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Overview

The Ermineskin Cree Nation (Reserve #138) is one member of the Four Nations of Maskwacis, Alberta - located in Central Alberta about fifty miles south of Edmonton on Highway 2A, halfway between the towns of Ponoka and Wetaskiwin. The Ermineskin Cree Nations land base is approximately 25'000 acres. This area is traditionally known as the Bear Hills or Maskwacheesihk. The Cree people of the Ermineskin Cree Nation have a historical relationship that extends over centuries to the area of land that now comprises the Ermineskin Reserve. The Ermineskin Reserve was established in 1885. The Ermineskin Cree Nation belongs to the Treaty Six Group of Indian Tribes in Western Canada.

As with other First Nation communities in Canada the Ermineskin Cree Nation continues to maintain its close community identity through preservation of their long and proud history. Although the communities of Maskwacis have benefited from a large oil and gas deposit on their lands, they also enjoy large tracts of prime agricultural land and property on one of Alberta's more popular lakes (Pigeon Lake). Among the many services offered in the Maskwacis area include; the Maskwacis Health Authority, Maskwacis Police Service, ambulance and fire departments, a number of community recreation centers, as well as a Canadian Pacific rail line that runs through the reserve. Finally there are currently a number of small businesses that operate in the town site of Maskwacis. 

To help teach and encourage native traditions and the Cree language, the Ermineskin Cree Nation hosts a number of schools including; Ermineskin Kindergarten, Ermineskin Primary, Ermineskin Elementary Junior Senior High, and also supports the Maskwachees Cultural College. The Ermineskin Schools are among the most technologically advanced schools in Canada, having iMAC computers in every classroom, of which all are Internet ready. Along with the school system native traditions are also maintained through a number of celebrations that occur throughout the year.

As the Ermineskin community moves into diversifying its economy away from the oil and gas revenues it must do so with strategies that allow the community to maintain its cultural identity. Working closely with the other regional First Nations and non-indigenous communities, Ermineskin can offer a number of resources and other advantages that will be key in attracting outside investment.

Community Description

The total land base of the Maskwacis 4 Nations is 291 sq. Km of which 108.62 sq. Km is owned and operated by the almost 3000 members of the Ermineskin Cree Nation. The Reserve is located in close proximity of Alberta's two main cities of Edmonton and Calgary. Some of the more important advantages include:

1. Strategically Located

The Ermineskin Cree Nation is located in the Maskwacis area, which is about 70km south of Edmonton along Highway 2A and at Junction 611 and is only a short distance from Highway 2, which links Edmonton and Calgary. This location allows for easy access to a number of facilities in both centers as well as other cities such as Wetaskiwin, Leduc, and Red Deer. The Edmonton International Airport, which is a mere 30-minute drive and the Calgary International Airport, allows access to virtually any of the world markets.

Access to a number of other amenities including educational facilities such as the University of Alberta, University of Calgary,Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Red Deer College and Olds Agricultural College are all within a two hour drive from the Reserve. The close proximity of these institutions has produced a number of highly educated Ermineskin members. These same institutions can also play an important role in facilitating research for any initiative that may be started with the Ermineskin Community and they can also be used to help in training Ermineskin Members in specific areas that new ventures might offer.

Other research facilities that can also be utilized in many potential business ventures include the Leduc Agricultural Research Complex, which is only 15 minutes away and can offer state of the art processing equipment.

2. Workforce

The current Ermineskin community has about 1300 semi skilled and skilled labor force as well as access to a much larger work force in the three other First Nations tribes that reside in the Maskwacis area. 

Should any further expertise be needed, a further source can be drawn from other First Nation communities.

3. Financially Stable

With access to a large supply of oil and gas revenues the Ermineskin Cree Nation is considered to be one of the more economically stable First Nation communities in Canada. Revenues generated have in the past, been used to support community business, purchase outside expertise and to further develop the Tribes infrastructure. These same revenues can also be used to help support future development projects.

4. Natural Resources

Along with oil and gas resources, Ermineskin also has over 10,000 hectares of high quality agricultural land capable of producing annual crops. Land along Pigeon Lake, one of Alberta's most popular lakes, is currently being used for camping.

5. Recognized Arts and Crafts Industry

Ermineskin currently has a number of small home-based arts and crafts businesses and there are a number of artists whose works are well known both inside and outside the First Nation communities.

6. Access to other indigenous communities throughout Canada

As a First Nations community Ermineskin has good relations with other First Nations within the Maskwacis regions as well as throughout Canada. These relationships can be used as potential markets for products and as potential joint venture partners.

7. Access to a number of Government and Non-government assistance

There is a large base of Government and native programs that provide financial and most other types of assistance to Indigenous based businesses that can be utilized to assist in establishing a marketing program for the Ermineskin Cree Nation.

8. Education and Maskwachees Cultural College

The location of Ermineskin allows its members easy access to the many secondary education institutions located in Edmonton and Calgary. Whether it is technical, business or academic training, all are available. In the Maskwacis area itself, the Maskwachees Cultural College has operated for over 20 years and can be used for both research and training purposes.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 10:55

ECN Job Opportunities

One (1) Full Time position and One (1) Part Time
position for Children’s
Oral Health Initiative
Aide (COHI) with the Ermineskin

Brighter Futures department by October 22, 2018


Under the supervision of the Ermineskin Brighter Futures Manager the COHI Aide provides
services as directed by a dental therapist, dental hygienist or designated dental professional.
Prior to provision of COHI services, the COHI Aide will be required to successfully
complete COHI training. Competencies must be reviewed on an annual basis.
(Contact your regional COHI Coordinator to obtain current competency standards,
process and required reporting forms.)

Basic First Aid and Baby/Child Care CPR Certification will be an asset, but not a
pre-requisite. In some regions, a driver’s license may be required.




Manager with the
Ermineskin Public
Works department by October 22,
2018

The Ermineskin Public Works Manager is under the direction of
and reports to the Director of Property & Infrastructure. The
Manager is responsible for the management of the Public Works
Department in conjunction with the Administration. The
Ermineskin Public Works department, a division of Ermineskin
Cree Nation, functions to provide a service to the Ermineskin
Community, whereby this department is responsible for building
and maintaining all reserve roads, in a safe driving condition. This
department also assists other band departments in their actions
such as snow removal, gravel, pit run, leveling, etc.



Manager with the
Ermineskin Elders
Centre department by October 30,
2018 
The manager is responsible for the planning and management of
the department, programs, and services for the Elders. The Elders
Manager will ensure that the operations of the department are
on-going on a daily basis through high performing staff, through
the implementation of the department’s strategic plan and
through the implementation of policy. The Manager will also
ensure that the programs and services are based on the needs of
the Elders.
Reporting Procedure:
This position is under the direction of the Community Services
Director and under the Division of Community Services and
Wellness.






FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ermineskin Cree Nation Phone: (780) 585-3741 ext. 241 or 311
Personnel Department Edmonton Direct: (780) 420-0008
Box 219 Red Deer Direct: (780) 343-1078
Maskwacîs, AB Ma Me O Beach Direct: (780)586-2545
T0C 1N0 Toll Free: 1-866-585-3941
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 12 October 2018 10:53

Cows and Plows Update

Miyo Kisikaw,

Here is the latest
Neyâskweyâhk Acimowin
Kaskatinowipîsim Nîsosâp Akimaw Anohc Issue!!
This week’s newsletter includes many highlights over the past few weeks such as;
the Audit presentation MNP LLC, the Walk Against Racial Profiling,
Community Political Update Information Session,
Treaty Days Event and the Maskwacis Youth Initiative Graduation!!



https://issuu.com/saralee07/docs/october_12__2018



Hai Hai and Have a Nice Day!



The next issue is scheduled for Friday, October 26th, 2018.
Submission Deadline for this issue is on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018.
Please forward/email submissions to:

Sara Lee
ECN Newsletter Editor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ph: 780-585-3741, ext. 266
Fax: 780-585-3774

Thursday, 11 October 2018 13:32

Ermineskin Annual General Meetings

Thursday, 04 October 2018 09:13

ECN Job Opportunities

Assistant Manager for NSD and Band Housing with
Ermineskin Property Management by October 12, 2018

Under the direction of the EPM Housing Manager, the incumbent shall oversee
and co-ordinate the administration, maintenance, operation and improvement
of the sub division, and band units on and off reserve. The incumbent will
also represent the interests of the sub division and band residents on and off reserve.




Political Analyst with the Ermineskin External
Affairs department by October 15, 2018

Under the direction of the Ermineskin Cree Nation (ECN) External Affairs
Director the incumbent will be a skilled and motivated individual to
conduct research and analysis of Provincial, Federal and/or International
legislations and policy affecting the Treaty based rights as well as Federal
fiduciary obligations. The Political Analyst will also maintain contact and
monitor the activities of other Treaty and political organizations.
The Political Analyst will provide recommendations, reports and develop
political opinion, statements, and political strategies on issues
as prioritized by Ermineskin Cree Nation Chief and Council.




One (1) Full Time position and One (1) Part Time position for
Children’s Oral Health Initiative Aide (COHI) with the
Ermineskin Brighter Futures department by October 22, 2018

Under the supervision of the Ermineskin Brighter Futures Manager the COHI
Aide provides services as directed by a dental therapist, dental hygienist or
designated dental professional. Prior to provision of COHI services, the COHI
Aide will be required to successfully complete COHI training.
Competencies must be reviewed on an annual basis.
(Contact your regional COHI Coordinator to obtain current
competency standards, process and required reporting forms.)

Basic First Aid and Baby/Child Care CPR Certification will be an
asset, but not a pre-requisite. In some regions, a driver’s license may be required.





Manager with the Ermineskin Public Works
department by October 22, 2018

The Ermineskin Public Works Manager is under the direction of and reports to the
Director of Property & Infrastructure. The Manager is responsible for the
management of the Public Works Department in conjunction with the
Administration. The Ermineskin Public Works department, a division of
Ermineskin Cree Nation, functions to provide a service to the Ermineskin
Community, whereby this department is responsible for building and maintaining
all reserve roads, in a safe driving condition. This department also assists other
band departments in their actions such as snow removal, gravel, pit run, leveling, etc.








FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ermineskin Cree Nation Phone: (780) 585-3741 ext. 241 or 311
Personnel Department Edmonton Direct: (780) 420-0008
Box 219 Red Deer Direct: (780) 343-1078
Maskwacîs, AB Ma Me O Beach Direct: (780)586-2545
T0C 1N0 Toll Free: 1-866-585-3941
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Friday, 28 September 2018 13:50

ECN Job Opportunities

One(1) Assistant Manager for NSD and Band Housing
with Ermineskin Property Managment by October 3, 2018



AND 


One (1) Political Analyst with the Ermineskin External
Affairs department by October 15, 2018






FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ermineskin Cree Nation Phone: (780) 585-3741 ext. 241 or 311
Personnel Department Edmonton Direct: (780) 420-0008
Box 219 Red Deer Direct: (780) 343-1078
Maskwacîs, AB Ma Me O Beach Direct: (780)586-2545
T0C 1N0 Toll Free: 1-866-585-3941
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Miyo Kisikaw,

Here is the latest Neyâskweyâhk Acimowin Onôcihitowipîsim
Nîstanaw Ayinânewosâp Akimaw Anohc
 Issue!!

This week’s newsletter includes highlights from
the INAC Status Registration Update,
the NANCA Rodeo Finals,
and ASETS Grad!!


https://issuu.com/saralee07/docs/september_28__2018



Hai Hai and Have a Nice Day!



The next issue is scheduled for Friday, October 12th, 2018.
Submission Deadline for this issue is on Tuesday, October 9th , 2018.
Please forward/email submissions to:

Sara Lee
ECN Newsletter Editor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ph: 780-585-3741, ext. 266
Fax: 780-585-3774

Monday, 17 September 2018 13:46

NHS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday, 17 September 2018 13:42

ECN Job Opportunities *UPDATED*

One (1) Temporary Receptionist with the Ermineskin Property
Management department by September 17, 2018

One (1) Assistant Manager for NSD and Band
Housing with Ermineskin Property Managment
by October 3, 2018

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ermineskin Cree Nation Phone: (780) 585-3741 ext. 241 or 311
Personnel Department Edmonton Direct: (780) 420-0008
Box 219 Red Deer Direct: (780) 343-1078
Maskwacîs, AB Ma Me O Beach Direct: (780)586-2545
T0C 1N0 Toll Free: 1-866-585-3941
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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