D2L helps support learners anywhere, anytime

Kitchener, Waterloo, July 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Global leader in learning technologies D2L today announced that the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) has selected D2L as a learning partner to help it achieve move quickly from fully in-person training to online and blended learning.

SIIT is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The institute was created to meet the needs of learners and to offer programs that reflect the needs and standards of the labor market. Today, as an Indigenous institution led by First Nations leaders, SIIT is made up of over 95% Indigenous students and 65% Indigenous staff and reaches learners from across Saskatchewan and Canada. SIIT chose the Brightspace platform for its easy-to-use interface, extensive integration and reporting capabilities, and strong mobile strategy. SIIT also took advantage of D2L’s Quick Start Package, which allowed it to be operational in less than 90 days for its professional training programs.

“As an institution governed by a First Nation, SIIT has a responsibility to meet the needs of our communities and nations,” said Allison Rinas, Career Services Coordinator at SIIT. “We are proud to partner with Brightspace to create a modern, accessible and resilient learning infrastructure for our students, wherever they are.

Following the successful transition of SIIT’s JobSeries programs from fully in-person to fully online, SIIT chose to replace a legacy system with the Brightspace platform for the remainder of its academic programs. SIIT’s offerings span a range of disciplines and levels from basic adult education to trades and industry, as well as post-secondary program areas like business and nursing.

“Building on the enthusiasm and energy generated by our annual Fusion Conference, we celebrate our customers and the way they are changing the world,” said John Baker, President and CEO of D2L. “D2L has been a leader in education technology for over 20 years and during that time we have seen e-learning go from a fun add-on to becoming an essential part of learning – and a tool that can be used by educators to meet the unique educational needs of Indigenous communities. We are proud to partner with educational institutions like SIIT that use e-learning to reach learners around the world and create exceptional experiences for their learners.


D2L Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform designed for people who care deeply about student success and help them prepare for what’s to come.

It gives faculty at your institution tools they’ll love, making it easy to support great experiences for students in the classroom or entirely online. D2L Brightspace is designed in close collaboration with clients around the world – creating an educational rich feature set to improve engagement, retention and learning outcomes. It also facilitates evaluation and feedback.

D2L Brightspace is worry-free with 99.99% reliability. It is very accessible and looks great on any mobile device, making it easier for educators to reach every learner.

D2L Brightspace has won numerous industry awards including the # 1 LMS technology for next generation online teaching and learning. To learn more, visit D2L for Higher Education.


D2L is transforming the way the world learns – helping learners of all ages achieve more than they ever imagined possible. Working closely with clients around the world, D2L supports millions of people who learn online and in person. Our over 950 employees around the world are dedicated to creating the best learning products to leave the world better than where they found it. Learn more about D2L for Kindergarten to Grade 12, higher education and business at


Christine D’Angela
Director, External Strategic Communications, D2L Corporation
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SIIT was established in 1976 by First Nations leaders in Saskatchewan representing all treaty regions. Today, SIIT remains a First Nations-run educational institution, one of only four credit-granting post-secondary institutions in the province – and the only accredited Indigenous institution. SIIT provides adult learners with academic, vocational and technical training, as well as services and supports for employment and career growth. Indigenous learners are at the heart of SIIT, representing over 95% of the student body.

Dr Victoria Lamb Drover Director, Strategic Communications
Telephone: (306) 441-5418
Email: [email protected]

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