District Emergency

School closures due to Evacuation Orders

School Closures due to wildfires

  • Career Pathways School, Wabasca Alberta
  • Mistassiniy School, Wabasca Alberta
  • St. Theresa School, Wabasca Alberta
  • Calling Lake School (school will re-open on Monday, June 17, 2019)
  • Chipewyan Lake School
  • Pelican Mountain School (Sandy Lake)
  • Paddle Prairie School 

Any decision regarding school operations will be announced once more information becomes available.

Evacuation Orders

Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.: Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement

Re-entry for communities previously under Evacuation Order

Wednesday, June 12, 2019: Phase 3 Re-entry (Return of Residents) for Wabasca-Desmarais, Sandy Lake and Chipewyan Lake. The threat of wildfire still exists for the above-mentioned communities. As a result, an eight (8) hour Evacuation Alert will remain in effect. 

Question and Answer page for students, parents, staff impacted by the wildfires

Click here to view the Question and Answer page.

School News

Indigenous Youth Science and Traditional Knowledge Fair

The Faculty of Native Studies - University of Alberta is co-hosting a Traditional Knowledge - Science Fair with Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta, and the Treaty 6 Confederacy. The vision of the fair is to bring together youth from across Treaty 8 and 6 territories from May 25th - 26th 2015 in Edmonton to share their experiences and knowledge about environmental change in Alberta. The fair will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre. 

Benefits of Participation:

  • Chance to win prizes for Poster Presentations
  • Opportunity to learn from prominent researchers from around the world studying environmental change and sustainability
  • FREE conference registration (valued at $350)
  • FREE lunch during conference
  • FREE admission to the TELUS World of Science during group visit
  • FREE admission to Fort Edmonton Park on the evening of May 25th for opening ceremonies
  • Opportunity to visit the University of Alberta campus and be mentored by a current university student in the Faculty of Native Studies
  • Opportunity to learn about educational futures in the sciences and the links with traditional knowledge and indigenous communities


  • Students residing in a Treaty 8 First Nation who attend a band-operated or Provincially recognized school in Alberta.
  • Grade 7-12
  • Required to prepare poster presentations about key issues of environmental change (e.g., natural resource development, climate change, wildlife health or sustainability of water resources) at the conference
  • Any Chaperones attending must be available to travel with the student to Edmonton and attend the conference
  • Support from First Nation, school, and parent (completion of application forms provided)

List of Potential Poster Topics:

  • Impacts to water resources from oil and gas development
  • Changes to wildlife health and population from resource development
  • Importance of medicinal plants and the impacts from forestry
  • Forest fire prevention
  • Water rights and access
  • Community recycling or energy-efficiency programs
  • Any other topic related to the environment and/or community initiatives around sustainability. Tell us what is important in your community!!

Deadline for Applications:

  • May 1st, 2014 NOTE: Poster says April 25th but the deadline has been extended to May 1st. 
  • Click here to fill out application

If you have any questions or would like to apply please contact:

Kelsey Dokis-Jansen kljansen@ualberta.ca


Jenn Cardinal jcardinal@treaty8.org


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