HISTORY OF MESC

MESC began as a collaboration between the education authorities in Maskwacîs. Originally MESC stood for Maskwacîs Education Steering Committee. The purpose of the committee was to examine ways of improving student achievement. In May 2015, the first Maskwacîs Education Summit was held to evaluate the proposal of creating a unified school system. At this meeting, a Four Nations motion was passed that directed MESC to research and explore the creation of a Maskwacîs education authority. The motion reads:

“Be it resolved that we, the Maskwacîs Cree Chiefs and Council, direct the Maskwacîs Education Steering Committee to investigate the possibility of developing a Maskwacîs Education Authority that meets the following criteria/principals/conditions:

  1. Treaty based
  2. Guaranteed funding for the process
  3. Adequate time frame; and

Further than, proper protocol  be conducted to commence the process”

In February 2016, MESC was incorporated under the new title, Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission. Funding was secured to begin research on creating a Maskwacîs Cree school system. In the school year of 2018-19, all schools will move under the new authority.