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


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Registration Packages

Grades 1-6 (pdf)
Kindergarten (pdf)


Upcoming Events

Mondays | Div II Pow-wow
Tuesdays | Drumming Group & Intramurals
Wednesdays | Div I Pow-wow
Thursdays | Awo Taan group; Intramurals Regalia Making
Fridays | Blackfoot language residency

June 15 It's a Crime Not to REad
June 17 PAT Gr. 6 ELA Part B
Gr. 3/4 Fish Creek
June 18 PAT Gr. 6 Math
Gr. 1/2 field trip
School Council Meeting
June 19 PAT Gr. 6 Science
June 22 PAT Gr. 6 Social
Aboriginal Day
June 23 Gr. 6 Farewell PM
June 24 Heritage Park Whole School
Report Cards go home
June 25 Gr. 6 Calaway Park
June 26 Last day of school
June 29 Non-instruction day - no school
June 30 Non-instruction day - no school
Sept. 1 Back to School



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 students perform at national conference with Chris Hadfield


The Piitoayis Family School Drumming Group was asked to close the Community Foundations of Canada's (CFC) National Conference Saturday, May 9 with retired astronaut Chris Hadfield. Read more


School Planning Engagements


Parent Meeting | Apr. 29
Feedback Survey


Piitoayis Family School Project Page


Aboriginal Learning Centre Project Page


2015-16 Kindergarten Registration


Kindergarten registration begins Jan. 12, 2015


Please visit the CBE website for more information

Piitoayis Family School 2015-2016 Kindergarten Application (pdf)







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