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Erickson Collegiate Mission
Collegiate Institute is committed to providing quality
education in a safe and positive learning environment
that supports academic, social, and personal growth. We encourage and assist
students in their development of becoming responsible
contributing citizens who respect diversity,
culture, community, the environment, and themselves.
Erickson Collegiate Institute History
(excerpts from Forrest to Field, Erickson History Book,
Erickson Collegiate may be
said to have come into existence in 1959 when the Rolling River School Division
was formed and the High School was operated as part of the Division. At that
time, High School was held in the Elementary School, with teachers Ben Ward,
J.O. Wilson, Marjory McKenzie, and Wilda Carlson.
May 25, 1963, the voters of the division decided that a new Collegiate was
required at Erickson. The building was begun in August and was to consist of
eight regular classrooms, a library (later a classroom), a lab, and a large
gymnatorium, besides the regular facilities of a staff room with kitchenette,
washrooms, etc. November 30, 1964 marked the official opening of the new
the fall of 1964, the Grade 9 to 12 students from Onanole, who had been
attending Minnedosa Collegiate began to attend ECI. Because of overcrowding in
the Elementary School, Grade 6,7,8 were given space in the new Collegiate. In
the fall of 1965, three university entrance students from Sandy Lake came to
Erickson as well, and the following year, Sandy Lake students from Grades 10, 11
and 12 officially became part of ECI.
the school population increased, it became necessary to find more space. Three
huts, were brought to the east side of the building in 1971. Unheated hallways
connected these to the collegiate. These served until a new building program
was begun in 1973. The new portion of the school consisted of a multi purpose
room, which also served as the stage for the gymnatorium, two open area double
classrooms, two science labs, and a large central area. The new area came into
use in January, 1974 and the huts were removed the following summer.
Note – another new hut
was added onto the north end of the building in 2002, and has served as an extra