Driftpile Cree Nation

Mihtatakaw Sipiy School

Building Practical Skills for the Future

Recognizing the importance of practical skills in today’s world, the Mihtatakaw Sipiy School provides a robust Woodworking (Industrial Arts) program. This initiative enriches the educational journey of our students by equipping them with essential life skills and preparing those interested in pursuing further education in the Trades.

A Cultural Showcase

The school grounds are adorned with traditional tipis, evoking the essence of a Cree village and offering a living testament to our cultural legacy. This unique setup is envisioned not only as a cultural touchstone for our community but also as an attraction for visitors from around the globe. Through this initiative, we aim to create a space where our students can proudly share their cultural heritage with others, promoting a deeper understanding and appreciation of Cree traditions.

Join us at Driftpile Cree Nation, where education transcends the acquisition of knowledge to embrace the cultivation of heart and spirit. The Mihtatakaw Sipiy School is not merely an institution for learning; it is a vibrant community hub where future generations are empowered to honor their heritage while navigating the opportunities of the future.

Education at Driftpile Cree Nation: Nurturing Future Generations

Welcome to the Driftpile Cree Nation’s education department, where we are proud to introduce you to the Mihtatakaw Sipiy School. This exceptional institution stands proudly within the Woodland Cree First Nation territory, embraced by the serene Boreal Forest. Architecturally inspired by the majestic eagle’s feather, our modern facility symbolizes the soaring aspirations of our community, under the wise governance of our Chief and Council.

Strategically positioned between the dynamic centers of Slave Lake and High Prairie, our community serves as a vibrant conduit between traditional values and contemporary progress. The Mihtatakaw Sipiy School lies at the core of this mission, offering educational programs from K-4, K-5 to grade 8. While our academic offerings are comprehensive, it is our deep-rooted commitment to Cree language and cultural education that sets us apart.

Celebrating Our Heritage

At Mihtatakaw Sipiy School, we understand the critical importance of cultural identity and heritage. Our curriculum is richly interwoven with the Cree language and cultural elements, enabling students not only to learn to communicate in Cree but also to deeply connect with our ancestral traditions. Through engaging in traditional dance, song, drumming, crafts, and folklore, our students become custodians of our rich cultural heritage, ensuring its vitality for generations to come.

A Personalized Learning Journey

With an intimate setting of approximately 75 students and a devoted team of 5 teachers, our school offers an ideal teacher-student ratio that promotes personalized learning. This nurturing environment ensures that each student receives the attention they need, facilitating effective learning, retention, and a strong sense of confidence and identity.