RCCC Creates Foundation, Features Suzuki at Gala

Feb 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 20-3: Tribal Athletes Fight for Their Place, Tribal College News

In November 2008, the Mikai’ Sto Foundation hosted a fundraising gala in Calgary, Alberta, featuring David Suzuki as keynote speaker. Natooeestuk (Holy Mountain), a member of the Kainai Chieftainship, spoke on traditional values and his scientific views on the environment. Narcisse Blood and Ryan Heavy Head, both of Red Crow Community College, also spoke on the environment from a Blackfoot perspective.

The event was part of a capital campaign for a new Learners’ Resource Centre at Red Crow Community College (RCCC) on the Kainai/Blood Reserve. Recognizing that it needed to raise funds beyond those available from conventional government’s sources, RCCC applied to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) seeking recognition of its foundation as a charitable organization. In February 2008, the agency granted the application for the Mikai’ Sto Foundation.

One of the foundation’s main objectives is: “Establish, operate, and maintain a library or other physical infrastructures necessary to support the educational objectives of the Blood Tribe and house books, periodicals, as well as other spiritual, ceremonial, or culturally significant artifacts of the Blood Tribe to allow Blood Tribe members, students, researchers, scholars a place to study and preserve these historical artifacts.”

Francis First Charger, CEO of the Mikai’ Sto Foundation, thanked the presenters and welcomed David Suzuki back to the Blackfoot Territory. “We wish him all the best in his endeavors towards our Mother Earth’s health for if she is not healthy, we will not survive.”

David Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster. He is now professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, Sustainable Development Research Institute.

Suzuki is also recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology. He is the recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for Science, the United Nations Environment Program Medal, and the Global 500. He is a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science.

For more information on Suzuki, visit www.davidsuzuki.org. For more information on Red Crow Community College, call (403)737-2400 or (866) 937-2400.

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