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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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Just a reminder that there is a Special Air Quality Statement Alert in effect.
Smoke from forest fires in British Columbia continues to stream into most
of Alberta resulting in locally poor air quality and reducing visibility.
Air quality is expected to improve from north to south on Saturday afternoon and evening.
PLEASE STAY INDOORS AND STAY HYDRATED.
If you need to see a doctor please call 780-585-2266 or call health link alberta 811.



Weather Alert: https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/alerts/high-alert/alberta/maskwacis

Air Quality Health Index: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-quality-health-index.html
Poor air quality: 7 Ways to Breathe Easier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm7X47w7shM&feature=youtu.be

Miyo Kisikaw,

Here is the latest Neyâskweyâhk Acimowin Ohpahowipîsim
Tepakohposâp Akimaw Anohc Issue.
This week’s newsletter
includes highlights from 
the Trading Post Grand Opening,

the Neyâskweyâhk Staff Golf, and the 2018 Samson Pow Wow Parade
and Traditional Pow Wow Grand Entry!!




https://issuu.com/saralee07/docs/august_17__2018


Hai Hai and Have a Nice Day!



The next issue is scheduled for Friday, August 31st, 2018.
Submission Deadline for this issue is on Tuesday, August 27th , 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, 16 August 2018 12:45

2 MAN SCRAMBLE GOLF TOURNY

Key things to know:

1.Deadline to submit claim form to Claims Administrator is August 30, 2019

2.Deadline to opt out of settlement and not release Canada from a claim is October 31, 2018.

3.Settlement includes people who are registered Indians and people eligible to be registered
that were removed
from their homes in Canada between January 1, 1951
and December 31, 1991 and
placed in the care of non-indigenous
foster or adoptive parents.


4.“[Applicants] do not need to pay a lawyer to complete the form.  The administrator will help
you fill out the form and there are lawyers [applicants] can speak to free of charge”.
 
5.Papers are not needed from relevant child service agencies to apply.

6.Claim forms are available at sixtiesscoopsettlement.info or 1-(844)- 287 – 4270.

7.KMLLP listed contact information for Alberta applicants: 1-800-451-3225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



See attached: the notice that was approved by the courts,
clean copy of opt out form and
a clean copy of the 60s Scoop Claim form. 



For more information you can follow this link:
https://kmlaw.ca/cases/alberta-sixties-scoop-class-action/

Monday, 13 August 2018 10:09

Alberta Indigenous Games 2018

2018 Alberta Indigenous Games Aug. 16-19th
Edmonton, Alberta

Fastpitch Draws are here!

All of the Games on Thursday August 15th will be at
Coronation Park (11425 142 Street) in Edmonton.

All of the Games Friday will be held at
Airways Park Diamonds (113th Street and 111 Avenue)
across the street from Kingsway Mall in Edmonton.


Senior Girls are playing on Diamond 1
Intermediate Girls on Diamond 3
Junior Girls on Diamond 2
Intermediate Boys and Junior Boys on Diamond 4


Visit the AIG2018 website for more information: http://www.albertaindigenousgames.ca/

 

Thursday, 09 August 2018 08:29

ECN JOB OPPORTUNITIES

One Level Two (2) Early Child Development
Worker with the Ermineskin Daycare
Department by August 21, 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 Ohpahowipîsim
Nisto Akimaw Anohc Issue.

This week’s newsletter includes highlights from
the Panee Open Youth Rodeo 2018,
the return of urban anti-violence specialist, Aquil Basheer,
and the Land Occupant Meeting at Jim Rattlesnake Building!!


https://issuu.com/saralee07/docs/august_3__2018



Hai Hai and Have a Nice Day!



The next issue is scheduled for Friday, August 17th, 2018.
Submission Deadline for this issue is on Tuesday, August 14th , 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

Friday, 20 July 2018 13:35

ECN JOB OPPORTUNITIES *updated*

One Level Two (2) Early Child Development Worker
with the Ermineskin Daycare department by August 3, 2018
and
One (1) Receptionist with the
ECN Office Administration
Department by August 8,
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 Opaskowipîsim Nîstanaw
Akimaw Anohc Issue.This week’s newsletter includes highlights from
the 2018 Ermineskin Traditional Pow Wow, Land Law Community
Engagement Meetings, and the
results of the 2018 Neyaskweyahk Tour Rodeo!!

 


 https://issuu.com/saralee07/docs/july_20__2018


Hai Hai and Have a Nice Day!



The next issue is scheduled for Friday, August 3rd, 2018.
Submission Deadline for this issue is on Tuesday, July 31st , 2018.
Please 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, 19 July 2018 14:01

First Aid Training at MCC

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