Welcome to the Cree School Board’s journey of milestones and achievements in the year of 2022-2023. As we reflect on this incredible time, we are pleased to share a collection of stories that demonstrate our dedication to Eeyou education, empowerment, and diversity. From empowering our Cree families and continuing our iiyiyiu education journey to PSSS Conference highlights, the inspirational impact on traditional teachings and the successful launch of the Bully Free program in our classrooms, join us as we celebrate the progress made in shaping a brighter future for our students and communities.
In these rapidly changing conditions surrounding forest fires and smoke, we want to emphasize to all parents and employees the importance of staying informed and following local recommendations, while also trusting your local public safety.
Extended deadline to April 21, 2023
Cree School Board’s Department of Professional Education, in partnership of McGill University’s Office of First Nations and Inuit Education, is excited to announce that three teacher programs are now open!
Badabin Eeyou School’s Vision is to create a positive learning environment that promotes and fosters student achievement, parental involvement and professional development while instilling the Cree identity.
Badabin Eeyou School’s Mission is to provide the students the Eeyou way of life: A safe learning environment with high quality teaching that is innovative, holistic and authentic. To provide each student the opportunity to reach their full potential and to become responsible community member.
Badabin Eeyou School believes that each student is unique and has the potential to succeed. Success is attainable through collegiality, ongoing professional improvement and dedication to the school’s vision and mission.
With a population of about 1,000, Whapmagoostui - or Great Whale - is the most northern community in Eeyou Istchee located at the mouth of the Great Whale River. In addition to being a post for the Hudson Bay Company, Whapmagoostui was also the site of a military air base during World War II, and, later, a radar station.
This Cree community co-exists with a neighbouring Inuit community Kuujjuarapik.
History of Education in Whapmagoostui
When the Cree School Board was established in 1978, classrooms were in the old Federal day school buildings and grade levels were from Pre-Kindergarten to Secondary 2. Students had to finish their high school in Chisasibi or another community.
The Badabin Eeyou School building was built in 1982 and offered Pre-Kindergarten to Secondary V education. The first high school graduation in Whapmagoostui was held in 1989.
Badabin Eeyou School is located in the center of the Whapmagoostui community. The language of instruction is Cree and is taught from Pre-K to Secondary V. English (Second Language) is taught from Grade 1 to Secondary V.
Every school follows the GVC (Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum).