The Cree School Board is governed by an elected Council of Commissioners that has the ultimate responsibility to provide preschool, elementary, and secondary education to the youth of Eeyou Istchee, community-based continuing education, and vocational training to adults, and supports Cree adults in their pursuit of post-secondary education.
On June 21, we enthusiastically celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day. This day recognizes our ability to gather, learn and flourish through the guidance of our Elders, as we celebrate our language, culture, traditions, and communities. We celebrate this day fully mindful that we remain in strength despite colonial and assimilative actions and policies, despite the dark history of residential schools and the 60's scoop, despite being written out of history books, and despite the many ways that we have been dehumanized and disrespected over the course of centuries.
Sarah Pash holds a PhD in Educational Success for First Nations Students, a Master’s degree in Education focused on Community & Parent Involvement, and two Bachelor degrees as well as certificates at the post-secondary level.
She was elected to the Office of the Chairperson of the Cree School Board for two terms, one in July 2018 and the other in July 2021.
Gertie Jolly, Nemaska; Anthony Moses, Waskaganish; Jasmine Namagoose, Third Executive Member, Eastmain; Robin Pachanos, Chisasibi
Minnie Loon Petawabano, Mistissini; Daisy Shecapio, Vice-Chairperson, Oujé-Bougoumou; Dr. Sarah Pashagumskum, Chairperson; Rebecca Masty-Kawapit, Whapmagoostui
Sammy Blackned, Wemindji; Maïtée Saganash, Waswanipi; Adam Enosse, MoCreebec Observer; Andriana Trapper, Washaw-Sibi Observer
The Council comprises of nine community elected representatives and a regionally elected Chairperson. All terms for the elected officials are three years. Two non-voting members with observer status, are appointed by the Washaw Sibi and MoCreebec band councils, and also sit on the Council.
The Executive Committee meets regularly during the school year in order to facilitate day-to-day business. Its functions include approval of capital projects, personnel plans, and labour relations settlements.
The Governance Development Committee supports the Council in its governance process. As part of its responsibilities:
The Audit Committee assists the Council in carrying out its monitoring responsibility. Among its duties, it makes sure Council is kept well informed on all CSB financial and auditing matters, in compliance with Governance Policies, as well as acting as liaison with the external auditor.
As a Commissioner, your voice will shape the future of our Cree Nation.