Old Sun Community College Historical Timeline: Pre Treaty to Present Day

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  • Old Sun Community College Historical Timeline: Pre Treaty to Present Day

    Old Sun Community College Historical Timeline: Pre Treaty to Present Day

    The origins of Old Sun Community College comes has many stories associated with it including the story of Chief Old Sun, a Siksika warrior and Chief from the 18th century and the SIksika Nation culture.

  • Class of 2019

    Class of 2019

      Old Sun Community College: Graduating class of 2019 

  • The Blackfoot App

    The Blackfoot App

    The Blackfoot App was created by Old Sun Community College and the Siksika Board of Education and launched in 2016. Siksika (Blackfoot) phrases organized under 29 theme categories complete with audio, images, quizzes and games. Also included in the app is a cultural section of historical images; a short sign language video; and a variety of […]

  • The Siksika Story Robe Winter Count

    The Siksika Story Robe Winter Count

    To honour our Siksika way of documenting history, this winter count was commissioned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Old Sun Community College and the Siksika Nation Post Secondary Student Support Program 20th Anniversary. This story robe became the catalyst to the development of the Siksika Knowledge Studies.

  • Aboriginal Licensed Practical Nurse Program

    Aboriginal Licensed Practical Nurse Program

    Fifteen students enrolled in the Aboriginal Licensed Practical Nurse (ALPN) Program, a joint venture with Old Sun Community College and Bow Valley College. Eleven students graduated from the program. Niitsitapi Education Assistant Training partnership with Red Crow Community College.

  • 2007

    Governor General Michelle Jean meets Master of Teaching University of Calgary students from Siksika Nation.

  • 2006

    2006

    Siksika Nation Post Secondary Student Support Program celebrates 15th Anniversary. Eleven students graduate from Master of Teaching program.

  • 2004

    Thirteen students from Siksika Nation enroll in Sinte Gleska University (South Dakota) Master of Education Degree program. Eleven Siksika Nation students enroll in the Master of Teaching program.

  • 2001

    Old Sun Community College celebrates 30 years in operation with a growing number of graduates in adult upgrading, . The Siksika Nation Post Secondary Student Support Program celebrates 10th anniversary with 148 post secondary graduates.

  • 2000

    Seven students graduated from Master of Arts in Educational Leadership through San Diego State University. August 15th deadline for receipt of all support documents for Siksika Nation Post Secondary Student Support Program funding.

  • 1929

    Construction begins on the new building that will house Old Sun Indian Residential School

  • 1928

    Fire destroyed the frame school building on June 27, 1928 and was soon replaced by a brick building. Day school classes are offered for three years until replacement school is built.

  • 1912

    A large new residential school opens with authorized pupilage of forty on July 14 Principal Rev. Millard C. Gandier chose the name “Old Sun” in honor of Chief Old Sun.

  • 1911

    The government granted long term funding for the school and a larger building was constructed at South Camp the following year. It was expanded a decade later to accommodate more students. The school’s farm, first located at the North Camp and expanded at the South Camp, provided vocational training for boys.

  • 1907

    1907 – 1911 Rampant disease outbreaks in the residential school and recurring unsanitary conditions force government to close the school for extended periods. Needed renovations are stalled due to lack of funding. From July 1909 to December 1911, the building is used as a day school.

  • 1901

    White Eagles Boarding School closes and boys return to original Old Sun Boarding School, which is remodelled. The White Eagles building is used as an isolation ward during 1902-1903 smallpox epidemic.

  • 1894

    Magnus Begg (from 1894– 1897) resided on Siksika Reserve and was recognized through the Indian Act, 1876 as Indian Agent for Treaty 7 First Nations from 1894 to 1897 whose all-encompassing power stemmed from the Indian Act. Section 137 of the Indian Act, 1894 stated that the Indian Agent had full authority invested in him […]

  • 1886

    Rev Tims’ than established the first Old Sun Boarding School about 7 km west of Gleichen for boys and girls, opens at North Camp on the Reserve with enrolment of fifteen pupils.

  • 1883

    1883

    The Beginning of Church-State Schooling at Siksika Nation – Championed by the Deputy Superintendent General of Indian Affairs, Canada’s Indian policy allowed “any religious denomination that be carrying on mission work upon a Reserve a reasonable quantity of land for buildings” including schools and teacherages (Edgar Dewdney Papers, M320, Vol. V.) Within this context, in […]

  • 1877

    1877

    Treaty 7 also known as a peace treaty, is the last of the numbered treaties made between the British monarchy, the newly formed Government of Canada and the Siksika (Blackfoot), Kainai (Blood) Piikani and Tsuutina First Nations on September 22, 1877 near Blackfoot Crossing.


The origins of Old Sun Community College comes has many stories associated with it including the story of Chief Old Sun, a Siksika warrior and Chief from the 18th century and the SIksika Nation culture.