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Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP)

The Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) was established to ensure that the people of Metis and non-status First Nations ancestry are adequately represented in urban teaching positions.  Our program offers a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Education leading to a Saskatchewan Professional Teaching Certificate.  Our goal is to educate teachers who are sensitive to the educational needs and distinct cultural traditions of Metis and First Nations students.

The Saskatchewan Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) is offered by The Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) in cooperation with Ministry of Education, the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.  There are three SUNTEP locations in Saskatchewan: Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.  Since 1980 all three SUNTEP locations have graduated over 1200 students.

The provincial government of Saskatchewan offers tuition support for Metis and non-status First Nations Students attending SUNTEP.  Status First Nations students must be funded through their band.

Our program focuses on Cross Cultural education courses that prepare our student-teachers to work with children of different cultures, backgrounds and experiences. SUNTEP students are trained to incorporate Indigenous content and perspectives into the Saskatchewan curriculum using a culturally responsive and relational pedagogy.  We also focus on Language Arts training and development including an Indigenous language course, EMCH 150, for our students to learn the traditional language of the Metis people, Michif.

SUNTEP students engage in fieldwork, primarily in urban schools, throughout all four of their years of study.  Our Educational Professional Studies classes scaffold the learning of the teaching profession to ensure student-teachers are successful in lesson and unit planning.  Students in their fourth year engage in a four-month internship under the guidance of a co-operating teacher and field supervisor.

What else makes SUNTEP unique?

  • We have small class sizes
  • We offer more access to academic support for students
  • We build a strong community on campus
  • We engage in learning from our Old Ones, Old People and Elders
  • We work to revitalize our Metis traditions & culture
  • We spend time learning on the land
  • We offer language reclamation opportunities
  • We include and privilege Indigenous ways of knowing and learning
  • We work to decolonize our educational practices

To apply to SUNTEP please visit:



CW 227, University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina SK S4S 0A2
Phone: 306-347-4110
Fax: 306-347-4119

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