Gate 1 Foundation's sole supported school in Canada, Chief Jacob Bearspaw, serves the children of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation on the Eden Valley Reservation, located in far western Alberta Province. Situated about 50 miles southwest of Calgary, in the shadow of the Canadian Rockies, the school has a student population of 130-140, ranging from kindergarten to grade 12.


At the Chief Jacob Bearspaw School, the Foundation sponsored a total renovation of the kitchen and dining facility, upgrading both capacity and standards to commercial grade. The increased space and capacity greatly ease the burden on the school, which offers a full breakfast and lunch program to its students daily. For some students, these two meals provided by the school are the only consistent source of nutrition to which they have access, making this improvement essential to the well-being of the student population. The installation of a commercial dishwasher allowed for the purchase of a permanent supply of washable dishes and utensils, which not only cut down on the weekly expense of purchasing disposable dishes, but also greatly reduced the amount of garbage produced, with a corresponding decrease in the frequency (and cost) of commercial waste disposal required. A new refrigerator provided the extra space needed to stock more fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products. And increased kitchen space freed up storage space, allowing more creativity in food offerings, providing students with a wider and more interesting variety of foods.

Gate 1 Foundation CANADA: By The Numbers 

Gate 1 Foundation CANADA: By The Numbers By The Numbers


ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: 50% WASTE REDUCTION Corresponding cost savings on trash removal and purchase of disposable dishes and utensils

1 School Supported in Canada



The improved quality of the meals that can be served has resulted in a manifest improvement in the educational experience of the students who attend the school. School officials have acknowledged these gains. Vice Principal Robbie Gordon noted: ...Having children properly fed definitely helps in their ability to focus on their school work." Added high school teacher Shannon Beck: "Now, we are not only able to serve healthy and appealing lunches, but breakfasts as well. We are optimistic that a healthier diet will continue to lead to increased attendance, which we have already been seeing, as well as increased attention and achievement in the classroom."

our school


At CHIEF JACOB BEARSPAW SCHOOL, the Foundation has provided funding for a single, life-changing project: The completed facility improves the school's ability to efficiently serve full breakfasts and lunches to its students in an updated, state-of-the-art environment.


Check out these #Gate1Travel photos from past travelers. After your trip, come back and share some of your own!