Makonsag first opened its doors at Odawa Friendship Centre as the Ottawa Aboriginal Head Start in September 1997. It was incorporated in 2005 as Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start Inc., becoming an independent organization in accordance with the Canada Non-Profit Corporations Act.
Governance: Makonsag is governed by a Board of Directors under the authority of the Canada Non-Profit Corporations Act. The Board is comprised of Makonsag members, with a minimum of three having children attending the Program and one-third being outside community members. Only members of Makonsag are entitled to hold office, to sit on the Board of Directors, and to vote at any meeting of the Corporation.
Membership: Makonsag members have to meet all of the following criteria:
(a) ordinarily reside in the geographical area serviced by Makonsag;
(b) be of Aboriginal heritage or descent or with a child in the Program;
(c) pay the minimal annual membership dues, as determined by the Board.
(d) complete a membership register application; and
(e) adhere to Makonsag’s Mission Statement.
Funding: Makonsag is funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities.
The program is licensed under the Day Nurseries Act of the Ministry of Youth & Child Services for 16 children.