Calgary Board of Education Piitoayis Family School
1921 - 9 Avenue S.E., Calgary AB T2G 0V3 | Grades K-6
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Upcoming Events
June 16-20 Aboriginal Awareness Week
June 17

PAT Gr. 6 LA Part B am
Honour Tea pm

June 19 PAT Gr. 6 Math am
June 20 PAT Gr. 6 Science am
June 23 PAT Gr. 6 Social Studies am
June 24 Gr. 6 Farewell pm
June 25 Gr. 6 Calaway Park
Report Cards go home
June 26 Last Day of School
June 27 Non-instruction day
Appeals Day
Sept. 2 First day of classes



Oki, Tansi, Hello


Piitoayis Family School (Est. 2002) is a Kindergarten to Grade 6 Alternative Program that teaches the Alberta Education Programs of Study through a diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and experiences. Our name, Piitoayis (pronounced bee-doe-yeez) translates into “Eagle Lodge” in the Blackfoot language and was named by five Elders (Mark Wolfleg (Siksika), Russel Big Crow (Tsuu T’ina), Freddy Eagletail (Tsuu T’ina), Olive Manitopyes (Cree Nation), and John Snow (Morley)). Historically and traditionally, we are situated in Blackfoot territory; therefore, we recognize and respect this by having a Blackfoot name. Our name, Piitoayis (Eagle Lodge) recognizes the spiritual significance of the “eagle” to most Aboriginal people as a symbol of love, and “lodge” recognizes the school as a gathering place for families and cultural ceremonies. Our Eagle Lodge Family School is open to all learners (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) in grades K-6 who want to learn about writing, math, science etc. through an Aboriginal lens.

At Piitoayis Family School, we welcome each day by honouring our people and land by standing proudly during Ka Kanada (Oh Canada in Cree) and a Blackfoot Flag Song. A traditional smudge with sage and a classroom talking circle also takes place each day. Throughout each school year, we offer a diversity of language learning experiences (e.g. Blackfoot, Cree, Coast Salish, Saulteaux), dancing (e.g. pow wow, jigging), drumming, singing and cultural arts. We have Elders in our school on a regular basis to lead ceremonies and provide our students, staff and families with opportunities to learn through their traditional wisdom and stories.


2014-15 Registration


Piitoayis Family School celebrates First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities


2014-15 Registration


Kindergarten application (pdf)

Grade 1-6 application (pdf)

Community engagement



Creating an Aboriginal Learning Centre



The PFS News







CBE System Messages

Kindergarten at CBE

Registration for Kindergarten starts January 13, 2014.

Enhanced Services to the CBE Education Kindergarten Program (PDF)
Kindergarten Brochure (PDF)
Kindergarten at the CBE - Building our Future (PDF)
CBE Kindergarten web page

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