New con­struc­tion at Red Crow Com­mu­nity Col­lege will cre­ate 270 lo­cal jobs

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta -

The Red Crow Com­mu­nity Col­lege project will see con­struc­tion of a new 9,888 square me­tre cam­pus at Kainai in south­ern Al­berta, re­plac­ing one de­stroyed by fire in 2015. The to­tal project cost for the new col­lege is $48 mil­lion, with $20 mil­lion be­ing funded by the Gov­ern­ment of Canada through the In­vest­ing in Canada In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram (ICIP). The re­main­ing fund­ing is be­ing pro­vided by Kainai and the Red Crow Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

“In these dif­fi­cult times, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada is tak­ing ac­tion to sup­port Al­berta’s econ­omy and strengthen its com­mu­ni­ties. Re­build­ing the main cam­pus of Red Crow Com­mu­nity Col­lege will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to de­velop valu­able skills and knowl­edge to work in key south­ern Al­berta in­dus­tries like agri­cul­ture and agri-busi­ness. Our gov­ern­ment’s con­tri­bu­tion of $20 mil­lion to this project demon­strates our com­mit­ment to ad­vance rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with Indigenous Peo­ples and sup­port Indigenous-led cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion. The Gov­ern­ment of Canada will con­tinue to de­liver for Al­berta mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, build­ing on our in­vest­ments since 2015 of more than $4.8 bil­lion in more than 335 in­fra­struc­ture projects across the prov­ince.” said Gudie Hutch­ings, par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary to Maryam Mon­sef, Min­is­ter for Women and Gen­der Equal­ity and Ru­ral Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment.

A new cam­pus at Red Crow Com­mu­nity Col­lege will pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, and cre­ate a new ta­lent pipe­line for key in­dus­tries in south­ern Al­berta, such as agri­cul­ture and agri-busi­ness, to sup­port the pro­mo­tion of long-term eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion. It will of­fer a high-qual­ity, cul­tur­ally in­fused, Black­foot lan­guage-based learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for Indigenous and non-Indigenous stu­dents.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is the way for­ward for our peo­ple. Through our $20-mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion to Red Crow Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s new cam­pus fa­cil­ity, we are con­tribut­ing to the pos­i­tive fu­ture of our youth. On-re­serve ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents is an im­por­tant fac­tor in the eco­nomic, so­cial and cul­tural well-be­ing of our com­mu­nity. We are proud to play such an in­te­gral role in ed­u­cat­ing and train­ing our peo­ple and we look for­ward to shar­ing our new fa­cil­ity with you once open,” noted Chief Roy Fox, Kainai.

“The new cam­pus fa­cil­ity will pro­vide ac­cess to learn­ing re­sources, and spa­ces to gather, col­lab­o­rate and learn with peers, teach­ers, and el­ders. It will pro­vide spa­ces that sup­port lis­ten­ing, mu­tual re­spect, open dis­cus­sion and re­la­tion­ship build­ing. It will ground stu­dents to na­ture, our lan­guage, and Black­foot cul­ture. It will be a safe place where stu­dents can learn about them­selves, their strengths, and be­gin to re­al­ize their hopes and dreams,” added Roy Weasel Fat, pres­i­dent, Red Crow Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

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