Post Secondary Student Support Program


Post-Secondary Education – Overview


The program aims to improve the employability of First Nations students by providing them with funding to access education and skills development opportunities at the post-secondary level.

Eligible post-secondary levels include:

  • University Entrance Program

  • Community college: Certificate or Diploma programs

  • Bachelors Degree programs

  • Advanced or professional programs: Master’s or Doctorate

The program is administered by Big River First Nation which determines the funding and selection criteria in accordance with national guidelines.

Eligible costs covered by the program may include tuition, books, travel support and living allowances.

Faxed or emailed applications will be accepted; incomplete forms will cause delay in processing.

Deadline Date:
Fall - Winter: Intake - June 30

Contact Information

Post Secondary Manager Curtis Bear

Post Secondary Manager: Curtis Bear

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 519
Debden SK S0J 0S0

Office: (306)724-1001
Mobile: (306)468-7203
Fax: (306)724-1002

How to apply:

Name *

First Nation Programs 2017-18:

  • SIIT/ Edwards School of Business - Year 1 of 4 Business Admin

  • U of S Year 2 - Bachelor of education

  • History of ITEP on reserve program

  • Indian Teacher Education Program in Partnership with University of Saskatchewan Community Based Program History:

    • Established 2003-2018 all completed on first nation and first of its kind in Saskatchewan.

    • 2005-2009 – 17 B. Ed. Completed

    • 2009-2013 – 14 B. Ed. Completed

    • 2013-2017 – 7 B. Ed. Completed

    • 2016- Present – 10 Students

We have established a 4-year Business Program Community Based Program partnered with University of Saskatchewan Edwards School Of Business and Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology. Where the first 2 years are run through SIIT and the Last 2 offered on first nation With U of S Edward School of Business. This a full 4-year program on First Nation the first across Canada. There are a total of 30 students enrolled.

Grads 2017-2018

List of Eligible PSE Institutions in Canada:


Big River First Nation Training & Employment Agency

“Clients are advised that their success is based on their own hard work and initiative. Our case manager will assist in mapping out futures, will arrange for financial and other forms of support, and will work with you to overcome challenges along the way. But,in the end, you are the driver’s seat.”

Centre of Excellence

It’s a exciting time for Big River First Nation! We are gearing up to mobilize the community workforce. A key component to move ahead is the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy(ASETS) & Indigenous Skill and Employment Training Strategy(ISETS) that is administered and coordinated by Big River Local Labour Force Development Training & Employment Agency.

Our employment development workers at our agency are available to support the journey that First Nation job seekers must travel in order to achieve their career goals.

We have employment services to support interview, job search, job placement and transitional assistance. With our career tracking program supports; career research & exploration, diagnostic assessment, preparation in employment, basic academic, career academic, specific career orientations along with post secondary training.

Programs currently offered in Labour Force Development;

  • SIIT - Business Admin Year 2 Program

  • NWC - Continuing Care Assistant Program

  • NWC - Short Order Cooking Program

Client must visit LFD Agency, either by appointment or walk-in, information initial assessment is conducted. 



We have a series of programs designed to help clientele in a field of study to gain valuable work placement with our employer partners.

thinking about hosting a work placement?

Hosting partnership apply every year in food & health industry; we are currently looking for an company interested in work placement with our Business Admin Clientele and the Advantages of partnership?

  • Marketing your Business

  • Recruit skilled and trained employees

  • Wage subsidies

  • Establishes a strategic business alliance between the two parties

Priorities of this partnership are training, employment and economic development opportunities. If you are interested in learning more about our Work Experience Partnership, please contact our Labour Force Development Agency.

Please ask to be add to our Employment HUB Group below…


Eligibility for funding is residency based. You must reside in the community (if you reside off reserve, you will be referred to appropriate agency).


ASETS mandate is to support demand-driven skills development, foster partnerships with the private sector, the provinces, and territories, and to place emphasis on accountability and results.



Training & Employment


Labour Force Development

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 519 Debden SK S0J 0S0

Phone: (306) 724-4700

Fax:  (306) 724-2161

Name *

Come on in and see what programs we currently having in Big River First Nation!


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Career Resource List

Our department will assist on getting your blueprint up and running. Book appointment with me! Additional tips on resume & interview tools…

cover letter builder

Links to Scholarships & Bursaries

siit bursaries

Saskatchewan s.i.i.t. Career Centre

siit industrial-career-centres sk

BIG RIVER F.N. LFD Links to Employment Partners

health careers in sask work opportunities

civeo people job-opportunities

Links to Training Institutions

siit programs

northwest college program