A new $42-million facility in North Central that houses a high school, 33-space daycare, recreational complex and space for a variety of other community driven services has officially opened its doors.
Named after a Cree word meaning “let’s be all together”, mâmawêyatitân centre (pronounced ma-ma-waya-ta-tan) was first proposed in 2003. Beside Scott Collegiate High School, the facility has two gymnasiums, a commercial kitchen, library and a dance studio.
The space is shared between a variety of different organizations including the City of Regina, Regina Public Schools, Regina Police Service, Regina Public Library and the North Central Community Association.
“When I first walked in the doors I was amazed how it was built,” said Grade 9 Scott Collegiate student Tyrell Crowe.
He said he’s used to new schools having just come from Seven Stones Community School. Crowe is optimistic the facility will align with his goals.
“There’s a lot of new opportunities for me,” he said, expressing a desire to start up a wrestling club.
Meantime, Sheyenne Kay in Grade 12 said she’s impressed with the togetherness mâmawêyatitân centre offers.
“At this school a lot of people like it more because [of the] homeliness that you have and the people that are here, they invite you in and they help you adapt to your surroundings,” she said.
The students also spoke about how much space the facility has, which took years to design and build.
“This centre stands today as a realization of a vision imagined by community partners and the North Central neighbourhood over a decade ago,” said Jeff Barber, Chair of mâmawêyatitân owners’ group committee said.
The provincial government contributed $31 million to the new school in the centre. The city put in $8.8 million while Regina Public Library chipped in $2.4 million.