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.”
On August 18, 2021, Local School Commissioner elections were held in Waskaganish, Wemindji and Whapmagoostui.
Congratulations to the elected Commissioners: Sammy Blackned (Wemindji), Rebecca Masty Kawapit (Whapmagoostui) and Anthony Moses (Waskaganish).
A school inspired by Cree values dedicated to the academic achievement of our students in a safe, harmonious and welcoming atmosphere based on mutual respect. This must be accomplished in a healthy climate of trust and cooperation to enable them to become positive members of society.
Une école, basée sur les valeurs cries, dédiée à la réussite académique de nos élèves, et ce, dans un environnement sécuritaire, harmonieux et accueillant basé sur le respect mutuel. Cela devra se réaliser dans un climat sain où règnent la confiance et la coopération pour qu’ils deviennent des membres positifs de la société.
This is your school, others have built it for you. You must make it come alive and give it a face. Its spirit will be built daily by your actions. You are not alone. You are a member of a community. You obey the rules made by the community. You accomplish every day the obligations that link us all. You are solidarity. You are responsible. To break this law is to disavow yourself. To refuse it is to exclude yourself from the community.
Cette école est ton école, d’autres l’ont bâtie pour toi. Tu dois la rendre vivante et lui donner un visage. Son esprit sera construit tous les jours par ton action. Tu la construis pour les autres. Tu n’es pas seul. Tu es membre d’une communauté. Tu obéis aux règles fixées par cette communauté. Tu accomplis chaque jour des obligations qui te lient à nous tous. Tu es solidaire. Tu es responsable. Enfreindre cette loi, c’est te désavouer. La refuser, c’est t’exclure de cette communauté.
Chistaiimiiduuwin - Respect - Respect
Dibtaiimuwiin - Humility - Humilité
Kaachaataawaayiitaamuwiin - Wisdom - Sagesse
Naanahwiikaaduuwiin - Sharing - Partage
Shouchayimuwiin - Courage - Courage
Souwaayiichiichaawiin - Compassion - Compassion
Taabwaaoushshiiwiin - Honesty - Honnêteté
Waskaganish means "little house." This community of about 2,000 people lies on the shore of the Rupert River, near James Bay. Fort Rupert, as Waskaganish was first known, was one of three original Hudson Bay Company posts on James Bay.