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Wolf Creek Public Schools, MESC sign renewed educational partnership agreement

The signing of this document extends an agreement originally formed in 2019

Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) and Maskwacis Education School Commission (MESC) officially extended an educational services agreement for the purpose of strengthening relationships and the sharing of resources.


The agreement extension of five years was signed on May 28, at Wolf Creek's division office in Ponoka. 

The event, attended by elders, board members, senior leadership and community members, began with a traditional pipe ceremony, where participants were invited to sit in circle to reflect and build relationships. 

"This agreement, this relationship ... we have an ethical responsibility to uphold (it) on behalf of all of our children, not just Maskwacis children, but all of our children,” said Dr. Shauna Bruno, MESC board chair.

According to WCPS, the agreement is about securing a "harmonious and close consultative relationship between WCPS and MESC, and to implement agreed policies and educational programs.
“Today underscores how incredibly fortunate we are at Wolf Creek to have you as such close neighbours and colleagues. And the renewal of this agreement allows us to continue to build the bonds between us, grounded in a spirit of understanding and respect," said Luci Henry, WCPS board chair. 

Against the backdrop of two tipis, symbols of cultural heritage and resilience, the signing ceremony itself served as a poignant reminder of the shared vision and dedication driving both institutions forward. 

Henry said Wolf Creek is deeply enriched by the partnership with MESC and with elders and community leaders from Maskwacis. 

“Every day, we strive to instill these values throughout our schools, creating an environment where every student feels seen, heard, and valued,” said Henry.

“The renewed partnership with MESC and WCPS enables the two school systems to work together in reconciliation, ensuring authentic content is taught and learned. As neighbours, we are demonstrating 'wahkohtowin' because all children are important, " said Tracy Swampy-Sylvester, MESC superintendent.

“We can’t say enough about the support we get from MESC, and the broader community of Maskwacis from the residents and elders. I have spoken with other divisions that are wanting a partnership such as we have, that truly puts a focus on reconciliation and on students,” said WCPS superintendent Tim De Ruyck. 

“What we do is not about pausing education to focus on indigenous education. It’s about the way we want to be, it’s part of what we do day-to-day.”


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