For the thirteenth year in a row, Fort McKay Group of Companies has hosted a fantastic golf tournament, raising funds for the Fort McKay School and the Fort McKay E-Learning Centre. This year saw 175 people in attendance, including players and volunteers, and raised close to $100,000.
Offering classes from kindergarten to grade six, Fort McKay School offers students a great education, while ensuring their cultural traditions are passed on to the next generation. Once students graduate from grade six, they are bussed daily into Fort McMurray to attend high schools. With the help of our supporters, we are able to improve literacy, attendance, and infuse more Indigenous knowledge into the curriculum. We are also able to enhance parental and community engagement.
Fort McKay E-Learning Centre is an alternative high school for band member and community member students who are not attending mainstream high school in Fort McMurray. The program has been operating since 2005 with a total of 39 graduates. The last five years have been particularly successful with 20 graduates. On average, there are 10 to 15 consistence students each semester and two classroom teachers.
The E-Learning Centre offers a combination of module based Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) courses and online courses through SCcyber. Students also earn credits through ‘Special Projects’ courses which are locally developed and delivered in Fort McKay. The ‘Special Project’ courses are a combination of training, workshops, and participation in cultural events.
The E-Learning Centre is committed to engaging students in Physical Education through daily classes. Physical Education is a requirement for an Alberta High School Diploma. At E-Learning students fulfill this requirement through accumulating 125 hours of physical activity in a semester by utilizing the fitness centre, hockey area, powwow dance practice, and by attending monthly off-reserve field trips to places such as MacDonald Island Park for swimming, golfing, and badminton, Vista Ridge for skiing and snowboarding, and hiking on the Birchwood trails.
Students earn Career and Technology Studies (CTS) graduation requirements through taking Foods Courses, work related safety courses, and regalia making in Fashion Studies.
In the past, students with good attendance and work ethics have also had the opportunity to travel to destinations such as the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Jasper National Park.
For the last 13 years, Fort McKay Group of Companies LP has hosted this event, which raises a substantial amount of money, allowing Fort McKay to provide their youth with education within the community. “Our students are our future and we want to set them up to succeed in their studies and the rest of their lives,” says Chief Grandjamb. “Education is essential for our community and our children must have access to the highest levels of education. Thanks to our sponsors’ generosity and support, our youth are being prepared for the next stage in their lives and their potential as leaders and entrepreneurs in Fort McKay.”
Fort McKay Group of Companies, offers a diverse set of services that deliver reliable and cost competitive advantages to its clients in the oil sands. Our expertise includes Earthworks, Site Services, Heavy Equipment, Fuel and Lube Services, Client Embedded Equipment Operators, Warehousing, Transportation, Supply Chain and our Reclamation Support Services.
The profits generated from these services are used to benefit the community of Fort McKay First Nation, providing support for housing, infrastructure, health, recreation, community programs, and of course, education.
Fort McKay Group of Companies LP would like to take this opportunity to thank all those sponsors who so generously support this golf tournament. Without their sponsorship, Fort McKay First Nation students would not receive the quality of education that they currently experience. Thank you, sponsors! Fort McKay Group of Companies LP hopes to see you out on the greens again next year!