Congratulations to the James Bay Eeyou Student, Tashvit Verma, who won first place for this year's Expo-Sciences Autochtone and was automatically selected for the Canada-Wide Science Fair for his science project "Learning Analyzer: A Fortran Code." Good luck at Nationals!
Our 2021 Regional Science Fair was organized as our first virtual science fair this year! The Waapihtiiwewan School hosted the regional event that took place on February 23 & 26. Students across Eeyou Istchee were invited to submit their science projects by video.
Several years ago, the Cree School Board began planning to improve digital literacy and learning technologies in concert with Quebec’s Digital Action Plan for Education. Student laptops, accounts, and an eventual department for e-learning was a long-term vision for the CSB. However, COVID-19 school closures changed what was once a gradual, decade-long strategy into a sprint to digital readiness.
Pink Shirt Day happened on February 24, 2021, and it was a day where Cree School Board students and employees took a stand against harassment and bullying in our schools, workplaces, homes and online. Pink Shirt Day has shown the importance of supporting each other, especially for those who need it. Here are a few things our students and employees participated for the anti-bullying campaign in their schools.
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.
Our goal is to encourage, promote and foster a community dedicated to student success.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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”.