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
Mar. 1 Crazy Hair Day
Mar. 3 Student Round Dance Teaching
Mar. 6 Glitz Grade 3-6 PM
Mar. 8 Saakokoto (Elder Randy) visit PM
Mar. 13 Glitz Grade 3-6 PM
Mar. 14 It's A Crime Not to REad Grade 3/4
Mar. 15 Ghost River Room 24F & 23
Saakokoto (Elder Randy) visit PM
Mar. 16 Round Dance 1-2:30
Family & School Council 5-6:30 PM—Bannock and Stew!
Mar. 17 St. Patrick's Day
Mar. 21 Ghost River Room 21F & 22
Catch up Vaccinations
Mar. 22 Saakokoto (Elder Randy) Visit – PM
Assembly 1-2 pm
Student-Parent Teacher Interviews 4-7 pm
Mar. 23 CBE non-instruction day - no school
Student-Parent Teacher Interviews 9am—12 pm
Mar. 24 CBE non-instruction day - no school
Mar. 27 - 31 Spring Break
Apr. 3 Classes resume
Apr. 3-7 Mrs. Courtney's Class at Police School
Apr. 11 Ghost River Rooms 24F & 23
Apr. 12 Saakokoto (Elder Randy) Visit – PM
Apr. 14 Good Friday - No School
Apr. 17 CBE Non-Instruction Day - No School
Apr. 18 Crime Not to Read 3/4
Apr. 19 Ghost River Room 21F & 23
Apr. 20 St. Albert Band
School Council 2-3 PM
Apr. 24-28 Ms. McKenzie Class at Zoo School
Apr. 27 Assembly 2-3 PM
Apr. 28 Saakokoto (Elder Randy) Visit – PM



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.


More about our programs

  • Full-day Kindergarten Program
  • Southland bus transportation in all quadrants of the city
  • Daily Smudge and Talking Circles
  • Literacy rich environment
  • Inclusion of Aboriginal cultures, languages and Ceremonies
  • Daily breakfast, snack and lunch provided
  • Access to external agency supports (Awo Taan, Boys & Girls Club, United Way, Support Services Inclusive Learning)
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities (off campus field trips)


First Annual Round Dance

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Parent Feast of Stew & Bannock 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Round Dance 1:45 - 2:45 pm

View poster (pdf)




News Centre
Awakening of the Drum Ceremony


Grade 3/4 students at Piitoayis Family School took part in an Awakening of the Drum Ceremony when Anishinaabe Elder Doreen Roy came to visit Friday, November 4th.
Read Story



Kindergarten Registration 2017-2018


Registration for the 2017-18 school year is ongoing. Children must be at least four years old on or before March 1 to start kindergarten in September of the same calendar year. You have to register in person at your school with proof of residence, your child's name, date of birth and citizenship. Visit the CBE Registration page for more information and for the forms you'll need. More information is available on the CBE Kindergarten page.


Kindergarten | great learning starts here (pdf)




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Is an Aboriginal Focus the Right Choice for My Child? (pdf)

Piitoayis Family School | Aboriginal Focus presentation (pdf)







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