Community Meeting Process


Self-Determination in Education is a recognized inherent right of Cree Nation's people. The Onion Lake Education System and its governing Board, the Onion Lake Board of Education, were established by the exercise of this right under the Onion Lake Cree Nation's Chief and Council.

It is the intent of this Cree Nation, in due time, for Cree Nations people to assume all leadership roles within this education system.

As a result of a long and detailed discussion and learning process, the Onion Lake Cree Nation finally took total control of their children's education in 1981. In 1984, control of the post-secondary allowance system was added to the Cree Nation's responsibilities. Thus the Board of Education has assumed total responsibility for an educational system which meets the unique needs of its band members. At the same time, its doors remain open to all students regardless of race, creed or national origin.

Mission Statement

We believe that Education should be responsive to social, political and economic realities of the community and the world; preparing its students to assume productive and responsible roles in society. In doing so, the Onion Lake Education System must prepare our students to participate with competence in both the Cree Nations and Non-Cree Nations worlds, and to appreciate the merits of both. We recognize that this task can only be accomplished in an environment which reflects the integrity of the individual, the involvement of the community, mutual respect between staff and students, and the principle of free inquiry and expression.

How we achieve the mission

In fulfilling its educational mission, the Onion Lake Education System must be comprehensive in nature, providing to the fullest extent possible, the educational alternatives which respond to the unique qualities, abilities and potential of each individual student. It must, likewise, create an environment which stimulates and enhances the total development of each individual student.

To this end, the Onion Lake Education System will utilize the resources of curriculum, staff, students, community and environment to assist each student to attain the following:

  1. A working knowledge of basic academic skills which will serve as a foundation for future endeavors and life long learning.
  2. Moral and ethical values consistent with the teachings of our Cree elders.
  3. Physical and emotional health.
  4. An ability to cope rationally, intelligently and constructively with problems and issues.
  5. Pride in one's self and the understanding of one's relationship to the community, his/her surroundings, and the world.
  6. A thorough understanding of Treaty Rights and its implications.
  7. Promote Cree Nation culture, society, values, beliefs, history, tradition and language.

In meeting this challenge, the Onion Lake Education System is committed to a standard of excellence in all aspects of the educational process. The staff and the community, as well as the Cree Nation's Board of Education are charged with the responsibility of fulfilling this commitment.


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