The school, which serves Indigenous students, will be fully replaced with an enhanced cultural space and modern, flexible learning areas.
“Edmonton Catholic Schools have done an excellent job creating a positive, culturally supportive learning environment at Ben Calf Robe School. Providing a brand new facility for the school will make sure the physical environment enhances that supportive structure provided by school staff and leadership.”
~David Eggen, Minister of Education
Replacement school facilities incorporate advanced systems and features such as large windows that provide natural lighting and ventilation systems that improve air quality and circulation, creating a healthy learning and working environment for students, teachers and others who use the schools.
“We are extremely pleased that the Government of Alberta heard the voices of the community and made this decision with the best interests of students in mind. The district will work closely with the Council of Elders and the school community as the project moves forward.”
~Laura Thibert, board chair, Edmonton Catholic Schools
The project will also include an additional funding contribution from Edmonton Catholic School District to build a dedicated cultural space in the school. This will serve not just students and staff, but families in the school community.
“I’m very grateful that our Indigenous people in Edmonton will be honoured with a state-of the-art school. In the future, we will have a school that brings high academics along with the highest of culture and language, not only to our children but to all those who come to work and be a part of our school community.”
~Betty Letendre, community Elder
Ben Calf Robe will also be eligible for solar panel funding, which will reduce the school’s energy costs and contribute to Alberta’s commitment to help the environment. The new school is expected to increase the capacity of the school to serve 700 students. The current school has capacity for 478 students.