A Message to All Maskwacis Cultural College students:
2019 Winter Term
I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2019!
Classes are all up and running and I am certain you have all settled in as best as you know how. Although you may find there are new areas, I am certain you will gain new knowledge and skills and that this information will help you accomplish your long-term goals. I am excited that we have seen a sudden increase in learners at our institution and I would like to welcome you all.
2019 will be a historic year for Maskwacis Cultural College. We will be celebrating forty-five (45) years and we hope to have several exciting events throughout the year for you to enjoy and participate in. Keep posted for updates.
I am reading an excerpt that was written in 1974 by late Theresa Wildcat who writes “At Maskwachees Cultural College, we are facing forward…The college is here to serve the community.” Attached to this excerpt is a listing of its’ first graduates of MCC: Ida Bull, Cecelia Saddleback, late Sylvia Lee, late Margaret Saddleback, late Dola Buffalo. As students, I am sharing this information with you because these are individuals who have paved the way for all of us! Many thanks to those first graduates of MCC and their families! Many thanks go out to all the leaders who believed in establishing MCC so that we could advance ourselves in many aspects of lives.
2019 is also the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. At Maskwacis Cultural College, we are proud to support and endorse the Maskwacis Nehiyawewin Declaration which was passed by our Maskwacis Chiefs in July 2016. As Maskwacis peoples, we have proclaimed nehiyawewin as the official language of Maskwacis of the Treaty No. 6 territory. We must continue to work to preserve, revive, reclaim and uphold our language as it holds the epistemology of our nehiyawak world view. There is much work to be done and I invite you to participate in welcoming and celebrating our language this year and every year there afterwards.
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. Ahkahmeyimok.