The Cree Indian Tribe is Canada's largest native group with 200,000 registered members. Maskwacis is comprised of four Cree Reserves: Louis Bull, Montana, Samson and Erminskin. MTW's ministry is currently taking place on both the Louis Bull and Montana Reserves.
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Short-term teams minister in Maskwacis through VBS, sports, construction, and building relationships. Medical teams provide community health teaching and counseling.
LOW RISK(western country or major city in developing world)
CHALLENGE LEVEL 2 Junior high age and up; moderate language barriers; moderate cross-cultural setting; missions experience helpful
Risk Factor: LOW RISK (western country or major city in developing world)
Challenge Level: 2-junior high age and up; moderate language barriers; moderate cross-cultural setting; missions experience helpful
Here is a great opportunity for teams to help reach First Nations people in Canada.
Maskwacis, located in Alberta just south of Edmonton, consists of four Cree Reserves—Louis Bull, Ermineskin, Montana, and Samson. The Cree people are Canada’s largest First Nations group, with 200,000 registered members.
Maskwacis is a spiritually dark place. The focus of the project is to minister through word and deed, paving the way for the long‐term work of bringing the gospel in a loving way to the Cree people.
The Cree originally lived all across northern Canada. They were comprised of two divisions: the Woodland Cree and the Plains Cree. The Woodland Cree stayed in the forest, while the Plains Cree moved from the forest into the plains following the buffalo. Both groups were made up of related families. There were 12 different bands. Today, the Cree are the largest tribe in Canada with most of the members still living on reserves.
Ministry opportunties exist for all four reserves, but is currently focused on the Louis Bull and Montana Reserves.
Teams help with VBS, sports, construction, building relationships in the community, and encouraging the exsisting group of Cree Christians. In addition, small teams of senior adults are needed to help provide informal marriage and family counseling. First Nations people have a great respect for the elderly.
Recommended for senior high through adult.
Louis Bull teams stay on the Louis Bull Reserve at Kisipatnahk School in the gym and classrooms, and will need to bring sleeping bags and air mattresses. Showers and meals are provided at the school, with Cree people preparing the food. Teams will assist with serving and clean‐up.
Montana Reserve teams stay on the Montana Reserve at the Tribal Community Center, and will need to bring sleeping bags and air mattresses. Showers and meals are provided at the center, with Cree people preparing the food. Teams will assist with serving and clean‐up.
Teams are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Maskwacis is located 1 hour south of Edmonton, and 2 1/2 hours north of Calgary. Teams can fly into Edmonton or Calgary and will need to rent a vehicle for their ground transportation. Vehicle rentals are available at the airport. Passports are required for travel to and from Canada.
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