encouraged to continue learning; however, if they are not able to, they will be assigned their grade as of March 13, 2020.
  • Provincial examinations are waived from March 13, 2020 through to the end of June 2020 for Adult learners engaged blended programs (now 100% instructor marks) or programs taught by non-accredited instructors.
  • No differentiation will be made on transcripts administered from the K-12 system to denote students who engaged in supplemental learning versus students who chose not to and were assigned the grade they had as of March 13, 2020.

 

  • Provincial Training Allowance (PTA)
    • For students funded by PTA, funding will continue to the program end date. After this time, students must transfer to another means of financial support.

 

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
    • Additional supports for tutoring are also being offered to funded clients.
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time amendment to program start and/or end dates.
    • GDITE clients who are still in training and applying for EI/CERB should let their employment counsellor know ASAP.

 

  • GDI Graduation Ceremonies
    • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

  • GDI Golf Tournament
    • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

 

 

COVID-19 Information

 

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s (SPSA) toll free line, 1-855-559-5502, is now being offered 24 hours, 7 days a week.  The SPSA toll free line was established in order to answer non-health specific questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

For everyone’s health and safety it is imperative to work together to limit exposure and spread of illness.

  • Practice effective handwashing techniques. Wash hands regularly with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home if you are sick (to prevent spreading illness to other people).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your arm. Turn away from other people. Dispose of tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or using a tissue.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, or mouth).
  • Keep a distance of at least two meters (six feet) between people.

 

 

COVID-19 Emergency Benefit Programs (summary)

Updated April 28, 2020

 

Federal

 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months.

 

The CERB is now available if you earned $1,000 (before taxes) or less during an eligibility period. If this applies to your situation, you may be eligible to apply for a previous period, starting March 15, 2020. Click here for more information.

 

Eligibility

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who have not quit their job voluntarily.

When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim.

When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of your new claim.

 

The CERB is being jointly delivered by Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency.

 

To begin the application process, you will be asked to answer a few simple questions. The answers you provide will help direct you to the service option that best fits your situation. See the website for more information.

 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is accessible through CRA My Account or over the phone with an automated phone service. 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041. For more information click here.

 

 

Employment Insurance (EI)

For those currently receiving EI benefits and who expect them to continue, you should not apply for CERB. If your EI benefits cease before October 3, 2020, then you can apply for CERB when those benefits run out, if you are unable to work because of COVID-19.

 

All Canadians who have ceased working due to COVID-19, whether they are EI-eligible or not, would be able to receive the CERB

 

Those who have applied for EI and their applications have not been processed do not have to reapply.

 

Those who are eligible for regular EI and sickness benefits can still access those benefits if they’re still unemployed after the 16-week period covered by the CERB.

 

Employment Insurance and Pension applications can be made online at: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/portfolio/service-canada.html

 

 

Support for Students and Recent Graduates

The federal government has put a number of programs and supports in place to help students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. These include enhanced student financial assistance for fall 2020, the Canada Student Service Grant, and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, Find out more here.

 

 

Provincial

 

Saskatchewan residents who have been ordered to self-isolate and are not eligible for the federal supports can apply for the province’s self-isolation support program, which provides recipients with $900 over two weeks. The program will mainly benefit self-employed workers.

 

 

Métis Nation

 

Métis-specific emergency response

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

 

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • The MN-S recognizes that many people are being stretched financially and emotionally by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The MN-S Housing Support Program has been put in place to help those struggling to make ends meet.
  • MNS has provided emergency funds to each region to assist households in meeting household expenses during COVID-19 pandemic crisis. These funds are meant to supplement, not to replace income.
  • Please note: the Regions are responsible for determining the eligibility and dollar amounts based on need for each request as funding is limited.
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds here and submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional rep to register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Childcare Support

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application to childcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.work or 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative / 1-833-343-8391

 

 

For further information phone the MN–S toll-free number at 1-833-343-8391.

 

May 7, 2020

 

 

Student Updates

  • Mental Health Student Support Program
    • During the COVID emergency, many GDI students are under pressure and struggling with daily stresses as they continue to work toward their academic goals.
    • Gabriel Dumont Institute is in the process of putting in place fully confidential mental health and counselling supports for GDI students that will include immediate access to counsellors 24/7 at no cost to the student.
    • Services will be available through a variety of modalities including toll-free telephone, video counselling, on-line chat, in-person counselling, and mobile app.
    • More information and official announcement will be shared with GDI students in the coming days.

 

  • GDI Virtual Concerts
    • The virtual concerts hosted by the Gabriel Dumont Institute have been very popular and well accessed. Available concerts are as follows:
    • Watch John Arcand, Master of the Métis Fiddle, on Facebook or YouTube.
    • Enjoy the music of Jess Lee in concert on Facebook or watch it on YouTube
    • Enjoy the music of Donny Parenteau on YouTube or on Facebook.
    • Upcoming concert:
    • Tristen Durocher available Monday May 11, 2020
    • Like GDI on Facebook

 

  • UPDATED GDI Approves Emergency Bursaries to Students
    • 375 Métis students have been approved for emergency bursaries, administered through the Gabriel Dumont Scholarship Foundation.

 

  • COVID-19 Emergency Bursary for Métis Students
    • Applications are open
    • Emergency Bursary is for Saskatchewan Métis students experiencing hardships and loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Students may be experiencing difficulty completing their studies due to rapid and unforeseen changes in living situations. Those transitioning to online learning platforms face unforeseen costs such as needed educational equipment, access to technology, and IT supports (ie, reliable internet, computers, printers, software, IT support, etc.) to complete their studies. Many Métis students have lost income and are experiencing difficulties meeting basic living expenses.
    • Métis post-secondary and Adult Basic Education students can request assistance for immediate expenses and associated living costs including but not limited to; rent, groceries, utilities, childcare, medications, cleaning services, and needed educational equipment and technology access. Childcare support is eligible for children ages 0 – 13 and older dependants with disabilities requiring care.
    • Applicants must be Métis residents of Saskatchewan and have a valid Saskatchewan Health Card. Métis Nation–Saskatchewan registry cards are not required.
    • Complete information and online application forms are available at the following link:  https://gdins.org/covid-19/covid-19-bursary/

 

  • ABE Adult 10-12 Update
  • During the COVID pandemic, the provincial government together with post-secondary institutions, support Adult learners to continue their education towards completion.
  • The Adult Basic Education Adult 10-12 Instructional Framework provides policy direction to post-secondary institutions that is consistent with the direction provided to Grades 10-12 in the K-12 system.
  • Adult learners in credit programs will be provided similar opportunities as K-12 for supplemental learning, assessment and evaluation, grading, and transition.
  • A minimum final mark of 50 percent or greater will be applied to the outcomes evaluated to-date in the subject areas as of March 13, 2020. Adult learners will be afforded the opportunity to improve their marks through supplemental learning.
  • Adult learners will not be penalized for committing to supplemental learning. If a learner’s grade goes down by the end of supplemental learning, their final grade will be the mark recorded as of March 13, 2020 (50 per cent or greater).
  • Adult learners will be encouraged to continue learning; however, if they are not able to, they will be assigned their grade as of March 13, 2020.
  • Provincial examinations are waived from March 13, 2020 through to the end of June 2020 for Adult learners engaged blended programs (now 100% instructor marks) or programs taught by non-accredited instructors.
  • No differentiation will be made on transcripts administered from the K-12 system to denote students who engaged in supplemental learning versus students who chose not to and were assigned the grade they had as of March 13, 2020.

 

  • Provincial Training Allowance (PTA)
    • For students funded by PTA, funding will continue to the program end date. After this time, students must transfer to another means of financial support.

 

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
    • Additional supports for tutoring are also being offered to funded clients.
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time amendment to program start and/or end dates.
    • GDITE clients who are still in training and applying for EI/CERB should let their employment counsellor know ASAP.

 

  • GDI Graduation Ceremonies
    • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

  • GDI Golf Tournament
    • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

 

 

COVID-19 Information

 

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s (SPSA) toll free line, 1-855-559-5502, is now being offered 24 hours, 7 days a week.  The SPSA toll free line was established in order to answer non-health specific questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

For everyone’s health and safety it is imperative to work together to limit exposure and spread of illness.

  • Practice effective handwashing techniques. Wash hands regularly with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home if you are sick (to prevent spreading illness to other people).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your arm. Turn away from other people. Dispose of tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or using a tissue.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, or mouth).
  • Keep a distance of at least two meters (six feet) between people.

 

 

COVID-19 Emergency Benefit Programs (summary)

Updated April 28, 2020

 

Federal

 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months.

 

The CERB is now available if you earned $1,000 (before taxes) or less during an eligibility period. If this applies to your situation, you may be eligible to apply for a previous period, starting March 15, 2020. Click here for more information.

 

Eligibility

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who have not quit their job voluntarily.

When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim.

When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of your new claim.

 

The CERB is being jointly delivered by Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency.

 

To begin the application process, you will be asked to answer a few simple questions. The answers you provide will help direct you to the service option that best fits your situation. See the website for more information.

 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is accessible through CRA My Account or over the phone with an automated phone service. 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041. For more information click here.

 

 

Employment Insurance (EI)

For those currently receiving EI benefits and who expect them to continue, you should not apply for CERB. If your EI benefits cease before October 3, 2020, then you can apply for CERB when those benefits run out, if you are unable to work because of COVID-19.

 

All Canadians who have ceased working due to COVID-19, whether they are EI-eligible or not, would be able to receive the CERB

 

Those who have applied for EI and their applications have not been processed do not have to reapply.

 

Those who are eligible for regular EI and sickness benefits can still access those benefits if they’re still unemployed after the 16-week period covered by the CERB.

 

Employment Insurance and Pension applications can be made online at: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/portfolio/service-canada.html

 

 

Support for Students and Recent Graduates

The federal government has put a number of programs and supports in place to help students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. These include enhanced student financial assistance for fall 2020, the Canada Student Service Grant, and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, Find out more here.

 

 

Provincial

 

Saskatchewan residents who have been ordered to self-isolate and are not eligible for the federal supports can apply for the province’s self-isolation support program, which provides recipients with $900 over two weeks. The program will mainly benefit self-employed workers.

 

 

Métis Nation

 

Métis-specific emergency response

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

 

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • The MN-S recognizes that many people are being stretched financially and emotionally by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The MN-S Housing Support Program has been put in place to help those struggling to make ends meet.
  • MNS has provided emergency funds to each region to assist households in meeting household expenses during COVID-19 pandemic crisis. These funds are meant to supplement, not to replace income.
  • Please note: the Regions are responsible for determining the eligibility and dollar amounts based on need for each request as funding is limited.
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds here and submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional rep to register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Childcare Support

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application to childcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.work or 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative / 1-833-343-8391

 

 

For further information phone the MN–S toll-free number at 1-833-343-8391.

 

Student Updates

  • Mental Health Student Support Program
    • During the COVID emergency, many GDI students are under pressure and struggling with daily stresses as they continue to work toward their academic goals.
    • Gabriel Dumont Institute is in the process of putting in place fully confidential mental health and counselling supports for GDI students that will include immediate access to counsellors 24/7 at no cost to the student.
    • Services will be available through a variety of modalities including toll-free telephone, video counselling, on-line chat, in-person counselling, and mobile app.
    • More information and official announcement will be shared with GDI students in the coming days.

 

  • UPDATED GDI Virtual Concerts
    • The virtual concerts hosted by the Gabriel Dumont Institute have been very popular and well accessed. Available concerts are as follows:
    • Watch John Arcand, Master of the Métis Fiddle, on Facebook or YouTube.
    • Enjoy the music of Jess Lee in concert on Facebook or watch it on YouTube
    • Enjoy the music of Donny Parenteau on YouTube or on Facebook.
    • Upcoming concert:
    • Tristen Durocher available Monday May 11, 2020
    • Like GDI on Facebook

 

  • NEW GDI Approves Emergency Bursaries to Students
    • 344 Métis students have been approved for emergency bursaries, administered through the Gabriel Dumont Scholarship Foundation.

 

  • COVID-19 Emergency Bursary for Métis Students
    • Applications are open
    • Emergency Bursary is for Saskatchewan Métis students experiencing hardships and loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Students may be experiencing difficulty completing their studies due to rapid and unforeseen changes in living situations. Those transitioning to online learning platforms face unforeseen costs such as needed educational equipment, access to technology, and IT supports (ie, reliable internet, computers, printers, software, IT support, etc.) to complete their studies. Many Métis students have lost income and are experiencing difficulties meeting basic living expenses.
    • Métis post-secondary and Adult Basic Education students can request assistance for immediate expenses and associated living costs including but not limited to; rent, groceries, utilities, childcare, medications, cleaning services, and needed educational equipment and technology access. Childcare support is eligible for children ages 0 – 13 and older dependants with disabilities requiring care.
    • Applicants must be Métis residents of Saskatchewan and have a valid Saskatchewan Health Card. Métis Nation–Saskatchewan registry cards are not required.
    • Complete information and online application forms are available at the following link:  https://gdins.org/covid-19/covid-19-bursary/

 

  • ABE Adult 10-12 Update
  • During the COVID pandemic, the provincial government together with post-secondary institutions, support Adult learners to continue their education towards completion.
  • The Adult Basic Education Adult 10-12 Instructional Framework provides policy direction to post-secondary institutions that is consistent with the direction provided to Grades 10-12 in the K-12 system.
  • Adult learners in credit programs will be provided similar opportunities as K-12 for supplemental learning, assessment and evaluation, grading, and transition.
  • A minimum final mark of 50 percent or greater will be applied to the outcomes evaluated to-date in the subject areas as of March 13, 2020. Adult learners will be afforded the opportunity to improve their marks through supplemental learning.
  • Adult learners will not be penalized for committing to supplemental learning. If a learner’s grade goes down by the end of supplemental learning, their final grade will be the mark recorded as of March 13, 2020 (50 per cent or greater).
  • Adult learners will be encouraged to continue learning; however, if they are not able to, they will be assigned their grade as of March 13, 2020.
  • Provincial examinations are waived from March 13, 2020 through to the end of June 2020 for Adult learners engaged blended programs (now 100% instructor marks) or programs taught by non-accredited instructors.
  • No differentiation will be made on transcripts administered from the K-12 system to denote students who engaged in supplemental learning versus students who chose not to and were assigned the grade they had as of March 13, 2020.

 

  • Provincial Training Allowance (PTA)
    • For students funded by PTA, funding will continue to the program end date. After this time, students must transfer to another means of financial support.

 

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
    • Additional supports for tutoring are also being offered to funded clients.
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time amendment to program start and/or end dates.
    • GDITE clients who are still in training and applying for EI/CERB should let their employment counsellor know ASAP.

 

  • GDI Graduation Ceremonies
    • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

  • GDI Golf Tournament
    • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

 

 

COVID-19 Information

 

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s (SPSA) toll free line, 1-855-559-5502, is now being offered 24 hours, 7 days a week.  The SPSA toll free line was established in order to answer non-health specific questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

For everyone’s health and safety it is imperative to work together to limit exposure and spread of illness.

  • Practice effective handwashing techniques. Wash hands regularly with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home if you are sick (to prevent spreading illness to other people).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your arm. Turn away from other people. Dispose of tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or using a tissue.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, or mouth).
  • Keep a distance of at least two meters (six feet) between people.

 

 

COVID-19 Emergency Benefit Programs (summary)

Updated April 28, 2020

 

Federal

 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months.

 

The CERB is now available if you earned $1,000 (before taxes) or less during an eligibility period. If this applies to your situation, you may be eligible to apply for a previous period, starting March 15, 2020. Click here for more information.

 

Eligibility

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who have not quit their job voluntarily.

When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim.

When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of your new claim.

 

The CERB is being jointly delivered by Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency.

 

To begin the application process, you will be asked to answer a few simple questions. The answers you provide will help direct you to the service option that best fits your situation. See the website for more information.

 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is accessible through CRA My Account or over the phone with an automated phone service. 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041. For more information click here.

 

 

Employment Insurance (EI)

For those currently receiving EI benefits and who expect them to continue, you should not apply for CERB. If your EI benefits cease before October 3, 2020, then you can apply for CERB when those benefits run out, if you are unable to work because of COVID-19.

 

All Canadians who have ceased working due to COVID-19, whether they are EI-eligible or not, would be able to receive the CERB

 

Those who have applied for EI and their applications have not been processed do not have to reapply.

 

Those who are eligible for regular EI and sickness benefits can still access those benefits if they’re still unemployed after the 16-week period covered by the CERB.

 

Employment Insurance and Pension applications can be made online at: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/portfolio/service-canada.html

 

 

Support for Students and Recent Graduates

The federal government has put a number of programs and supports in place to help students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. These include enhanced student financial assistance for fall 2020, the Canada Student Service Grant, and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, Find out more here.

 

 

Provincial

 

Saskatchewan residents who have been ordered to self-isolate and are not eligible for the federal supports can apply for the province’s self-isolation support program, which provides recipients with $900 over two weeks. The program will mainly benefit self-employed workers.

 

 

Métis Nation

 

Métis-specific emergency response

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

 

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • The MN-S recognizes that many people are being stretched financially and emotionally by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The MN-S Housing Support Program has been put in place to help those struggling to make ends meet.
  • MNS has provided emergency funds to each region to assist households in meeting household expenses during COVID-19 pandemic crisis. These funds are meant to supplement, not to replace income.
  • Please note: the Regions are responsible for determining the eligibility and dollar amounts based on need for each request as funding is limited.
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds here and submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional rep to register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Childcare Support

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application to childcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.work or 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative / 1-833-343-8391

 

 

For further information phone the MN–S toll-free number at 1-833-343-8391.

Student Updates

  • NEW! Mental Health Student Support Program
    • During the COVID emergency, many GDI students are under pressure and struggling with daily stresses as they continue to work toward their academic goals.
    • Gabriel Dumont Institute is in the process of putting in place fully confidential mental health and counselling supports for GDI students that will include immediate access to counsellors 24/7 at no cost to the student.
    • Services will be available through a variety of modalities including toll-free telephone, video counselling, on-line chat, in-person counselling, and mobile app.
    • More information and official announcement will be posted in the coming days. Stay tuned!

 

  • GDI Virtual Concerts
    • The Gabriel Dumont Institute is pleased to bring you performances by Métis artists.
    • NEW Enjoy the music of Jess Lee in concert on Facebook or watch it on YouTube
    • Enjoy the music of Donny Parenteau on YouTube or on Facebook.
    • More artists to be announced each Monday. Like GDI on Facebook

 

  • NEW GDI Delivers First Round of Emergency Bursaries to Students
    • 208 Métis students have already been approved for emergency bursary payments, which will be administered through the Gabriel Dumont Scholarship Foundation.
    • The Emergency Bursary will deliver an initial $105,700 in awards this week via direct deposit on Friday, May 1, 2020.
    • A second adjudication meeting is scheduled for the end of the week.

 

  • COVID-19 Emergency Bursary for Métis Students
    • Applications are open
    • Emergency Bursary is for Saskatchewan Métis students experiencing hardships and loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Students may be experiencing difficulty completing their studies due to rapid and unforeseen changes in living situations. Those transitioning to online learning platforms face unforeseen costs such as needed educational equipment, access to technology, and IT supports (ie, reliable internet, computers, printers, software, IT support, etc.) to complete their studies. Many Métis students have lost income and are experiencing difficulties meeting basic living expenses.
    • Métis post-secondary and Adult Basic Education students can request up to $500 for immediate expenses and associated living costs including but not limited to; rent, groceries, utilities, childcare, medications, cleaning services, and needed educational equipment and technology access. Childcare support is eligible for children ages 0 – 13 and older dependants with disabilities requiring care.
    • Applicants must be Métis residents of Saskatchewan and have a valid Saskatchewan Health Card.
    • Complete information and online application forms are available at the following link:  https://gdins.org/covid-19/covid-19-bursary/

 

  • ABE Adult 10-12 Update
  • During the COVID pandemic, the provincial government together with post-secondary institutions, support Adult learners to continue their education towards completion.
  • The Adult Basic Education Adult 10-12 Instructional Framework provides policy direction to post-secondary institutions that is consistent with the direction provided to Grades 10-12 in the K-12 system.
  • Adult learners in credit programs will be provided similar opportunities as K-12 for supplemental learning, assessment and evaluation, grading, and transition.
  • A minimum final mark of 50 percent or greater will be applied to the outcomes evaluated to-date in the subject areas as of March 13, 2020. Adult learners will be afforded the opportunity to improve their marks through supplemental learning.
  • Adult learners will not be penalized for committing to supplemental learning. If a learner’s grade goes down by the end of supplemental learning, their final grade will be the mark recorded as of March 13, 2020 (50 per cent or greater).
  • Adult learners will be encouraged to continue learning; however, if they are not able to, they will be assigned their grade as of March 13, 2020.
  • Provincial examinations are waived from March 13, 2020 through to the end of June 2020 for Adult learners engaged blended programs (now 100% instructor marks) or programs taught by non-accredited instructors.
  • No differentiation will be made on transcripts administered from the K-12 system to denote students who engaged in supplemental learning versus students who chose not to and were assigned the grade they had as of March 13, 2020.

 

  • Provincial Training Allowance (PTA)
    • For students funded by PTA, funding will continue to the program end date. After this time, students must transfer to another means of financial support.

 

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
    • Additional supports for tutoring are also being offered to funded clients.
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time amendment to program start and/or end dates.
    • GDITE clients who are still in training and applying for EI/CERB should let their employment counsellor know ASAP.

 

  • GDI Graduation Ceremonies
    • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

  • GDI Golf Tournament
    • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

Student Updates

  • NEW Mental Wellness Student Support Program
    • During the COVID emergency, many GDI students are under pressure and struggling with daily stresses as they continue to work toward their academic goals.
    • Gabriel Dumont Institute is in the process of putting in place fully confidential mental health and counselling supports for students that will include immediate access to counsellors 24/7 at no cost to the student.
    • More information and official announcement will be posted in the coming days. Stay tuned!

 

  • GDI Virtual Concerts
    • The Gabriel Dumont Institute is pleased to bring you performances by Métis artists.
    • Enjoy the music of Donny Parenteau at https://youtu.be/lQii6kQfEkI
    • More artists to be announced every Monday

 

  • NEW COVID-19 Emergency Bursary for Métis Students
    • Applications are open
    • Emergency Bursary is for Saskatchewan Métis students experiencing hardships and loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Students may be experiencing difficulty completing their studies due to rapid and unforeseen changes in living situations. Those transitioning to online learning platforms face unforeseen costs such as needed educational equipment, access to technology, and IT supports (ie, reliable internet, computers, printers, software, IT support, etc.) to complete their studies. Many Métis students have lost income and are experiencing difficulties meeting basic living expenses.
    • Métis post-secondary and Adult Basic Education students can request up to $500 for immediate expenses and associated living costs including but not limited to; rent, groceries, utilities, childcare, medications, cleaning services, and needed educational equipment and technology access. Childcare support is eligible for children ages 0 – 13 and older dependants with disabilities requiring care.
    • Applicants must be Métis residents of Saskatchewan and have a valid Saskatchewan Health Card. Métis Nation–Saskatchewan registry cards are not required.
    • Complete information and online application forms are available at the following link:  https://gdins.org/covid-19/covid-19-bursary/

 

  • ABE Adult 10-12 Update
  • During the COVID pandemic, the provincial government together with post-secondary institutions, support Adult learners to continue their education towards completion.
  • The Adult Basic Education Adult 10-12 Instructional Framework provides policy direction to post-secondary institutions that is consistent with the direction provided to Grades 10-12 in the K-12 system.
  • Adult learners in credit programs will be provided similar opportunities as K-12 for supplemental learning, assessment and evaluation, grading, and transition.
  • A minimum final mark of 50 percent or greater will be applied to the outcomes evaluated to-date in the subject areas as of March 13, 2020. Adult learners will be afforded the opportunity to improve their marks through supplemental learning.
  • Adult learners will not be penalized for committing to supplemental learning. If a learner’s grade goes down by the end of supplemental learning, their final grade will be the mark recorded as of March 13, 2020 (50 per cent or greater).
  • Adult learners will be encouraged to continue learning; however, if they are not able to, they will be assigned their grade as of March 13, 2020.
  • Provincial examinations are waived from March 13, 2020 through to the end of June 2020 for Adult learners engaged blended programs (now 100% instructor marks) or programs taught by non-accredited instructors.
  • No differentiation will be made on transcripts administered from the K-12 system to denote students who engaged in supplemental learning versus students who chose not to and were assigned the grade they had as of March 13, 2020.

 

  • Provincial Training Allowance (PTA)
    • For students funded by PTA, funding will continue to the program end date. After this time, students must transfer to another means of financial support.

 

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
    • Additional supports for tutoring are also being offered to funded clients.
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time amendment to program start and/or end dates.
    • GDITE clients who are still in training and applying for EI/CERB should let their employment counsellor know ASAP.

 

  • GDI Graduation Ceremonies
    • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

  • GDI Golf Tournament
    • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

 

COVID-19 Information

 

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s (SPSA) toll free line, 1-855-559-5502, is now being offered 24 hours, 7 days a week.  The SPSA toll free line was established in order to answer non-health specific questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

For everyone’s health and safety it is imperative to work together to limit exposure and spread of illness.

  • Practice effective handwashing techniques. Wash hands regularly with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home if you are sick (to prevent spreading illness to other people).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your arm. Turn away from other people. Dispose of tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or using a tissue.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, or mouth).
  • Keep a distance of at least two meters (six feet) between people.

 

COVID-19 Emergency Benefit Programs (summary)

Updated April 17, 2020

 

Federal

 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months.

 

The CERB is now available if you earned $1,000 (before taxes) or less during an eligibility period. If this applies to your situation, you may be eligible to apply for a previous period, starting March 15, 2020. Click here for more information.

 

Eligibility

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who have not quit their job voluntarily.

When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim.

When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of your new claim.

 

The CERB is being jointly delivered by Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency.

 

To begin the application process, you will be asked to answer a few simple questions. The answers you provide will help direct you to the service option that best fits your situation. See the website for more information.

 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is accessible through CRA My Account or over the phone with an automated phone service. 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041. For more information click here.

 

 

Employment Insurance (EI)

For those currently receiving EI benefits and who expect them to continue, you should not apply for CERB. If your EI benefits cease before October 3, 2020, then you can apply for CERB when those benefits run out, if you are unable to work because of COVID-19.

 

All Canadians who have ceased working due to COVID-19, whether they are EI-eligible or not, would be able to receive the CERB

 

Those who have applied for EI and their applications have not been processed do not have to reapply.

 

Those who are eligible for regular EI and sickness benefits can still access those benefits if they’re still unemployed after the 16-week period covered by the CERB.

 

Employment Insurance and Pension applications can be made online at: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/portfolio/service-canada.html

 

Provincial

 

Saskatchewan residents who have been ordered to self-isolate and are not eligible for the federal supports can apply for the province’s self-isolation support program, which provides recipients with $900 over two weeks. The program will mainly benefit self-employed workers.

 

Métis Nation

 

Métis-specific emergency response

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

 

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • The MN-S recognizes that many people are being stretched financially and emotionally by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The MN-S Housing Support Program has been put in place to help those struggling to make ends meet.
  • MNS has provided emergency funds to each region to assist households in meeting household expenses during COVID-19 pandemic crisis. These funds are meant to supplement, not to replace income.
  • Please note: the Regions are responsible for determining the eligibility and dollar amounts based on need for each request as funding is limited.
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds here and submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional rep to register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Childcare Support

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application to childcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.work or 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative / 1-833-343-8391

 

 

For further information phone the MN–S toll-free number at 1-833-343-8391.

 

Student Updates

  • NEW GDI Virtual Concerts
    • The Gabriel Dumont Institute is pleased to bring you performances by Métis artists.
    • Enjoy the music of Donny Parenteau at https://youtu.be/lQii6kQfEkI
    • More artists to be announced every Monday

 

  • UPDATED COVID-19 Emergency Bursary for Métis Students
    • Applications opened on April 16th and quickly reached a critical mass. At this time, available bursary funds have been expended, but we continue to accept applications in the event more funding becomes available.
    • Emergency Bursary is for Saskatchewan Métis students experiencing hardships and loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Students may be experiencing difficulty completing their studies due to rapid and unforeseen changes in living situations. Those transitioning to online learning platforms face unforeseen costs such as needed educational equipment, access to technology, and IT supports (ie, reliable internet, computers, printers, software, IT support, etc.) to complete their studies. Many Métis students have lost income and are experiencing difficulties meeting basic living expenses.
    • Métis post-secondary and Adult Basic Education students can request up to $500 for immediate expenses and associated living costs including but not limited to; rent, groceries, utilities, childcare, medications, cleaning services, and needed educational equipment and technology access. Childcare support is eligible for children ages 0 – 13 and older dependants with disabilities requiring care.
    • Applicants must be Métis residents of Saskatchewan and have a valid Saskatchewan Health Card. Métis Nation–Saskatchewan registry cards are not required.
    • Complete information and online application forms are available at the following link:  https://gdins.org/covid-19/covid-19-bursary/

 

  • ABE Adult 10-12 Update
  • During the COVID pandemic, the provincial government together with post-secondary institutions, support Adult learners to continue their education towards completion.
  • The Adult Basic Education Adult 10-12 Instructional Framework provides policy direction to post-secondary institutions that is consistent with the direction provided to Grades 10-12 in the K-12 system.
  • Adult learners in credit programs will be provided similar opportunities as K-12 for supplemental learning, assessment and evaluation, grading, and transition.
  • A minimum final mark of 50 percent or greater will be applied to the outcomes evaluated to-date in the subject areas as of March 13, 2020. Adult learners will be afforded the opportunity to improve their marks through supplemental learning.
  • Adult learners will not be penalized for committing to supplemental learning. If a learner’s grade goes down by the end of supplemental learning, their final grade will be the mark recorded as of March 13, 2020 (50 per cent or greater).
  • Adult learners will be encouraged to continue learning; however, if they are not able to, they will be assigned their grade as of March 13, 2020.
  • Provincial examinations are waived from March 13, 2020 through to the end of June 2020 for Adult learners engaged blended programs (now 100% instructor marks) or programs taught by non-accredited instructors.
  • No differentiation will be made on transcripts administered from the K-12 system to denote students who engaged in supplemental learning versus students who chose not to and were assigned the grade they had as of March 13, 2020.

 

  • Provincial Training Allowance (PTA)
    • For students funded by PTA, funding will continue to the program end date. After this time, students must transfer to another means of financial support.

 

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
    • Additional supports for tutoring are also being offered to funded clients.
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time amendment to program start and/or end dates.
    • GDITE clients who are still in training and applying for EI/CERB should let their employment counsellor know ASAP.

 

  • GDI Graduation Ceremonies
    • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

  • GDI Golf Tournament
    • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

 

 

COVID-19 Information

 

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s (SPSA) toll free line, 1-855-559-5502, is now being offered 24 hours, 7 days a week.  The SPSA toll free line was established in order to answer non-health specific questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

For everyone’s health and safety it is imperative to work together to limit exposure and spread of illness.

  • Practice effective handwashing techniques. Wash hands regularly with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home if you are sick (to prevent spreading illness to other people).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your arm. Turn away from other people. Dispose of tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or using a tissue.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, or mouth).
  • Keep a distance of at least two meters (six feet) between people.

 

 

COVID-19 Emergency Benefit Programs (summary)

Updated April 17, 2020

 

Federal

 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months.

 

The CERB is now available if you earned $1,000 (before taxes) or less during an eligibility period. If this applies to your situation, you may be eligible to apply for a previous period, starting March 15, 2020. Click here for more information.

 

Eligibility

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who have not quit their job voluntarily.

When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim.

When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of your new claim.

 

The CERB is being jointly delivered by Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency.

 

To begin the application process, you will be asked to answer a few simple questions. The answers you provide will help direct you to the service option that best fits your situation. See the website for more information.

 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is accessible through CRA My Account or over the phone with an automated phone service. 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041. For more information click here.

 

 

Employment Insurance (EI)

For those currently receiving EI benefits and who expect them to continue, you should not apply for CERB. If your EI benefits cease before October 3, 2020, then you can apply for CERB when those benefits run out, if you are unable to work because of COVID-19.

 

All Canadians who have ceased working due to COVID-19, whether they are EI-eligible or not, would be able to receive the CERB

 

Those who have applied for EI and their applications have not been processed do not have to reapply.

 

Those who are eligible for regular EI and sickness benefits can still access those benefits if they’re still unemployed after the 16-week period covered by the CERB.

 

Employment Insurance and Pension applications can be made online at: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/portfolio/service-canada.html

 

Provincial

 

Saskatchewan residents who have been ordered to self-isolate and are not eligible for the federal supports can apply for the province’s self-isolation support program, which provides recipients with $900 over two weeks. The program will mainly benefit self-employed workers.

 

 

Métis Nation

 

Métis-specific emergency response

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

 

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • The MN-S recognizes that many people are being stretched financially and emotionally by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The MN-S Housing Support Program has been put in place to help those struggling to make ends meet.
  • MNS has provided emergency funds to each region to assist households in meeting household expenses during COVID-19 pandemic crisis. These funds are meant to supplement, not to replace income.
  • Please note: the Regions are responsible for determining the eligibility and dollar amounts based on need for each request as funding is limited.
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds here and submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional rep to register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Childcare Support

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application to childcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.work or 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative / 1-833-343-8391

 

 

For further information phone the MN–S toll-free number at 1-833-343-8391.

 

 

Métis Nation

 

Métis-specific emergency response

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

 

UPDATED — MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • The MN-S recognizes that many people are being stretched financially and emotionally by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The MN-S Housing Support Program has been put in place to help those struggling to make ends meet.
  • MNS has provided emergency funds to each region to assist households in meeting household expenses during COVID-19 pandemic crisis. These funds are meant to supplement, not to replace income.
  • Please note: the Regions are responsible for determining the eligibility and dollar amounts based on need for each request as funding is limited.
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds here and submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional rep to register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Childcare Support

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application to childcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.work or 1-833-343-8391

 

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative / 1-833-343-8391

 

 

For further information phone the MN–S toll-free number at 1-833-343-8391.

Student Updates

  • ABE Adult 10-12 Update
  • During the COVID pandemic, the provincial government together with post-secondary institutions, support Adult learners to continue their education towards completion.
  • The Adult Basic Education Adult 10-12 Instructional Framework provides policy direction to post-secondary institutions that is consistent with the direction provided to Grades 10-12 in the K-12 system.
  • Adult learners in credit programs will be provided similar opportunities as K-12 for supplemental learning, assessment and evaluation, grading, and transition.
  • A minimum final mark of 50 percent or greater will be applied to the outcomes evaluated to-date in the subject areas as of March 13, 2020. Adult learners will be afforded the opportunity to improve their marks through supplemental learning.
  • Adult learners will not be penalized for committing to supplemental learning. If a learner’s grade goes down by the end of supplemental learning, their final grade will be the mark recorded as of March 13, 2020 (50 per cent or greater).
  • Adult learners will be encouraged to continue learning; however, if they are not able to, they will be assigned their grade as of March 13, 2020.
  • Provincial examinations are waived from March 13, 2020 through to the end of June 2020 for Adult learners engaged blended programs (now 100% instructor marks) or programs taught by non-accredited instructors.
  • No differentiation will be made on transcripts administered from the K-12 system to denote students who engaged in supplemental learning versus students who chose not to and were assigned the grade they had as of March 13, 2020.

 

  • Provincial Training Allowance (PTA)
    • For students funded by PTA, funding will continue to the program end date. After this time, students must transfer to another means of financial support.

 

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
    • Additional supports for tutoring are also being offered to funded clients.
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time amendment to program start and/or end dates.
    • GDITE clients who are still in training and applying for EI/CERB should let their employment counsellor know ASAP.

 

  • GDI Graduation Ceremonies
    • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

  • GDI Golf Tournament
    • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

Métis-specific emergency response (PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WIDELY)

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • One-time $500 payment to Métis households needing relief
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis households accepted by the Métis community
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds hereand submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional repto register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Childcare Support 

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application tochildcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.workor 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative/ 1-833-343-8391

 

 

COVID-19 Information Online

Residents of Saskatchewan can go to www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19  for the latest COVID-19 information.

 

We encourage the entire GDI community to continue to follow preventative actions, including:

  • Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette;
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands;
  • Maintain safe food practices; and,
  • Use social distancing of two meters (six feet) between yourself and others.

 

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s (SPSA) toll free line, 1-855-559-5502, is now being offered 24 hours, 7 days a week.  The SPSA toll free line was established in order to answer non-health specific questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

Métis-specific emergency response (PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WIDELY)

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • One-time $500 payment to Métis households needing relief
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis households accepted by the Métis community
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds hereand submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional repto register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Childcare Support 

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application tochildcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.workor 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative/ 1-833-343-8391

 

Student Updates

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute classes continue to be delivered remotely.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Additional supports for tutoring are also being offered to funded clients.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time amendment to program start and/or end dates.
  • GDITE clients who are still in training and applying for EI/CERB should let their employment counsellor know ASAP.

GDI Graduation Ceremonies

  • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

GDI Golf Tournament

  • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

 

  • NEW Celebrate Easter in a safe way so holidays don’t lead to additional cases of COVID-19. Find alternative and creative ways to celebrate and “gather” by spending time with family from a distance. Consider hosting a virtual family gathering online. Do not gather with those who don’t already live in your home.

 

Métis-specific emergency response (PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WIDELY)

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • One-time $500 payment to Métis households needing relief
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis households accepted by the Métis community
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds hereand submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional repto register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Childcare Support 

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application tochildcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.workor 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative/ 1-833-343-8391

 

Student Updates

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute classes continue to be delivered remotely.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time amendment to program start and/or end dates.
  • GDITE clients who are still in training and applying for EI/CERB should let their employment counsellor know ASAP.

GDI Graduation Ceremonies

  • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

GDI Golf Tournament

  • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

Métis-specific emergency response (PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WIDELY)

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • One-time $500 payment to Métis households needing relief
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis households accepted by the Métis community
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds here and submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional rep to register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Childcare Support

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application tochildcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.work or 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative / 1-833-343-8391

 

Student Updates

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute classes continue to be delivered remotely.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Additional supports are available for funded clients who are required to relocate due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled or extended due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time extension to their intervention.

 

GDI Graduation Ceremonies

  • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

GDI Golf Tournament

  • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

Information on the COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic changes daily. We encourage GDI staff, students, clients, and stakeholders to access reliable information and make every effort to keep informed about new developments.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Government of Saskatchewan Health Authority are two reliable sources.

Saskatchewan Health provides an online COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

 

Latest Update (older updates below or in the COVID-19 News Archive here)

Métis-specific emergency response (PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WIDELY)

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • One-time $500 payment to Métis households needing relief
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis households accepted by the Métis community
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds here and submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional rep to register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Childcare Support

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application to childcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.work or 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative / 1-833-343-8391

 

Student Updates

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute classes continue to be delivered remotely.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Additional supports are available for funded clients who are required to relocate due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled or extended due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time extension to their intervention.

 

GDI Graduation Ceremonies

  • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

GDI Golf Tournament

  • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

 

For everyone’s health and safety it is imperative to work together to limit exposure and spread of illness.

  • Practice effective handwashing techniques. Wash hands regularly with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home if you are sick (to prevent spreading illness to other people).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your arm. Turn away from other people. Dispose of tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or using a tissue.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, or mouth).
  • Keep a distance of at least two meters (six feet) between people.

 

COVID-19 Information Online

Residents can go to www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 for the latest information.

 

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s (SPSA) toll free line, 1-855-559-5502, is now being offered 24 hours, 7 days a week.  The SPSA toll free line was established in order to answer non-health specific questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEW Métis-specific emergency response (PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WIDELY)

*Full program details and instructions available on the MN-S website

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE. Below is a summary.

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • One-time $500 payment to Métis households needing relief
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis households accepted by the Métis community
  • Download the application for emergency relief funds here and submit the completed application to your regional office.
  • Contact your Regional rep to register for emergency funds / 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Childcare Support

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications are available on the MN–S website.
  • You can access the application here. Submit the completed application to childcare@mns.work.
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.work or 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative / 1-833-343-8391

 

Student Updates

  • Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute classes continue to be delivered remotely.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Additional supports are available for funded clients who are required to relocate due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled or extended due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time extension to their intervention.

 

GDI Graduation Ceremonies

  • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

  • NEW The GDI Prince Albert building re-opened to staff effective April 2, 2020.

 

 

GDI Golf Tournament

  • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

 

 

 

 

 

For the health and safety of our workplaces and communities it is imperative to work together to limit exposure and spread of illness.

  • Practice effective handwashing techniques. Wash hands regularly with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home if you are sick (to prevent spreading illness to other people).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your arm. Turn away from other people. Dispose of tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or using a tissue.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, or mouth).
  • Keep a distance of at least one to two meters (three to six feet) between people.

 

COVID-19 Information Online

Residents can go to www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 for the latest information.

 

NEW The province has introduced a dedicated, toll-free phone line for people who have general questions about the COVID-19 pandemic that are not health-specific. The new number will help take the pressure of the 811-healthcare line which is for people with symptoms or health concerns. The new number, for non-emergency COVID-19 questions, is 1-855-559-5502 (for Regina residents: 306-787-8539) available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

 

Use Social Distancing

As individuals, we are responsible for ensuring our actions do not put others at risk.  Social distancing means avoiding close contact with others to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Keep a minimum distance of two metres from others when shopping or walking in the community (from Government of SK news release March 22, 2020).

NEW Métis-specific emergency response

*Program details and instructions will be available on MN-S website in near future

On March 31, 2020 the Métis Nation Saskatchewan announced $2.88 million for immediate emergency COVID-19 relief measures for childcare, housing, and PPE.

MN–S Emergency Housing Support Program

  • One-time $500 payment to Métis households needing relief
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis households accepted by the Métis community
  • Contact your Regional rep to register for emergency funds https://metisnationsk.com/governance/#regions / 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Childcare Support

  • One-time $500 per child to a maximum of $2,500
  • Children must be under 10; registered MN–S citizens; resident of SK for the past 6 months
  • An MN–S daycare for first responders and emergency workers will also be available
  • Full criteria and online applications at https://metisnationsk.com
  • Contact Lisa Fleming at lfleming@mns.work or 1-833-343-8391

MN–S Personal Protective Equipment Program

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may include hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant cleaning supplies, gloves, clinical thermometers
  • Available to registered and self-identifying Métis
  • MN–S will access and distribute supplies and Regions will identify at-risk Métis
  • Identify need to your Regional representative https://metisnationsk.com/governance/#regions / 1-833-343-8391

 

Student Updates

  • Classes for Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute are currently being delivered remotely with the exception of the Fort Qu’Appelle DTI Enhanced Carpentry and Solar Panel Installation program, which is suspended until further notice.

 

Student Loans

  • Even though post-secondary classes are being cancelled or delayed, current student loan payments will continue through April as usual. Any student who was scheduled to receive a payment in April will receive that payment. Students should check their online account for details.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Additional supports are available for funded clients who are required to relocate due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring when programs resume.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled or extended due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time extension to their intervention.

 

GDI Graduation Ceremonies

  • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

  • NEW The GDI Prince Albert building remains closed until further notice.

 

 

NEW GDI Golf Tournament

  • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

Student Updates

  • NEW Classes for Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute are currently being delivered remotely with the exception of the Fort Qu’Appelle DTI Enhanced Carpentry and Solar Panel Installation program, which is suspended until further notice.

 

Student Loans

  • Even though post-secondary classes are being cancelled or delayed, current student loan payments will continue through April as usual. Any student who was scheduled to receive a payment in April will receive that payment. Students should check their online account for details.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Additional supports are available for funded clients who are required to relocate due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring when programs resume.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled or extended due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time extension to their intervention.

 

GDI Graduation Ceremonies

  • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

  • NEW The GDI Prince Albert building remains closed until further notice.

 

 

  • DTI’s Testing Services Center in Saskatoon and Mobile Testing Lab – Closed until April 30th, at which time it will be re-evaluated to determine the public safety of opening up the center.

 

NEW GDI Golf Tournament

  • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020.

Student Updates

  • Classes for Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute are currently being delivered remotely.

Exceptions:

  • Saskatoon DTI ABE Level 4 Program—the following classes (previously delivered by Cindy) are postponed until March 30, 2020: English B 30, Psychology 30, English A 30 (flex), and Native Studies 30 (flex). When these classes resume they will be delivered via remote delivery.
  • The Fort Qu’Appelle DTI Enhanced Carpentry and Solar Panel Installation program, which started Monday March 16, 2020, is suspended until further notice.

 

Student Loans

  • Even though post-secondary classes are being cancelled or delayed, current student loan payments will continue through April as usual. Any student who was scheduled to receive a payment in April will receive that payment. Students should check their online account for details.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Funded clients who receive daily travel to commute to their program will have their daily travel allowance discontinued as of March 27, 2020, unless still required by programs that remain in class.
  • Additional supports are available for funded clients who are required to relocate due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring when programs resume.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled or extended due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time extension to their intervention.

 

GDI Graduation Ceremonies

  • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

Public Updates

  • The GDI Prince Albert building remains closed until further notice.
  • The GDI Prince Albert building is closed effective Thursday evening, March 26, 2020. No students, staff, or public are allowed in the building at this time. A staff member was notified they may have been exposed to COVID-19. The Institute is in contact with Public Health officials and following their direction to ensure the safety of the building for staff, students, and public.

 

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

  • DTI’s Testing Services Center in Saskatoon and Mobile Testing Lab – Closed until April 30th, at which time it will be re-evaluated to determine the public safety of opening up the center.

Student Updates

  • Classes for Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute are currently being delivered remotely.

Exceptions:

  • Saskatoon DTI ABE Level 4 Program—the following classes (previously delivered by Cindy) are postponed until March 30, 2020: English B 30, Psychology 30, English A 30 (flex), and Native Studies 30 (flex). When these classes resume they will be delivered via remote delivery.
  • The Fort Qu’Appelle DTI Enhanced Carpentry and Solar Panel Installation program, which started Monday March 16, 2020, is suspended until further notice.

 

Student payroll

  • Please be assured that the March 27, 2020 student payrolls will run without disruption.

 

Student Loans

  • Even though post-secondary classes are being cancelled or delayed, current student loan payments will continue through April as usual. Any student who was scheduled to receive a payment in April will receive that payment. Students should check their online account for details.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Funded clients who receive daily travel to commute to their program will have their daily travel allowance discontinued as of March 27, 2020, unless still required by programs that remain in class.
  • Additional supports are available for funded clients who are required to relocate due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring when programs resume.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled or extended due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time extension to their intervention.

 

NEW GDI Graduation Ceremonies

  • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

 

Public Updates

  • NEW The GDI Prince Albert building is closed effective Thursday evening, March 26, 2020. No students, staff, or public are allowed in the building at this time. A staff member was notified they may have been exposed to COVID-19. The staff member has not attended the PA building since Monday March 23rd and is now in self-isolation and experiencing no symptoms. A private cleaning company is being sought to professionally clean and disinfect the building in an effort to reopen as soon as possible. The Institute is in contact with Public Health officials and following their direction to ensure the safety of the building for staff, students, and public.

 

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

  • DTI’s Testing Services Center in Saskatoon and Mobile Testing Lab – Closed until April 30th, at which time it will be re-evaluated to determine the public safety of opening up the center.

 

For the health and safety of our workplaces and communities it is imperative to work together to limit exposure and spread of illness.

  • Practice effective handwashing techniques. Wash hands regularly with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home if you are sick (to prevent spreading illness to other people).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your arm. Turn away from other people. Dispose of tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or using a tissue.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, or mouth).
  • Keep a distance of at least one to two meters (three to six feet) between people.

 

COVID-19 Information Online

Residents can go to www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 for the latest information.

 

NEW The province has introduced a dedicated, toll-free phone line for people who have general questions about the COVID-19 pandemic that are not health-specific. The new number will help take the pressure of the 811-healthcare line which is for people with symptoms or health concerns. The new number, for non-emergency COVID-19 questions, is 1-855-559-5502 (for Regina residents: 306-787-8539) available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

 

Use Social Distancing

As individuals, we are responsible for ensuring our actions do not put others at risk.  Social distancing means avoiding close contact with others to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Keep a minimum distance of two metres from others when shopping or walking in the community (from Government of SK news release March 22, 2020).

Student Updates

  • Classes for Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute are currently being delivered remotely.
  • NEW The Melfort Tourism, Hospitality, and Camp Services Program in partnership with DTI and Tourism Saskatchewan is now up and running online.

Exceptions:

  • Saskatoon DTI ABE Level 4 Program—the following classes (previously delivered by Cindy) are postponed until March 30, 2020: English B 30, Psychology 30, English A 30 (flex), and Native Studies 30 (flex). When these classes resume they will be delivered via remote delivery.
  • The Fort Qu’Appelle DTI Enhanced Carpentry and Solar Panel Installation program, which started Monday March 16, 2020, is suspended until further notice.

 

Student payroll

  • Please be assured that the March 27, 2020 student payrolls will run without disruption.

 

NEW Student Loans

  • Even though post-secondary classes are being cancelled or delayed, current student loan payments will continue through April as usual.
  • Any student who was scheduled to receive a payment in April will receive that payment. Students should check their online account for details.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Funded clients who receive daily travel to commute to their program will have their daily travel allowance discontinued as of March 27, 2020, unless still required by programs that remain in class.
  • Additional supports are available for funded clients who are required to relocate due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring when programs resume.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled or extended due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time extension to their intervention.

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

  • DTI’s Testing Services Center in Saskatoon and Mobile Testing Lab – Closed until April 30th, at which time it will be re-evaluated to determine the public safety of opening up the center.

 

Student Updates

  • Classes for Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute are currently being delivered remotely.

Exceptions:

  • NEW Saskatoon DTI ABE Level 4 Program—the following classes (previously delivered by Cindy) are postponed until March 30, 2020: English B 30, Psychology 30, English A 30 (flex), and Native Studies 30 (flex). When these classes resume they will be delivered via remote delivery.
  • The Fort Qu’Appelle DTI Enhanced Carpentry and Solar Panel Installation program, which started Monday March 16, 2020, is suspended until further notice.
  • The Melfort Tourism, Hospitality, and Camp Services Program in partnership with DTI and Tourism Saskatchewan is suspended until further notice.

 

Student payroll

  • Please be assured that the March 27, 2020 student payrolls will run without disruption.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Funded clients who receive daily travel to commute to their program will have their daily travel allowance discontinued as of March 27, 2020, unless still required by programs that remain in class.
  • Additional supports are available for funded clients who are required to relocate due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring when programs resume.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled or extended due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time extension to their intervention.

 

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.

 

 

  • DTI’s Testing Services Center in Saskatoon and Mobile Testing Lab – Closed until April 30th, at which time it will be re-evaluated to determine the public safety of opening up the center.

Student Updates

  • Classes for Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute are being delivered via distance/remote/online delivery (dependent upon the particular needs and capacity of the program/class in question).

Exceptions:

  • The Fort Qu’Appelle DTI Enhanced Carpentry and Solar Panel Installation program, which started Monday March 16, 2020, is suspended until further notice.
  • The Melfort Tourism, Hospitality, and Camp Services Program in partnership with DTI and Tourism Saskatchewan is suspended until further notice.
  • Saskatoon DTI ABE Level 4 Program—the following classes (delivered by Cindy) are postponed until March 26, 2020: English B 30, Psychology 30, English A 30 (flex), and Native Studies 30 (flex).

Student payroll

  • Please be assured that the March 27, 2020 student payrolls will run without disruption.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Funded clients who receive daily travel to commute to their program will have their daily travel allowance discontinued as of March 27, 2020, unless still required by programs that remain in class.
  • Additional supports are available for funded clients who are required to relocate due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring when programs resume.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled or extended due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time extension to their intervention.

 

Public Updates

  • While GDI facilities and service offices currently remain staffed and operational, they are closed to the general/walk-in public. Deliveries, mail, and other similar business will be accepted. Where feasible, work from home arrangements are being initiated and clients may be served remotely.

 

  • NEW GDI Training and Employment provides career, employment, and training information and services to Métis across the province. GDITE services continue to be available.  Find more information here. www.gdins.org

 

  • DTI’s Testing Services Center in Saskatoon and Mobile Testing Lab – Closed until April 30th, at which time it will be re-evaluated to determine the public safety of opening up the center.

Student Updates

  • Classes for Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute are being delivered via distance/remote/online delivery (dependent upon the particular needs and capacity of the program/class in question).

Exceptions:

  • The Fort Qu’Appelle DTI Enhanced Carpentry and Solar Panel Installation program, which started Monday March 16, 2020, is suspended until further notice.
  • The Melfort Tourism, Hospitality, and Camp Services Program in partnership with DTI and Tourism Saskatchewan is suspended until further notice.
  • Saskatoon DTI ABE Level 4 Program—the following classes (delivered by Cindy) are postponed until March 26, 2020: English B 30, Psychology 30, English A 30 (flex), and Native Studies 30 (flex).

Student payroll

  • Please be assured that the March 27, 2020 student payrolls will run without disruption.

 

Public Updates

  • NEW While GDI facilities and service offices currently remain open and operational, they are closed to the general/walk-in public. Deliveries, mail, and other similar business will be accepted. Where feasible, work from home arrangements are being initiated and clients may be served remotely.

 

  • DTI’s Testing Services Center in Saskatoon and Mobile Testing Lab – Closed until April 30th, at which time it will be re-evaluated to determine the public safety of opening up the center.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Funded clients who receive daily travel to commute to their program will have their daily travel allowance discontinued as of March 27, 2020, unless still required by programs that remain in class.
  • Additional supports are available for funded clients who are required to relocate due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring when programs resume.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled or extended due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time extension to their intervention.

Student Updates

  • Classes for Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute students were cancelled until Thursday March 19, 2020, at which time they resumed as distance, home-study, and/or online delivery (dependent upon the particular needs and capacity of the program/class in question).

Exceptions:

  • NEW The Fort Qu’Appelle DTI Enhanced Carpentry and Solar Panel Installation program, which started Monday March 16, 2020, is suspended until further notice.
  • The Melfort Tourism, Hospitality, and Camp Services Program in partnership with DTI and Tourism Saskatchewan is suspended until further notice.
  • Saskatoon DTI ABE Level 4 Program—the following classes (delivered by Cindy) are postponed until March 26, 2020: English B 30, Psychology 30, English A 30 (flex), and Native Studies 30 (flex).

Student payroll

  • NEW Please be assured that the March 27, 2020 student payrolls will run without disruption.

 

Public Updates

  • At this time, we continue to ensure that GDI buildings and facilities are staffed and open for business, but closed to the general/walk-in public. Deliveries, mail, and other similar business will be accepted. Appointments may still be accommodated as long as those entering the building are not experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, have not returned from travel outside Canada within the last 14 days, and have not had close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. If any of the above applies, please contact the office by telephone or email to make alternate arrangements.

 

  • DTI’s Testing Services Center in Saskatoon and Mobile Testing Lab – Closed until April 30th, at which time it will be re-evaluated to determine the public safety of opening up the center.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • Funded clients who receive daily travel to commute to their program will have their daily travel allowance discontinued as of March 27, 2020, unless still required by programs that remain in class.
  • Additional supports are available for funded clients who are required to relocate due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring when programs resume.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled or extended due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time extension to their intervention.

Student Updates

  • Classes for Gabriel Dumont Institute/Dumont Technical Institute students are cancelled until Thursday March 19, 2020, at which time they will resume as distance, home-study, and/or online delivery (dependent upon the particular needs and capacity of the program/class in question).

Exceptions:

  • The Fort Qu’Appelle DTI Enhanced Carpentry and Solar Panel Installation program, which started Monday March 16, 2020, will continue as planned.
  • The Melfort Tourism, Hospitality, and Camp Services Program in partnership with DTI and Tourism Saskatchewan is suspended until further notice.
  • NEW: Saskatoon DTI ABE Level 4 Program—the following classes (delivered by Cindy) are postponed until March 26, 2020: English B 30, Psychology 30, English A 30 (flex), and Native Studies 30 (flex).

 

Public Updates

  • GDI buildings and facilities are staffed and operational, but closed to the general public. Appointments may still be accommodated as long as those entering the building are not experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, have not returned from travel outside Canada within the last 14 days, and have not had close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. If any of the above applies, please contact the office by telephone or email to make alternate arrangements.

 

  • DTI’s Testing Services Center in Saskatoon and Mobile Testing Lab – Closed until April 30th, at which time it will be re-evaluated to determine the public safety of opening up the center.

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:

  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
  • NEW: Funded clients who receive daily travel to commute to their program will have their daily travel allowance discontinued as of March 27, 2020, unless still required by programs that remain in class.
  • Additional supports are available for funded clients who are required to relocate due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Additional supports are also being offered to funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered, who would benefit from tutoring when programs resume.
  • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled or extended due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time extension to their intervention.
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