COVID-19 Pandemic Facility Closures and Information for Public, Staff, and Students

Extended Closure to July 1st, 2020

SIIT Staff and Student Update (May 27, 2020)

In accordance with recommendations from the Province of Saskatchewan and SIIT’s Board of Governors, all of SIIT’s facilities will remain closed to the public until July 1st, 2020.

Information for Students

Program Completion
We are making every effort to ensure that you are able to complete your program. At this time, we are beginning to pivot to restricted onsite delivery for specific programs. We have a proposal to return to site for these purposes in front of the Provincial Government and expect to have a response soon. Your instructor will be available by phone or email to discuss the status and plan for your program.

Through the guidance of the Government of Saskatchewan’s April 23rd announcement of the Re-open Saskatchewan Plan, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies will coordinate with all Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions and deliver a hybrid, or blended, approach to education delivery this fall.
Students are encouraged to continue to monitor this page for additional details about specific programs and classes beginning in Fall 2020.

Student Services
Student counsellors and learning specialists remain available to work with you remotely. If you are unsure of who to contact, please email supportservices@siit.ca and someone will reach out to you.

Parchment Mailout
If you have completed all requirements to graduate from your program, your transcript and parchment will be mailed out to the address that you listed when you registered.  If you need to update your contact information, please email the Registrar at registrar@siit.ca.

Convocation
Our 2020 Convocation Ceremony will be provided in a virtual format on SIIT’s social media channels on June 25th, 2020. Please stay tuned for details.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit opened for applications on Friday May 15, 2020. If you have not set up a Canada Revenue Agency Account yet, please do so at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/e-services/e-services-individuals/account-individuals.html.The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).

Career Centre Services
Career Centres will continue to provide services to both job seekers and employers by telephone and online – please contact your local Career Centre to be referred to a Job Coach and stay tuned to your local Career Centre Facebook page for updates.  Career Centres will begin restricted onsite delivery of specific services in step with SIIT’s plan to reopen sites to the general public.

 

Information for Staff

Human Resources Update
Prior to July 1st, Staff must receive clearance from their supervisor and Vice President prior to entering any SIIT site.  Although we remain closed to the public, some departments will begin transitioning back to work in SIIT facilities.  Staff will continue to receive direction from their immediate supervisor regarding work-from-home and return to work expectations.  As we transition back to work, there may be travel required.  Please seek approval to travel from your immediate supervisor.  

Please continue to utilize our Employee & Family Assistance Program if you are experiencing stress or anxiety at 1-800-663-1142 or www.homeweb.ca.  Homewood Health will continue to offer online counselling services and a large amount of online resources for SIIT staff. Please reach out to HR at ahenakewa@siit.ca  if you require additional information.

Further Updates:
We appreciate your hard work during these challenging times and applaud your resilience and flexibility.  It is impressive how quickly our staff and students have adapted to the realities of social distancing and working from home.  We thank you for doing your part to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

Although there are many unknowns at this stage, SIIT will continue to provide regular updates on operations via email, social media, and our website as plans to re-open the province unfold.  Urgent inquiries can be directed to Lorian Kennedy, Director of Strategic Initiatives at 1-877-282-5622. Messages will be reviewed daily.

Riel Bellegarde
President & CEO
Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

 

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