Oujé-Bougoumou School

ᐧᐋᐸᐦᑏᐧᐁᐧᐊᓐ ᒋᔅᑯᑕᒫᒉᐅᑲᒥᒄ
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Waapihtiiwewan School has been open since September 21, 1993. Our school was designed by the famous Native architect, Douglas Cardinal. The school was named by a youth of Oujé-Bougoumou named Irene Bosum. The name chosen was “Waapihtiiwewan” which means a “vision”.

Waapihtiiwewan School is a Pre-K to Sec. V School with a student population of about 162. The language of instruction is Cree and is taught from pre-k to secondary 5. English (Second Language) is taught from grade 1 to secondary 5. Every school follows the GVC (Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum).

What most students look forward too is the “Cree Culture Class”, which is held one week every month. The location of the school is very easy to find, as it is situated right around the Center Core of the Community. It has its own playground and a lot of room for the students to move around when they are outside. The Youth Center is just right beside our school. The Sports Complex is right behind the school, and most of the outdoor facilities are located around our school.

School Charter

Waapihtiwewan School will be a place which will help to establish the means by which the Oujé-Bougoumou young people will be empowered to contribute to and further the Cree goal of self-determination. The school will play a critical role in preparing students to be actively involved in the administration, development and growth of their community. In its organization structure, its curriculum and its relationship to the community, the school will be oriented toward the practical measures required to contribute to Cree self-determination.

Objective: To realize this vision, the school will need to focus on the following objectives:

To Educate

In addition to providing a solid foundation in basic curriculum items, the school will also need to provide some education in those areas which relate more directly to aboriginal self-determination. These areas include: Politics, Culture, Lands/Resources, Administration and Economics.

To Nurture

The school will need to be established in such a way to provide a non-alienating and comforting environment which permits the students to openly and freely explore the full range of their potential. Significant emphasis will need to be placed on:

  1. Expressions of Cree Culture and Arts, and
  2. Self-esteem, self-awareness and the development of self-confidence.
To Heal

The school will need to provide a range of intensive guidance and counseling services which can address the various difficulties which students may encounter in school or which may affect performance in school. Additional services will need to be provided to parents so that they may become effective partners with their children in becoming confident and achieving students.

To Inspire

Oujé-Bougoumou young people will be encouraged and aided to developing effective student association which will be directly involved in community life at numerous levels including the community politics, programs and regional issues.

School Mission Statement

We, the community of Waapihtiiwewan School, are committed to the development of excellence for each member of the school community within the Cree tradition. We will strive to create lifelong learners who are engaged, contributing members of the Oujé-Bougoumou community. We will maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all students and we will strive to graduate each individual as we know they are able.

School Vision Statement

Our goal is to encourage, promote and foster a community dedicated to student success.

As teachers and staff, we will:

  • Work to foster a safe and inclusive learning environment in which students are excited to be involved.
  • Develop and improve literacy and numeracy in order to give our students the tools they need to succeed in life beyond the learning community.

Hours of operation

For students

8:30 a.m.  to 11:45 a.m.
1:00a.m.   to   3:30 a.m.

Student Clientele in January 2017

Grade Levels
Total Students
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