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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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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:05

Training / Workshop Opportunities

Friday, 15 February 2019 13:34

February 15th, 2019 Neyâskweyâhk Acimowin

Miyo Kisikaw,

Here is the latest newsletter for February 15th, 2019.
Some of the highlights include:
The Signage of the Water Agreement,
Four Nations Games & Entertainment Day,
Maskwacis RCMP Detachment Dedicates New Sign with Local Youth Artwork,
and MESC's Open House!!

Hai Hai and Have a Nice Day!

Thursday, 14 February 2019 11:27

Dog Food Distribution

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:04

Pigeon Lake Meeting Postponed

Monday, 11 February 2019 10:37

ECN Job Opportunities *UPDATED*

Part Time Driver with the Elders Centre department. Position open until a suitable Candidate is found.

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.
This is a part time position for 35 to 42 hours bi-weekly.

CMHC Manager/Coordinator with the Ermineskin Property Management department by February 15, 2019

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.

Political Analyst with the Ermineskin External Affairs department by March 1, 2019

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.

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.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:35

Pigeon Lake Round Dance

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:33

Four Nation Games and Entertainment Day

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:28

ECN Land Law Second Reading

Monday, 04 February 2019 17:32




PLEASE BE ADVISED THE ERMINESKIN ADMINSIRTATION OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER.  For those that need emergency firewood please contact NEP, they are avialable until 6 pm Monday Feb. 4th.

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* For employees :

Cheques will be available for pick up in the AM, employees will have to pick them up, at the Ermineskin Administration Office from 9am until 12 noon.   For those that do Direct Deposit, they will be available in your bank.

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