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Youth Education in Wemindji

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

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

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