[Sept. 2016] Top row – left to right: Rachel Kawapi - Whapmagoostui, Mimie Neacappo - Chisasibi, Anthony Moses - Waskaganish, Emily G. Mianscum - Waswanipi, Daisy Shecapio - Ouje-Bougoumou
Bottom row - Left to right: Clarence Tomatuk - Wemindji, Alvin Cheezo - Eastmain, Kathleen J. Wootton - CSB Chairperson, Teddy Wapachee - Nemaska, Clifford Loon - Mistissini
In governing Cree education, the purpose of the Council of Commissioners, on behalf of the Cree Nations of Chisasibi, Eastmain, Mistissini, Nemaska, Waskaganish, Waswanipi, Wemindji, Whapmagoostui, Oujé-Bougoumou, as well as every Cree community that may in the future be constituted as a local government under section 12 of the Cree-Naskapi (of Quebec) Act (Statues of Canada, 1983-84, chapter 18), is to see to it that the Cree School Board achieves appropriate results for the appropriate people at an appropriate cost, and avoids unacceptable actions and situations, consistent with the authority and special powers established under Section 16 of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.
According to the Education Act for Cree, Inuit and Naskapi Native Persons (the Act), and General By-Law No. 1, the Council of Commissioners operates with the following principles in mind.
- The Cree School Board is a public corporation holding all the powers necessary to exercise the functions assigned to it by the Act. Only the Board constitutes a legal person, and in no instances may a school under the jurisdiction of the Board be considered a legal entity distinct from the Cree School Board.
- The Council of Commissioners is to be composed of the following members: one elected delegate from every Cree community and one regional delegate elected by the members of the Cree Nation who acts both as the Commissioner for the Cree Regional Authority and as the Chairperson of the Board.
The Council of Commissioners exercises all the functions and powers of the Cree School Board as “ONE” and as “One Voice”.
General Powers and Functions
The responsibilities of the Council of Commissioners are enumerated mostly under Part X The Cree School Board of the Act, James Bay Northern Quebec Agreement-S.16, Cree School Board General By-Law No. 1.
Council has all powers and duties:
- To provide elementary, secondary and adult education in its jurisdiction.
- To make agreement for educational purposes with any person, group, community, institution or corporation.
- To determine the school year and school calendar as required by law and regulations.
- To acquire, build and maintain residential facilities for its employees as per its policies.
- To select courses, textbooks, and teaching material appropriate for its schools.
- To develop courses, textbooks, and teaching material to preserve and transmit Cree language and Culture.
- To retain powers and prerogatives of the Cree School Board, which it may delegate from time to time as it deems fit and appropriate.
- To decide and approve matters that have not been delegated in its General By-Law No. 1.
- To approve its annual budget of the Board, including its capital plan.
- To approve its annual personnel plan of the Board.
- To elect annually its Vice-Chairman and third Executive Committee member among its members.
- To hire its Director General and Deputy Director General, and evaluate its performance annually.
- To implement and monitor its Policy regarding the Award of Supply, Services and Construction Contracts.
The Council is the final decision maker in education and administration matters.