With a population of over 10 000 members of Ojibway and Cree descent, the Peguis First Nation is the largest First Nation community in Manitoba. Though the Peguis people live all over the province and the world, the main community is located approximately 196 kilometres north of Winnipeg. There, the Peguis enjoy a rich, vibrant culture and strong community relationships.
The new School offers an unparalleled learning environment to its staff and 1200 students. The school is designed in collaboration with and for the community and stands as a testament to the immediate and lasting significance of the Peguis culture.
DESIGNING WITH AND FOR COMMUNITY
The Peguis K-4 School is a beautiful, culturally-specific project that supports the needs and goals of the Peguis community. All members, including students, staff, and elders, took part in the school’s creation and all design choices were made with care and intention. The design team opted for a load-bearing masonry structure in order to support the learning and expansion of the local community-based masonry program. The school site consists of 54 classrooms, cafeteria, library, computer labs, multi-purpose room, full gym facility, industrial arts, home economics and an art room. The grounds include two amphitheatres, playgrounds, outdoor hard-surface basketball courts, and two baseball fields.