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Siit-The Best Of Both Worlds

Lorie-Ann LaRocque

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      FEBUARY/MARCH 1992      v21 n01 p14  
Technology with an Indian emphasis is what one will find at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. Known to many, SIIT is considered one of the leading Indian-controlled training institutes in Canada.

The SIIT, an educational branch of the FSIN, has made a committment to preparing students for the challenges and rewards of pursuing an education in the leading vocations required by Indian communities and organizations.

One of its most reknown vocational programs is the Indian Business Management Program. The program began three years ago with a total of twenty three students but has the seating capacity for twenty five students. Last June was the first graduation and presently nineteen of the graduates are employed; some in business organizations as far away as Ottawa.

The program is accredited through Palliser Campus of SIAST and it's main campus is located in Fort Qu'Appele. In addition, the program is regularily evaluated to ensure that the best possible training is being delivered and that strong efforts are made to find employment for graduating students.

This two year course focuses on management skills, with an emphasis on the needs of Indian businesses and institutions. Like other business management programs, this course provides solid training in all aspects of business management from economics, accounting and communication to marketing, taxation and finance. It also has the added Indian content which makes it fundamentally unique to other business management courses.

The SIIT also offers programs in Nursing, Forestry, Carpentry, Gasfitting, Industrial Mechanics, Childhood Development, and Health Care Administration.

In the words of Elder Pauline Pelly, "Living in today's fast paced world of technology can be both overwhelming and frightening. We as Indian people, must take part in advancing our knowledge, and in participating actively to achieve our goals and aspirations. At the same time, we must not forget where we came from. We must retain our Indian languages, our traditions and our customs."

The SIIT and it's various programs appears to be one way of achieving the best of both worlds.