Ermineskin Timeline“We would like to assure our citizens it is our top priority that the protection of our most vulnerable populations; which this includes our children, Elders and as well as those that have with underlying health issues” -Chief Makinaw
October 13th, 2020- Due to the rise of COVID-29 Cases within Ermineskin and Maskwacis, ECN Chief and Council have decided on a full two-week office closure Effective as in OCTOER 13TH, 2020. On October 6, 2020; Maskwacis Health Services notified Ermineskin Director of Management of an individual of the Ermineskin Cree Nation who has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual had mild symptoms and was asked to self-quarantine since being tested on September 28th. Maskwacis Health Services have already conducted contact tracing and have contacted those who were in close contact with the individual. Those individuals are asked to self-isolate for the 14 day and self-monitoring. Maskwacis Health Services are and will be doing active daily monitoring with all involved.
September 8th, 2020 – At a duly convened Chief and Council meeting held September 4th, 2020, a motion was approved regarding the Administration office operations.Effective September 8th, 2020, new office hours will be 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, and THURSDAYS. This will be reviewed again by Chief and Council at the end of September. All safety precautions will remain in effect-by appointment only, mandatory face masks, hand sanitizing, and social distancing. Buildings will still be closed to the public. ACCESS TO SERVICES WILL BE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
July 14, 2020 – As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19. Citizens are encouraged to get tested if you should start to show any symptoms as soon as possible. Due to the cir.cumstances that had happened in Samson Band on July 15th, 2020, as a precautionary measure, ECN Leadership (with recommendations of the ECN Emergency Operations Committee) have made the following changes: Security Operations are now 24 hours, 7 days a week. Curfew will return to 10:00pm - 6:00am, as well as all non-essential services within Ermineskin will be closed for a two week period. ONLY Essential Services will continue to operate, only for emergency services. All ECN Department Buildings will be closed off to the public.
June 6th, 2020 – The New ECN Office Hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00pm - 3:00pm for all departments, while all essential Services (Fire Dept., Public Works, Security, etc.) will continue to operate during regular full hours. ALL ECN Buildings are now closed to the public. If you should need access to any of the offices, you must make an appointment. Hampers will also be delivered from June 8th - June 12th, depending on the weather and road conditions. The ECN First Annual Yard and Garden Contest was held.
May 6, 2020 – Ermineskin Cree Nation Administration operations will continue to be limited, be advised the office building remains closed to the public until further notice, only essential services and staff will be in operation. ECN office hours are from 1pm to 3pm on Mondays and Wednesdays ONLY. If you need to reach staff you may call during those hours on Mondays and Wednesdays, or you can contact them by email, which you can find on the staff listings webpage on the Ermineskin Cree Nation Website. In relation to safety, Curfew and Security Checkpoints will remain in place. We advise citizens to respect and abide by the security measures that are in place for the health and protection of all our members. Any violators will be fined and actions will be taken to ensure the law is being enforced. We hope all members are aware of the seriousness of the infractions of this law, and their implications. he leadership and the Ermineskin Emergency Response team are doing what we can to aid and assist our citizens during this pandemic; there are supports available for our nation citizens residing on and off reserve, including Pigeon Lake, Buck Lake, and Small boy Camp.
April 22, 2020 Council of Ermineskin Cree Nation deems it to be in the best interests of Ermineskin to amend the 1992 Curfew Law (can be found on the External Affairs Webpage) to respond to the emergency, to secure the health and safety of individuals attending at or residing on the Ermineskin Cree Nation's Reserve lands, to encourage the observation of law and order and to prevent disorderly conduct and nuisances on its reserve lands.
March 25, 2020A State of Emergency is hereby declared by the Samson Cree Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Louis Bull Tribe and Montana First Nation effective March 22, 2020 covering all citizens of our Nations and those residing within our territory of the Maskwacis Cree. The State of Emergency has been declared due to the COVID-19 outbreak that is a global pandemic as declared by the World Health Authority. This pandemic threatens the health, safety and lives of our citizens.
March 16, 2020 – ECN leadership activated the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in response to the Level 4 Category Risk as identified by Alberta Health Services; this included enacting the EOC committee as a responsive team. The EOC Committee consists of ECN Program Directors inclusive of NGCI, Children’s Services, MHS, Maskwacis Ambulance, MESC and RCMP. Greg Minde is the Director and point lead to oversee the Ermineskin Emergency Operations Centre Team (See video below).
March 11, 2020 – ECN department directors and managers underwent First Nations Emergency Management Training Certification.
Ermineskin Cree Nation Prepares for COVID-19 Pandemic
Ermineskin Cree Nation has taken the following precautions and measures that have since been implemented:
- Most ECN Programs and Services have closed or are now working from home to ensure the safety of our employees and citizens, with the exception of essential services Administration is open with adjusted hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m
- Essential Services in areas such as Health, Fire, Police, Finance, Housing, Food Bank, Water Delivery and Garbage pickup will operate as needed. Housing service calls will be limited to ONLY those regarding no heat, no water, and sewer back up issues.
- Food Bank Services now require appointments as no walk-in will be accepted.
- Our citizens were given distribution to help them to obtain supplies, and food as needed for their families
- Elders were provided with Elders relief assistance (for 60 and older)
- External organizations such as local businesses have also implemented their safety and risk management plans to integrate pandemic preparedness to COVID-19
- Public facilities have been closed and ALL public events have been cancelled.
- For safety measures, disinfection and sanitization of ECN facilities has been made a priority
- ECN Hunters were deployed to harvest and gather meat for our Elders and families in need
Maskwacis Health Services“The Mission of Maskwacis Health Services is to improve and provide quality holistic health programs and services to the Maskwacis Peoples. Maskwacis Health Services will provide the highest quality, comprehensive health care delivery system for all the members of the Maskwacis Peoples.
MHS Testing Schedule
Covid-19 Cases in Maskwacis
Ermineskin Curfew By-LawAs of APRIL 22, 2020 there will be a Curfew that applies to ALL ERMINESKIN RESIDENTS & NON-RESIDENTS who reside on Ermineskin Reserve. All Ermineskin Residents must be inside their homes between the hours of 12:00 am to 6:00 am, 7 Days a week. See the official By-Law on the External Affairs Webpage.
COVID-19 Cases in Alberta Statistics:
Below is a link to the COVID-19 Info for Albertans which has precaution measures, COVID-19 stats for Alberta, information on when and where you can get tested and so much more.https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
COVID-19 Financial Supports
For Ermineskin Members, on and off-reserve, who are in need of Support Services, go to the ECN Support Services Webpage. There is an application process list, as well as Client forms as a Downloadable PDF that you can print off at home and an ECXEL Form that you can fill out and email to the Support Services Administrator: Christina Aguilar Sanchez
Below are multiple programs and services if you should need any financial aid during this pandemic.
Other Key Links:
- Coronavirus Information (Gov’t of Alberta)
- Update on Ermineskin Cree Nation COVID-19 Measures (Ponoka News).
- Coronavirus Updates (Alberta Health Services).
- Travel health Notices (Gov’t of Canada)
- Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 (WHO)
- Travel Health Notices (Gov’t of Canada)
- COVID-19 Advice for the Public (WHO)
Ermineskin Chief and Council Video Updates
- Update June 3, 2020
- Update May 6, 2020