GDI Celebrates Grand Opening of GDI Building and the Métis Culture and Heritage Department
Nov 14, 2019
Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research (GDI) is pleased to announce the grand opening of GDI Building and the Métis Culture and Heritage Department in Saskatoon today at 1:30 pm. The Honourable Russell Mirasty–the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan and Elder Margaret Harrison will commemorate the celebration with the untying of a Métis sash, followed by guest speakers, refreshments, and a tour of the new facility. The Institute has been providing educational, cultural, and employment services to the Métis of Saskatchewan since 1980. President Glen McCallum of the Métis Nation—Saskatchewan (MN-S) stated “We are very proud to provide a positive work environment and a community space that is interactive, engaging, and affirms Métis culture and identity.”
The new and expanded GDI Building houses the GDI administrative services, Métis Culture and Heritage Department, and Gabriel Dumont Institute Press. It also includes the Métis museum, art gallery, rare book collection, and a number of new offices for staff.
“Gabriel Dumont Institute has been active in helping revitalize 22nd Street West, Saskatoon,” said Earl Cook, the GDI Board of Governors Chair and MN-S Minister of Education. Dr. Cook noted, “With this new 8,400 square foot addition, we are able to consolidate the Institute’s off-campus programs and operations in Saskatoon.”
For more information and for media inquiries, please contact:
Geordy McCaffrey Executive Director
Gabriel Dumont Institute
Gabriel Dumont Institute is a Métis-owned post-secondary and cultural institution in Saskatchewan. It is the parent company to a number of subsidiaries, including the Dumont Technical Institute, Gabriel Dumont College, GDI Training and Employment, the Métis Culture and Heritage Department, Gabriel Dumont Institute Press, and the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP).