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  • Mission
  • Principal's Message
  • History

Mission Statement

  • To ensure that Stoney Nation culture, language, history and collective knowledge are passed on to each successive generation
  • To promote the highest standard of literacy-based education for Stoney Nation children and young adults in a manner that will facilitate participation in any field or endeavor they may choose
  • To provide all Stoney Nation children the opportunity to learn to speak, read and write in the Stoney language
  • To instill in children and young adults the understanding that education is a lifelong pursuit
  • To provide a holistic approach to education that addresses the cultural, social, economic, emotional, physical and intellectual goals of children and young adults
  • To provide and develop education policies that accommodate a rapidly changing world, and to prepare children and young adults to meet the challenges such change demands
  • To recognize that children and young adults are taught first at home, and secondly at school, and to recognize the importance of family involvement in the development and delivery of education services
  • To ensure that all school staff and students are drug and alcohol-free
  • To provide a safe and caring school environment that is free from physical, emotional, spiritual, sexual and verbal abuse (innuendo, gossip and rumour) and harassment

Principal's Message

Education is highly valued by the school community and we have great expectations of our students. Our motto, “learning for life” inspires us, the staff, to equip students with the skills to learn and to adapt in an ever-changing world. At the same time, we are all “life-long learners.” As an educator, I hold onto this belief and it continues to motivate me as a student, a parent and a teacher.

Ta-Otha School has dedicated student learning and welfare as its main goals. Our staff is committed to providing a safe, positive, academic learning environment that will empower students to become creative problem solvers, critical thinkers and inspired learners. Some of our highlights for the year include: team teaching, flexible scheduling, extracurricular activities and sports, student council programs, high school outdoor education programs, a swimming program, and possibly, the first student exchange program at TOS.

The rare birth of a white buffalo on the Great Plains was considered a sacred event that represented hope, rebirth and unity for the tribes who depended on the buffalo for sustenance. The white buffalo symbolizes respect for Aboriginal history and culture. We, As teachers endeavor to become more familiar with Aboriginal culture, and thereby foster hope, rebirth and unity among our Aboriginal students.


Ta-Otha Community School opened its doors in 2009 for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The school was named after Ta-Otha, Peter Wesley, who has led his people to traditional territories in 1894 against Indian Agent's demand stay with in Stoney Reserve boundaries. This eventually became the Big Horn Reserve in the 1950's.