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New Partnership with United Way to support Northern Sask Students

By Desirae Barker

Aug 5, 2020

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July 24, 2020, The Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) partnered with the United Way of Saskatoon & Area to support Northern Saskatchewan Indigenous students through the COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund (ESCF). ECSF is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

This partnership will support students from GDI’s two most northern Dumont Technical Institute (DTI) Learning Centres in La Ronge and La Loche. The DTI Learning Centres in these communities serve up to 275 Métis and First Nations students in the area, including literacy and upgrading learners, teacher candidates, and carpentry apprentices with educational programming.

Due to COVID-19, DTI has shifted its education delivery model to include part-time distance learning. The main priority of the funding received through this partnership will be to provide safe learning environments and facilitate the delivery of remote classes without compromising the quality of education.

In total, GDI received $50,000 from the partnership for both DTI locations. The funding will be used to equip classrooms with new smart technology to improve virtual learning content and permit wireless connections to devices, provide students with immediate access to laptops and portable printers, and enhance health and sanitization equipment.

Thanks to this generous partnership, GDI is able to continue supporting the health and safety of students during the pandemic.

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