MESC originally began as Maskwacîs Education Steering committee. MESC began in 2011 after a motion was passed from all four school authorities. The purpose of the committee was to discuss issues of concern to all of the Four Nation schools and administer the First Nation Student success program. Discussions from the committee helped create the Maskwacîs outreach school in September 2012. In the spring of 2015 MESC gathered 24 representatives from all Four Nations. Over two days, a number of different options were created on the best long term approach to the delivery of education in Maskwacîs.
In May 2015, MESC hosted a meeting with Chief and Council from all four nations. This meeting was held to discuss the benefits of amalgamating all the Four school systems. The meeting covered the history of Maskwacîs schools from 1989 to present. At this meeting a motion was passed that directed MESC to research and explore the creation of a Maskwacîs Education Authority. The motion read :
“Be it resolved that we, the Maskwacîs Cree Chiefs and Council, direct the Maskwacîs Education Steering Committee to investigate the possibility of developing Maskwacîs Education Authority that meet the following criteria/principals/conditions:
- Treaty based
- Guaranteed funding for the process
- Adequate timeframe; and
Further than, proper protocol be conducted to commence the process.”
In February of 2016 the Maskwacîs Council passed a motion to incorporate MESC. Incorporation was needed so an entity could receive the funding necessary to explore the creation of a Maskwacîs school system. In April of 2016 MESC was incorporated under the new title, Maskwacîs ECS – Gr 12 School Commission.
In April of 2016 MESC received official funding from Indigenous Affairs to begin work on researching and exploring the creation of a Maskwacîs Education Authority.
History of First Nation Schools in Maskwacis
Duncan Campbell Scott Deputy Superintendent Dept. of Indian Affairs recommends Bill 14 (1920) which restates Canada’s right to force attendance at Indian Residential Schools as part of the government’s assimilation policy. “I want to get rid of the Indian problem…..Our..Read More
Integration started in the late 1960’s and was in full swing by 1972. Transportation of Maskwacis students into Wetaskiwin and Ponoka became an economic development initiative for INAC.
In 1974, the Four Bands of Hobbema established Maskwacis Cultural Centre under the Cultural/Educational Centres Program of Indian Affairs Canada. From 1974 to 1986, the Maskwacis Cultural Centre’s mission was to preserve Plains Cree culture and history, to support Cree language development and to provide..Read More
In 2017, Miyo Wahkohtowin Education creates Ehpewapahk Alternate School.
The Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission Resource and Development Agreement was signed on March 29, 2018 in Maskwacîs, Alberta.
The Maskwacîs Cree – Government of Alberta Framework Agreement was signed on March 29, 2018 in Maskwacîs, Alberta.