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).
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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.
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.