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.”
Each June, Pride Month is recognized around the world as an occasion to celebrate acceptance, love, and inclusion for 2SLGBTQ+ people. On Friday, June 4, 2021, Voyageur Memorial High School recognized Pride Month with the historic action of raising a rainbow flag at the school.
The Cree Nation of Mistissini is situated at the south-east end of Mistassini Lake - the largest freshwater lake in Quebec. In 2016, the population of Mistissini was almost 3,000
Voyageur Memorial School is located in the middle of the village of Mistissini and is comprised of three buildings (a high school, an elementary school and the Pre-Kindergarten building). There are also two sabtuans next to the high school for Cree culture classes.
Built in 1983, the original building of École Voyageur Memorial now houses the elementary school where Cree, English and French are offered in Pre-K and Kindergarten. When entering Grade 1, children are put in English or French sector, while maintaining Cree Language and Culture classes until Grade 6.
The Elementary School has a gymnasium, a library, a computer room, a science lab, a resource room, two teachers’ room and a large well-equipped Special Education facility as well as a Safe Haven Room.
Voyageur Memorial High School first opened its doors on September 2, 1988.