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In Memory of Joshua Miller

We are saddened by the unexpected passing of Joshua Miller on May 25, 2022. Joshua was a passionate teacher who loved working with our students in Whapmagoostui, Chisasibi, and Waskaganish. He worked as a Teacher (2011-2012 and 2017-2018), Special Education Department Head (2018-2022) and Interim Principal at the Cree School Board. At the same time, Joshua loved working for the Cree youth through Youth Fusion (2010-2014) and Frontier College (2014).

Here is a memorial statement about the late Joshua Miller, written by a friend and teacher at the Badabin Eeyou School:

Joshua Miller will always be remembered for his kindness to his friends and family and his colleagues and students. Josh was never quick to anger or frustration, and he took each moment in stride. A true beacon of goodness whose light touched many people. Josh enjoyed listening to punk and hip-hop, watching sunsets, creating art, playing basketball, and playing board games with his friends. Josh loved the land and participated in many traditional ceremonies and cherished the Cree and Inuit cultures and knowledge.

Josh was deeply connected to both the Cree community of Whapmagoostui and the Inuit community of Kuujjuarapik. He was a teacher at each community school, actively involved with Minnie's Hope pediatric social center, Vice-President of the Great Whale River Social Club, part of the Sundance family, and much more. Many of the organizations and spaces within the twin communities were blessed with his energy of dedication and positivity.

Josh was the Special Education Department Head at Badabin Eeyou School but accomplished much more than anyone's job title could subsume. If you needed anything at all - an IEP written, union action, or just advice - Josh was there to help you without delay. Josh was an exemplary teacher who held profound wisdom for reaching our most vulnerable and exceptional students. Josh was a strong advocate for student support and student rights and would work tenaciously to acquire the support that each child deserved. His patience and understanding, coupled with his expertise in pedagogy and psychology, allowed Josh to facilitate outstanding and meaningful educational outcomes for all students at our school. In addition, Josh openly shared his vast knowledge with his colleagues, serving as a mentor to many.

All of his students loved Josh dearly because of his authentic, wonderful spirit. Josh was an icon across the entire school. He was loved just as equally by Grade 1 for pulling them in a wagon in gym class as he was by Grade 4 for reading to them, as he was by Secondary 5 for enduring their endless jokes and nicknames. Josh always had a smile on his face when he was with his students. The amount he will be missed is only overshadowed by the joy our memories of him leave behind."

Matthew Wodhams, teacher at Badabin Eeyou School.

On behalf of the Cree School Board, we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Lily McGregor and David Miller, brother of Cassandra Miller and Mike Miller, stepson to Peter McGregor, Joshua's friends, and colleagues. He will always be remembered.