Sabtuan Adult Education Services (SAES) is a division of the Cree School Board. SAES provide a wide range of high-quality, community-based, educational and training opportunities for adults living in the Eeyou Istchee territory.
Our goal is to promote and stimulate the social and professional integration of the adult population in our territory by offering programs and services that will increase their skills, expertise and qualifications.
By doing so, each of our students is ready to step into the labor market with the right tools and confidence. We respect the Crees’ values and traditions in each and every aspect of our work.
Our mission, aligned with that of the Cree School Board, is as follows:
Promote and facilitate the social and professional integration of adult residents in Eeyou/Eenou Istchee by delivering services to increase their abilities, competencies and qualifications so they may enter the socio-economic industry better prepared and with the highest confidence.
Our vision, aligned with that of the Cree School Board, is as follows:
Develop well-qualified and autonomous adults to enter the socio-economic sector and participate in its development.
Based on the seven values of the Cree School Board, we selected these three values as our focus: Courage, Respect and Share. These values are meant to address challenges in teaching, adopting client-oriented services, and pursuing continuous improvement.
Courage enables us to take the first step towards change.
Respect for oneself and others motivates and drives our teachers and staff.
Sharing helps us combine our skills and make a determined effort to solve problems and assist students in their development.
The Department of Adult Education, as it was called at the time, was created in 1980. Most of the courses were in general training, while a few programs in professional training were offered in Chisasibi and Mistissini. This left other Cree communities at a disadvantage.
Near the end of the 1980s, the Department of Adult Education started a more widespread professional training program in order to meet its clients’ specific needs.
Completed in 2005, The Vocational Training Center in Waswanipi now serves the entire Cree Nation. Since it opened, registrations from across the Cree Nation have risen, showing increasing interest in its programs. Sabtuan Adult Education Services continues to evolve in order to meet the growing needs of its Cree clients. With the support of excellent partners such as the Cree Human Resources Department and the Niskamoon Corporation, Sabtuan Adult Education Services is meeting its objectives and those of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.
Our logo features the sabtuan, the traditional, two-door Cree dwelling. One door symbolizes a respect for our traditions, including the traditional knowledge we learn at the feet of our elders, the things we bring with us when we come to learn. The other door represents new kinds of learning and the way they open up the future, the knowledge we take with us out into the world.