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First Nations support Fort Macleod bid

Two neighbouring First Nations communities reiterated Tuesday their support for Fort Macleod’s bid for the police college.
Blood Tribe Chief Charles Weaselhead and Harley Bastien of the Piikani Nation made presentations to the four-member MLA review committee.
“To me it is kind of, shall we say, supernatural,” Bastien said of Fort Macleod’s bid to win the college. “It’s one of those things that was meant to be.”
Bastien said that predestination likely began in 1874 when legendary scout Jerry Potts led the North West Mounted Police to what became their first post on the Oldman River.
Bastien said that chance meeting, combined with the strong relationship that developed between the Piikani people and the Mounties, led to Fort Macleod’s place in the final four communities bidding for the college.
“I believe the RCMP and First Nations people of this area had a combining force,” Bastien said. “That combining force that brought the RCMP is still here today.” Bastien told MLAs Ivan Strang, Mary Anne Jablonski, Fred Lindsay and Len Mitzel the Piikani Nation is solidly behind the Fort Macleod bid.
“I think it’s the greatest home there could be for this police college,” Bastien said.
Weaselhead agreed.
“Our history with Fort Macleod and the North West Mounted Police began many, many years ago,” said Weaselhead, whose reserve next year is expected to reach a population of 10,000.
Weaselhead said the Blood Tribe Police would welcome the chance to train members at the police college in Fort Macleod.
At present young people from the reserve who want to train for law enforcement are forced to go to the RCMP Depot in Regina.
“It’s taking them out of their home,” Weaselhead said.
The need for more police officers is only going to increase as the population on the reserve increases.
“We are 100 per cent behind the application to bring the police college to Fort Macleod,” Weaselhead said. “I know it’s going to be a big opportunity for southern Alberta, and this whole region of Alberta.”

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Index of Police College Stories - Listed by release date in Gazette

Apr 24 - Fort Macleod town council is planning for the future

Jan 10 - Province gives Fort Macleod $10.26-million for police college costs

Sep 11 - Wildrose Party will fight for Fort Macleod

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod residents devastated by decision to scrap police college

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod asks premier to reverse college decision

Sep 03 - Fort Macleod calls on premier to reverse police college decision

Aug 29 - Residents of Fort Macleod punished for voting Wildrose

Aug 29 - Wildrose says Fort Macleod victim of Tory fiscal incompetence

Aug 29 - Government cancels funding for police training college

Aug 28 - Council awards police college permit

Aug 01 - Police training facility will be unique in Canada

Nov 01 - Province approves grant for police college infrastructure

Oct 19 - Target schedule is set to build police college

Sep 27 - Stakeholders convene to discuss police college

Aug 24 - Police college sod-turning

Aug 16 - Police college sod-turning Mon. Aug. 22

Jul 26 - Fort Macleod puts more cash toward college

May 17 - Province moving ahead with police college plans

May 03 - Council okays transfer of police college land

Apr 05 - Police college site work could start in summer

Dec 01 - Macleod finds way to build police college

Dec 01 - Macleod pitches co-op to build police college

Nov 30 - Macleod feels positive about police college

Aug 25 - Police college partner possible

Aug 18 - Council works on own plan for police college

Jul 07 - Calgary project no threat to police college

Jun 09 - Mayor pushes solicitor general for collect action

Mar 31 - Macleod’s neighbours support police college

Mar 31 - Mayor says government just has to make college a priority

Dec 30 - MD council writes to support police college

Dec 02 - Southern Alberta backs police college

Nov 25 - Regional group lobbies for police college

Sep 23 - Police college has not been shelved — yet

Jul 29 - Mayor: ‘Police college project not cancelled’

May 06 - Infrastructure minister says college a priority

Apr 22 - Facebook page supports police college

Apr 01 - Council lobbies for progress on police college

Feb 18 - Solicitor General urges police college patience

Nov 04 - Police college discussed during Question Period

Nov 04 - Macleod mayor confident police college is coming

Oct 21 - Fort Macleod ‘anxious’ for police college start

Apr 16 - Province gets nine police college proposals

Mar 12 - Macleod can do business with police college

Sep 05 - Province reviews police college P3 proposals

Jun 26 - Police college Web site created

Jun 06 - Police college project is on track

May 30 - Police college officials visit Fort Macleod

May 23 - Police college headlines open house

Mar 28 - Solicitor General: ‘Police college is coming to Macleod’

Jan 31 - Mayor strikes police college committee

Nov 22 - Steering committee meets to discuss police college

Sep 13 - Opportunity knocking for Fort Macleod

Sep 13 - Macleod prepares to guide growth

Sep 13 - Police college is Fort Macleod’s destiny

Sep 13 - Mayor weathers police college criticism

Sep 13 - Fort Macleod celebrates successful college bid

Sep 06 - Fort Macleod lands Alberta police college

Sep 06 - P3 partners sought for police college

Sep 06 - Police training centre will be world-class

Dec 21 - Council designates land for police college

Dec 21 - Macleod’s police college bid in province’s hands

Nov 23 - Task force builds police college bid

Nov 02 - Council still pursuing college