Gabriel Dumont Institue


Prince Albert Library Update

By Nicolle DeGagné

Mar 5, 2019

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The Prince Albert library location continues to serve as a meeting and learning space for students, staff, and Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employments clients. I was excited to partner with the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) Prince Albert earlier in February during Indigenous Achievement Week to offer introductory lunch hour sessions in beading. Participants used the Gabriel Dumont Institute publication wâpikwaniy: A Beginner’s Guide to Métis Floral Beadwork by Gregory Scofield and Amy Briley to learn the basic steps in beading a Métis-style flower. I was so happy to work with Angela Letendre, long time Instructor for Dumont Technical Institute Adult Basic Education program to plan and deliver these one-hour sessions.

The Prince Albert library also works with second year SUNTEP students every year (usually in March) in providing space for some of their Science Centres. SUNTEP students focus on creating a centre that highlights Saskatchewan Curriculum-based science topics, ranging from grades 1-6. Elementary students from various schools in Prince Albert come to our building for an afternoon to participate in activities and learning, and the library is full of youthful energy!

The Prince Albert library ran a successful holiday draw in December, in benefit of the Prince Albert Food Bank. This draw was open to all staff and students in the building, and drew friendly competition from everyone who participated! Every food or personal care item donated was eligible for an entry ballot to win Leah Marie Dorion’s Strong Stories Métis Series 8-book set. Over 20 pounds of food and care items were donated, and SUNTEP student Susan Cox was the winner of our draw.

New materials are always arriving at the library! I encourage everyone to stop by often and browse the New @ the Library display area, as new materials are added weekly. I work with faculty and students to bring materials into the library that support the various programs offered by Gabriel Dumont Institute and Dumont Technical Institute, as well as materials our very own staff have published, or have been involved in creating.

Did you know that the Prince Albert library also has a variety of items to borrow that are not books? Métis Sashes, musical instruments, board games, CD’s, DVD’s and kits are all available to borrow from the library. You can search our library catalogue at: You may also follow the GDI library on Facebook for news, programming, and updates from our three library locations in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and Regina:

#1 + #2 SUNTEP 2nd Year Science Centres
#3 New @ the Library display
#4 Indigenous Achievement Week Beading Sessions

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