Wahsa Distance Education Centre is a First Nations high school program dedicated to providing quality secondary education services to remote Ojibway, Cree, and Oji-Cree communities across Northwestern Ontario.
The Wahsa program aims to:
- enable students to complete high school studies at home
- offer alternative ways to earn a provincial high school diploma
- open gateways to secondary education through technological innovation
- promote First Nations culture through community-based design
- empower individuals and communities to realize benefits in a global age
- develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for future success
Wahsa courses are Ontario Ministry of Education approved credit courses that are offered through various technological means, such as teleconferencing, the radio, the Internet, and Adobe Classroom, and are tailored to First Nations Needs.
Students receive instruction, instructional packages, tutoring, and academic and personal counselling through local and central support systems. Wahsa offers courses from grades 9 to 12, including unique opportunities like a canoe trip through the traditional Ojibway territories of Quetico Park through the Outdoor Education course.
Wahsa is supported by 23 Distance Education Coordinators and their assistants who are responsible for running the Learning Centres located in each of Wahsa’s First Nations communities. Wahsa central is located at 74 Front St. in Sioux Lookout, Ontario.