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Youth Education in Wemindji

Special Needs Symposium for Parents and Caregivers
August 8, 2022Eeyou Education Blog

November 29 - December 1, 2022 | Gatineau, Québec

The Cree School Board is pleased to announce the Special Needs Symposium for Parents and Caregivers will take place in Gatineau, QC on November 29 to December 1, 2022. We are grateful to be collaborating with the Disability Programs Specialized Services of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay and Child and Family Services of the Cree Nation Government on this very special event.

The 25th Regional Annie Whiskeychan Day Celebrated in Waswanipi

The 25th Regional Annie Whiskeychan Day (RAWD) was held at the Waswanipi Schools on Friday, May 27th, 2022. The event took place in Downriver’s Cultural Village. The day had beautiful weather, with an overcast sky and a temperature of 12˚C.

Register today for the Mozaïk Portal, a new communication tool for parents
March 23, 2022Eeyou Education Blog
Did you know there is an easier way to track your child’s progress in school?

The Cree School Board has launched the Mozaïk Portal for Parents online since December 2021. The Portal is a website that functions as a communication tool for parents, allowing parents to track their child’s academic progress while in school and giving them access to their child’s school files, including attendance, report cards, and many other great features!

Upcoming Events

Elected

School Commissioner

Sammy Blackned ()

School Committee

School Years: 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024
  • Thomas Mark, Chairperson
  • Kerri Ann Hughboy, Vice-Chairperson
  • Lori Adams-Mercer
  • Sherilyn Linklater
  • Arita Mark
  • Jeannette Shashaweskum
  • Frances Visitor, Elder representative (female)
  • Johnny Mark, Elder representative (male)
  • (Vacant), Band Representative

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Vision

To provide a culturally relevant education that is the unique foundation upon which youth can attain any goal.

Mission

To provide sound curriculum, emotional and social support, and a rich traditional environment which fosters pride and a love for learning in all students.

Core Beliefs

All students have the right to…

  • A safe and nurturing learning environment
  • A school which represents the Cree culture and traditional beliefs
  • Enthusiastic and dedicated teachers and educational staff
  • Opportunities for learning cutting edge, 21st century skills
  • Multiple pathways, programs and avenues for success
  • An education which meets their individual needs

About Wemindji

Wemindji is a Cree community about 1,400 people at the mouth of the Maquatua River on the eastern shore of James Bay. The community is nestled on an inlet among the picturesque Painted Hills Islands. The name Wemindji comes from the Cree for "ochre hills" or wiimin uchii. The people of Wemindji relocated to the current site of the community in 1959 from their original home on Old Factory Island.

Emergency Contacts

  • Medical Emergency: 819-978-0225 then dial 0
  • Police: 819-978-0320
  • Fire: 819-978-3911

History of Education in Wemindji

Maquatua School first opened its doors to students in 1973 under the name Wemindji Day School.  In the late 1980’s a large addition was added to the original building.  A local contest was held to rename the building.  MaquatuaEeyou School was the winning entry and references the location of the school on the Maquatua River. 

In 2016 Wemindi celebrated the opening of an elementary school to serve the student population from Pre-K to Grade 6 and so MaquatuaEeyou School now serves only secondary students.

Joy Ottereyes Rainbow Memorial School opened in August 2016, with an official inauguration in April of the following year.

The school was named after a Grade 6 student, Joy Ottereyes, who passed away suddenly in 2010 as the result of an allergic reaction. Joy would have graduated the year the school named for her opened. The "Rainbow" was added to the school's name because Joy loved rainbows and would often sign her name with a rainbow at the end of it. 

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