Beginning this year, the federal government declared September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day was also referred to as Orange Shirt Day.
The Cree School Board started the day with a commemoration of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, September 30, 2021 in front of their Head Office.
After many years of service, the Cree School Board honoured retirees from last year and this year. Chairperson Dr. Sarah Pash acknowledged the retired employees on social media.
“CONGRATULATIONS!” said the Chairperson, “For today, I want to say thank you for everything you have done. You have worked tirelessly to ensure that our language remains a priority, that our culture and traditions have a place in our education system, that we continue to develop and produce our own teachers.”
On June 4, 2021, students, parents, and community members gathered in Chisasibi to celebrate the 23rd Regional Annie Whiskeychan Day. Students from outside the community were unable to attend the event due to the pandemic.
Many students and employees worked for a week to build a ‘miichiwaahp’ and ‘shaapuhtuwaan’ for the celebration. For some, it was their first time constructing these traditional dwellings.
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Our mission is to help each and every student reach their full potential in becoming a responsible and productive citizen while acknowledging, promoting and maintaining Cree culture. In this way we empower the youth of “Eeyou Istchee” to embrace the challenges of the 21st century.
Chisasibi, the most northern road-accessible of our communities, is home to more than 5,000 people, native and non-native. The community sits on the south shore of La Grande River, having relocated from Fort George Island in 1981 after the James Bay hydro-electric project resulted in threatening erosion.
Children - and many from neighbouring Cree communities - attended one of two residential schools in Fort George following their establishment in the 1930s. The schools offered education to Grade 6; after Grade 6, students were sent to residential schools in the south.
The Catholic residential school closed in 1952, and in 1969, the federal government assumed operation of the Anglican residential school, converting a classroom block into Sand Park Elementary Day School in 1971 and, a year later, organizing local high school education.
In 1975, the residential school closed permanently when the Cree School Board was given authority over education of Crees in their territory.
Students then attended Waapinichihkush Elementary School for Kindergarten to Grade 6; the high school, James Bay Eeyou School, was built in 1980.