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Supports for Students : Indigenous Education (K-12)
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Supports for Students

Indigenous Education (K-12)

The CBE would like to acknowledge the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Nations, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai. We also acknowledge the Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

  • Okī (Blackfoot)
  • Dānit’ada (Sarcee T’suu Tina)
  • Umbā-wathtich (Stoney Nakoda)
  • Tawnshi (Métis)
  • Tānisi (Cree)

Our Approach: Success for Every Student

We believe in creating inclusive learning environments where all students feel included, safe, valued and supported in their learning. Supporting and enhancing the achievement and success of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in alignment with the CBE's Three-Year Education Plan and Alberta Education’s Collaborative Framework is the goal of our administration, our schools, and our partnerships. The domains within the Collaborative Framework are modelled in our practices and policies and are designed to strengthen collaborative processes between schools, parents and the broader community.

Programs & Services

Here are a few of the programs and services that the CBE provides. 

Collaborative Partnerships
Adaptive Organizational Practices
  • The CBE is in the process of developing a system-wide strategic plan for Aboriginal Education.
Culturally Responsive Educational Practices
  • Circle of Nations Learning Collection
  • Each year we host a traditional celebration to honour our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and their accomplishment of Grade 12 graduation.
Capacity Building
  • Aboriginal Education Team
    Our team of educators supports the CBE community in improving the success of First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners while respecting the goals of schooling and increasing knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal cultures.
School Communities

All Alberta students, including Aboriginal students, require support and learning opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes need for full participation in an enriched society and sustainable economy. 

The Aboriginal Education Team within the CBE strives to support and enhance the educational experiences and achievement of all students. This is done by strategically and intentionally supporting professional learning for our staff, creating within each of them the knowledge and expertise to embed authentic links to traditional knowledge into their program and develop a holistic understanding of Indigenous worldviews, histories, and current realities. By building the capacity of our staff and modelling cultural protocols, traditions and Indigenous ways of knowing, we can successfully support the weaving of culture and curriculum together to enhance the learning for all students.

Our work with students and their families…

  • begins by supporting the professional learning of our staff and building their capacity to develop strategies, resources, programs and initiatives that honour our students’ stories and perspectives, while supporting their personal growth, high school completion, and career pathways to post-secondary studies or the world of work
  • involves supporting all students to meet their personalized learning needs through holistic and culturally responsive educational strategies.  This could involve connections to Elders, Learning Leaders, Diversity and Learning Support Advisors and other resource people for classroom visits and programs.
  • involves connecting and referring students and their families to cultural and educational opportunities beyond the school, within the community
  • includes building the capacity of parents, staff and students to help develop strong connections and communication with the school community  
  • provides students, families and staff access to indigenous pedagogical knowledge and holistic mediation when needed that is authentic and culturally appropriate.  This could include connections to Elders. 


The CBE supports 3,942 self-identified First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in 218 schools who have self-identified their status through the Alberta Education Aboriginal Learner Data Collection Initiative.  First Nations, Metis and Inuit students can self-declare their Aboriginal ancestry upon registration into the CBE on the student registration form.  This identification will carry forward each year until such time as parents request it to be removed.  Funding provided to the CBE for Aboriginal student programing is based on the number of self-identified Aboriginal students confirmed registered in our schools each year.  For information on Self-Declaration:

How to Get Support

To discuss how your student's needs are being met or to find out what options are available for your First Nations, Métis or Inuit Learner, please contact your child’s school or Learning at 403-817-7664.


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To discuss how your student's needs are being met or to find out what options are available for your First Nations, Métis or Inuit Learner, please contact your child’s school or Learning at 403-817-7664.

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