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IATEC (Indigenous Access & Transition Education Certificate)

Program Start: 2 September 2020 - In Session
Location: James Smith Cree Nation
Credit Granting Institution: First Nations University
Length: 8 months


Take the next step towards a university degree!  Enroll in the Indigenous Access and Transition Education Certificate (IATEC) program offered at James Smith Cree Nation starting September 2020.  This 8-month program offered in partnership with First Nations University of Canada (FNUC) will prepare you for success in post-secondary education. 


  • IATEC is an eight-month program that will prepare you for success in post-secondary education in any area and will help you build on your existing skills and abilities through specialized student supports.
  • While you study, you will earn university credits transferable into many post-secondary programs.


  • Students with a Grade 12 standing
  • Mature students, and anyone wishing to improve their skills before entering university


  • Study with the same classmates over an 8 month period in a family-like setting with small classes 
  • Become prepared personally and emotionally for university with First Nations teachings and perspectives

Fall Semester*

  • AMTH 091 Mathematics I
  • INDG 100 Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • INDG 104 Introduction to Indigenous Higher Learning
  • RDWT 120 Reading and Writing I 

Winter Semester*

  • AMTH 092 Mathematics II
  • BIOL 140 Human Biology
  • ENGL 100 Critical Reading and Writing I
  • ISW 377 Introduction to Traditional Self Healing

All IATEC courses are 3-credit university courses recognized through the University of Regina’s Centre for Continuing Education.

Please note:  Students will be considered full-time if they enroll in all of the courses and the corresponding tutorial/study sessions.

An Information Session is planned for Tuesday, January 21, 2020 starting at 1 pm at the James Smith Training Centre.  Anyone interested in learning more about the program is encouraged to attend!



To become a student at Cumberland College and FNUC you must first apply to the University of Regina. The IATEC program application deadline is May 31, 2020.

Application Process:

  • Apply online to the U of R or by completing a paper application.
  • Pay a one-time non-refundable $100 application fee.
  • Provide supporting documents, like official high school transcripts. Transcripts must be forwarded directly from the Ministry of Education or other educational institutions.
  • Complete the Cumberland College Application Form (green apply button at the top of this page) to indicate interest in the program and to receive program updates.


Students are responsible for obtaining their own funding.  Students will be considered full-time which is important for sponsors. Potential sources of funding include:

  • First Nations (Band Office)
  • Gabriel Dumont Institute Training and Employment
  • Canada-Saskatchewan Career and Employment Services for those eligible for EI
  • Student Loans
*Start looking into funding options as soon as possible!  Students are encouraged to seek funding at the same time as they are completing the application process. 
  • Cumberland College awards over $100 000 annually in scholarships and bursaries

Cumberland College Advisors:

Nipawin: Gene Mak  (P) 306.862.9847

Tisdale: Brandy Wicks (P) 306.873.3845 

Melfort:  Lindsey Moskal (P) 306.752.8115

IATEC Coordinator:

Sabrina Lebel  (P) 306.752.8109


First Nations University of Canada

Prince Albert: Trina Joseph, Community Based Programs Coordinator (P) 306.765.3333 ext. 7133


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