The Ermineskin Brighter Future Program is funded by the First Nations and Inuit health (FNIH), formerly Medical Services Branch (MSB). The program is health related and available to Ermineskin Tribal Members.

LOCATION: Jim Rattlesnake Building

P.O Box 219
Maskwacis, Alberta

Phone: (780) 585-2000
Alt # : (780) 585-2900
Fax: (780)585-2400

Information Email:

Upcoming and Current Programs:

Program Elements

Brighter Futures

Activities include Child Development, Parenting Skills, Injury Prevention and Mental Health. This program is limited to minors and youth and offers health related programs, courses, and projects. Minors and youth include Tribal Members between 0-25 years of age.

  • Kiyas Nehiyaw Opikinawasowin (Long Ago Cree Parenting)
  • Youth Group (Sweats and Retreats)
  • Girl Power + Teen Girl Power

FASD Program (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder):

  • Home Visitation Program
  • FASD Awareness Workshop

Voluntary admission into the Home Visitation program which follows the PCAP (Parent Child Assistance Program) model from Seattle.

a) Helping women avoid Alcoholand drug use during pregnancy
b) Helping women avoid becoming pregnant if they are usuing alcohol or drugs

Elegibility; For pregnant high-rish women who abuse alcohol/drugs

Services Include:

  • Home Visitation
  • Mentoring Program
  • Transportion to appointments, meetings, court
  • Advocacy
  • Reproductive Health Information
  • Linkage to community resources
  • FASD Awareness presentations
  • Addictions Severity Index Assesments
  • Monthly coordinator & mentor reports
  • RCMP community meeting
  • Staff Meetings
  • Trainings as established by FNIH

There are two (2) mentors/advocates who carry a maximum client load of 30, who mentor and advocate for client needs.

Substance Abuce

Activities include Program Development Training and Prevention and Early Intervention Programs. Prevention (includes personal development courses).

  • Substance Abuse
  • Awareness Workshops
  • Depression
  • Substance Abuse and Relapse
  • Rehab Services
  • Comfort Allowance for Tribal Members going back to a treatment center
  • Care Package

Mental Heath

Activities include Mental Heath Prevention courses, Personal Development courses, and culturally sensitive Mental Health
Services at the Community level. The Mental Health programming includes all community members: it is not limited to children.

  • Grief Recovery
  • Suicide Bereavement with Cultural Component
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Grief Support
  • Uprooting Intergenerational Trauma
  • Shame
  • Hope: Suicide Intervention Tools
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

HIV/ AIDS/ HEP C Program

HIV/ AIDS/ Hepatitis C and sexually transmitted disease courses to community members on an on-going basis.

  • Teen Girl Power
  • Presentations
  • Distribution of condoms

Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program

For pregnant Tribal Members or moms breast feeding who's child is less than a year old. The program offers:

  • A weekly milk exchange coupon to Lucky Dollar Foods for nutritious food based on the Canada Food Guide.
  • Prenatal Classes at Maskwacis Health Servies Centre Prenatal Classes or Primary Care Network Classes
  • Infant car seats
  • Infant Nutrition Information
  • Breast Pads

National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy

2 Youth Suicide Mentors

  • Youth Groups


All upcoming workshops and courses are advertised in the Tribes' local newsletter one month prior to course.

Children's Oral Health Initiative (COHI):

  • Care For A Smile Clinics
  • Four (4) fluoride varnish clinics for ages 0-4 year old
  • Children with excellent oral health are seen every three months
  • Advertise Quarterly posters for COHI/ Care For A Smile
  • Headstart children are also seen at the school K4 to Grade 6
  • The program provides toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss
  • Prenatal dental education provided on request
  • Home visits