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MASKWACIS HEALTH CENTRE

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⭐️To all community members, MTS clients & many partners:

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.

 

After much consideration, consultation, and reflection, we have determined that our current status as a not-for-profit run predominantly by volunteers and the goodwill of donors is not financially sustainable without government and additional community support.

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:

<info@mamawapowin.org>

Sincerely,
The MTS Board of Directors:
Ralph Makokis
David E. Brown
Chelsea Mills
Tushar Sharma
Advisor to the Board: Nicole Rustad
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

Community Initiatives 
Debra Buftalo, Manager: (780) 360 0272

Disaster Management
Murray Potts, Manager: (780) 335-0303

Maintenance
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

Public Works
Marlon Lcuis, Interim Manager: (780) 360-1799

Housing
Dale Rain-Manager: (780) 839-8333
Joey Rain- Inspector: (780) 360-4154

TRADES CENTER

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

Water Wells
Brent Potts: (780) 367-7932

MASKWACIS HEALTH SERVICES

Maskwacis Medical: (780) 312-4793

Home & Community Care: (780) 361-5650

Public Health: (780) 362-1265

FIRST NATIONS CULTURE

Manito Ahbee Festival: Festival Celebrating First Nations cultures

Indigenous Music Awards: Check out this year's nominees.

Indigenous Articles Collection: Large, online collection of articles on Indigenous history, artists, political and cultural figures, etc.

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

FIRST NATIONS EDUCATION, SCHOLARSHIPS AND FUNDING
ONLINE SAFETY
ONLINE HELP LINES

Feeling lost?  Need some help?

Suicide Prevention

Kid’s Help Phone

ALBERTA FIRST NATIONS NEWS RESOURCES

AMMSA: This is a list of links to a whole bunch of Prairie First Nations News

First Nations Drum: Canada's Largest First Nations Newspaper

Alberta Native News: Canada's first non-government funded Native Newspaper