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Red Crow College set for 25th anniversary

Red Crow Community College marks its 25th anniversary this week with a two-day celebration.
The celebration includes an open house Thursday, Sept. 15 at the satellite campus in Lethbridge and a pow wow Friday, Sept. 16 at the main campus on the Blood Reserve.
“Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Red Crow Community College is an achievement for which we can all be proud,” college president Marie Small Face-Marule said. “The celebrations will pay a special tribute to the many accomplishments achieved in its 25-year history.”
The open house Thursday at the satellite campus in Lethbridge runs from 3-6 p.m.
Celebrations continue Friday at the main campus with a ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by a feast at 12 noon and a traditional pow wow at 1 p.m.
Red Crow Community College was established in 1986 as a First Nations educational institute.
The college started as an adult education centre, offering two high school courses, a university and college preparation program, a University of Lethbridge course and a study skills component.
In the late 1990s, the college formed the Kainai Studies department which incorporated uniquely designed courses based upon Blackfoot and Kainai world views.
Over 25 years Red Crow Community College has evolved into a complete post-secondary institution, offering diploma and degree programs in partnership with Mount Royal University, Lethbridge College, Sinte Gleska, Gonzaga University, the University of Calgary, Athabasca University and the University of Lethbridge.
Adult upgrading, continuing and community education remain a critical focus of the curriculum.
Red Crow Community College is accredited by the First Nations’ Accreditation Board, and sponsored into the Alberta Council of Admissions and Transfer, through partnerships with the University of Lethbridge and the University of Calgary.
Red Crow Community College has also developed an academic library with more than 15,000 items in its collection focusing on First Nations, Native American titles and a Blackfoot special collection.
Red Crow Community College’s library has membership in numerous library associations in Canada and the U.S.
Red Crow Community College’s has benefitted from the dedication and vision of past directors such as Alvina First Rider, Pierre dePaola, Marvin Fox, Jim Wells, Esther Tailfeathers, and Joyce Good Striker.
Also instrumental in establishing and growing the college are the present board of governors, Blood Tribe chief and council, the Elders Advisory Committee, student representatives and the Kainai Board of Education.
Staff members Genevieve (Jenny) Fox and Marie Small Face-Marule were with the college in its formative years and have continued to be key players.
“The successes of our students over the past 25 years was made possible by their fine efforts and the support they received from their families, community, chief and council, the board of governors and the staff of Red Crow Community College,” Small Face-Marule said. “It is appropriate for us to take a day to appreciate the efforts and successes of our students. We need to reflect on the initiates and endeavours taken to bring us to this commemoration.
The two day event will feature special guest speakers, Red Crow Community College display and information booths, traditional and contemporary performances by performing artists as well as food and refreshments.
For more information contact anniversary co-ordinator Ruth Provost at 403-327-6984 ext. 229 or by e-mail at ruth.provost@afnrc.com.

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