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Indigenous Education Focus

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.

Niitsitapi Learning Centre Preschool & Kindergarten

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 Indigenous 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 Indigenous students’ long-term success in school and prepare them to live in both worlds.

Preschool

  • Offered to Indigenous children 3 - 4 years old

Kindergarten

  • Full-day kindergarten offered to Indigenous children entering kindergarten

Calendar

  • Modified Calendar (school starts earlier and may have longer mid-year breaks)

Contact & Location

Niitsitapi Learning Centre
3743 Dover Ridge Dr SE
t | 403-817-3404
e | niitsitapilearningcentre@cbe.ab.ca
w | https://cbe.ab.ca/Niitsitapi

Piitoayis Family School

Piitoayis Family School is a Kindergarten to Grade 6 Program of Choice that teaches the Alberta Education Programs of Study through a diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and experiences. Our name, Piitoayis (Eagle Lodge) recognizes the spiritual significance of the “eagle” to Indigenous people as a symbol of love, and “lodge” recognizes the school as a gathering place. Our school is open to all learners in Grades K-6 who want to learn through Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing.

At Piitoayis Family School we strive to honour the traditional teachings and oral practices of the Blackfoot Nations and all other Indigenous peoples who make their home in Southern Alberta. Our year-long focus (2018/2019) will emphasis four core Blackfoot values and belief systems including spirituality  (ceremony), kindness to others, to be aware of your environment, to be observant, and being able to take on tasks independently. We will honour the rich and diverse Indigenous protocols, practices, and processes of all Indigenous peoples represented by our staff and students.​

Kindergarten

  • Full-day kindergarten offered to Indigenous children entering kindergarten

Calendar

  • Traditional Calendar (school starts in September and has regular mid-year breaks)​

Contact & Location

Piitoayis Family School
1921 9 Ave SE​
t | 403-777-7860
e | piitoayis@cbe.ab.ca
w | https://cbe.ab.ca/piitoayis

Registrat​ion

How to Register for the 2022-23 School Year​

Alternative programs have a new registration process. Please visit our Program Options page to read the new process and for additional information on alternative program registration.

Find a School

Every child in Calgary has a designated school based on their home address and the program they choose.

Find your designated school with our find a school tool along with the school's contact information and website address. Be sure to use the drop down arrow for 'Program Options' to select 'Indigenous Focus'.

Locations​​


 Contact Us

Indigenous Education

e | mmranger@cbe.ab.ca

Teacher and students

 
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