The Board of Trustees for Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools is pleased to announce that Louis Riel Catholic School/École Catholique Louis Riel will be the name of the new French Immersion school located in O’Brien Lake West.

The Board would like to thank the community for their input into the naming process. There were over 100 submissions, which made the final decision a challenge. However, after a great deal of mindful consideration, the choice was finalized. The name Louis Riel resonated with the Board and reflects their desire to support Indigenous communities within the region as well as their commitment to the spirit of Reconciliation. In addition to his Catholic heritage, Riel depicts an historical figure who advocated for the rights and equality of the Métis people.

This new school facility will provide French Immersion programming (Pre-K to Grade 8 in 2022 and Pre-K to Grade 9 in 2023), Late French Immersion (starting in Grades 5/6), Before and After School Child Care, and Celtic Sports Academy (Grades 4-8).

Information provided by the Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools