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Program Overview


Fostering the Holistic Growth of our Children Socially, Physically, Emotional, Intellectually, and Culturally.

This structured half-day preschool experience provided for 3 – 5 year old Indigenous children focuses on six program components:


  1. Indigenous Culture & Language

      Provide children with a positive sense of themselves as Indigenous children and build            on the children’s knowledge of their Indigenous languages and experience of culture in        their communities.

  2. Education & School Readiness

      Support and encourage each Indigenous child to enjoy life-long learning. Engage                  children in the possibility of learning so that they carry forth the enthusiasm, self-                esteem and initiate to learn in the future.

  3. Health Promotion

      Empower parents, guardians, and caregivers to increase control and improve their                health. Encourage practices for self-care and working together to address health                  concerns.

  4. Nutrition

      Ensure that the children are provided with food which will help meet their nutritional            needs and to educate staff and parents about the relationship of nutrition to children’s        ability to learn, physical and mental development.

  5. Social Support

      Ensure that the families are made aware of resources and community services available        to impact their quality of life. Empower parents to access assistance and services which        will support them to be active participants in their children’s lives.

  6. Parental & Family Involvement

      Provides the Opportunity to encourage parents to bring forth their unique abilities and          further develop as role models for children and in their community.

Mission Statement


This program aims to provide Indigenous children with a positive sense of themselves, a desire for learning and opportunities to develop fully as successful young people. We aim to support the spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical development of Indigenous children, while also supporting their parents and guardians as their primary teachers.

We have two Locations:

Abbeydale School

821 Abbeydale Dr NE, Calgary, AB T2A 6N7

RIEL Institute Early Buffalos Early Learning & Childcare Centre
100 807 Manning Road NE, Calgary, ABT2E 7M8

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