Presently, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology has nine campuses. SIIT boasts of certified programming (collaboration with other provincial universities and other educational schools to give two-year diplomas); partnering with industry (partnerships with employment and industy sectors that can help deliver trainings programs for the employment of its graduates); academic preparation (diverse academic and personal upgrading options are given to First Nation students, which can range from literacy programming to post-secondary preparatory programs); and out of the province delivery (programs of SIIT are delivered to potential First Nations students outside of Saskatchewan.
The Institute helps students succeed in their academic goals through support, advising, counseling, and planning. New, returning, and transfer students are given orientation sessions to acquaint them about necessary information, such as registration requirements, student status, financial aid assistance, testing, campus or community facilities, and study skills. For counseling services, students are encouraged to visit the Elders for advice; and for social activities, students are highly encouraged to join the extra-curricular activities provided by the Institute, such as fund-raising activities, guest speaking, or becoming a part of the graduation committee.
Students who plan to apply for a scholarship at the Institute should first qualify. The criteria given by SIIT mandates the following: students in Year I should have a 60% average; students in Year II should have a 70% average; they should submit a 50-word biography; they should be Saskatchewan residents for a minimum of twelve months; they must have a 90% attendance average; of Aboriginal status (status or non-status First Nations, Metis or Inuit); the learners must be full-time students who are taking a full course load; they should have leadership skills and community involvement; and lastly, the applicants must not hold a SaskEnergy award in conjunction with other scholarships or bursaries exceeding and aggregate total of $5,000.00.
Saskatoon is located in central Saskatchewan, Canada, on the South Saskatchewan River. Saskatoon is the most populous city in the province of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon is recognized as one of the world's leading agricultural biotechnology centres. Some of this research takes place at Innovation Place Research Park and the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). The U of S hosts the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) that conducts infectious diseases research to develop infectious diseases controls for humans and animals.
The city has four distinct seasons. Extreme temperatures range from -50?C in winter to 41?C in summer. Saskatoon is fairly dry with the summer being the wettest season. A positive aspect of the low precipitation is that Saskatoon is one of the sunniest cities in Canada, averaging 2,381 hours of bright sunshine annually.