COVID-19 ECN Updates

Food Hampers and Quarantine Trailer Requests:

Vaccination Information

208463834_2977955155815873_3550927453358160422_n
219912516_1982558281914221_7359745767867050313_n.jpg

Ermineskin Timeline

July 29th, 2021
At a duly convened Chief and Council Regular meeting held on July 27, 2021, a motion was passed approving Phase 2 – reopening plan will continue in effect with the following updates for the month of August 2021. (1) curfew will be lifted and checkpoint security removed. However, barriers will remain in place. This decision will reverse in the event COVID cases begin to escalate in Maskwacîs. (2) Current work hours will remain as is: Monday to Thursday 10:00am to 4:00pm for the month of August 2021. (3) Travel restrictions are lifted. (4) In person meetings are permitted with limited capacities based on ECN meeting venues and conditions (Small Size Meeting Room eg. Chief Board Room: 6 ppl, Medium Size eg. Council Chamber: 15ppl and Large Meeting Room eg. NOK building: 50 ppl) that safety protocols are to be enforced such as social distancing, masks to be worn in all buildings with the exception when alone in your office or you had been double vaccinated. (5) EOC is still expected to monitor active COVID cases in Maskwacîs. (6) No wakes or funerals in ECN building permitted . . . .yet. All safety protocol will continue to be followed – wearing a mask, social distancing, hand washing, and hand sanitization. All offices are still closed to the public. Programs and Services are accessible by appointment only. All staff still required to sanitize their work stations, light switches and office doorknobs. The safety of all Leadership, all staff and our citizens is top priority and please do your part in continuing to practise all safety protocols. COVID and its variants are still around and let us all keep it out of our community of Maskwacis.
July 15th, 2021
At a duly convened Chief and Council Regular meeting held on July 13th, a motion was passed approving Phase 2 – Return to work Roll out Plan. This recall back to work will include all Coordinators, all Administrative/Executive Assistants, Receptionists and including staff that are 65 years and older. This motion is effective July 19, 2021, so all staff are required to return to work. Days and hours of ECN Administration and operations will be Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with every Friday off, until further notice. All safety protocols will continue to be followed - wearing of a face mask, social distancing, hand washing, and hand sanitization. All offices are still closed to the public. Programs and Services are accessible by appointment only. All staff are still required to sanitize their work stations, light switches and office doorknobs. The safety of all Leadership, all staff and our citizens is top priority and please do your part in continuing to practice all safety protocols. COVID is still around and let us all keep it out of our community of Maskwacis. Respectfully, Geraldine Hill
July 1st, 2021
Hours of operation for the Ermineskin Administration and Departments will remain as is, open Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For all Managers, Directors, and certain Essential Services staff. Offices will be closed to the public, programs and services are accessible to the public by appointment only. Please call or email staff to book your appointment. All health and safety protocols will continue, Masks will remain mandatory in all ECN public buildings after July 1st, 2021, until further notice. Offices will be closed on Thursday, July 1st due to the Stat holiday. We thank you for your continued cooperation, for contributing to the wellbeing and safety of our community.
June 30th, 2021
ON JULY 1st, the only changes Ermineskin will see are Change to CURFEW: CURFEW will now be 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. starting July 1, 2021. The Administration and Department HOURS OF OPERATION will continue to be TUESDAYS TO THURSDAY with only directors, managers, and essential staff at this time. Hours of operation will remain at 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Masks are still mandatory in public buildings, Large public gatherings are not permissible at this time. Until further notice. The ECN Emergency Operations Committee and leadership will reevaluate potentially easing further restrictions to Phase 2 in the upcoming weeks. This will ONLY be decided when certain conditions are safe to do so, and will always be subject to change. Timing and level of restrictions will be determined when they evaluate the active cases and vaccination rates in our local community as well as those within the province.
June 28th, 2021
Starting July 1st, the ECN Curfew Hours will change to 12:00am Midnight to 6:00am. Please respect Security and follow the ECN Health and Safety Regulations. We thank you for your cooperation
June 18th, 2021
Ermineskin Cree Nation has been delivering Wellness Hampers for on-reserve homes, in Buck Lake, Pigeon Lake and Smallboy Camp this week. They will complete the deliveries on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, for the areas of 611 west and 611 Central areas. Hampers include: 4 different craft sets, $100 Sobey’s gift card, Neyaskweyahk Wellness Guide.
June 11th, 2021
As of June 15th, Hours of Opperation will be Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00am - 4:00pm. Directors and Managers will bein office during regulated office hours. Programs and Services will be available during regulated hours, and ALL ECN offices will remain closed to the public. Programs and services will be accessible by appointment ONLY. Essenential staff will continue to be provided. Non-essential staff will continue to work remotely. All health and safety protocols will continue to be followed. Please follow all covid restriction guidelines and keep yourselves safe.
June 1st, 2021
UPDATE MAY 26th, 2021: There will continue to be a minimum number of staff in the Administration Building, all buildings will remain closed to the public and access to buildings is by appointment only. What does this mean? • Hours of operations will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. • There will be no change for essential workers and services. All services for emergencies only. • All safety protocols will continue to be in place; face masks, hand sanitizing, social distancing, frequent disinfecting of workstations, doorknobs, etc. if at work. Please continue to be keep informed of any/all announcements of the current COVID situation and do your part in keeping the virus out of our community of Neyaskweyahk and Maskwacis. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I trust that this is satisfactory. I remain, Respectfully Geraldine hill Ermineskin Cree Nation Administrator *Note changes to be announced on June 14th, 2021 on staff in the office, and staff working from home.
May 4th, 2021
UPDATE MAY 4, 2021: Please be advised, as approved by Chief and Council motion at today’s duly convened meeting that the ECN Administration and Operations will be shut down to MAY 31, 2021, as recommended by the Ermineskin Emergency Operations Committee. Furthermore, a co-hort system will be implemented where required to ensure safety. This is a measure seriously taken for the safety and wellbeing of all leadership, employees and our citizens. There will continue to be a minimum number of staff in the Administration Building, all buildings are closed to the public and access to buildings is by appointment only. What does this mean? • Hours of operations will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. • There will be no change for essential workers and services. All services for emergencies only. • All safety protocols will continue to be in place; face masks, hand sanitizing, social distancing, frequent disinfecting of workstations, doorknobs, etc. if at work. Please continue to be keep informed of any/all announcements of the current COVID situation and do your part in keeping the virus out of our community of Neyaskweyahk and Maskwacis. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I trust that this is satisfactory. I remain, Respectfully. Geraldine hill Ermineskin Cree Nation Administrator
April 13th 2021
Ermineskin Administration and Departments will be temporarily Closed until April 30, 2021, due to an increase in Covid 19 cases in Maskwacis. For the health and safety of our staff and members, the offices will be closed to staff and the general public at this time. All Essential Services will continue to operate. All emergency contacts are listed on the Ermineskin website https://ermineskin.ca/ Thank you for your cooperation! And we would like to ask that all citizens please follow all recommended health and safety restrictions to prevent the spread of the covid-19 virus and variants. Stay safe and stay well. Ermineskin Chief and Council
April 6th, 2021
***If you are an Ermineskin Resident and are required by MHS to Quarantine/ Self Isolate due someone in your home being Covid-19 Positive you can call this number to assist you with Food Assistance: Contact Courtney at 780-335-6048. ***If you are a "Close Contact" of a positive case and asked to isolate you can contact DeAnne at the Food Bank for hamper assistance 780-585-2377, you may leave a message with your name and number.
March 23rd, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Information. Age has changed to 40+ Date: MARCH 30TH, 2021 & APRIL 6TH, 2021 Location: N.O.K. Building
March 15th, 2021
Ermineskin Emergency Operations is in preparation to distribute the Phase 2 Roll-Out of the Moderna Vaccine. The 2nd Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine will be administered within a 4 month (12 weeks) period. This vaccine will be available for members and non-band members that reside on Ermineskin Cree Nation Reserve or Off-Reserve, who are 50+ years old. Immune compromised nation members with chronic conditions (eg, diabetes etc.), will also be a priority. The date of the distribution is yet to be announced. You can call the Covid Hotlines to register ahead of time for the vaccine. When Ermineskin Cree Nation receives a specific date from Maskwacis Health Services for a vaccine clinic, all registrants will receive a call back to book an appointment. Phone lines will be open from Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and voicemail or texting is available. There will be doctors available and on-site the day of the vaccine clinic if you have any questions. We thank you for your cooperation.
February 16, 2021
This is to inform all, that the ECN Administration and Program operations will remain with the following operational hours and times; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This schedule will be followed until further notice by the Chief and Council and depending on AHS lifting restrictions/bans. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Keeping our leadership, all employees and nation members safe is important during this evolving and challenging pandemic. All safety protocols will continue to be followed – wearing of face masks, social distancing, handwashing and hand sanitizing in all public areas. Stay healthy and stay safe. Geraldine Hill ECN Administrator.
February 11, 2021
ECN Administration and Program operations will remain with the following operational hours and times; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This schedule will be followed until further notice by the Chief and Council and depending on AHS lifting restrictions/bans. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Keeping our leadership, all employees and nation members safe is important during this evolving and challenging pandemic. All safety protocols will continue to be followed – wearing of face masks, social distancing, handwashing and hand sanitizing in all public areas. Stay healthy and stay safe. Geraldine Hill ECN Administrator.
February 7, 2021
ECN will continue operations as is, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Essential staff only. Until further notice as determined by Chief and Council. Thank you, Geraldine Hill Ermineskin Cree Nation Administrator
January 28, 2021
Chief Ermineskin speaks on the COVID-19 Hotlines, which are meant for those who have tested positive and are in need of services such as good hampers, water and disinfectant supplies. These numbers ARE NOT DISTRESS LINES. If you should have questions you are encouraged to call Health Link at 811.
January 16th, 2021
Chief Ermineskin encourages community members to continue to follow the self-isolation and quarantine laws to help keep the community safe. He also gives thanks to the frontline workers for testing our citizens, keeping them informed and continuing to support our community during the pandemic. "On behalf of our elders and most vulnerable citizens, we ask that you adhere to the health guidelines. Do not break quarantine and stay home if you are feeling sick or unwell." Also, Covid-19 Hotlines have been implemented for those who have tested positive and are in need of services while in self-isolation.
December 11th, 2020
Community Wellness will be offering a drive-thru Christmas event, “Candy Cane Lane,” at the P&R building on December 16th from 4 to 7 PM. Turkey hampers are being distributed at the Jim Rattlesnake building each day from noon until the daily supplies run out. If you are unable to get a hamper, please return it the next day. Our first shipment ran out very quickly and EIRD staff will be distributing each day starting at noon and will be out each day, including the weekend, until all hampers are distributed. Please be aware that there are only 10 people total allowed in the Ermineskin mall at any time. Please be patient and kind while picking up hampers and cheques, it is a stressful time for us all and the staff are working hard. As before, essential services will continue to operate as they have previously. The new Alberta guidelines will not affect our operations, as we have set in place our own guidelines to protect our community, as well. Those who are able will be working from home. As of December 10, 2020, there have been 537 total cases in Maskwacis, with 168 active cases, 369 recoveries, and 8 in hospital. There have been 3 deaths due to the virus so far. The Government of Alberta has set in place new guidelines in their effort to battle swelling case numbers of COVID-19. There is now a province-wide mask mandate. Effective December 8, all indoor and outdoor social gatherings are prohibited. This will be enforced in Provincial jurisdictional areas, off-reserve, with $1,000 fines. Effective at 12:01 AM on December 13 further restrictions will be put into place. All retail properties must limit occupants to 15% of fire code regulations. Many entertainment properties will be closed for a minimum of 4 weeks, including restaurants, bars, lounges, cafes, casinos, bingo halls and theatres. All indoor recreation facilities must close, including gyms, spas, pools, indoor rinks and arenas, community halls and centres. Restaurants will still be able to offer delivery and takeout. Personal and wellness services must also close, including piercing and tattoo shops, salons and barber shops, and massage therapists. Regulated health services can remain open by appointment only and should be limited to one-on-one services. Professional services can remain open by appointment only. Social services can remain open for in-person services including social, protective, or emergency services, shelters for vulnerable persons, and not-for-profit kitchens, religious kitchens and soup kitchens. Local RCMP have asked that youth please stay home to cut down transmission. Even if someone has no symptoms, they may still be contagious. The vaccines that are on the way signal light at the end of the tunnel, but we must still buckle down to keep our community safe. Kinanaskomitinawaw. Stay Safe, Stay Home and stay vigilant.
December 4th, 2020
Leadership will be having a meeting deciding if a longer shutdown is needed for ECN Offices. To stop the spread of Covid-19, Santa's Anonymous has been cancelled. We understand that a lot of families utilize this program, and we do regret to info the public that it will not be operating this year. Also, a reminder to please follow the Health and Safety guidelines at our Maskwacis Post office, Security will be monitoring the traffic of people coming in going, as it is busy during the holidays. Ay Hay
November 19th, 2020
Ermineskin Chief and Council agree to do a complete shutdown of the Ermineskin Tribal Administration offices from Monday, November 23, 2020, to December 7, 2020. This decision was based on the recent increase of COVID positive cases in Maskwacis. The safety and well-being of all ECN employees and citizens are paramount during this time for the Chief and Council, along with the Emergency Operations Committee. It is very important to follow safety protocols are that currently in place, and as set out by AHS/MHS - wearing of face masks, hand sanitizing, and social distancing. We are also urging to minimize family gatherings. We all must do our part in flattening the curve of this virus in Maskwacis. Please remain calm, do your part by following all safety protocols. Be safe and stay healthy, we are all in this together. Furthermore, appropriate disinfection protocols are scheduled and implemented. The office closure is effective Monday, November 23, 2020. The following will be also in effect:
  • All staff that can work from home are to do so
  • All meetings are to be done by video or teleconference
  • Schedule the disinfection of the Administration Building
  • When staff returns in December a rotation of staff will be developed and implemented
  • All bookings for the Neyaskweyahk Okimaw Kamik will be postponed until further notice
  • Tribal Administration shut down will not apply to NHS, Women’s Shelter, KKI and essential services
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick

November 11th, 2020
ECN Property Management Offices will be closed due to a Confirmed COVID-19 Case within the staff. MHS has started the necessary contact tracing. Please be advised that the EMP Office will be closed from November 12th - November 20th, 2020. Emergency Calls will still be serviced.
November 10th, 2020
With the Covid-19 cases continuing to rise within the community of Maskwacis and Ermineskin, ECN Leadership has decided that the office closure will be extended until DECEMBER 17TH, 2020. Ermineskin administration, programs and services will remain closed. The essential staff will work Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Offices will remain closed to the public unless an appointment has been made prior. Our Emergency Contact List is available for those who need essential services or after-hours services.
November 7th, 2020
An employee at the Maskwacis Post Office has tested positive for COVID-19. The POst office will be closed until November 9th, 2020. We are following the guidance of public health in informing the staff, supporting contact tracing and conduction thorough precautionary sanitization of the facility.
November 2nd, 2020<
ECN Administration, programs and services will be closed for the week of November 2nd until November 9th, 2020. Essential staff will work Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Offices will remain closed to the public unless an appointment has been made prior.
October 24th, 2020
ECN Office closures will be extended to November 2, 2020. Essential Services will continue to operate. The ECN offices are CLOSED to the PUBLIC, we ask the public to please do not enter the public buildings at this time, this is to ensure the safety of those essential services staff at work. We ask that the public please follow the safety measures in place, and use the emergency contact list to reach those departments for services needed.
October 13th, 2020
Due to the rise of COVID-29 Cases within Ermineskin and Maskwacis, The Four Nation's Chief's are working together with Maskwacis Health Services and the Emergency Management Teams, and have decided on an additional two-week office closure, effective as of OCTOBER 13TH, 2020. Essential services, the gas bar, bank and businesses will be limiting persons, allowing only those with proper PPE such as masks and hand sanitizing.
October 7th, 2020
To take extra safety precautions, ECN leadership has decided that it would be best to close the offices to help protect our staff, as well as our community. The office's closure will be effective as of October 7th, 2020 and will continue until October 13th, 2020. Our essential services will continue to operate. Please contact their emergency numbers should you need any emergency services
October 6th, 2020
Maskwacis Health Services notified Ermineskin Director of Management of an individual of Ermineskin Cree Nation who has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was told to self quartine after being tested on September 28th, 2020. Maskwacis Health Services have already conducted contact tracing, and have contacted those who have come in contact with the individual. ECN Leadership and Maskwacis Health Services want to ensure community member that there is no immediate threat to the public, but you should be following public health protocol such as:
  • Wearing a face mask in public
  • Maintain Social Distancing
  • Clean Commonly touched surfaces
  • Frequently was haves for twenty (20) seconds
  • Avoid Contact with sick individuals
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
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 the 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 circumstances 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. The curfew will return to 10:00 pm - 6:00 am, 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, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 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 were held.
May 6th, 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 1 pm to 3 pm 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. Concerning 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. The 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 Smallboy Camp.
April 22, 2020
Council of Ermineskin Cree Nation deems it to be in the best interests of Ermineskin to amend 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, 2020,
A 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.
March 11, 2020
ECN department directors and managers underwent First Nations Emergency Management Training Certification.

Emergency Listing

Precautionary Measures

  • All ECN Staff are back in Office, Programs and Services are provided by appointment ONLY, with the exception of essential services Administration is open with adjusted hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 backup issues.
  • Food Bank Services now require appointments as no walk-in will be accepted.
  • 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
COVID-19 ECN Updates

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.

To keep up with constant updates on The COVID-19 Pandemic, please visit the Maskwacis Health Services website or the Maskwacis Health Services Facebook Page

Maskwacis Health Services

"Vaccine effectiveness varies slightly for the different variants, but Alberta data demonstrates that a complete dose remains 85 - 95% effective. A single dose offers some, but significantly less, protection then 2 doses." Maskwacis is currently at 43.4% first dose & 31.9% fully vaccinated. Herd "community" immunity occurs when a large portion of a community (the HERD) becomes immune to COVID-19, slowly or stopping person-to-person transmission to those who lack immunity. ISC-AB Medical Officer of Health strongly recommend that's First Nations aim to have 80% of 12+ years and older population immunized before moving to stage 3.

225713164_2998257043785684_4631298562465664122_n.jpg

Covid-19 Cases in Maskwacis

209886134_2980206888924033_6634797404543499960_n.jpg
226770400_2998315157113206_4722296581243594493_n.jpg

curfew up;date

Ermineskin Curfew By-Law

As of APRIL 22, 2020 the ECN Curfew will be lifted and checkpoint security removed. However, barriers will remain in place. This decision will reverse in the event COVID cases begin to rise within Maskwacîs.

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.



Ermineskin Chief and Council Video Updates

  • Last Updated July 29th, 2021