Indigenous learning centre says it’s being evicted by UCP government

EDMONTON — The Nechi Institute, an Indigenous learning centre in Alberta, says it is in crisis mode after being handed an eviction notice by the UCP government.

In a letter, Nechi Institute CEO Marilyn Buffalo says the learning centre must vacate its current location in Sturgeon County by March 31, after 45 years in operation.

Buffalo says the eviction notice was presented by the “Jason Kenney government through Alberta Infrastructure.”

Buffalo is in Ottawa this week for the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly.

She’s meeting with members of the Alberta Chiefs caucus to discuss a strategy to convince Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to revoke the decision, and invite him to sit down with the Nechi Institute board and treaty leaders to find a better resolution.

The Nechi Institute offers accredited programs that are transferable at many university and colleges.

It also provides counselling and therapeutic training services, specializing in helping people with addictions, family violence and prescription drug abuse.