Canada’s first university run by First Nations people is finally getting permanent facilities.

The Saskatchewan Indian Federated College will have a new building on the campus of the University of Regina. The building was designed by Douglas Cardinal, the architect who created the plan for Ouje-Bougoumou and Ottawa’s Museum of Civilization.

Since its inception in 1976, the college has grown from seven students to 1,200.

The Royal Bank is donating $275,000 toward the $41-million pricetag for the new facilities.

The Royal Bank has also announced the winners of its native student awards. They are: Debra Alvisatos (Fredericton, New Brunswick), Rhonda Beauvais (Sturgeon Falls, Ont.), Darryl Boulanger (Winnipeg, Man.), Murray Sparvier (Regina, Sask.) and Maxine Trennert (Hay River, N.W.T.)