SIIT Celebrates Achievements at Annual Convocation Ceremony

SIIT was pleased to hold the 2018 Convocation ceremony at Prairieland Park today in Saskatoon. Convocation is open to all students completing certificates or diplomas at the post-secondary level. The event included students from all three campuses and SIIT’s satellite locations.

SIIT granted Chief Marie-Anne DayWalker-Pelletier an honourary diploma. “Awarding an honourary diploma is really the highest honour we can give someone,” stated SIIT President and CEO, Riel Bellegarde.

Chief Marie-Anne DayWalker-Pelletier is the longest consecutive serving Chief in Canada, becoming Chief of Okanese First Nation in 1981. Her relationship with SIIT has also been a lengthy and positive one. She was employed with SIIT prior to becoming Chief and through advisory roles has shaped some of SIIT’s programming.

“Chief Marie-Anne DayWalker-Pelletier is a wonderful advocate for Indigenous education and our young people. She has done so much for Indigenous people across Saskatchewan and the excellence she has shown reflects the passion and values of SIIT,” expressed Chief Darcy Bear, Board Chair of SIIT.

SIIT also recognized Hunter McLean with the 2nd annual President’s Award for Leadership. This award is reserved for a graduating student who has shown exemplary leadership skills, commitment to their education and contribution to the SIIT community.

“We’ve received five nominations for this award. It’s always hard to choose one because we are so proud of all of our students, but Hunter’s nomination form really stood out,” stated Bellegarde. “Hunter has been a great asset to SIIT as both a student and an employee. He has set a great example for his peers and his contributions to building inclusiveness for the LGBTQ2S community will support students for years to come.”

2018 marks the first graduating class of the Mental Health and Wellness program. This two-year diploma replaced the Community Services and Addictions program. The program focuses on a holistic approach to addictions and introducing both Indigenous and Western-based approaches to healing. The program also provides students with practicum, lab and fieldwork opportunities. SIIT is already seeing growing interest and high demand for graduates in this program.