Message from the Governance Development Committee

Clifford Loon
Clifford Loon, Chairperson of the Governance Development Committee, Commissioner of Mistissini

If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you.” — Unknown

The above quote is indicative of the work our schools did over the course of the 2015-2016 school year. We introduced new programs to our students, which instilled the interest and willingness to learn. These programs contributed to our students’ self-confidence, and showed them potential opportunities for their future aspirations.

It is with honour and pride that we acknowledge the work done by the administration in delivering the many successful initiatives in our schools. The Mikw Chiyâm Program, Hockey Concentration Program, the Drone Club and the Paul Martin Entrepreneurship Program showcased the many talents our children have.

In my second mandate as Chairperson for the Governance Development Committee (GDC), I would like to thank my colleagues, Daisy and Mabel, for their contributions. The GDC plays an integral role in the governance of the Council Policy Manual. The conclusion of the work of two working groups marks an important and exciting time for the school board. It will further determine and solidify the work we are doing to ensure that our language and culture is ever present in our children’s education.

I would also like to congratulate the students, teachers, administration and parents for their perseverance in ensuring that 23 students graduated from the Voyageur Memorial School in the 2015-2016 school year.

Finally, I want to acknowledge the work done by the administration of our school board. The administration continues to provide excellent service and support to the Council and all stakeholders in the Cree Nation, and this year was no exception.