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Fire destroys Red Crow Community College

Fire destroyed Red Crow Community College on Aug. 14.

Fire destroyed Red Crow Community College on Aug. 14.

Lethbridge College will support students displaced by a fire that destroyed Red Crow Community College last week.
An early-morning fire Aug. 14 destroyed the college, displacing as many as 500 students.
Fire crews and police were called to the college and former residential school just north of Cardston at around 4:15 a.m.
“This is a great loss to the region’s first nations communities in general, and the Kainai community in particular,” Lethbridge College president and CEO Paula Burns said. “Our thoughts are with those affected, and we’re thankful for the courageous work of the first responders.”
“There is undoubtedly a long road ahead and Lethbridge College will be there every step of the way in support of Red Crow Community College,” Burns said.
Lethbridge College has had a long relationship with Red Crow Community College.
“Lethbridge College has pledged its support to the Red Crow Community College staff, faculty, and students to provide assistance any way we can, including supporting their learners to provide as seamless a transition as possible in the up-coming academic year,” Burns said.
Sponsored students from Red Crow Community College attending Lethbridge College this semester or in the application process should contact Troy Scotney at Lethbridge College at 403-320-3202, ext. 5242.
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.
Red Crow Community College 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 were a critical focus of the curriculum.
Red Crow Community College was 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 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.

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