It’s a question that school officials across the globe are being forced to ask: can we safely reopen classrooms?
While the Cree School Board (CSB) knew they would face unprecedented challenges when the pandemic struck, what it would mean for this year’s graduating class was difficult to imagine.
The Cree Nation Government (CNG) announced in June a $100 million fund to subsidize construction of new homes in Eeyou Istchee in order to ease overcrowding and enable Crees to own their homes.
When the coronavirus hit and travel restrictions began this spring, hundreds of Cree students were already out of the communities in schools, Cégeps, colleges and universities across the south.
An investigation into the November 9 death of a Cree woman in Whapmagoostui, Mary Fleming, has resulted in an arrest. Joseph Audlarock, an 18-year-old Whapmagoostui man, appeared in criminal court June 10 and was charged with aggravated assault.
While in-class instruction for this school year was suspended in March, the Cree School Board (CSB) has remained busy supporting students throughout this extraordinary period.
The Quebec government is rolling out its deconfinement plan and Eeyou Istchee will begin easing restrictions in June.