Get to Know Your Stony Plain Road: Yellowhead Tribal College

We recently sat down with Crystal Wood, Associate Registrar & External Liaison, and Rachel Hertz-Cobb, Senior Administrative Officer, of the Yellowhead Tribal College (YTC) located in The Orange Hub on Stony Plain Road! The Yellowhead Tribal College was established in 1986 by the Yellowhead Tribal Council to meet the educational needs of its members (currently Al-exander First Nation, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, O’Chiese First Nation, and Sunchild First Nation) to foster the social, political, and economic development essential to building sustainable communities. YTC is accredited by the World Indigenous Nation Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) as well as the National Indigenous Accreditation Board (NIAB). The college now offers academic upgrading, and degrees to all adult learners. 

“We welcome all students at all stages in their educational journey,” states Wood, “Whoever you are, wherever you are, wherever you are from, there is a place for you at YTC!” 

The Student Services at the Yellowhead Tribal College offers many student related programs and workshops that are centered around the Medicine Wheel, which include spiritual, emotional, mental and physical. The workshops offered vary, and students choose which ones they want to participate in. Examples of workshops include: beading, land-based tachings, healing series, yoga, scholarship information sessions, Elder storytelling, counselling services, on-campus food bank, and much more. Some of the more popular degrees and programs at the College are the Indigenous Social Work Diploma and the Indigenous Language Degree. 

The College provides programs in a flexible, supportive academic environment that nurtures Indigenous cultures and traditions. They offer a variety of educational opportunities for those in the area. YTC students are able to learn and participate in Indigenous culture, languages and activities. The Yellowhead Tribal College also likes to engage in the community by working with, and supporting community members. For example, the College goes out to communities, high schools, and organizations in the area to hold presentations and show community members the great services that they offer! 

When the pandemic hit, the College remained open, however, they moved to an online delivery format for the Winter and Spring terms. The delivery of YTC classes for the Fall term will be a blended format of in-school, and online. The Yellowhead Tribal College is currently accepting applications for Winter 2020. 

You can contact the Yellowhead Tribal College here: 




Phone: 780-484-0303

Bi-Weekly Update – September 1, 2020

Check Out the Latest Issue of SPANN

Our latest issue of SPANN is now live! If you live in the surrounding neighbourhoods of Stony Plain Road, you should be receiving a copy of SPANN in your mailboxes! If not, you can catch up on news in the area and much more at

Call for Board Members! 

Stony Plain Road & Area Business Improvement Area (SPRBIA) is seeking new Board members for the 2021 year.

Stony Plain Road & Area BIA was established in 2005 and focuses on the beautification and marketing of the area. We work to develop and coordinate marketing, promotions, special events, street beautification, safety and security, and place making all through the lens of economic development. We serve as a united voice for businesses in Edmonton’s west end along the Stony Plain Road corridor. As a not-for-profit organization, the BIA is funded entirely by commercial property owners and businesses through a BIA tax levy.

The SPRBIA Board of Directors actively works to build a unique, diverse and resilient local economy along Stony Plain Road between 140 to 170 Street. In 2019, a new Executive Director was hired and the Board embarked upon a branding exercise to reflect our authentic and evolving business district. The Board is seeking individuals to be part of the economic development, community-building, and place-branding done on behalf of and for businesses in Edmonton’s west end. 

Business leaders with interest, experience, and skills in governance, planning, and urban development are encouraged to apply for the Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position and Board Members are not financially compensated. The Board meets ten times annually for about 20 hours a year for meetings and  preparation time. Board members serve a one year term with the possibility of renewal. Owning or working for a member organization with the SPRBIA catchment is required.

Please reach out to the SPRBIA at with your expression of interest to serve on the Board no later than 04 September 2020. 

The SPRBIA membership can elect up to 15 Directors for those who meet the expectations of the role and responsibilities. Board Members can be property owners, business tenants, or an authorized representative of an SPRBIA member. All candidates are required to meet with a member of the Executive Committee and the SPRBIA Executive Director as well as complete a nomination package to be eligible for election.


Questions: Contact our Executive Director, Todd Janes at 780-477-5169.

Do you Enjoy Photography? 

SPANN is creating opportunities for you to contribute to our Community newspaper! We are inviting residents and visitors to Stony Plain Road and Jasper Place to help make our publications more visual. 

We want to focus on the wonderful things within our community that are sometimes overlooked and to help build pride within our collective community. If you have an interest in photography and in telling positive stories of the Road, we encourage you to submit your photos to SPANN. 

Find out more here:

Capital City Clean-Up Kits

If you are a business owner in the Stony Plain Road Area and you have noticed an influx of littered PPE around your establishment, please contact Todd at so we can get you a Capital City Clean-Up Kit courtesy of the City of Edmonton! Let’s help keep the area clean this Fall!

City of Edmonton Relaunch & Recover Update