St. Frances Cree Bilingual School


St. Frances Cree Bilingual School brings forward the voices of First Nations and Metis families and community, as well as supportive partners, to commit to designing and resourcing an innovative learning program to support Indigenous student belonging and success. The partnership between Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Saskatoon Tribal Council, Indian Teacher Education Program and University of Saskatchewan entered into discussions with Wanda Dalla Costa regarding the development of a new school facility.

St. Frances Cree Bilingual School serves students from various neighborhoods in and around Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The current pre-kindergarten to grade 8 population is projected to rise to 689 students with over 95% being First Nations or Métis. St. Frances hosts a dual stream Cree Bilingual and English program with a focus on nehiyaw language and culture. Since 2019, the design team completed multiple activities and engagement sessions with the community toward understanding cultural responsiveness for St. Frances Cree Bilingual School. The new school facility serves to create a welcoming school climate reflective of the children, families, and the community.


K-12 Education

Stage of Completion

Schematic Design (2019-2020)


Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


96,650 sq.ft. 8,979 m2


Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

Architect of Record

To be determined

Indigenous Consultant

Wanda Dalla Costa Architect

Design Team

Kyron Hardy, Shaghayegh Vaseghi

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