Gabriel Dumont Institute Opens New Headquarters

Friday, August 08, 2003 at 14:20




The Gabriel Dumont Institute in Saskatoon is celebrating the grand opening of its new centre today.


The Institute is the official education arm of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan and has been operating in the city since 1980.


GDI’s headquarters is now at a different location on 22nd Street West. It moved from its old location on that street in May.


Spokesman Darren Prefontaine says GDI used to share space with the Dumont Technical Institute, but DTI was expanding too rapidly for that arrangement to continue.


Prefontaine says the biggest benefit the new centre provides is the opportunity for the public to view all kinds of Metis historical artifacts.


GDI’s museum is the only Metis-specific artifact collection in Saskatchewan.


The new centre also houses the institute’s publishing department, as well as the central offices for the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program and the Gabriel Dumont College.