Mikw Chiyâm (which means move forward without hesitation) is an interdisciplinary arts program that was commissioned by the Cree School Board in 2015. The program aims to increase student retention and attachment to high school by providing an alternative space for creative learning. Mikw Chiyâm students work alongside professional Canadian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to learn techniques of creative expression in a variety of media.
Since its inception, the program has grown and is now offered through a partnership with inPath, an organization that offers a broad range of arts programming for Indigenous youth.
The Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP) was launched in Mistissini in 2016 to help our youth develop the attitudes and skills necessary to achieve success in secondary school, the workplace, during post-secondary education or training, and in daily life. The curriculum teaches students to develop entrepreneurial opportunities that can lead to business ownership.
AYEP is offered through a partnership with the Martin Family Initiative. Its curriculum is based on the requirements of provincial business courses supplemented with Indigenous content including case studies and examples of successful Canadian Indigenous business leaders.
Empower Reading is an evidence-based reading intervention program that has helped many of our students grow their language skills. The program was developed at The Hospital for Sick Children (Sickkids) in Toronto and is used in classrooms across the CSB.
Response to Intervention (RTPI) is a tool to help students gain the skills and confidence to learn. By targeting early identification and support of students with learning and behaviour needs, teachers across Eeyou Istchee using RTI interventions are able to help students accelerate their learning. We have seen amazing results!