Rainy Lake Ojibway Education Authority originally was created in 1985 to assist the ten local bands with issues related to education such as tuition agreements, curriculum and special services for Indian children in band controlled and publicly funded schools.
RLOEA quickly expanded to deliver trade programs to meet community needs, and opened 5 satellite High School classrooms across the district. RLOEA entered agreements with a host of Post Secondary Institutes to deliver diploma, degree and certificate programs to further meet needs of our social and business communities.
At the elementary level, RLOEA offered the most extensive Ojibway Language curriculum materials to teachers and those who sought us out from across the province, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. RLOEA also provided counselors in the public school at both the elementary and high school level.
The foundation, backbone and strength of our organization came from the dreams, life experiences and vision of our elders. Ojibway traditions, customs, language and values must be maintained and blended with the fast pace of modern society. Our elders workshops, gatherings and circles helped our leaders hear what still needs to be done and receive feedback on work that has been done.
RLOEA built strong partnerships with other Aboriginal Education Institutes and is a co-founder of the Aboriginal Institutes Consortium. Our presence was and still can be felt in many forums.
Through the process of developing the Strategic Plan for 1999-2004, it was apparent RLOEA needed a new name. No longer did our name reflect those who we service. We were not an authority, who ultimately is? A call for a new name was made.
In 1991, Seven Generations Education Institute was established to provide Secondary Education for Anishinaabeg students who were not being accommodated in the Public System, and who were at risk of ending their formal education. The Institute made special effort to provide meaningful courses and to present them in a culturally sensitive manner. Over time, the number and variety of courses were broadened to meet the needs of the students and still stay withing the guidelines of the Ministry of Education and Training.
The growth and success of the Institute is still evident. The number of students who have successfully completed Secondary School and the number who have gone on to Post Secondary Education are living proof of the need and success of this organization. Furthermore, it is an organization which grew out of the initiative of the Band Chiefs in 1985 when they decided to take action in providing for education within their tribal area.