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.”
The Regional Art Exhibition took place in the hallways of the Luke Mettaweskum School from April 26 to 30, 2021. This year's exhibition was a little different; Nemaska students joined in person and students from other schools participated virtually.
Students from Pre-Kindergarten to Secondary V had the chance to participate in four categories: Paint, Drawing, Illustration, and Mixed Media. The first-place winners will have their artwork displayed in the head offices of the Cree School Board in Chisasibi and Mistissini for a year.
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”.