Maskwacîs Cree Nations, Canada celebrate landmark education agreement

May 30, 2018

The Maskwacîs Cree Nations and the Government of Canada have signed a landmark First Nations education agreement marking the official transition of true local control of education to the Cree Nations. The Agreement ensures that all 11 Maskwacîs schools are placed under full administrative control of the Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission, which will serve as the single education authority for students in the area. “This is an historic moment,” said MESC superintendent Brian Wildcat. “Through this Agreement, Maskwacîs Cree Nations have exercised their Treaty right to education by delegating education responsibility to MESC to provide a quality and culturally relevant education for Maskwacîs children.” Over the past year, the Chiefs and Council of the Maskwacîs and the ISC have negotiated details centred on the need for better integration of Cree language and traditions, as well as more unified and securely funded system for the Maskwacîs schools. Financial Content