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College on Alberta First Nation burns but classes still going ahead:vice president – CP

by ahnationtalk on August 19, 2015506 Views

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 18, 2015 19:26

STANDOFF, Alta. _ Officials with a college on a First Nation in southern Alberta say classes will go ahead as scheduled, despite a fire that destroyed the building.

Red Crow Community College vice-president Henry Big Throat says everything was lost _ furniture, computers, books, office equipment, cultural artifacts and student records _ in the fire Friday on the Blood reserve.

Big Throat says the college will relocate to the old Saipoyi School in Standoff and classes will start next month.

The former middle school, which has 10 classrooms, has been vacant for a few years.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

College officials say the fire started on the third floor, where electrical equipment and computer labs were located.

The building was formerly the site of St. Mary’s residential school.

Big Throat was a student at the residential school. He says his feelings about the college have come full circle.

“It took a while for me to re-establish some type of relation to it … and looked at it from a positive point, where we’ve made a complete circle from negative to positive.

“That positive that I know now is the one that I feel real sad about.”

The college says on its website that it became the first tribal college in Canada in 1995.



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