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Youth Education in Wemindji

ALERT: As of April 23, 2020, all in-class instruction is suspended for the 2019-2020 school year. For specifics related to employees, please see your internal mail or speak with your supervisor.

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A Message from the Chairperson and Director General of the Cree School Board
April 27, 2020Youth News

The spring of 2020 has brought lots of change to our world. Right now, it’s hard for you to see your friends or to gather with cousins and other family; you also don’t see your teachers at school. Instead, you talk to your friends on the phone or through social media, and you learn in new ways, such as online. For those in high school, we know you are facing uncertainty. The world is a confusing place right now, and we, like you, find ourselves looking for new ways to accomplish our goals.

Cree School Board suspends in-person instruction for 2019-2020
April 23, 2020Eeyou Education Blog

Mistissini, QC– After careful deliberation, the Cree School Board has come to a decision regarding the current school year. Please be informed that a resolution was passed today by the CSB Executive Committee, as per Bylaw No.8 COVID-19 Delegation of Powers that all in-person instruction for all CSB schools and adult learning centres be suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates Week 4

UPDATED Monday, April 6, 2020 5:00 p.m.

Beginning today, Secondary V students currently registered with the Cree School Board can expect a new, specific and exceptional approach to learning and evaluation for the 2019 – 2020 school year.

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. 

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