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Alex Janvier School in Westlawn will accommodate students in Grades 4 to 9.
The new school in Westlawn will be named after Alex Janvier. Janvier was born of Denesuline descent with the Cold Lake First Nations. He is a pioneering artist in Canada and speaks of having a creative instinct from as far back as he can remember. Janvier received formal art training from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary where he graduated with honours in 1960. He is a member of what's commonly referred to as the Indian Group of Seven and paints both the challenges and celebrations that he has encountered in his lifetime. Although he has completed several murals nationally, Janvier speaks of the over 400 square metre masterpiece entitled Morning Star at the Canadian Museum of Civilization as a major highlight in his career. Two other notable public commissions include Tsa Tsa Ke K’e or Iron Foot Place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, and the diptych, site-specific installation of Sunrise and Sunset at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Janvier’s passion and natural talents for creative expression remains strong to this day.
The Board of Trustees approved this school name, along with the names of two more new schools, at a public board meeting on May 14, 2019. Read his full biography or watch the Alex Janvier video to learn more about his contributions and achievements.