| Piitoayis Family School is a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school that integrates an Aboriginal perspective to the Alberta Education curriculum.
We serve a diverse group of Aboriginal students and practice cultural ceremonies where appropriate. We offer Blackfoot and Cree Language classes as well as drumming, singing, dancing and cultural arts. We have Elders in our school on a regular basis to provide students with traditional wisdom and stories. We also feature school-wide artist-in-residence programs every year.
Our students can access our free breakfast funded by the Calgary Boys & Girls Club. We also offer a nutritional lunch program supported by a generous grant from EducationMatters.
Family members are always welcome to join us for assemblies and celebration feasts. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and to participate in our Parent Pillar Advisory Council which includes Aboriginal parents from all over the city.
Our school features spacious classrooms with abundant light, a full-sized gymnasium with stage, and six acres of school grounds.
September 2001, the system principal of Aboriginal Education consulted
extensively with the Calgary Aboriginal community to determine how the
CBE could further meet the learning needs of the Aboriginal community.
The community consultations recommended:
- a strong
- a balance
of culture and language.
to technology within a quality environment.
- a family/community
Piitoayis Family School is a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school with Blackfoot
and Cree languages offered. Cultural cultural opportunities in Drumming, Singing and Traditional Native Arts are provided. The school is open to all students who want an
Aboriginal-based education. Historically and traditionally, we are situated
in Blackfoot territory, therefore, we recognize and respect this by having
a Blackfoot name. Piitoayis translates into Eagle Lodge.
The reason for choosing this particular name is due to the significance
of the eagle to most Aboriginal people; it shows we serve a wide range
of Aboriginal peoples. The second part, lodge, recognizes
the school as a gathering place for families, ceremonies and prayers,
therefore, Eagle Lodge Family School.
At Piitoayis Family School we will strive to honour the Seven Sacred Teachings of our ancestors: wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility and truth.
To create a respectful learning environment based on the balance of traditional cultural values and academic excellence. This holistic and meaningful approach will enhance pride and self-esteem, enabling our students to become successful, responsible lifelong learners.
Component - Circle of Life
to success of family school concept
to school for parents and families
for the youth
- Increase knowledge and practice of Aboriginal cultures.
- Promote and support the importance of education to families and students.
- Empower families through Aboriginal content and culture.
- Balance education and culture through a whole-person/whole-family approach.
- Community and agency involvement.
- Programming for parents and families.
Full-day kindergarten and Grades 1 to 6 are offered at our school.
Piitoayis Family School is especially suited for students who:
- demonstrate an interest in learning through Aboriginal cultures, languages, protocols and ceremonies
Students will learn the Alberta Learning Programs of Study through "the lens of First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and experiences." This means that, when feasible and possible, Aboriginal knowledge will inform and guide the learning process. For example, as part of our Physical Education program, students will learn how to pow wow dance, which will also include learning about the history of Aboriginal dance and the protocols and ceremonies to ensure a holistic understanding.