Voice Project Community Circles Map
Hover over dot on map or Community Circle name for a brief description.
Bunibonibee Cree Nation Community Circle
The Bunibonibee Cree Nation was formerly known as Oxford House First Nation. It is located 950 km northeast of Winnipeg, between Oxford Lake to the west and Back Lake to the east. The population of the reserve is 1,865. Youth under the age of 25 represent 69% of the population. The Bunibonibee Cree Nation Community Circle joined the VOICE Project in June 2013. The circle’s goal for success is to improve educational achievement. Based on the needs of the community, the community circle has chosen two success pathways. The Parent Support Success Pathway will nurture parent-school relationships and build confidence to support student learning. The focus of Educator Support Success Pathway is to enhance and support a variety of instructional strategies and approaches to content delivery.
Thompson Community Circle
The City of Thompson is located 740 km north of Winnipeg. It has a population of 12,830 of which about 48% are under the age of 24. Thompson’s major industry is nickel mining and its major employer is Vale. Vale has contributed generously to the VOICE Research Project. The Thompson Community Circle is comprised of a broad group of community stakeholders including the School District of Mystery Lake, Manitoba Métis Federation, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc., Vale, and Manitoba Hydro. The Thompson Community Circle has adopted three success pathways: Cultural Proficiency, Land-based Education, and the Cultural, Economic, Political, and Social (CEPS) Youth Leadership program.
Flin Flon Community Circle
The Flin Flon Community Circle is located on the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. Flin Flon (population 6,000) is a mining town and the economy is based on copper and zinc mining. Youth under the age of 24 make up 38% of the population. The Flin Flon Community Circle joined the VOICE Project in June 2013. It is represented by the Flin Flon School Division. The Flin Flon Community Circle defined success for children and youth as educational achievement. The community circle identified two success pathways: Peer Partners – Aiding Transitions that pairs older students as positive role models with younger students; and Engaging All Kids, which is aimed at encouraging the participation of all Flin Flon School Division children in extra-curricular activities.
The Pas Community Circle
The Pas lies across the Saskatchewan River from Opaskwayak Cree Nation. The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the Rural Municipality of Kelsey have a combined population of about 15,000 people. Approximately 50% of the population are of Aboriginal ancestry. Youth represent 45% of the population. The paper and lumber mill are the major employers; however, other industries include agriculture, forestry, fishing, and transportation. The Pas Community Circle is represented by Kelsey School Division. The Pas Community Circle joined the VOICE Research Project in 2012. It currently has two success pathways underway: Mobile Technology and the At-Risk Learner and Community Connector .
Opaskwayak Cree Nation Community Circle
The Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) is situated on the Saskatchewan River across from the community of The Pas. It is 630 km northwest of Winnipeg. It is an active, self-governing community with a population of nearly 5,000 people. The Opaskwayak Cree Nation Community Circle (represented by the Opaskwayak Education Authority) joined the VOICE Research Project in 2012. Currently, the OCN Community Circle has two success pathways underway. The Aboriginal Resources Pathway is aimed at educational achievement through the use of Aboriginal literature and resources. The Creative Connections – Pathways to Success provides students with a variety of community-based opportunities to fully explore their artistic potential and build their identity as young Cree people. With the support of the VOICE Research Project, the OCN Community Circle recently completed a Cree language survey in the community. More than 1400 respondents completed the survey. A major finding of the survey was that more than 97% of the community respondents were supportive of the Cree language program. The OCN Community Circle also conducted a survey of students who also indicated very strong support for the Cree language program.
Lakeshore School Division Community Circle
Lakeshore School Division is spread over a large area in Manitoba’s Interlake Region north of Winnipeg. The school division serves 1226 students in ten schools. The Lakeshore School Division Community Circle joined the VOICE Project in February 2013. The community circle has adopted three success pathways. They are Re-imagining Facilities (to create innovative learning spaces), Technology Capacity Building (to use technology to increase student achievement), and Instructional Practice Capacity Building (capacity building for best teaching practices). The goal of the success pathways is to improve educational academic achievement through enhanced facilities, innovative teaching strategies and the application of technology.
Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Community Circle
The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) was established by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs in 1999 to provide education, administration, technology, language, and cultural services to Manitoba First Nations schools. The MFNERC joined the VOICE Research Project in March 2013. It has identified two success pathways for First Nations children and youth. The first is a Transition Success Pathway that helps facilitate the transition of children and youth from elementary school to high school with a particular focus on transition protocols from federally funded schools to provincial schools. The second success pathway, Action Research, is aimed at encouraging action research in Manitoba First Nations schools.