Alliance Pipeline was recognized on Thursday at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus for investing $200,000 into the school’s Indigenous Student Success Strategy. 

Alliance, which is a joint venture between Enbridge Inc. and Pembina Pipeline Corp., began investing in the program in 2020. Due to the pandemic, it wasn’t until now that Sask. Polytech was able to formally recognize the gift with an in-person event. 

The funds have gone towards sharing the story of 24 students from the past two years as part of an Indigenous role model calendar. The investment has also helped support events at Sask Polytech’s four Indigenous Students’ Centres and build relationships between students and Indigenous advisors. 

Jamie Bainbridge was one of the students that attended Thursday’s event. Bainbridge graduated from the Moose Jaw Campus’ electrical engineering technology program. She was selected to be a part of the Indigenous role model calendar. 

Woman is a plaid shirt speaking at a podiumJamie Bainbridge speaks about her role with the Indigenous role model calendar. (Photo by Shawn Slaght)

“There's a lot of support here. There's free tutoring and the teachers are super helpful. They want you to learn and their doors are always open. They go as far as to give you their cell numbers and say call anytime,” Bainbridge said.

Steve Loney, senior community and Indigenous relations advisor for the prairie region for Alliance, said they were happy to support the program. 

“In late 2019 we began working with Polytechnic and quickly recognized the strategy’s importance,” he said. 

Man in a suit speaking at a podiumSteve Loney, senior community and Indigenous relations advisor for Alliance Pipeline. (Photo by Shawn Slaght)

In 2018, Sask Polytechnic launched its Indigenous Student Success Strategy. The program is aimed at increasing recruitment, retention, graduation rates and the overall success of Indigenous students at all of their campuses and programs. 

More about Sask Polytech’s Indigenous programs can be found here.