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Youth Education in Wemindji

ALERT: As a precaution due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19), our school will be closed until May 1, 2020 (inclusively)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates Week 2 - School Closure Extended
March 22, 2020Eeyou Education Blog

UPDATED Sunday, March 22, 2020 3:00 p.m.

The Government of Quebec officially announced today that the school closure will be extended to Friday, May 1st (inclusively) in Quebec.

This extended closure applies to all educational institutions - pre-kindergarten, elementary, high school, adult education, and training centres, colleges, and universities within the province.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates Week 1
March 15, 2020Eeyou Education Blog

Friday, March 20, 2020 4:35 p.m.

There has been some mention in the Quebec media today of the possibility of an extension of school closures. At this time, there is no official directive from the Government of Quebec, therefore is no extension to the school closures. They are to reopen on March 30th.

Wemindji hosts Regional Science Fair

The Regional Science Fair with 50 students from around Eeyou Istchee gathered for a science project competition with the theme of “Traditions at Heart for a ‘Green Tomorrow.’” The fair took place on March 4 at Joy Ottereyes Rainbow Memorial School in Wemindji.

Upcoming Events

Elected

School Commissioner

Stella Lameboy ()

School Committee

School Years: 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021
  • Arita Mark, Chairperson ()
  • Charlotte Ottereyes, Vice-Chairperson
  • Arden Visitor
  • Arlene Hughboy
  • Lori Adams-Mercer
  • Deanne Moore
  • Vacant, Band Representative
  • Frederick Asquabaneskum Sr., Elders Representative
  • Frances Mark, Elders 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. 

Cree School Board


Telephone: 418-923-2764
Toll Free: 1-866-999-2764

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Admin Office Hours
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Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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