St. Frances Cree Bilingual School


St. Frances Cree Bilingual School is an innovative learning facility designed to support Indigenous student belonging and success. The facility is a result of a partnership between Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Saskatoon Tribal Council, Indian Teacher Education Program and the University of Saskatchewan. The planning process included First Nations, Metis families as well as supportive partners. The facility integrates outdoor learning gardens, storytelling spaces and cultural teaching spaces, and is wrapped in an organic form that purposefully departs from the rectilinear forms of residential schools.
Stage of Completion
In Construction (2019-2023)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
96,650 ft2 | 8,979 m2
$25,690,000 CAD
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
Architect of Record
Edwards Edwards McEwen Architects
Wanda Dalla Costa Architect
Design Team
Claudio Vekstein (lead), Kyron Hardy, Shaghayegh Vaseghi

Honorary Fellow

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is proud to announce that Wanda Dalla Costa, a prominent Indigenous voice and practitioner in North American architecture, has been awarded honorary fellowship for 2022. Wanda Dalla Costa is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and was the first First Nation woman to become an architect in Canada. Her firm, Tawaw Architecture Collective, is based in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the director and founder of Arizona State University’s Indigenous Design Collaborative, a community-driven design and construction program that brings together tribal community members, industry and multidisciplinary teams of university students and faculty to co-design and co-develop solutions for tribal communities. Dalla Costa is a prominent Indigenous female voice within the architectural profession–specifically within the academic sphere in North America.

YBCA's 100 Honorees: Wanda Dalla Costa

Indigenous Design Collaborative's founder and design director Wanda Dalla Costa was recognized as YBCA 100 list of change makers and cultural activists working at the intersection of art, social change and civic life.

Trailblazer Award: Wanda Dalla Costa

Presented this year as part of NZ20, the world's largest net zero conference and expo, the Trailblazer Awards celebrate leaders who are building a net zero future through their work in the carbon, energy, water, waste, transit and/or policy sectors.

St. Lawrence Center Competition Award 2023


Jeff Harnar Award
Unbuilt Architecture 2021