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

Grades 1-6 (pdf)
Kindergarten (pdf)


Upcoming Events
Oct. 1 Call to schedule a conference
Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30 - 7:00 pm
Oct. 2 Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences am
No school
Oct. 9 School ends 12 pm
Oct. 12 No school - Thanksgiving
Oct. 13 Picture Day
Gr. 3/4 Crime Not to Read
Oct. 14 K-2 Ghost River
Oct. 15 K-2 Ghost River
Gr. 5/6 Fish Creek
School Council 1:30 - 2:45
Oct. 16 Gr. 5 vaccination
Blessing Ceremony
School ends 12 pm
Oct. 19 Circle Teachings Week
Federal Election
Oct. 23 School ends 12 pm
Oct. 27 Gr. 5/6 We Day
Oct. 30 CBE Non-instruction day - no school
Nov. 2-6 Rm 32 Stampede School
Nov. 9 K-2 Ghost River
MRU Nurses
Nov. 10 K-2 Ghost River
Gr. 3/4 Crime Not to Read
Nov. 11 Remembrance Day - no 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)


What's New
  • Please check updated bus schedules posted under the transportation tab.


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



Oct. 2, 2015 | Update | Piitoayis Family School (pdf)


Piitoayis Family School Project Page


Aboriginal Learning Centre Project Page


2015-16 Kindergarten Registration


Kindergarten registrationis ongoing


Please visit the CBE website for more information

Piitoayis Family School 2015-2016 Kindergarten Application (pdf)







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