April 11, 2018
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
A Message to All Maskwacis Cultural College students:
2017-2018 Academic Year
It’s hard to believe that April 2018 is here already and we are at the end of our Winter term. This month is also the anniversary of when I first started at MCC, therefore, I will have served in my role as President for one year.
In the time that I began, I focused on learning from the existing staff, students, community members, Elders, Maskwacis Chiefs & Council members and Maskwacis Cultural College Board of Governors about their individual and collective aspirations for the future regarding programming, financial health and capital infrastructure. It was a definite challenge however, there is an approved 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, Maskwacis Cultural College By-Laws and the development of a Maskwacis Cultural College Comprehensive Institutional Plan is underway.
When I started one year ago, a goal that I established for MCC was to obtain accreditation. This entails ensuring that there are standards developed, maintained and achieved so that our students benefit. In my organizational review, I have had to make some very difficult yet necessary decisions in moving MCC in that particular direction. We are on our way to creating greater clarity and transparency for all stakeholders. These changes are made to help students effectively reach their educational goals.
I want to remind all current MCC students, that in 1974, MCC was established as a Cultural Centre under the Cultural/Educational Centres Program of Indian Affairs Canada and the college concentrated on preserving the oral histories and stories from our Elders. In 2018, I can honestly say that as the President of MCC but more importantly, as a Maskwacis Community member, I am deeply honored to know that this information is here at MCC and I want to encourage all students to reach out and access this valuable knowledge.
With this in mind, I am happy to report that MCC established Resident Elders here again. Our Resident Elders Jerry Saddleback and Mary Moonias are a treasure and gift to us all in the Maskwacis community!
I look forward to continuing to make the necessary changes to help benefit our future generations and I encourage you all as students to keep moving forward, keep going.
Dr. Claudine Louis
President, Maskwacis Cultural College