Is an Indigenous Focus the Right Choice for My Child?
A successful student demonstrates:
- pride by focusing on academic, cultural and individual growth
- a desire to learn through an Indigenous lens
- active participation in regular ceremonial activities
- engagement in language learning experiences, dancing, drumming, singing and cultural arts activities
Characteristics of an Indigenous Focus
- Supports and encourages child and family development in a balanced manner
- Addresses physical, spiritual, mental and emotional aspects of life and development
- First Nations, Métis and Inuit focus on language, early literacy, academics, social development and elementary school preparation with a strong cultural foundation based on the Medicine Wheel and the Seven Sacred Teachings.
How to Register
For the 2019-20 school year Alternative Program registration begins January 2019. Please take your completed registration package to your designated school after you have attended the parent information session. Please refer to this school’s website for parent information session details.
For families that are new to the CBE and not Canadian citizens, please note you must first attend the Kingsland Reception Centre for an initial assessment prior to registering for an Alternative Program.
Niitsitapi Learning Centre
The Niitsitapi Learning Centre currently offers preschool, kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3.
Programming at the Niitsitapi Learning Centre provides early intervention through a holistic, strength-based, early learning environment. Students will build a strong academic foundation in a learning environment that reflects and nurtures their Aboriginal identity.
By providing students the best possible start to their educational journey and supporting school-to-school transitions when students move from the Niitsitapi Learning Centre, our goal is to improve Aboriginal students’ long-term success in school and prepare them to live in both worlds.