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It is with great sadness that we announce that MTS will cease operations as soon as affairs are in order and will not be in operation in 2022.
We, therefore, have determined that we cannot provide the operational support and structure that is required for continuing the day-to-day operations coupled with the complex management and upgrades required for the stellar connectivity that community members have come to rely on.
The ongoing pandemic makes this decision even more painful as we know that there are children, families, and small businesses who have come to rely on MTS’s internet services for their connectivity and communications needs – something that each and every Canadian should have access to.
Since Mamawapowin Technology Society (MTS) was founded by our visionary Bruce Buffalo in 2016, the intention has been to provide low-barrier Internet access to the individuals and rural indigenous communities who need it most.
The Cree word “mamawapowin” – the act of coming together – has been core in our beliefs and values over these past 6 years as we have strived to create a meaningful and long-lasting impact in Maskwacis and beyond. Support from our generous sponsors, collaborators, and volunteers has allowed MTS to get to where it is today, and we would not have made it this far without them.
The Board wants to thank the efforts of every volunteer who stepped up to serve MTS. We would also like to thank our committed board of directors, Maskwacis Cultural College, community members, and every collaborator for their support. MTS would not have been able to make such a positive impact without each and every one of you!
Finally, MTS would not have been born without the determination and perseverance of Bruce Buffalo and his dedication to bringing connectivity to his community went largely unnoticed by those with means but for those who relied on the service, his efforts provided a lifeline to the outside world.
Ralph Makokis, our chair of the board said, “We recognize that without an Indigenous ISP such as MTS, the community, children, and businesses, will continue to struggle. We are saddened that circumstance has led us to this decision but are we still hopeful for the future of the community”.
While MTS completes its final stretch, any and all inquiries may be directed to:
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
Maskwacis Mobile Mental Health Line 780-362-2150
Security Office (780) 585-3793 ext.128
R.C.M.P. Administration (780) 585-3893
R.C.M.P Emergency (780) 585-3767
Ambulance (780) 585-4001
Maskwacis Fire Dept (780) 585-2911
COMMUNITY & CAPITAL PLANNING
Eugene Samson - Sr. Manager: (780) 352-1152
Dennis Louis - Water Technician: (403) 913-9777
Debra Buftalo, Manager: (780) 360 0272
Murray Potts, Manager: (780) 335-0303
Myles Rain, Manager: (780) 335-7102
Maskwacis Fire Department
Kevin Johnson, Manager: (780) 362-2197
Samson Gas Utilities
Lyle Littlepoplar, Manager: (780) 360-6073
Everett Omeasoo, Supervisor: (780)364-0086
Marlon Lcuis, Interim Manager: (780) 360-1799
Dale Rain-Manager: (780) 839-8333
Joey Rain- Inspector: (780) 360-4154
Hubert Simon, Heating: (780) 312-8705
Sandy Redcrow, Heating: (780) 335-1087
Nathan Cabry, Plumbing: (780) 839-4044
Jody Small: (780) 335-1152
Elwood Potts, Inspector: (780) 335-1419
Dennis Buffalo, Electrician: (780) 361-7464
Ron Buffalo-Electric/Water Wells: (780) 361-7003
Rod Buffalo, Plumber: (250) 689-0181
Brent Potts: (780) 367-7932
MASKWACIS HEALTH SERVICES
Maskwacis Medical: (780) 312-4793
Home & Community Care: (780) 361-5650
Public Health: (780) 362-1265
THE FOUR NATIONS at MASKWACIS
CREE LANGUAGE RESOURCES
FIRST PEOPLES ONLINE GENERAL RESOURCES
CREE LANGUAGE MOBILE APPS
FIRST NATIONS & TECHNOLOGY
FIRST NATIONS RADIO
FIRST NATIONS CULTURE
FIRST NATIONS EMPLOYMENT
IndigenousLink: Indigenous job seekers portal
First Nations Employment Training: An Alberta Works program
Aboriginal Training to Employment Program: An Alberta Works Program
Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development: A Government of Canada Program