Calgary Board of Education Aboriginal Learning Centre
3743 Dover Ridge Dr. SE Calgary, AB T2B2E1 | Early Learners
t | 403-817-3404  e |

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Welcome to the Aboriginal Learning Centre

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be in the Niitsitapi Learning Centre parking lot twice a month in 2017-2018.

Aboriginal Learning Centre


The Calgary Board of Education is excited and proud to share information on the Aboriginal Learning Centre, which focuses on early intervention for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students aged 3 to 8 years old. Our program provides early learners with a strong foundation for future academic success.

The Aboriginal Learning Centre moved into its newly renovated building at 3743 Dover Ridge Drive SE, in the beginning of 2017. The program is currently available for Preschool/Early Development Centre (EDC), Kindergarten and Grade 1 students.  The program will grow to add Grade 2 in the 2017-18 school year and Grade 3 in the 2018-19 school year. 


Supporting our youngest Aboriginal learners
Programming at the Aboriginal Learning Centre provides early intervention through a holistic, strength-based, early learning environment. We want our students to build a strong academic foundation in a learning environment that reflects and nurtures their Aboriginal identity.

The Aboriginal Learning Centre’s goal is to improve students’ long-term success in school and prepare them to live in both worlds.  To accomplish this, we are providing our students the best possible start to their educational journey and supporting school-to-school transitions when students move from the Aboriginal Learning Centre.


A community gathering place
The Aboriginal Learning Centre is becoming a learning hub for the greater Calgary-area community, as well as for CBE staff and students. It will be a gathering place for Aboriginal ceremonies, cultural celebrations, programs and events. We want to deepen community, staff and student knowledge and understanding of the diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit histories, cultures, contributions and ways of knowing.

The Aboriginal Learning Centre is working closely with and being guided by the advice of community Elders. It is also maintaining and building key partnerships to enhance educational opportunities for the CBE and community. Families will have opportunities to participate in school events, ceremonies and Elder visits.


Unique program and benefits for Aboriginal students, their families and community

Early Learning for Aboriginal Students:

  • Opportunities for families to be involved and help shape the future growth of this exciting learning journey for their children.
  • Holistic, strength-based, personalized, experiential learning opportunities.
  • Curriculum taught through a diversity of Aboriginal perspectives and experiences to build a strong sense of Aboriginal identity and a strong academic foundation.
  • An Early Childhood Development Centre (EDC)/preschool for Aboriginal children aged 3 and 4 years old.
  • Full-day kindergarten.
  • Enhanced support services (Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy).
  • Opportunities for traditional forms of art, including dance and drumming.
  • Student transportation – yellow school bus service.
  • Food services available for students.
  • Unique learning spaces including an outdoor amphitheatre and gardens, indoor gardens, a central gathering area and a ceremonial room.

Supports and Services for Students and their Families

  • Onsite services and supports for registered students and their families.

Learning Place for All

  • New modernized facility, with Circle of Nations Learning Collection and Aboriginal community programs.
  • Unique learning spaces and learning programs available for visiting CBE schools.


  • Gathering place for programs, celebrations and events.
  • Aboriginal Learning Centre partner and service provider programs.


Register today!
For more information about how to register your First Nations, Métis or Inuit child to be a part of this exciting new learning opportunity, contact the Aboriginal Learning Centre at  or call 403-817-3404. 

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Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program


In 2017/18 school year we are thrilled to offer in partnership with Alberta Health Services Elbow River Healing Lodge, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program in Niitsitapi Learning Centre parking lot twice a month. Please welcome Dr. Lana Potts, as family physician.


Read more about it in the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program.

Designation Notice


May 18, 2017 | Reminder Notice: Grade Expansion at Aboriginal Learning Centre (pdf)


Expansion and Transportation News
New School Opening Celebrations


    The CBE will be celebrating the official openings of all of our new school over the next few months. In addition to hearing words of congratulations from special guests, each school shares a unique program that showcases the school and its students.
    View the Aboriginal Learning Centre opening slideshow



June Month at a Glance Calendar
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What's New


May 4, 2017 School Official Opening
Aug. 15, 2017 School Begins on Modified Calendar EDC/Preschool to Grade 2


Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018



Registration for the 2017-18 school year begins Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 for traditional calendar schools and on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 for modified calendar schools. Children must turn five years of age by March 1 during their kindergarten school year. You have to register in person at your school with proof of residence, your child's name, date of birth and citizenship. Visit the CBE Registration page for more information and for the forms you'll need. More information is available on the CBE Kindergarten page.


Kindergarten | great learning starts here (pdf)




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