Monday , 10 May 2021
University nuhelot’i?ne thaiyots’i? nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills.

Blue Quills University receives $100K for online technology

Blue Quills University is receiving $100,000 provincial dollars for technology upgrades.

University nuhelot’i?ne thaiyots’i? nistameyimâkanak, five kilometres west of St. Paul, is one of five First Nations post-secondaries receiving a Government of Alberta grant to help Wi-Fi access, support online programming and delivery, and cleaning protocols to meet COVID-19 standards.

In a press release on Friday, the government said as more courses move online in anticipation for the return of post-secondary in a few weeks, the grant is meant to help overcome potential obstacles.

“We listened to the concerns raised by leaders of First Nations colleges in Alberta and we are pleased that we can provide this one-time funding to address some of those immediate challenges,” said Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education in the release.

“First Nations colleges are cornerstones of their communities and we need to ensure they can continue to provide valuable and effective learning opportunities for their students, despite these unprecedented times.”

There are five First Nations colleges in Alberta.

In November 2000, Blue Quills was accredited by the First Nations Accreditation Board.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.