The Maskwacis Outreach School (MOS) is a cooperative school that sees all Four Local First Nations playing an integral role in the school. The Four Bands of Maskwacis; Samson Cree Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Montana First Nation, and Louis Bull Tribe, work as one to help the school achieve it’s mission: To provide an Education Program to meet the individual needs of students who are unable to attend a regular school program.
During the summer of 2010, Samson Cree Nation’s Nipisihkopahk Education Authority (NEA) conducted a survey of students who were not registered for school and found that their needs were not being met by a traditional school setting. These included but not limited to the following major categories:
- Teen mothers who did not have any daycare services or they could not leave their infant child for a full school day.
- Students who had been dropouts for a longer than a year.
- Students who were in the criminal justice system.
- Students who were expelled for violent behaviour and or drug infractions.
- Students who require individual attention and are unable to cope in a large class setting.
- Students who are in care.
- Students who are live on their own.
In 2010, NEA launched the Maskwacis Outreach School as a program under Nipisihkopahk Secondary School (NSS). The program had great success and as enrolment increased, there became a need for a new facility for the program. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada committed $500,000 in funding to convert an existing building, the Ermineskin Mall, into a school. The official grand opening for the Maskwacis Outreach School at the Ermineskin Cree Nation was held Oct. 5 (Read More).
The human resources component is led by NEA. Miyo Whakohtowin (MWE) controls the Operation and Maintenance side. Samson, Ermineskin, Montana and Louis Bull Education departments are involved in the Maskwacis Education Steering Committee (MESC) and oversee the Governance and Policy.
The goal of the Maskwacis Outreach School is to meet the student’s needs. Not to have the student meet the needs of the school. In a traditional setting, the students conform to the rules and procedures of the school for the good of the entire student body, whereas in our school individual student needs are the priority.
The focus of our school is to facilitate each student’s personal growth as well as to promote and develop skills which will allow the students to become responsible and self-directed. It is hoped that students will acquire a lifelong appreciation for learning.
Maskwacis Outreach School serves all Four Bands in a unique partnership to deliver a quality school program.
- We believe that it is important to:
- Inspire all with a sense of HOPE.
- Create an environment that is conducive to learning.
- Personalize education.
- Recognize diversity.
- Address the social/emotional needs of our students.
- Establish and maintain open lines of communication allowing for positive work relationships.
- Have students take ownership of their learning.
- Maskwacis Outreach School will provide students with an Individualized Education Program that will empower students, who are unable to attend a regular school program, to take ownership for their education.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein
Maskwacis Outreach School’s mission is to graduate students with a high school diploma.
The primary objective is to provide quality individualized programming to allow students to acquire credits towards a high school diploma. A secondary objective is to provide students with the resources and knowledge to be able to attend a regular school environment and be successful.
To accomplish this we:
- Provide flexibility in the students education.
- Allow student to set education and career objectives.
- Provide a non-conventional school environment.
- Provide students with opportunity to complete their education.
- Build relationships with our students.