Gabriel Dumont Institute
The Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research Inc. (GDI) was formally incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1980, to serve the educational and cultural needs of the Saskatchewan Métis and Non-Status Indian community. The Institute is designated as the official educational arm of the Metis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S). GDI offers a variety of accredited educational, vocational and skills training opportunities for the province's Métis in partnership with the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, the province's various regional colleges and the Metis Employment and Training of Saskatchewan Inc.
As a completely Métis-directed educational and cultural entity, GDI is unique in Canada. At its inception, GDI focused on education through cultural research as a means to renew and strengthen the heritage and achievements of Saskatchewan's Métis. It soon became apparent, however, that the Institute would need to become more directly involved in education if it were to fully serve the multifaceted needs, including the employment needs, of Saskatchewan's Métis community.
As a result, the Institute began developing Métis-specific curriculum and historical publications. It also began to train Aboriginal teachers and to deliver programming contracted from the province's universities, colleges and technical institutes. The first and, perhaps the best known of these efforts, was the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP). In essence, SUNTEP trains Métis and First Nations teachers to meet the needs of the province's Aboriginal students in the K-12 system. SUNTEP also serves as a model for Aboriginal adult education programs across Canada.
GDI, through the Publishing and Curriculum Department, has recently opened a museum and archives, and launched the Virtual Museum of Metis History and Culture (www.metismuseum.ca) on the World Wide Web
The GDI Museum Collection contains historical Metis-specific artifacts, mostly costumes, furnishings and textiles. GDI also has a large contemporary collection of contemporary artwork and traditional artforms. Further, GDI has a very extensive archival collection of Oral History records, photographs and textual records.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 1000+
The GDI Archival collection includes an extensive Oral History collection of over 700 interviews with Metis Elders, an extensive photograph collection documenting the Metis experience in Saskatchewan from the late 1800s to present and a wide range of sound and video recordings.
Electronic Records •
Prints and Drawings •
Films and Videos •
Sound Recordings •
The decorative arts collection includes numerous examples of Metis-specific decorative arts including beadwork, silk embroidery, moosehair tufting, and porcupine quill embroidery. The collection includes examples of clothing, clothing accessories, household accessories, and items made for sale. The decorative arts collection is predominately historical, with some contemporary pieces.
Furniture or Furnishings •
Musical Instruments •
Textiles or Tapestries
The Fine Art Collection is distributed throughout GDI Centres in Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina. It includes work by Metis and First Nations artists from across Canada.
Canadian • Aboriginal or First Nations
Costumes and Accessories
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Services & Activities
Offer research services on Metis genealogy and Metis-specific research topics
Archival Records •
Genealogical Research •
Information Centre •
Educational programs include demonstrations and a guided tour. However, GDI will also do in-classroom lectures and discussions on metis history and culture.
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Accessible by Public Transportation
Information Centre or Desk
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Publications & Products
GDI develops a wide range of Metis-specific children's books, general interest books, learning resources, Compact discs and audio-visual materials. GDI also publishes a quarterly magazine called The New Nation: La Noovell Naasyoon, an annual report and a semi-annual catalogue.
Annual Reports •
Educational kits •
Photograph of Maryann Morrisette, 1859-1963 (maiden name Ledoux) from the Debden area. Maryann was 25 years old during the 1885 Resistance at Batoche, when she was a cook for the Metis troops. c. 1940s-50s
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