The Theresa C Wildcat Early Learning Centre in Maskwacis Alberta recently celebrated its grand opening. The centre will initially welcome children in prekindergarten and kindergarten, and has space to accommodate preschoolers and Grade 1 students in the future. The building’s exterior has drum and teepee-shaped features, while the inside features animal and nature designs, a star blanket pattern on the floor, and hallways and classrooms that are decorated with Cree syllabics. The building is named after the late Theresa Wildcat, who was a residential school survivor and the first teacher from Maskwacis. The grand opening included a pipe ceremony and the unveiling of a plaque honouring Wildcat’s accomplishments. “We’re excited to be able to create an environment that is a source of inspiration and joy, nurturing the potential within each child,” said Maskwacis Education Schools Commission board chair Dr Shauna Bruno.