About Us

Acknowledging the Land

We join with the Calgary Board of Education to acknowledge the land and the Indigenous peoples of the region:

We would like to acknowledge the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Nations, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai.  We also acknowledge the Tsuut'ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3) and all peoples who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.  

Piitoayis Family School at a Glance

Piitoayis Family School (Est. 2002) is a Kindergarten to Grade 6 Program of Choice that teaches the Alberta Education Programs of Study through a diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and experiences. Our name, Piitoayis, (pronounced Be doi yis) means "Eagle Lodge" and it recognizes the spiritual significance of the “eagle” to Indigenous people as a symbol of love, and “lodge” recognizes the school as a gathering place. Our school is open to all learners in Grades K-6 who want to learn through Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing.

At Piitoayis Family School we strive to honour the traditional teachings and oral practices of the Blackfoot Nations and all other Indigenous peoples who make their home in Southern Alberta. Our year-long focus will emphasis four core Blackfoot values and belief systems including spirituality (ceremony), kindness to others, to be aware of your environment, to be observant, and being able to take on tasks independently. We will honour the rich and diverse Indigenous protocols, practices, and processes of all Indigenous peoples represented by our staff and students.

Vision Statement

At Piitoayis Family School, our vision is 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.  

What to Bring to School

At Piitoayis, students only need to bring clean, indoor shoes with them to begin the school year.  Students are provided with backpacks filled with school supplies on their first day of school.  On each school day throughout the year, students are given breakfast, snacks, and lunch.   

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​​About the CBE

The CBE is the largest school district in Western Canada. Our mission is to ensure each student, in keeping with his or her individual abilities and gifts, completes high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning. You can look on the CBE website for more information. ​​​