STAND OFF, ALTA. — Red Crow Community College will soon have a new campus in southern Alberta.
The province recently announced plans to construct a 9,888-square-metre campus at Kainai to replace 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. The remaining funds are being provided by Kainai and the Red Crow Community College.
“I’m thrilled funding has been approved for the Red Crow Community College rebuild,” said Rick Wilson, minister of Indigenous relations, in a statement. “Better access to higher education for Indigenous communities is essential. Students will have the chance to study closer to home, connecting the modern with traditions passed through generations and helping keep the community and province strong through the skills they gain.”
Provincial officials stated the new campus will provide training for key industries in the region, including agriculture and agri-business. The campus will also focus on culturally infused, Blackfoot language-based learning environment for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
“The new campus facility will provide access to learning resources, and spaces to gather, collaborate and learn with peers, teachers and elders,” said Roy Weasel Fat, Red Crow Community College president. “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.”