Cree high school grads can now start college-level education at home

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Glen James Shecapio takes a selfie with his daughter Angie Shecapio at her high school graduation in August of 2021 in Mistissini, Que. The Cree School Board is accepting applications for an online, college-level program developed by Cree education experts in partnership with John Abbott College.  (submitted by Glen James Shecapio - image credit)

Glen James Shecapio usually takes a selfie with his daughter Angie Shecapio at her substantial school graduation in August of 2021 in Mistissini, Que. The Cree University Board is accepting purposes for an on-line, faculty-level method formulated by Cree education professionals in partnership with John Abbott School. (submitted by Glen James Shecapio – graphic credit rating)

Cree substantial university graduates in northern Quebec can now start off their article-secondary instruction journeys at household, surrounded by household and assist, with the start of a on line higher education-degree springboard program.

The a single-year Iyeskuwiiu Springboard to Diploma of College Scientific tests Program was developed by Cree instructional industry experts by way of a partnership amongst the Cree Faculty Board and Montreal-location John Abbott College or university, an English-language CEGEP, which is what public colleges are termed in Quebec.

Iyeskuwiiu implies “to get prepared” in East James Bay Cree.

“The information is truly Cree,” mentioned Nian Matoush, the director of grownup education for the Cree College Board.

It’s totally centered on Cree background… working with Cree resources to acquire the written content itself. – Nian Matoush, Cree College Board director of ault education and learning

Soon after a successful pilot system this yr, registration is now open right up until March 22 for future August.

Matoush claims there is room for 30 pupils from across Eeyou Istchee in the nine-training course, 16-credit score software. Credits accrued will be transferable to any English-language CEGEP throughout the province.

“It is solely based on Cree heritage … making use of Cree sources to build the material by itself, but adhering to university rules to make confident that learners are credited at the conclude of the classes,” said Matoush.

Entire world by a Cree lens

The application incorporates programs like land-dependent physical training, sub-Arctic literature, and a humanities program, referred to as Electrical power and Affect in Eeyou Istchee, which is the standard identify for the Cree territory in Quebec, amongst other folks.

The plan is to enable younger persons to start their publish-secondary education without owning to also control the society shock and systemic boundaries to their results that too usually exist in the South, reported Matoush.

It truly is also a probability for them to figure out who they are as Cree men and women.

“The core of this system is definitely reinforcing the Cree id and offering pupils an possibility to go through an total software the place they can not only discover about their tradition, but [also] have their possess identification strengthened.”

Cree School Board

Cree School Board

It will also allow learners a yr to improve their looking at, composing and comprehension competencies in English, and enable them to mature and get a much better being familiar with of what they want to study, said Matoush.

Two of the six professors hired are Cree and most of the many others have knowledge training in a Cree context, she stated.

John Abbott College by now had encounter developing a springboard system, with Kativik School Board’s Nunavik Sivunitsavut in Nunavik. One particular noteworthy variance is the Nunavik plan operates out of Montreal.

“We are thankful for the belief the Cree University board has put into John Abbott College or university,” Stephanie Hygate, director of Continuing Instruction and International Plans at John Abbott College, stated in an e mail.

Matoush explained John Abbott was also inclined to empower and support Cree experts in developing their have method while still meeting the needs of the Ministry of Training.

Applications are open up until eventually March 22. Matoush stated help is obtainable to help folks by way of the application process.

“I would like this system existed again when I was just graduating,” stated Matoush.

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