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Sandra Blackmer

is features editor of Adventist Review.

​Mamawi Atosketan Native School

A true Adventist mission

When they hear the term “Seventh-day Adventist mission,” the first place that comes to mind for many people living in Alberta, Canada, is Mamawi Atosketan Native School, or MANS for short. Strategically situated next to a First Nations Cree reserve in the Maskwacis community near Ponoka, Alberta, MANS exemplifies mission. That’s because in this Adventist-owned day school, not one student is a Seventh-day Adventist—not one.

Maskwacis is primarily a First Nations district. Most of its 14,000 residents belong to the Cree tribe and live on reservations. The region has attracted …

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