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
Oct. 3 Non-instruction day
Oct. 8 Rm 30 Ghost River rediscovery/sage teachings
Oct. 9

Gr. 1/2 Fish Creek field trip
Rm 35 Ghost River Rediscovery

Oct. 13 Thankgiving Day - no school
Oct. 16 Gr. 5/6 Fish Creek field trip
Rm 33 Ghost River Rediscovery
Oct. 20 Picture Day
It's a Crime not to REad
Oct. 21 Rm 32 Ghost River Rediscovery
Oct. 22 Visit from Hawaiian Elder Auntie Francine
Oct. 23 School Council Meeting 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Oct. 24 SLA's Gr. 3 end
Oct. 28 Student Assembly 2:15 pm
Oct. 30 Halloween Activities pm
Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences (no report) 4:30 - 7:00
Oct. 31 Non-Instructional Day Student - Parent - Teacher Conferences (no report) 9:00 AM - 12: 00 PM
Nov. 3 We Day Gr. 5/6
Nov. 5 Rm 33 Ghost River Rediscovery
Nov. 6 Remembrance Day Service
Nov. 10 No school - non-instruction day
Nov. 11 Remembrance Day - no school
Nov. 13 Picture retakes
Rm 35 Ghost River Rediscovery
Nov. 17-21 Metis Week



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







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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