Students and Families Celebrate 20th Anniversary on National Indigenous Peoples Day at Piitoayis Family School

Jun. 20, 2023

For immediate release

CALGARY, AB – June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, a day to honour the rich cultural heritage of Indigenous people. It is also the 20th anniversary of the opening of Piitoayis Family School, which provides K-6 programming with an Indigenous focus.

To celebrate the occasion, Piitoayis Family School is hosting an event-filled day for current students and their families. Events include a pancake breakfast, tipi teachings, a historical photo display, and a time capsule burial.

News media are welcome to attend anytime throughout the morning, and students and staff will be available for interviews between 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Event Details

Piitoayis Family School Indigenous Peoples Day and Anniversary Event

Date:    Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Time:    8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Place:   Piitoayis Family School | 1921 9 Ave SE Calgary, AB, T2G 0V3
Who:    Student leaders and Principal Crystal Good Rider.

Schedule of Events

  • 8 a.m.                           Tipi Raising (still pictures only – no video, please)
  • 9 a.m.                           Pancake Breakfast
  • 9 a.m.                           Students and staff are available for interviews until 12:30 p.m.
  • 10 a.m.                         Tipi Teachings
  • 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch, historic photos display and student tours, time capsule burial

The afternoon includes: an assembly for students and families (including school alum speeches, Honour Song and Elder teachings) and a friendship dance to close the day.


Note: Principals have a responsibility to ​limit media coverage only to students approved for interviews. Reporters attending an event are requested to receive permission from a CBE contact before interviewing or photographing students. Thank you for your cooperation and for joining us in celebrating public education.​

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