Tiny House Project launches at Cote First Nation

A new project at Cote First Nation will teach valuable hands-on skills to several students while building a tiny house for one of the community’s elders.

The Tiny House Project was officially launched Monday. It is a new Essential Skills program delivered in partnership by Parkland College, Yorkton Tribal Council, and Cote First Nation. Over the next five months, several students at the Chief Gabriel Cote Education Complex will have the opportunity to learn construction skills as well as life and employability skills. By the end of June, the students will have built an environmentally responsible tiny house from the ground up.

The students who will be participating in the Tiny House Project are: (left to right) Emma Keshane, Zachary Whitehawk, Regan Kakakaway, Xavier Brass, Alexandra Cote, Darryl Turner. (Absent: Telesphore Wapash, Clayton Whitehawk)

Some of the building materials, tools, and appliances will be donated. Home Hardware in Yorkton has outfitted the students with tools and safety gear, while solar panels from Living Skies Solar will be installed to reduce the carbon footprint of the house. The finished home will be donated to an elder chosen by the community.

The Tiny House project is also supported by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission and by Indigenous Services Canada.


About Parkland College:
Parkland College provides high quality, learner centred education and training as a foundation for lifelong success. The College offers a superior learning and campus experience for all students through quality programming and services. Students can get started on their careers by completing university classes, full degrees, and skills training and trades certificates. Parkland College also delivers high school upgrading, safety training, and corporate/professional development.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Coordinator, Corporate & Internal Engagement
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Parkland College names Kami DePape interim CEO

Parkland College announced today that Kami DePape will serve as interim president and CEO following the retirement of Dwayne Reeve. Reeve stepped down effective Dec. 31.

DePape has worked for the College in various leadership roles since 2003. Her current position is Vice President of Academics.

In October, Parkland College and Cumberland College formed a trial coalition that will result in the two colleges sharing a president/CEO and a single Board of Governors. A joint steering committee and Ministry of Advanced Education officials are leading the transition. A target hire date for a permanent CEO is set for April 30, 2019.

Parkland College remains focused on maintaining a local presence and providing high quality education in the Parkland region.

Further updates will be provided as the partnership progresses.

About Parkland College:
Parkland College provides high quality, learner centred education and training as a foundation for lifelong success. The College offers a superior learning and campus experience for all students through quality programming and services. Students can get started on their careers by completing university classes, full degrees, and skills training and trades certificates. Parkland College also delivers high school upgrading, safety training, and corporate/professional development.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Coordinator, Corporate & Internal Engagement
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595