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Indigenous Focus

Is an Indigenous Focus the Right Choice for My Child?

A successful student demonstrates:

  • pride by focusing on academic, cultural and individual growth
  • a desire to learn through an Indigenous lens
  • active participation in regular ceremonial activities
  • engagement in language learning experiences, dancing, drumming, singing and cultural arts activities

Characteristics of an Indigenous Focus

  • Supports and encourages child and family development in a balanced manner
  • Addresses physical, spiritual, mental and emotional aspects of life and development
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit focus on language, early literacy, academics, social development and elementary school preparation with a strong cultural foundation based on the Medicine Wheel and the Seven Sacred Teachings.

Medicine Wheel Preschool & Kindergarten

The Medicine Wheel Preschool & Kindergarten programs are offered through Métis Calgary Family Services Society (MCFS), a non-profit, charitable organization, in cooperation with the Calgary Board of Education. 


  • Offered to 3 1/2 - 5 year-old children entering preschool
  • Four half-days per week


  • Includes Michif and Cree language, Métis heritage, cultural jigging and fiddle music, Indigenous​ storytelling, traditional drumming and the on-going involvement of parents and elders
  • Offered to students entering kindergarten


Ellen Jones
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Valley View School
4105 - 26 Avenue SE

Niitsitapi Learning Centre Preschool & Kindergarten

Programming at the Niitsitapi Learning Centre provides early intervention through a holistic, strength-based, early learning environment. Students will build a strong academic foundation in a learning environment that reflects and nurtures their Indigenous identity.

By providing students the best possible start to their educational journey and supporting school-to-school transitions when students move from the Niitsitapi Learning Centre, our goal is to improve Indigenous students’ long-term success in school and prepare them to live in both worlds.


  • Offered to Indigenous children 3 - 4 years old


  • Full-day kindergarten offered to Indigenous children entering kindergarten


  • Modified Calendar (school starts earlier and may have longer mid-year breaks)

Contact & Location

Niitsitapi Learning Centre
3743 Dover Ridge Dr SE
t | 403-817-3404
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How to Register for Indigenous Focus Programs

  • Registration for 2020-21 begins January 2020.
  • Refer to designated school’s website for parent information session. Attend parent information session and/or view informational presentation.
  • Complete registration package and take to designated school.
  • Packages will be accepted starting Jan. 20, 2020.
  • Packages must be received by Feb. 11, 2020 at noon.

For families that are new to the CBE and not Canadian citizens​, please note you must first attend the CBE Welcome Centre for an initial assessment prior to registering for an Alternative Program.

​Students New to CBE
Students currently enrolled with CBE
​Completed Student Registration Form ​Completed Transfer Request
Signed Parent Acknowledgement of Understanding for Alternative Program Registration ​Signed Parent Acknowledgement of Understanding for Alternative Program Registration
Transportation Information​ Transportation Information​ ​
Aboriginal Focus Aboriginal Focus



Please see Transportation for Alternative Programs​ for important information. Parents will want to carefully consider the transportation services to and from the alternative program they want to enrol their child in.

Transportation to the Medicine Wheel Program at Valley View School is not provided.


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