Welcome to Kayas Cultural College

Mission Statement

Kayas College aims to increase community capacity through academic upgrading and training programs while maintaining a respect for culture.

Vision

Using modern technology, Kayas College will become the standard for all First Nation training providers in both education and training delivery on-reserves. Our model will represent the most effective approach for addressing the inequality on and off reserve communities.

Our Focus

Academic Upgrading

Adult learners living on-reserve are able to access basic and high-school education through Kayas’ academic upgrading program.

Capacity Building

Training opportunities enable community members with skilled labour and increased employability, greatly benefitting the individual and the community.

Respecting Culture

All training initiatives, programs, and services that Kayas College provides are considerate of the unique cultural and socio-economic environment of the people and communities of Little Red River Cree

Message from the Director

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Kayas Cultural College, and thank you for taking the time to learn more about Little Red River Cree Nation. Kayas is a non-profit organization run primarily through grants and government funding that is constantly looking to increase the services that can be offered. Whatever you or your organization may do, here you will discover a variety of projects and training programs we offer to the community. We look forward to showing you our founding years, current projects, and our aspirations for the future.

At Kayas, the aim is to help build capacity within the community. We have developed a variety of programs and training opportunities that focus exclusively on helping give community members an opportunity to increase their quality of life. At Kayas, adults upgrade their education to a high school competency level. They are also able to register in recognized post-secondary training in partnerships with other Alberta colleges, such as Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) or Northern Lakes College (NLC). We offer a myriad of community outreach programs for members and courses that help certify individuals to have a better likelihood of gaining employment. We support the local schools with creative learning opportunities that keep students motivated and engaged in learning. Additionally, safety training tickets required for direct employment in high-demand fields around local areas are offered at each of our sites.

Thank you for visiting and please feel free to contact us if you would like any additional information.

Who we aim to Help

LRRCN is one of the largest First Nations in Alberta, yet little attention is paid to the social, economic, and education crises that have been developing for years. Most (and sometimes all) of the students that apply to Kayas have been unemployed for years, have multiple children, have never been to high school, and are between the ages of 19 to 40.

There exists a dramatic discrepancy between graduation rates of local high schools and the number of births in the communities. These statistics help describe the drastic need for reform in First Nation K-12 and adult education, both in terms of increased funding requirements and importance of teacher retention.

The need for adult education is best highlighted by projections for LRRCN’s population. Over 50% of nation residents are under the age of 21. If current K-12 education trends continue, remote First Nations are likely to see dramatic increases to their under-educated adult populations in the next 20 years. The focus should be on prevention, through improvements to First Nation K-12 education. The difficulty in transitioning to an updated system must be mediated by provincial and federal governments.

Funding off-reserve institutions is necessary, however; this programming fails to address the unique circumstances that affect students from LRRCN and similar communities. Cultural, language, family, and economic considerations are properly addressed in programs and institutions featuring Kayas’ approach to education.