In 1976, SIIT was established by First Nation leaders to carry out the vision and needs of our communities and citizens. That vision remains strong and dedicated. Today, as an Indigenous institution governed by First Nation leaders, our vibrant learning community is made up of more than 90% Indigenous students and 70% Indigenous staff. With a province wide footprint of campuses, trade and Career Centres, mobile training units, and many community program sites, SIIT programs are available wherever you are. We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to attract student talent from every community and First Nation in Saskatchewan- welcoming many from beyond provincial borders.
At SIIT, partnership is at the heart of what we do. Federal, Provincial, and community investments create the ability to reach Indigenous learners and job seekers grows every year. In 2017-18, SIIT provided educational programming to over 2,400 students and provided employment services and wrap around supports to more than 6,600 clients.
Our goal is to be responsive to the needs of our learners and provide programs that reflect current labour market needs and standards. Recently, the institute launched a curriculum renewal project that supports innovation in all of our program areas. Through this initiative, we have recommended and implemented several new programs. More than ever, our graduates are positioned for success, and equipped for a highly competitive job market.