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 - Cultural after school activities
- Aboriginal Awareness - Historical and cultural teachings for professionals
- Peaceful Warriors - Weekly sharing circle to educate Aboriginal men ways to eradicate family violence
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.