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Youth Education in Oujé-Bougoumou

Cree School Board Highlights 2022-2023
August 15, 2023Eeyou Education Blog

Welcome to the Cree School Board’s journey of milestones and achievements in the year of 2022-2023. As we reflect on this incredible time, we are pleased to share a collection of stories that demonstrate our dedication to Eeyou education, empowerment, and diversity. From empowering our Cree families and continuing our iiyiyiu education journey to PSSS Conference highlights, the inspirational impact on traditional teachings and the successful launch of the Bully Free program in our classrooms, join us as we celebrate the progress made in shaping a brighter future for our students and communities.

Protecting our Education in the Face of Forest Fires

In these rapidly changing conditions surrounding forest fires and smoke, we want to emphasize to all parents and employees the importance of staying informed and following local recommendations, while also trusting your local public safety.

Preparing You to Become Teachers in Your Community
April 12, 2023Eeyou Education Blog

Extended deadline to April 21, 2023
Cree School Board’s Department of Professional Education, in partnership of McGill University’s Office of First Nations and Inuit Education, is excited to announce that three teacher programs are now open!

Upcoming Events

Elected

School Commissioner

Daisy Shecapio ()

School Committee

School Years: 2022-2023, 2023-2024, 2024-2025
(Updated June 21, 2023)
  • Miranda Coonishish, Chairperson
  • Albert St-Pierre, Vice-Chairperson
  • Philomen Shecapio Blacksmith
  • Simeon Dixon
  • Angel Mianscum
  • Suzanne Bush, Elder Representative
  • (vacant), Band Representative

About Waapihtiiwewan

Waapihtiiwewan School is a Pre-K to Secondary V school with a student population of about 162. Cree is taught from Pre-K to Secondary V. English (Second Language) is taught from Grade 1 through Secondary V. Every school follows the GVC (Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum). 

What most students look forward to is the “Cree Culture Class”, which is held one week each month. 

The location of the school is right at the center core of the community. The school has its own playground and a lot of room for the students to move around when they are outside. The Youth Center is beside our school and the Sports Complex is behind the school.

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Vision

Our goal is to encourage, promote and foster a community dedicated to student success.

As teachers and staff, we will:

  • Work to foster a safe and inclusive learning environment in which students are excited to be involved.
  • Develop and improve literacy and numeracy in order to give our students the tools they need to succeed in life beyond the learning community.

Mission

We, the community of Waapihtiiwewan School, are committed to the development of excellence for each member of the school community within the Cree tradition. We will strive to create lifelong learners who are engaged, contributing members of the Oujé-Bougoumou community. We will maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all students and we will strive to graduate each individual as we know they are able.

School Charter

Waapihtiwewan School will be a place which will help to establish the means by which the Oujé-Bougoumou young people will be empowered to contribute to and further the Cree goal of self-determination. The school will play a critical role in preparing students to be actively involved in the administration, development and growth of their community. In its organization structure, its curriculum and its relationship to the community, the school will be oriented toward the practical measures required to contribute to Cree self-determination.

Objective: To realize this vision, the school will need to focus on the following objectives:

To Educate

In addition to providing a solid foundation in basic curriculum items, the school will also need to provide some education in those areas which relate more directly to aboriginal self-determination. These areas include: Politics, Culture, Lands/Resources, Administration and Economics.

To Nurture

The school will need to be established in such a way to provide a non-alienating and comforting environment which permits the students to openly and freely explore the full range of their potential. Significant emphasis will need to be placed on:

  1. Expressions of Cree Culture and Arts, and
  2. Self-esteem, self-awareness and the development of self-confidence.

To Heal

The school will need to provide a range of intensive guidance and counseling services which can address the various difficulties which students may encounter in school or which may affect performance in school. Additional services will need to be provided to parents so that they may become effective partners with their children in becoming confident and achieving students.

To Inspire

Oujé-Bougoumou young people will be encouraged and aided to developing effective student association which will be directly involved in community life at numerous levels including the community politics, programs and regional issues.

About Oujé-Bougoumou

With a population of about 1,000 people, Ouje-Bougoumou is located on the shore of Lake Opemisca about an hour's drive from Chibougamau, QC. 

The community was built in 1992 after the government granted land to the Crees in the area. Ouje-Bougoumou is known around the world for its unique and contemporary design and innovative heating system which was completed by renowned Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal. 

Ouje-Bougoumous is also home to the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute which opened on November 15, 2011.

Emergency Contacts

  • Ambulance: 418-745-3111
  • Clinic: 418-745-3901
  • Police: 418-745-2573
  • Fire: 418-745-2575

History of Education in Oujé-Bougoumou

Waapitiiwewan School, like the community, was designed by architect Douglas Cardinal. The school opened on September 21, 1993.

It was named by a youth of Oujé-Bougoumou named Irene Bosum. The name chosen - Waapihtiiwewan  -which means a “vision”.