The Alberta government settling a class-action lawsuit involving people who were formerly in the provincial child intervention system in January 2016. Under the terms of the settlement, people who were previously under government guardianship, subject to a permanent ward ship order or permanent guardianship order by Alberta Child Welfare between July 1,1966 and February 19, 2008 or a temporary guardianship order by Alberta Child Welfare between July 1, 1985 and February 19, 2008 may be eligible for financial benefits. The claim period ends on January 15, 2017.
Our Children are sacred: Our work strives to protect and enhance this sacredness by providing children and their families with holistic education, supportive social services and programs of high quality and cultural relevance.
The Society continues to support the School but primarily provides services to the larger community through its wide range of programs.
- Ketotayminawok – In Home Family Support
- Group Homes – Safe and secure living environments
- Kichi Awasisak – Family health and parenting
- Nimama House – Home for Teen moms throughout pregnancy up to baby’s first birthday
- Semi-Independent Living – Supportive living environment for youth pursuing education
- Foster Care – Placement for Aboriginal children and youth
- Youth Intervention – Life skill program and yellow bus program out of Ben Calf Robe School
- Family Resource Worker- Supportive services for walk-in clients
- Aboriginal Awareness – Historical and cultural teachings for professionals
- Peaceful Warriors – Weekly sharing circle to educate Aboriginal men ways to eradicate family violence
- Awasis – Rainbows program and supportive services for the kids and their families out of Prince Charles School
Our Fundamental beliefs reflect those of our namesake, Ben Calf Robe. He was a Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor, who worked to bridge the gap between the non-aboriginal population and the Aboriginal people.
In 1980, a group of concerned citizens began to look at native education in the City of Edmonton and discovered that some 80% of Aboriginal children did not complete high school. Their solution was to establish a school where Aboriginal children felt accepted, culturally comfortable and thus encouraged to remain in school and complete their grade twelve. With the collaboration of the Catholic School Board, the Ben Calf Robe Society school was created.