Kayas Applications For The Winter 2019 Semester Are Now Open

  1. You have until December 7th to apply.
  2. Kayas Applications are not first come, first served.
  3. Kayas has a limited amount of spots in each community.
  4. As part of your application, you MUST come to Kayas and complete an Alberta Works funding form. 
  5. To complete the Alberta Works form you need to bring: your and your spouse’s Social Insurance Number (SIN),  treaty number, health card number and line 150 from your tax return (how much money you made last year). If you have children, bring their health card number.
  6. A Kayas site facilitator will help you complete the form. Call your local campus or email leoletourneau@kayascollege.ca if you need help or have questions.
  7. We will email or phone successful applicants the week of December 10th.

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Post Secondary Partnership – Early Learning and Child Care Level 2

This year through the Post-Secondary Partnership Program grant Kayas has partnered with Blue Quills University to offer Early Learning and Child Care Level 2 certification. This child care training is vital to the long term health of Little Red River Cree Nation. The population is very young, creating a high need for day cares, head start programs and early schooling. There are many residents with their Level 1 certification, but almost none with their level 2 or level 3.

The program consists of a 12 week classroom program taught by visiting instructors from Blue Quills University, followed by a 12 week practicum working under supervision in daycares or schools. Children are the future of any community, and Kayas is proud to help bring greater child care to Little Red.

ELCC Students hard at work to prepare a feast to honor visiting Blue Quills elder Eugene Cardinal.

Drone Training

Kayas’s trades and training program recently completed a two day workshop about flying professional aerial photography drones. This training will allow them to gather valuable information for Little Red River Cree Nation’s housing department, as well as capture some jaw dropping photos of LRRCN’s natural beauty for tourism opportunities.


Solar Panel Installation Training

This summer, the carpenters and electrician’s in Kayas’s apprenticeship program got a cutting edge upgrade to their skillset. Through the support of the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program grant, Kayas was able to have their apprentices trained in Solar Panel installation. Gridworks Energy conducted the two week program.

They got a chance to practice their skills as soon as they finished the training, as they installed Solar Panels on the roof of Kayas College’s John D’or Prairie campus as well as the John D’or Prairie Band Office.

The investment is expected to reduce utility costs by approximately $7,000 per year, as well as prevent about 880 tonnes of GHGs per year from entering the atmosphere.

Elder William Seeseequon, Chief Conroy Sewepagaham, Minister Richard Feehan and MLA Debbie Jabbour in front of the Little Red River Cree Nation’s John D’Or Band Office with new solar panels.

Kayas Summer Student Job Program 2018

Kayas is currently running the highly successful Summer Student Job program for another year! With help from a grant from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Kayas subsidizes full time wages to allow local employers to hire high school or post secondary students during the summer.

The SJS program is a great opportunity for students to get their first real job experience, everything from resume and cover letter writing to experiencing jokes about workplaces need extra coffee on Monday mornings to earning their first pay cheque.

Congratulations to Kayas’s UCEP graduates for the Fall 2017 Semester


Kayas College is proud to announce that Jimmy Nanooch and Kary Peecheemow from Garden River have successfully completed the University and College Entrance Preparation program.

Forestry Operations Metrics and Management Graduation

On Friday October 13th, Kayas held a ceremony for graduates of the Forestry Operations Metrics and Management program, run in partnership with Northern Lakes College.

Eight participants successfully completed all of the course requirements. Each graduate was presented with certificates from Kayas College as well as Northern Lakes College, and a commemorative gift from administrative members of Little Red River Cree Nation.

The program, which began in August 2017, marked the first of its kind to be run in the communities of Little Red. Kayas plans to explore opportunities to run similar programming again in the future, building off of the success of this inaugural offering.

Alberta Climate Summit

Members of Kayas attended the Alberta Climate Summit in Calgary this past week, hosted by Pembina Institute. The event featured speakers from government, industry, academia, and indigenous groups, and focused on considerations and opportunities for Alberta in response to economic and social impacts of climate change trends.

One presentation of note was delivered by Desmond Bull of the Louis Bull Tribe, a First Nations community south of Edmonton, regarding his community’s initiative to install solar panels on the roofs of multiple nation houses. Bull presented his idea to council, and worked with Gridworks Energy to complete the project – which drew on local trades apprenticeship talent.

An afternoon session focusing on “Just Transition” explored the impacts of current energy industry on First Nations communities, and the opportunity for economic development as the industry adapts to demands for increased renewable energy resources.

Kayas’ presence at the conference in preparation for programming arranged underneath the Alberta Indigenous Climate Capacity Program.

Climate Summit

Magic Carpet Ride Resumes in Fox Lake

This past Thursday, families with young children in Fox Lake once again had the opportunity to attend “Magic Carpet Ride” at Fox Lake Elementary School.

Sponsored by Kayas as part of the Community Adult Learning Program, the event is run weekly in John D’or Prairie and Fox Lake. Young learners and their parents participate in activities that encourage reading at an early age, and introduces strategies for parents to get involved with their child’s learning.

Fox Lake Family Lit

The inaugural session for the 2016-17 school year saw a large turnout, marking the program’s continued popularity. The younger attendees were read a story about the changing of the seasons by program facilitator and Fox Lake Elementary teacher Dave Barr, while his co-facilitator Danielle Lapenna – also a teacher at FLE – prepared the follow-up activity: creating and decorating leaves in autumn colours.

Magic Carpet Ride runs each Thursday at 7:00 pm at Fox Lake Elementary. All community members with young children are invited to attend.

Craft Time Leaf