Elizabeth Cremo
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Director of Education

Director's Message

 

As someone who grew up in attending school both in and outside of our community, it is a beautiful thing to see our language and culture being celebrated and promoted not just the month of October, but every day of the year in our schools.  We have come a long way since Eskasoni took control of our education in 1980.  We have marked some major milestones:  we have grown to provide service from preschool to grade 12 graduation.  We have a school of Immersion now from Kindergarten to grade 4 and Mi'kmaq language is offered as a core subject for our students all the way through high school.  We have had a group of Immersion students thrive and graduate high school.  Whenever I enter one of our schools and hear our language being spoken, I feel our culture being promoted, celebrated and acknowledged in our curriculum and practice and I feel real pride, as I know our community does.  While the month of October is marked  as a time of cultural renewal for our schools, I think that we have to acknowledge how quickly we are losing our language as a Nation.  We must make every effort to make the language accessible to our students, promote its use and show our students the value of the language in our common future.  The only way we can keep our language is to use it every day, and I hope that we can continue the momentum we pick up every October to make this commitment to our children's future. 

 

Elizabeth Cremo