Indigenous Student Centre

Our Commitment to Establishing a New Indigenous Student Centre (ISC)

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Where education connects and flows eternal

The Keyano campus began as a space that would foster community through learning. The name Keyano is derived from the expression, kiyânaw in nêhiyawêwin (Cree language) and most closely translates to "we, us, our" and in this spirit, true reconciliation efforts are being taken in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Keyano recently completed a thorough consultation process to design new Indigenous student spaces on its Clearwater Campus.  

The consultation process included intimate, one-on-one engagement with students, staff, elders and the community to understand how to create campus spaces that honour its legacy through an Indigenous lens. 

Upon listening and reflecting on the voices consulted, the main elements that will be present in Phase 1 of the Indigenous Student Centre include a ceremonial area, a learning common, a kitchen, a display for Indigenous art and artefacts, and a dedicated location for an Aunty or Elder-in-residence program. 

At Keyano, we are excited to embark on this transformative journey. By enhancing our campus environment, we aim not only to benefit all students but particularly to foster representation and a sense of belonging for our Indigenous community. 

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Renovation and Construction

The renovation and construction will take part in two phases. 

The Syncrude Technology Centre, the floor-to-ceiling windowed area located on the northeast side of the college, will become the Indigenous Student Centre. Here, students can attend ceremonies, meet with the Aunty/Elder-in-residence, and take part in communal cooking. 



Phase 1: The Interior Renovation $1.2 Million

Flexible furniture and seating throughout the centre will allow for both studying and large gatherings.  The design prioritizes flexibility and privacy to meet the diverse needs of its users. 

The theme of the space and the materials selected to renovate the space were consciously chosen to create a cohesive narrative that reflects the local Indigenous culture and environment, including local plants, seasons, and the nearby riverbank. 


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Businesses Building a Brighter Tomorrow

To kick off our fundraising efforts for Phase 1, The Bouchier Family Charitable Trust has generously donated $250,000.

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Creating Change Together

Interested in making a lasting impact? Explore our Sponsorship Package to learn more about the Indigenous Student Center and how your valuable contribution can create positive change. If you're eager to support us right away, feel free to donate now and help us achieve our goals of celebrating, honoring, and understanding Indigenous culture.

Together, we can build a community where culture and tradition are encouraged and create a lasting impact for future generations.

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Every Individual Contribution, Big or Small, Contributes to Lasting Change

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What are the benefits of donating?

Your generous contributions not only make a significant impact on our community but also grant you access to various privileges.

• Donations of $20 or more are eligible to receive a tax-deductible receipt 

• Named recognition on the Interactive Donor Wall in the ISC 

• Named recognition on the Online ISC Donor Wall 

• Receive periodic updates about the renovation and opening  


How is a Hangingstone River Partner different?

Hangingstone River Partners enjoy all the benefits of sponsorship and more!
As a valued partner, you'll gain access to a range of perks and privileges that are exclusively tailored for Hangingstone River Partners:

• Name included in the permanent Keyano Donor Wall of Light 

• Invitation to the grand opening  

• Invitation to the Annual Friends of Keyano Event.