• Cause Progress

  • $4700000 Amount Needed
  • $3900000 Collected yet
  • 83% Percentile
  • 1230 Days left to achieve target

Mamawi Atosketan Native School


Taking First Nations Teens to Higher Education

Our goal is to change lives and change expectations. To do that, we need to grow our students all the way to university admission. We must invest $4.9 million in becoming a model of First Nations education in Canada.

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Be Part of the Bridge to Change the Future

The Bridge Campaign will transform the lives of Cree youth and shape the future of their community. Our goal is to make high school graduation and post-secondary education a reality for our graduates.

Join us in ensuring Mamawi Atosketan Native School’s continued impact as we build a new high school for our rising classes and waiting list.

Support The Bridge Campaign today, and provide a chance for the Cree youth of Maskwacis to consider new possibilities for their lives and their own potential.

We have ambitious goals to support our equally ambitious students, but we know we can do it. More than a decade ago, MANS conducted a successful campaign to purchase land and build at its present location.Today, we can confidently project the need for a new high school building twice the size of our present facility, and a kindergarten-Grade 12 student body of 280 by 2021.​

To continue and extend its positive impact for our students like Coralie and Eldenia, Brayden, Krista, and Mackenzie, and First Nations youth like them, MANS must expand.

The Bridge Campaign Is

Building a new facility
A new building is necessary to house labs, shop facilities and other educational amenities necessary for a comprehensive Alberta Education curriculum. These facilities must be large enough to accommodate the classes rising through the MANS system, and others who meet entrance requirements.

Offering a Transportation program
Most Maskwacis families, spread across a wide geographic distance on the Reserve, would be hard-pressed to drive their children to and from school on a daily basis, so Mamawi provides bussing to all students. Additional buses for a growing student body will increase transportation costs.

Establishing Scholarships & Bursaries
Investing in a MANS graduate sends an important message of support and confidence. Scholarships strengthen the ties of alumni to their school community. As graduates become “success stores” they can have a powerful impact on younger students as positive role models.

Providing a Nutrition program
In keeping with MANS’ philosophy of caring for the whole child, supplemental meals are provided as needed.

Offering After School programs
Building confidence through sports and other skilled activities also keeps students in a safe environment during a critical time of the day, when they are more likely to be exposed to gangs.

Extending New Horizons/Post Secondary Support program
MANS’ counseling office offers university and career training education and exposure. Funds are needed to continue this essential service. In addition, to support gradates, an aboriginal student liaison position at a small private university within easy driving distance of the Reserve is proposed.