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SAIT Polytechnic Chinook Lodge and FLY: Supporting the Success of Indigenous and Marginalized Youth

Updated: Mar 15, 2023

Calgary, Alberta Canada - February 7, 2023: The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's campus. Photo: Jesse Schultz Art /

FLY Visits SAIT Chinook Lodge

On March 2, 2023, FLY visited SAIT to share information about the For the Love of Youth (FLY) project and our services.

At FLY, we are committed to empowering newcomer and underrepresented youth by giving them access to opportunities and resources that enable them to succeed. Our mentorship programs, counselling, career development, and recreational activities are designed to support the growth and development of young people and help them achieve their full potential.

We believe every young person deserves a chance to thrive, and we are dedicated to providing them with the tools they need.

Our visit to SAIT is part of our ongoing outreach efforts to connect with the community and raise awareness about our programs. FLY was very happy to meet with students, staff, and faculty at SAIT to share information about FLY and answer any questions.

Calgary, Alberta, March 2, 2023. Gwen Jallorina, FLY Project Activity Coordinator (Left) and Jeziah Altares, FLY Project Event Coordinator (Right) present to students at SAIT Chinook Lodge. Photo: Kaya Bautista

SAIT Chinook Lodge

The Chinook Lodge Resource Centre, also known as "the Lodge," is a space at SAIT designed for all learners, including First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students. The Lodge offers various services, including advising and counselling, financial aid and housing assistance, networking opportunities, access to Elders, and event participation. Students can meet with advisors to assist with program and funding applications and career and program planning. They can also develop successful learning strategies, access computers and study space, and connect with their peers.

Elders are available for cultural and spiritual advising and ceremonial smudging; networking events provide opportunities to meet prospective employers. In addition, the Lodge is open to the SAIT community to learn about Indigenous histories and cultures. Chinook Lodge is committed to supporting the success of its Indigenous students and is supported by various public and private sector partnerships.

Final Note

The Chinook Lodge Resource Centre and FLY share a common goal of supporting the success of Indigenous students and empowering vulnerable and marginalized youth.

The Lodge provides a space for Indigenous learners at SAIT to gather, connect with peers, access services, and participate in events. Meanwhile, FLY offers mentorship programs, counselling, career development, and recreational activities to support the growth and development of young people.

The visit to SAIT by FLY was a valuable opportunity to connect with the community and share information about our programs. The Chinook Lodge and FLY are committed to providing Indigenous and marginalized students with the necessary resources to succeed.

We look forward to continuing our work to support youth and build strong communities.


For the Love of Youth (FLY) services are free and funded by the Government of Canada's Supports for Student Learning Program (SSLP).

FLY is committed to providing high-quality support to students, families, and educators who need it most. Our team is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for students to learn and grow.

Learn more about the For the Love of Youth (FLY) Project.



Instagram: @for.theloveofyouth


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