As the only school that has a single-track Nehiyaw Pimatisiwin Cree Language and Culture program, Ben Calf Robe Catholic Elementary/Junior High School is composed of mostly indigenous students from all over Edmonton.
Indigenous culture, in the form of daily smudging, drumming, singing, dancing, ceremonies, beading, Cree language, and learning from the teachings of the land as well as Elders and community members, is permeated throughout our Alberta curriculum in all content areas. In their classes, students also have opportunities to engage in many indigenous culture educational activities with the guidance of our Elders Council and the Indigenous Learning Services: learning traditional teachings of the land, building medicine boxes, sharing in cultural food preparation such as stew and bannock, learning First Nations teachings of the drum and traditional dance, engaging in traditional Metis fiddle teachings, designing and creating traditional First Nations regalia and beadwork, participating in traditional indigenous games, attending Sweats and the Ben Calf Robe Powwow, and much more.
With the presence and positive influence of many indigenous and non-indigenous staff members, Ben Calf Robe students celebrate their individuality and unity every day as they strengthen their literacy skills and progress in their learning. All Grade 9 students participate in a Rites of Passage camp as they transition to high school.
Ben Calf Robe Catholic Elementary/Junior High School’s mission is: To provide a holistic, culturally relevant Catholic education that builds on the strengths and values of Indigenous families, which will inspire our students to learn, to work, to live fully and to serve God in one another. Please contact the Ben Calf Robe Catholic Elementary/Junior High School office for further information about registration, transportation services, breakfast and hot lunch programs and the holistic approach of partnering with families in the growth of our students. Please contact Indigenous Learning Services for information about FNMI programming in other schools in the Division.