Louie Norwegian School
Jean Marie River, NT
Welcome to the Louie Norwegian School web page! Our school serves students from grades K-9 in the beautiful community of Jean Marie River, where the Mackenzie and Jean Marie rivers meet.
Named after Chief Louie Norwegian, our school has a long and proud history in Jean Marie River. Under the leadership of Chief Louie, the original school was built by the people of JMR in 1951, so that the children of the community could go to school here (up to grade 6) and not have to leave at such a young age. Local people sold lumber and fish to raise money to purchase the logs for the school. These elders have left wonderful legacy for the youth of our village.
Our new school was constructed in the 1980’s and has served the children of Jean Marie River well. Jean Marie First Nation offers it’s building to the school for Physical Education, concerts, feasts etc.
At Louie Norwegian School, we utilize our camp at Jackfish Creek for on-the-land experiences in the spring and fall. We also have a “Take a Kid Trapping” program each winter for our students to experience traditional skills on the land with a local elder.
Medina Norwegian is in her third year as a Student Assistant at LNS. She enjoys working with the children and in her spare time Medina enjoys sewing, cooking and crafts of all kinds.
My name is Connie Villeneuve and I was born in Fort Simpson. I have 3 kids and 4 grandchildren. I have worked at Louie Norwegian School for over 15 years. I enjoy working with the students and love living here. I enjoy cooking, cleaning and coloring.
Mr. Girard is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys spending his free time on the land. He came to the North from Saskatchewan where he practiced inquiry-based learning.
Geoff Cook has taught in the provinces of Newfoundland and Saskatchewan. In the NWT, he has taught in Fort Resolution, Colville Lake and now Jean Marie River. Geoff is the proud father of 4 “children” and 4 grandchildren.