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Ermineskin Newsletter April 13, 2018

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ᓀᔮᐢᑫᐧᔮᐦᐠ ᐊᒋᒧᐊᐧᐣ ᐊᔨᑮᐲᓯᒼ ᓂᐢᑐᓵᑊ ᐊᑭᒪᐤ ᐊᓄᐦᐨ

Ermineskin Cree Nation Easter Fun Day

The Ermineskin Cree Nation Easter Fun Day was hosted on Monday April 2nd, 2018 at the Jim Rattlesnake Building. It was a wonderful day that was organized by ECN Community Wellness, Recreation, Arena and Administration. The day was filled with Easter themed games, bouncy house and lots of munchies and candy. The organizing committee anticipated a large number of attendees this year compared to last years numbers, with that in mind they filled 500 Easter eggs for the egg hunt and made 220 candy bags to ensure no child was left out this year. They also provided Easter baskets for children who did not have one. An estimated 150 Nehiyawak ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐊᐧᐠ came out to enjoy the festivities that day. Peter wâpos ᐋᐧᐳᐢ also made an appearance and threw candy into the crowd and stayed for photo ops with the awâsisak ᐊᐋᐧᓯᓴᐠ. The event concluded with two separate egg hunts; one for the younger children ages 0 to 5 and one for the older children ages 6 and up. The awâsisak ᐊᐋᐧᓯᓴᐠ found lots of candy, chocolate and toys. To witness these children so happy with their findings was heartwarming sight. Hai Hai to all the organizers and volunteers who took time from their holidays to organize and execute such an awesome event. Article /Photos by: Janine Wildcat

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General Meeting Tuesday April 3rd, 2018 at the Jim Rattlesnake Building The General Meeting was called to order by MC Josh Littlechild-ECN Tribal Law Officer at 10:35am. Invocational prayer was done by Elder Lena Small. Following the prayer, Chief Makinaw provided opening remarks. He spoke about the purpose of the meeting was to review the annual ECN budget, and also mentioned that another budget meeting is going to be scheduled in the near future. “We are doing to the best we can to share this information and keep our members informed; we are not trying to hide anything.” stated Chief Makinaw. Before the budget presentation, there was a quick overview of ground rules of the meeting to prevent any interruptions and/or disrespectful outbursts. The Budget Presentation was presented by Finance Director George Nepoose. Concluding the budget presentation, the Distribution options were displayed. Distribution price was set at $350 per member for this fiscal year. The 3 distribution options consisted of:  Option 1 -> 3 times a year: August 2018 ($100), Dec. 2018 ($125) and January 2019 ($125)  Option 2 -> 3 times a year: August 2018 ($100), Dec. 2018 ($150), and January 2019 ($100)  Option 2 -> 2 times a year: August 2018 ($175), Dec. 2018 ($175) Attendees were requested to raise their right hands and vote for the option they chose. The voting numbers were: Option 1 (22 votes), Option 2 (55), and Option 3 (18). Since Option 2 was the most popular choice, there was a Motion that was passed to formally acknowledge the choice that as made by the majority. The meeting was concluded with a question and answer period and a delicious lunch. Overall at least 80 Nehiyawak ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐊᐧᐠ, including Chief and Council attended the meeting that morning.

I Love First Peoples “Sharing Our Voices” Presentation

On Friday April 6th, 2018, I Love First Peoples came to visit Ermineskin Schools as part of their National School Celebration. I Love First Peoples is a Canadian registered non-profit organization. Their National School Celebration Tour focuses primarily on motivating academic success, will give the students an opportunity to see the outpouring of support and friendship from fellow students and Canadians through the shoebox campaign, and allow them to respond. "We strongly Josée Lusignan & Dallas Arcand believe in the power of connection and celebration," Josée Lusignan, president and founder of I Love First Peoples stated. "As we embark on a tour of 20 communities, we want the students to know that they have much to be proud of and that Canada is eager to listen and to learn." Josée began the “Sharing Our Voices” performance with a power point presentation on the Shoebox Campaign & Sharing Our Voices. Special Indigenous Celebrity guests and speakers spoke about their personal experiences about following one’s dreams and the importance of perseverance. They also encouraged the students to practice their culture and to share it with the world. The special guests were: Angel Berry (an award-winning actress, author and nominated spoken word artist), the Peace Leaders Group from Ahtahkakoop Saskatchewan, Canada and Dallas Arcand (three-time world champion hoop dancer). The lucky students at Ermineskin Elementary were gifted with shoe boxes filled with goodies as part of the shoebox campaign. Following the presentations, there was a free screening of the feature film Indian Horse at the Ermineskin Elementary at 6:00 pm with an appearance from Tristen Marty, the actor that was featured in the movie. For more information on I LOVE FIRST PEOPLES you can visit or like their Facebook Page. You can also watch Dallas in action at and even get FREE hoop dancing lessons by following his FB page! Truly phenomenal!


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On Tuesday March 27, 2018, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley paid a visit to Maskwacis. She did a live segment on Hawk Radio in Samson and then proceeded to the Louis Bull administration building for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to support the Louis Bull Tribe's commitment to energy efficiency. “With support from Alberta’s Indigenous Solar Program, Alberta has partnered with Louis Bull Tribe to install solar panels on two community buildings. The solar panels are expected to generate 88, 000 kilowatt hours per year and cut 1,408 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Funds saved from the utility costs will allow the Louis Bull Tribe to reinvest on other community projects. These initiatives support the Alberta government’s commitment to implement the principles of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” Alberta Government Article: xID=546591DB1D6D9-E3DB-0463-18A8F4BBB1DFF21A

Hawk Radio Crew: Derwin Swampy, Randall Moonias, Milton Okeymow, Robert Ward with Rachel Notley

“We took advantage of the new programs being offered by the Alberta government and applied for funding to have solar panels installed on two community buildings. I thank the Province for coming up with the funding to help us bring these solar panels to our community to help save costs and energy.” -Chief Irvin Bull, Louis Bull Tribe

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Neyâskweyâhk Land Law Development

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Louis Bull Tribe

We will be facilitating community engagement meetings throughout the year to present you with information, draft laws and the opportunity to provide your feedback and solutions. You are encouraged to participate in the meetings, as this is your law that affects management and authority of the lands, resources, environment; and address a common and widespread issue on dispute resolutions over land. The result is to have a Land Law ratified and implemented by March 2019.

The purpose of the Land Law is to ensure the implementation of our responsibilities and commitments as individuals; collectively within our Nation; between our Nation and the Crown further to Treaty; with the private sector and with individuals; and in the context of international standards of Indigenous Rights. The Land Law shall set out the principles and administration structures that apply to Neyâskweyâhk lands and Upcoming meeting notices will be posted in the Erby which Neyâskweyâhk shall exercise authority over mineskin Cree Nation’s future newsletters, offices, those lands. businesses, website and social media. We will have A team consisting of Lois Taypotat and Conrad door prizes draws for iPad tablets and gift cards with Young have been retained to work on this develop- lunch to be served at each meeting. ment exploring options under the First Nations Land For further information please contact Lois Taypotat, Management Act (FNLMA), and Ermineskin Cree Land Law Consultant at (780) 585-4006 Ext. 234 or Nation’s Constitution. We will work closely with the on her cell at (306) 735-1380 or Conrad Young, Land Land Law Working Group, administration, leadership Law Assistant at (780) 585-4006 Ext. 222 or on his and membership to ensure full engagement in this procell (780) 360-5257. cess. 3

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Maskwacis hockey teams travelled to BC to compete in the Prince George Aboriginal Youth Hockey Championships 2018 which ran from March 30th to April 1st. Jonathan J Crier– Maskwacis Minor Hockey Coordinator/ Registrar and coach gave his comments, “Walking around seeing all our teams play in Prince George Aboriginal Youth Hockey Championships I never would of thought so many would come. I was thinking maybe 2-3 teams would enter. But we travelled with 10 teams, 119 players, 29 coaches/managers, and over 200 family and friends, all representing Maskwacis Hockey. Not only did we represent Maskwacis, we were representatives of Hockey Alberta, and our Cree Nations. We impressed a lot of people this last weekend. We were the talk of the tourney. Everyone supported each other, our little ones really felt like superstars with a big crowd watching them and cheering them as they scored.

We came home with 4 banners, and 1 second place trophy. 4 teams in the finals out of 6 divisions. They loved us and they hated us. This tournament put our youth in those situations to develop, and learn. To grow and create a bond between each other. It hurt to see them fall short of their goal, and it was pleasant to see them succeed and celebrate. I was proud of our big hockey family, to see us all come together and support these youth and give them this opportunity to be successful. They will all remember this trip. Prince George in the future? That’s up to the association, the parents and the kids. It was a different take on rules and regulations, but it was less intense and demanding as provincials and treaties. If we decide to go next year then we will send more. It wasn’t about wins and losses for me, it was a chance to get the hockey fam together and bond. To show BC what Maskwacis Articles by: Tara Cutarm

Proud of all our youth that played hard, and represented Maskwacis, and congratulations to all the teams that came home with a Championship banner! 4

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25th Alberta Native Hockey Provincials 2018 Edmonton Alberta is home to one of the longest running and biggest First Nations sporting events in Canada, celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year. For First Nations “this is our Stanley Cup” commented Cilla Swampy the Treaty No. 6 representative for the four day tournament. Which has grown to include 45 First Nations across Alberta and the NWT’s. This year they had more than 250 teams register which meant more than 3000 players in nine arenas all across the city. This year Maskwacis Minor hockey entered 14 teams with over 200 players. Initiation teams Orange, Black and White. Novice Winterhawks, Novice –Crane, Novice-Larocque, Atom – Longjohn, Atom –Saddleback, Peewee Hawks, Maskwacis Bantam Bear team, Bantam-Simon, Bantam-Swampy, Maskwacis Bantam– Eagle team, Bantam female hawks,

“I just wanted to thank the players, coaches, families, fans for the sportsmanship shown this weekend. Makes me proud to be a part of this tournament for many years. I used to play in this tournaments and now I ref it. This (Visit the ECN Facebook Page/Website to view more photos and video of the tournaments)

Peewee Bronze Medal Champions in Bear Division

Bantam Bronze Medal Champions in Eagle Division

Female Bantam Bronze Medal Champions in Bear Division

Atom– Team Saddleback Gold Medal Champions in Eagle Division

Novice –Team Crane Gold Medal Champions in Wolf Division


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Atom-Team Longjohn Gold Medal Champions in Buffalo Division

Maskwacis Midget Eagle team. What an amazing weekend of hockey!! Perfect way to end our seasons!! ANP2018 Aww I just love it when our Nations come take over this city!! Hats off to all the Players, Coaches, Managers, Parents, Grandparents, Committee member, refs, volunteers & Fans!! Job Well Done!! Without you these smiles & memories wouldn't happen!! I know we have our differences at times but when we come together Beautiful things happen!!One Nation-One Family-Hockey Family,” Kaylyn White.

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Women’s Group Iskwewak Kâmawohpayicik ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐊᐧᐠ ᑳᒪᐅᐧᐦᐸᔨᒋᐠ The Ermineskin Cree Nation Community Wellness began the first day of their Women’s Group on Saturday April 7th, 2018. The first day consisted of Scrapbooking. Attendees were provided snacks and refreshments while they were given ample assistance and direction by the program facilitators (Anne Wildcat, Alice Wildcat, Annette Lee and Livia Yellowbird) on the techniques of Scrapbooking. The facilitators began the class with a 3 photo layout as to not overwhelm learners. They showed examples and explained the color palletes, embellishment placement, floral arrangement and the organization of the 3 photo layout. The next class is scheduled on this Saturday April 14th, 2018 at the Ermineskin Elders Centre at 10am. The topic of day 2 is Card Making with Scrapbooking techniques. All Iskwewak are invited to come and join in on the fun. Tips for Beginner Scrap bookers Established scrap bookers know that there’s no better way to chronicle your family’s favorite memories than by immortalizing them as a totally unique, personalized work of scrapbooking art. But for those who are new to the art, creating attractive, artistic scrapbook layouts can seem impossibly difficult. Scrapbooking may look complicated, but it’s easier than you think. It’s not about creating the most beautiful layout – scrapbooking is about creating a layout that speaks to you, and no one is better qualified for that job than you are. Scrapbooking is all about the photos. Here are our tips for choosing and working with your photos:  Print multiple photos, especially if you plan on cutting them. That way, you’ll have a backup in case something goes wrong.  Start with recent photos. Don’t jump in using important photos like antique prints passed down from your grandparents or expensive shots like wedding photos, unless you can easily reprint new ones.  It’s totally okay to trim or crop excess sky, landscape, or background when necessary, but…  Don’t cut or trim heritage or antique photos, and…  Avoid cutting your photos into weird shapes. If you want to crop your photos, stick to the classic shapes like squares or ovals.  You don’t need to use every photo from an event or vacation on a particular page. Instead, narrow it down to a few of your favorites and focus on only the best memories.  Use different photo sizes for variety. Combine 3×5, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, and even panoramic shots.  Combining black and white photos with color prints is a great way to incorporate multiple shots while keeping the spotlight on your focal photo.  Lightly write dates on the back of printed photos. This will make it easier to remember specific details about your photos if you don’t get a chance to scrapbook them till much later.

General Tips  Embellishments are what make your scrapbook layouts really stand out, and they’re the often the most exciting part of designing a layout.  Designing your layout and arranging your elements is one of the most difficult aspects of scrapbooking. It takes a lot of practice and experimentation to get your personal style down, so don’t feel discouraged if your style seems a little haphazard in the beginning.  You don’t need as many supplies as you might think. Instead, look around your house for things you can use, like old fabric, clothing tags, buttons, office supplies, or ticket stubs. When it comes to scrapbooking, anything goes!  Use dry glue to affix your design elements to the page. Wet glue like white or tacky glue can cause your paper or photos to crumple.  Get the kids involved. They’re a great source of creative inspiration, and including their designs will add an extra personal touch to your layouts.  Bust out your old art supplies. Crayons, markers, and cheap watercolor paints are all great supplies for scrap bookers.  Create a color palette before you get started. Use your photo as inspiration, and choose your paper and embellishments using the color palette. Get Scrapping! Remember that things don’t have to be perfect! If something doesn’t turn out exactly how you pictured it, don’t worry – it’s all part of the process, and chances are no one will notice anyway. After all, we are our own biggest critic. Between all the crafting techniques, tools, and supplies, it may seem like an intimidating hobby, but scrapbooking is meant to be fun! The best thing you can do is buy some paper, print some photos, and just roll with it. No matter what you create, it will be special.


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WET WEATHER CAUSES POOR ROAD CONDITIONS As our Community already knows, the last part of 2017 and most of 2018 have been very wet. We understand that this has created havoc for residents driving on the gravel roads within Ermineskin: the Townsite, the country, and especially the majority of driveways. Many of our roads are very soft and have formed ruts and are generally in terrible shape. The Past Many of our roads were built decades ago when construction standards are not what they are today. At the time, the roads were built extremely well with the material available nearby, meaning many of our road bases are constructed of black dirt or other soils instead of hard compacted clay. This was understandable for the time, but our traffic demands have changed significantly since the original construction of these roads. Our trucks and equipment are bigger and heavier, and the daily traffic amounts are higher. The Present As soon as our roads are dry enough, all our graders will try to re-establish them in the best way possible to reduce poor road conditions. Before we add gravel, the roads should be left to dry out somewhat, otherwise the gravel gets pounded into Ermineskin Brighter Futures the road base and the fine materials rise to the surface. “Acceptance” The Future Youth Group Fixing and upgrading our roads will take years and much more resources, and it  Every Friday 7-9pm will definitely help prioritize our road repairs and projects moving forward. We  Begins April 13th, 2018 will continue to rebuild and reshape road tops as conditions permit to improve  Ages 14 + road conditions. While the roads seem to be in their worst shape ever, with some Girl’s Group dry weather we will be able to bring the  Wednesdays 5-7pm roads back into good shape. We under Starts April 11th - Austand the frustration our residents are gust 22nd experiencing as this also causes us  Located at the Brighter Futures Classroom stress. Thank you for your understand Transportation & ing and patience. Snacks Respectfully, To Register Please Call Ermineskin Public Works (780)585-2000

Neyaskweyahk Acimowin Ermineskin Cree Nation I.T. and Communications FOR SUBMISSIONS CONTACT:

Box 219 Maskwacis AB T0C-1NO Communications Department Phone: 780-585-3741 Ext. 250 Email: Submission deadline: April 23, 2018 Next Issue: April 27, 2018


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Ermineskin Cree Nation (1) Manager With the Lands & Resources Department Closing Date: April 18, 2018 (1) FASD Mentor/Support Worker with Brighter Futures Closing Date: April 19, 2018 (1) Manager with Ermineskin Property Management Do You like being involved with Closing Date: April 19, 2018 what is happening in the community? Have Great Research Applications and Job Descriptions can be picked up at the Personnel & Computer Skills? Office located in the Ermineskin Administration Building The Ermineskin I.T. and Communications Team are looking for a Submit Cover Letters, Applications, Resumes, References and Criminal Newsletter Editor Record Checks directly to the Personnel Office Deadline to Apply is Phone: (780)585-3741 April 18, 2018. Toll Free: (866)585-3941 We welcome you to come be a part Email: of our Team APPLY NOW! with the ECN PerMASKWACIS HEALTH SERVICES sonnel Dept. (780)585-3741


Job Postings Coordinator of Custodial Services. Closing Date: April 20, 2018 With M.E.S.C. Apply Online at: http:// (1) Bus Driver with Maskwacis Transportation LTD. Needed ASAP. To Apply Contact (780)585-2424 (1) Golf Course Maintenance Supervisor. Closing Date: April 18, 2018 with Pigeon Lake Golf Course (1) Golf Course Grounds Care. Closing Date: April 18, 2018 with Pigeon Lake Golf Course Submit Resumes for PLGC Jobs to Louis Bull Tribe-Economic Development Department. For questions call Johnathan at (780)585-3978 (1)

(1) Registered Nurse Closing Date: April 20th, 2018  (1) Security (Casual) Closing Date: April 20th, 2018  (1) Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Closing Date April 20th, 2018 To Apply Contact: PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT Maskwacis Health Services BOX 100 Maskwacis, AB T0C 1N0 Phone: (780)5853830 Fax: (780)585-3848 Email:

Early Child Development Level 1 course is scheduled for April 23-27, 2018 Please call Maskwacis Cultural College at 780-585-3925 for

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Neyâskweyâhk Acimowin Ayikîpîsim Nistosâp Akimaw Anohc Frog ayîkis ᐊᔩᑭᐢ Lake sâkahikan ᓵᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ River sîpiy ᓰᐱᕀ Bannock Making epahkwesikanihkehk ᐁᐸᐦᑫᐧᓯᑲᓂᐦᑫᐦᐠ Frybread pimîwihkasikan ᐱᒦᐃᐧᐦᑲᓯᑲᐣ Raisin Bannock sôminsepahkwesikan ᓲᒥᐣᓭᐸᐦᑫᐧᓯᑲᐣ Braids sekipatwâna ᓭᑭᐸᑖᐧᓇ Smudge miyâhkasike ᒥᔮᐦᑲᓯᑫ Smudge Food miyâhkasa mîciwin ᒥᔮᐦᑲᓴ ᒦᒋᐃᐧᐣ Cook Breakfast kîsisa kîksepamîcisowin ᑮᓯᓴ ᑮᐠᓭᐸᒦᒋᓱᐃᐧᐣ

Nehiyawewin ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ “The Cree language” April Ayikî Pîsim (Frog Month) ᐊᔨᑮ ᐲᓯᒼ Monday peyak kîsikâw ᐯᔭᐠ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ Tuesday nîso kîsikâw ᓃᓱ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ Wednesday nisto kîsikâw ᓂᐢᑐ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ Spring Miyoskamin ᒥᔪᐢᑲᒥ ᐣ Rainbow pîsim weyâpiy ᐲᓯᒼ ᐁᔻᐱᕀ It is warm ekîsopwek ᐁᑮᓱᐯᐧᐠ It is raining ekimôwahk ᐁᑭᒨᐊᐧᐦᐠ It is windy eyôtik ᐁᔫᑎᐠ It is clear (sky) ewâseskwahk ᐁᐚᓭᐢᑲᐧᐦᐠ Robin pihpihciw ᐱᐦᐱᐦᒋᐤ Chickadee ap’scîkîkikîs ᐊᑊ’ᐢᒌᑮᑭᑮᐢ Hummingburd âmôpiyesîs ᐋᒨᐱᔦᓰᐢ Goose niska ᓂᐢᑲ

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