Calgary Board of Education Piitoayis Family School
1921 - 9 Avenue S.E., Calgary AB T2G 0V3 | Grades K-6
t | 403-777-7860  e |



Upcoming Events
Feb. 1 CBE Non-instruction day - school closed
Feb. 3 Pencil gram sales start
Feb. 8-10 Gr. 3/4 Camp Chief Hector Outdoor School
Feb. 9 Drummers field trip
Feb. 10 Fluroide Grades 1/2
Valentines activities
Feb. 11 & 12 Teachers' Convention - no school
Feb. 15 Family Day - no school
Feb. 16 Grades 3 & 4 Crime Not to Read
"Sweet Reads"
Feb. 17 100th Day Celebration
Feb. 18 Fort Calgary Gr. 5/6
School Council Meeting 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Feb. 22 Ghost River Div II
Feb. 23 Grade 1 vaccination
Feb. 24 Ghost River Div II
Love Assembly 2 pm
Drumming field trip
Feb. 25 My World Conference 8
Peer Leadership
Mar. 8 Grade 3 & 4 Crime Not to Read
Mar. 9 Safety Expo Grade 5/6
Mar. 10 Police Interpretive Centre Grade 6
No report card
Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30 - 7:00 pm
Mar. 11 Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences 9 am - 12 pm
Mar. 17 School Council Meeting 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Mar. 18 CBE non-instruction day - no school
Mar. 21-28 Spring Break
Mar. 29 Classes resume



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)


Piitoayis Family School


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

Piitoayis Family School | Aboriginal Focus presentation (pdf)


Kindergarten Registration for 2016-2017


Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school  year starts Jan. 11, 2016. Children must turn five years of age by March 1 during their kindergarten school year. You have to register in person at your school with proof of residence, your child's name, date of birth and citizenship. Visit our Registration page for more information and for the forms you'll need. More information is available on our Kindergarten page.


Kindergarten | great learning starts here (pdf)




What's New


School Planning Engagements



Dec. 17, 2015 | Update | Piitoayis Family School (pdf)


Piitoayis Family School Project Page


Aboriginal Learning Centre Project Page







CBE News

Building & Modernizing Schools

Aboriginal Learning Centre

My School Bus Monitor