By Jensen, Randy on October 9, 2020.
to support jobs, students
An official sod turning on Thursday marked the new construction of Red Crow Community College which will create 270 local jobs and help strengthen the area’s economy, according to a release from the Government of Alberta.
The Red Crow Community College project will see construction of a new 9,888-square-metre campus on the Blood Reserve, 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 Red Crow Community College.
“In these difficult times, the Government of Canada is taking action to support Alberta’s economy and strengthen its communities,” said Gudie Hutchings, parliamentary secretary to Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development. “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.”
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, the province said in the release. It will offer a high-quality, culturally infused, Blackfoot language-based learning environment for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
“Construction of the new Red Crow Community College supports Alberta’s Recovery Plan by creating almost 300 local construction-related jobs which also promotes healthy economic spinoff activity throughout the area. Over the long term, the new college will benefit Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike by providing the tailor-designed, modern learning facility and programs they need to succeed,” said Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure.
Blood Tribe Chief Roy Fox said the investment will bring future rewards.
“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,” said Fox. “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.”
“The new campus facility will provide access to learning resources, and spaces to gather, collaborate and learn with peers, teachers, and elders,” added Roy Weasel Fat, president, Red Crow Community College. “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.”