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Trout Lake School

A school that celebrates the Cree way of life

  • $25M

    Construction Value

  • 450


  • K-12


  • Trout Lake, Alberta

    Trout Lake, Alberta

Incorporating Cree traditions into K-12 learning

Located near the Peerless and Trout Lakes, Peerless Trout First Nation (PTFN) is an Indigenous community in Northern Alberta. Trout Lake needed a new K-12 school that would reflect their culture while providing a place for students to learn and grow.

Stantec, as bridging consultant, provided full architecture, engineering, and community engagement services to bring this 450-student school to life. The school acts both as a place of learning and a community centre. Spaces can be adapted for traditional Cree lessons, community events, conferences, and sports tournaments. This school includes a clean lab to teach students how to render and prepare a moose, showcasing it as part of cultural ceremonies at the school. In addition to K-12 education, the school hosts classes for the Northern Lakes College and provides students a look at opportunities for post-secondary education.

The main entrance resembles an upside-down birch canoe—a traditional means of transportation and a reminder of the community’s roots. Now complete, Trout Lake School will help shape a bright future for the community and celebrate the enduring legacy of PTFN.

At a Glance

  • Alberta Infrastructure
  • Peerless and Trout First Nation
Meet Our Team

Heather Bretz, Principal, Architecture

For many of us, some of our first memories of buildings come from our schools—spaces that I believe should be welcoming, healthy, and inspiring.

Zoë Rezac, Communications & Aboriginal Engagement Specialist

Embedding local culture and community voices into school design allows traditional values and teachings to be part of everyday education.
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Micheal Williamson, Landscape Architect

Pay attention to the world around you; think about how to improve public life. As professionals, we increase quality of public life for all.

Heather Bretz

Principal, Architecture

Zoë Rezac

Communications & Aboriginal Engagement Specialist

Micheal Williamson

Landscape Architect

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