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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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Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:45

ECN Job Opportunities

Director of Property & Infrastructure by December 18, 2018

Under the direction of the Tribal Administrator, the Director of Property and Infrastructure Management is
responsible for overall policy development, program planning, fiscal management, administration,
and operation of the departments under the Property and Infrastructure Management Division. The
Director will also foster cooperative working relationships with ECN staff, Chief and Council, ECN
citizens, and external agencies. The Director will be responsible to oversee the management of the
following departments: Technical Services, Property Management, Public Works,
Fire & Disaster Protection Services, Security, and Lands & Resources.





Part Time Driver with the Elders Centre
department by December 20, 2018


Under the direction of the Ermineskin Elders Center Manager and the Senior Services Assistant, the major component of this position
will be to drive Elders/Seniors to and from medical appointments, meetings, conferences, and wherever their attendance is requested.




One (1) Temporary Senior Case Management Worker with the
Neyaskweyahk Human Services (NHS) department

Position term until March 2019 by December 20, 2018

The Temporary Senior Case Management Worker is responsible for the administration of the Income
Support Program and ensuring the Income Support policies are properly applied and ensure that
policies are followed. The Case Worker is responsible for completing reports to
the Manager and providing services to the Nation.





CMHC Manager/Coordinator with the Ermineskin Property
Management department by December 20, 2018


Under the direction of the Director of Ermineskin Property Management, the incumbent shall coordinate
all necessary information, documents and financials for the Section 95 New Housing Projects and
make reports to the Director of EPM, Tribal Administrator and Tribal Chief & Council when
required to do so. The Section 95 New House Manager must ensure all projects are complete
in an efficient, timely manner and within the budget allocation and follow all policies and
procedures established within the Ermineskin Property Management and Ermineskin Cree Nation.




Literacy Instructor with the Aboriginal Employment Skills Training
(ASETS) Department by December 20, 2018


The Literacy Instructor will work directly with the Aboriginal Skills Employment Training (ASETS) staff,
the instructors and students. They will also have a working relationship with EIRD and the Advisory Team.
The Advisory Team consists of representatives from the Aboriginal Skills Employment
Training Department (ASETS), EIRD and partnering institutes.

 

Ermineskin Child Welfare Research Consultant with the Ermineskin
External Affairs department by January 9, 2019


The incumbent will be under the direction and supervision of the External Affairs Director. The incumbent will submit a completed work plan and submit progress reports to the Tribal Administrator, External Affairs Director and Chief and Council.
The incumbent is responsible for engaging and conducting research of the current and potential Child
Intervention and Prevention Service Delivery to the citizens of Ermineskin Cree Nation. By designing,
developing and maintaining a well-defined research methodological framework; the incumbent will provide
input and analyses for a specific research project of the Ermineskin Child Intervention and Prevention
Program and development of a Delegated First Nation Agency. The incumbent will also develop a work
plan that outlines key objectives, targets along with research methods, data analysis and presentation of findings.

The Research Consultant will be responsible in the coordination and engagement with the citizens of
Ermineskin as a method of collecting data that will inform the status and potential direction of the
Ermineskin Child Intervention and Prevention Service Delivery. Further, the incumbent will work closely
with key stakeholders in gathering the most current and up to date service delivery practices, policies
and statistical data of current service delivery for nation citizens on-reserve. The Research Consultant

will apply their advanced competencies in systems thinking, project coordination, research and literature
design that will deliver key findings that will inform the direction of the Ermineskin Cree Nation and
the development of a Delegated First Nation Agency. Develop a Child Welfare
System based on Ermineskin Cree Nation principles.

The incumbent will have a strong working knowledge of all legislations related to the service
delivery of Child Intervention and Prevention Services of Child and Family Services. In having a strong
knowledge of the related legislations, the incumbent will also have high proficiency in their
knowledge of all related policies and practice initiatives around the province of Alberta and amongst the
Delegated First Nation Agencies. The incumbent will also have a strong knowledge of the intergovernmental
relationships that exist in the various service delivery and funding agreements for many Delegated
First Nation Agencies and Non-Delegated First Nations Agencies. The incumbent must be able
to work with several key stakeholders in research and reporting.





Ermineskin Child Welfare Research Assistant with the Ermineskin
External Affairs department by January 9, 2019


The incumbent will be under the direction and supervision of the Research Consultant. The incumbent
will assist in the submission of reports to the Tribal Administrator and External Affairs Director.

The incumbent is responsible for assisting in the engagement and research of the current and potential
Child Intervention and Prevention Service Delivery to the citizens of Ermineskin Cree Nation; as defined
by the Research Consultant. By providing assistance in the design, development and maintenance of a
well-defined research methodological framework; the incumbent will work closely with the Research
Consultant to gather input and analyses for the specific research project of the Ermineskin Child
Intervention and Prevention Program and development of a Delegated First Nation Agency.
The incumbent will assist in the development a work plan that outlines key objectives, targets along with
research methods, data analysis and presentation of findings.

The Research Assistant will work closely with the Research Consultant where the Consultant is responsible
of the coordination and engagement of the citizens of Ermineskin as a method of collecting data that will inform the status and potential direction of the Ermineskin Child Intervention and Prevention Service Delivery. Further, the incumbent will work directly with the
Research Consultant closely in engagement with key stakeholders while gathering the most current and up
to date service delivery practices, policies and statistical data of current service delivery for nation
citizen’s on-reserve. The Assistant will apply their skill set specific to collaboration,
cooperation and collection of data/key findings.

The incumbent will work closely with the Research Consultant in order to develop their understanding
of all legislations related to the service delivery of Child Intervention and Prevention Services of
Child and Family Services. The incumbent will have a high proficiency in organization, coordination and
reporting systems that will support the Research Consultant in the work. The incumbent will also have knowledge
of the intergovernmental relationships that exist with First Nations and all Government levels.







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.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 09:47

Friendly Reminder:

Friday, 07 December 2018 13:12

ECN Weekly Events

Miyo Kisikaw,

Here is the latest ECN Newsletter for December 7th, 2018:
Neyâskweyâhk Acimowin Pawâcakinasîs
Pîsim Tepakohp Akimaw Anohc!!
This week’s newsletter includes a few highlights such as;
The Media, Communications & Information Technology Career Fair
,
The Remembrance Day Pow Wow, 
and The Ermineskin
Education Trust Fund Annual General Meeting!!


https://issuu.com/saralee07/docs/december_7__2018__2_


Hai Hai and Have a Nice Day!




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
Wednesday, 05 December 2018 13:55

Report Cards Deadline

Monday, 03 December 2018 11:18

ECN Events Happening Dec.3rd - 7th

Friday, 23 November 2018 11:11

NHS Reminders and Announcements

Friday, 23 November 2018 11:10

Winter Donations for Kids

Miyo Kisikaw,

Here is the latest Neyâskweyâhk Acimowin Iyikopiwipîsim Nîstanaw Nistosâp Akimaw Anohc!!
This week’s newsletter includes many highlights over the past few weeks such as;
the Annual General Meeting, 
Elders Consultation Meeting,
and The Remembrance Day Ceremony in Maskwacis!!




https://issuu.com/saralee07/docs/november_23__2018



Hai Hai and Have a Nice Day!



The next issue is scheduled for Friday, December 7th, 2018.
Submission Deadline for this issue is on Tuesday, December 4th, 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, 19 November 2018 13:03

Job Opportunities *UPDATED*

Director of Property & Infrastructure by December 3, 2018


Under the direction of the Tribal Administrator, the Director of Property and Infrastructure Management is responsible for
overall policy development, program planning, fiscal management, administration, and operation of the departments under
the Property and Infrastructure Management Division. The Director will also foster cooperative working relationships with
ECN staff, Chief and Council, ECN citizens, and external agencies. The Director will be responsible to oversee the
management of the following departments: Technical Services, Property Management,
Public Works, Fire & Disaster Protection Services, Security, and Lands & Resources.



Part Time Driver with the Elders Centre department by December 4, 2018

Under the direction of the Ermineskin Elders Center Manager and
the Senior Services Assistant, the major component of this
position will be to drive Elders/Seniors to and from medical
appointments, meetings, conferences, and wherever their
attendance is requested.








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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