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Joy Ottereyes Rainbow Memorial School

Wemindji, QC
Client
Cree School Board
Cost of construction
$18M
Area
43,400 ft² (4,032 m²)
Year of construction
2016
Photos: Katherine Dehm
This new 2-storey elementary school houses premises for children with special needs, two groups of 4 and 5 year old preschoolers and 14 classrooms for pupils in grades 1 to 6.

JOY OTTEREYES RAINBOW MEMORIAL SCHOOL

Depicting a mother goose sheltering her young, the origami-inspired structure spreads wings from it's central agora, or meeting place. The upper floors of each wing separated by the agora, discourage the mingling of the older and younger children, and are accessed at either end by a dedicated staircase. The ground floor beneath grades 1,2 and 3 offers a preschool while language and culture classrooms are found beneath the more senior grades 4,5 and 6.

This icon of Cree culture, the goose, is a comforting reminder of the First Nation's roots and connection to nature.

JOY OTTEREYES RAINBOW MEMORIAL SCHOOL
JOY OTTEREYES RAINBOW MEMORIAL SCHOOL

The new building also offers a library, gymnasium, computer lab as well as Cree language and culture classrooms.

JOY OTTEREYES RAINBOW MEMORIAL SCHOOL

JOY OTTEREYES RAINBOW MEMORIAL SCHOOL

JOY OTTEREYES RAINBOW MEMORIAL SCHOOL
JOY OTTEREYES RAINBOW MEMORIAL SCHOOL

JOY OTTEREYES RAINBOW MEMORIAL SCHOOL