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Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate

Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate

Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate is under the leadership of the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC).

The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC), established in 1999, was given a mandate by the Chiefs of Manitoba to provide second and third level education services to fifty-five First Nations schools in Manitoba.

The MFNERC facilitates a community education process based on First Nations needs, priorities and education plans. The process is First Nations driven and authority remains with the First Nations.

The MFNERC is actively involved in promoting community development by providing training and coordinating opportunities for families and other community members. Professional development training is also provided for school board members, administrators, teachers and teaching assistants.

The MFNERC is committed to working with Manitoba First Nations in the development of partnerships to ensure the highest standards of education are achieved in First Nations schools.

The MFNERC acknowledges education as a shared responsibility among all stakeholders and promotes and encourages First Nations involvement in all aspects of the development and implementation of education change.

The Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate (WVC) was created to help First Nation students in Manitoba access new sources of education and learning opportunities. By offering a variety of high school classes in math and science, WVC gives students the ability to ensure they meet all of their graduation or post-secondary requirements, as well as any specific ones that are needed for a career in industry. While many remote schools do an excellent job of providing and teaching a core set of classes, WVC is here to offer those students who are looking for more opportunities that will help them succeed in attaining their future goals.

The Spirit Behind Wapaskwa

For us, choosing the right name for the collegiate was extremely important. It had to represent strength, perseverance and determination as well as symbolize the ability to adapt and thrive, no matter what the environment. That is why we choose Wapaskwa, which is an interpretive translation from Cree that means White Bear or Polar Bear. The Spiritual interpretation of Wapaskwa is Spirit Bear.

We couldn’t think of a more magnificent and majestic animal to represent the students and instructors at WVC.

More Information

Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate
200-1090 Waverley Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3T 0P4
Phone: (204) 594-1290
Fax: (204) 477-4314


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