District Emergency

School closures due to Evacuation Orders

School Closures due to wildfires

  • Career Pathways School, Wabasca Alberta
  • Mistassiniy School, Wabasca Alberta
  • St. Theresa School, Wabasca Alberta
  • Chipewyan Lake School
  • Pelican Mountain School (Sandy Lake)
  • Paddle Prairie School: Closed for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. 

Any decision regarding school operations will be announced once more information becomes available.

Evacuation Orders

Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.: Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement

Re-entry for communities previously under Evacuation Order

Wednesday, June 12, 2019: Phase 3 Re-entry (Return of Residents) for Wabasca-Desmarais, Sandy Lake and Chipewyan Lake. The threat of wildfire still exists for the above-mentioned communities. As a result, a four (4) hour Evacuation Alert will remain in effect. 

Question and Answer page for students, parents, staff impacted by the wildfires

Click here to view the Question and Answer page.

Community Profile

Grouard is rich in history and its origins date back to the early 1800's with a fur trading post located only a few kilometres from Lesser Slave Lake. The area was originally known as Fort Waterloo and later took on the names Lesser Slave Lake Settlement and also Lesser Slave Lake Post, when the name Fort Waterloo, moved to what is now Slave Lake. The first mission was located by the bay but when Bishop Grouard arrived in the community in the late 1800's, he had the current church, then the cathedral, built. It was completed in 1902 and has been in that location since then. The first post office started in 1903 and was called the Lesser Slave Lake post office. The name of the community was changed to Grouard in 1909 in reference to Emile-Jean-Marie Grouard, and the Grouard Mission.

Source: http://www.discoverthepeacecountry.com/htmlpages/grouard.html.

Predominant Language: English and Cree

Nearest Town/City: High Prairie

Services and Recreation:


Attractions: Native Cultural Arts Museum, St. Bernard’s Church, Grouard Mission, Hillard’s Bay Provincial Park and Shaw’s Point Resort.

Banking: High Prairie: Royal Bank, Alberta Treasury Branch, TD Canada Trust

Media: 93.5 Real Country FM High Prairie, 91.7 FM CFWE Radio, YL Country, KIX FM and South Peace News.