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


Kindergarten application (pdf)

Grade 1-6 application (pdf)

Community engagement


Creating an Aboriginal Learning Centre



Upcoming Events


Apr. 2 - Poet Moe Clark (am) Gr. 5/6

Apr. 3 - Peace Program and B&GC Parent Meeting 1:30 - 3:00; Humility Assembly 2:15

Apr. 7-11 - Hip Hop Residency

Apr. 9 - School Council Meeting 1:30 - 3:00

Apr. 15-17 - Clay Residency

Apr. 18 - Good Friday - no school

Apr. 21 - CBE non-instructional day - no school

Apr. 22 - Gr. 5 vaccinations; Earth Day

Apr. 23 - It's a Crime Not to Read

Apr. 24 - Beach Day (wear beach clothes)

May 1 - Wisdom Assembly 2:15; Peace Program & B&GC Parent Meeting 1:30 - 3:00 pm

May 9 - Kindergarten Orientation 1:00 - 2:30

May 12-15 - Swimming

May 14 - PAT Gr. 6 LA Part A (am); School Council Meeting 1:30 - 3:00

May. 15 - Crazy Hair Day

May 16 - Non-instructional day - no school

May 19 - Victoria Day - no school

May 20 & 21 - Clay Residency

May 22 - Children's Festival

May 26 - It's a Crime Not to Read

May 28 - Rock & Rings

May 29 - Camp Kiwanis Gr. 5/6



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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