FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA –Through a $100,000 donation to Keyano College, RBC is supporting the development and implementation of programming that will lead to important training within Indigenous communities in the Wood Buffalo region.
The Healing and Wisdom Project, will see the creation of a community-based model of financial management, employment training and personal supports to assist members of indigenous communities earn and manage sustainable livelihoods. Through a holistic approach, learners will build personal initiative, economic resiliency, and employment specific knowledge.
“This is a project that promises to deliver real benefits within our communities,” said Tracy Edwards, President and CEO, Keyano College. “We are extremely grateful for RBC’s support in this and are excited to begin collaborative development of programming surrounding financial management.”
Through the project, personal financial management modules will be created and incorporated into Community Adult Learning Program (CALP) and employment training programs. Keyano College will liaise with community agencies and bring them together to create a network for collective social impact. As well, staff training will be provided on culturally sensitive intergenerational trauma and resiliency.
Programs will be piloted at Keyano College’s community adult learning program site in Fort McKay, and rolled out to CALP program sites in Gregoire Lake, Janvier, and Fort Chipewyan. Keyano College will work closely with each of these communities to promote the program and identify individuals in need of the program.
Keyano College Community Adult Learning Programs provide foundational learning programs in Indigenous communities including high school preparation, Pre-GED, and Essential Skills training. In collaboration with Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC), programs and services are coordinated for employment training and foundational learning programs to ensure flexibility within a course or program pathway.
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Chris Seggewiss, Regional Manager Commercial Financial Services, RBC, Dr. Tracy Edwards, President and CEO, Keyano College, and Tana LeBlanc, Community Manager, RBC, stood with staff from the Fort McMurray RBC Main Branch as the college was presented with a $100,000 donation to help develop and implement financial management training in Indigenous communities in the Wood Buffalo Region.
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About Keyano College
Keyano College is a public, board-governed College operating as a Comprehensive Community Institution under the authority of the Post-Secondary Learning Act of Alberta. Keyano serves our diverse community to increase access to learning opportunities for students in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo through its two campuses, in Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan and learning centres, in Fort McKay, Janvier and Gregoire Lake.