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Youth Education in Oujé-Bougoumou

Parent Resource: Setting up Office 365 for Online Learning
January 14, 2022Eeyou Education Blog

Using a computer to communicate, research, and collaborate is an important life skill for students. The Cree School Board is currently providing students with Office 365 accounts, online learning materials, and other online learning supports, so they can build these skills for the future. These resources will also make sure we are prepared in the case of another COVID-19 closure.

Here are some resources to help you get started with Office 365, Teams, and other technologies.

Return to School Message
January 13, 2022Eeyou Education Blog

Yesterday in Eeyou Istchee, our children have returned to school in an online capacity. The fifth wave of COVID-19, fueled by the highly contagious Omicron virus, has again forced us to delay in-class learning. We acknowledge that although this is not an ideal situation for students, the continued vigilance shown by everyone is greatly appreciated. As well as elementary and secondary students, we would like to thank those enrolled in post-secondary studies for resuming their winter term semester again in an online capacity. We would also like to wish our best to the Adult-Ed, Vocational and Bachelor’s in Education students who will also be continuing sessions this month.

Online Learning Will Start January 12, 2022
January 6, 2022Eeyou Education Blog

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Quebec and Eeyou Istchee, the Cree School Board has decided to move the start date of school to the following:

Elementary, High School, & Adult General Education
ONLINE: January 12th to 26th, 2022

All Vocational Training Programs
IN-PERSON*: January 26th, 2022

*Please note that in-person instruction for all schools, including vocational programs and learning centres, will be assessed in consultation with Public Health by Wednesday, January 26th, 2022.

Upcoming Events

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School Commissioner

Daisy Shecapio ()

School Committee

School Years: 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022
  • Susan Mark, Chairperson
  • Sherry-Ann Simard - Vice-Chairperson
  • Miranda Coonishish
  • Philomen Shecapio Blacksmith
  • Samuel Dixon
  • Suzanne Bush, Elder
  • Janie Wapachee, 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”. 

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