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Construction on walking trail to commence August 2013 P.3

OHPAHO-PISIM AUGUST 2013


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CONTENTS P. 1 P. 2 P. 2 P. 4 P. 4 P. 5 P. 6 P. 8 P. 9 P. 10 P. 11 P 11 P. 12 P. 13 P. 13 P. 14 P. 14

Photo of the month Freedom Riders and Treaty Caravan Supporting our relatives in Southern Alberta One book Our Dreams Matter Congratulations Graduates Soup Kitchen BBQ Jasper Aboriginal Cultural Use Site 611 walking trail development Bringing rodeo back Samson Community Wellness changes The countdown begins Special Projects Fund Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Kinohtenehiyawan ci Changing the norm Community Garden

P. 15 ADVISORY P. 17 Restorative Justice July Calendar P. 18 Restorative Justice P. 19 Emergency Preparedness Guide P. 20 Emergency contact numbers P. 22 World famous artists will be visiting Maskwacis P. 23 Community Friendship Center Calendar P. 24 Healthy Families Calendar P. 24 Samson Youth & Sport Calendar P. 25 Birthday Greetings P. 25 Community Announcements

Photo of the month Ellymae Dechamps (attended Samson High School) and Chloe Buffalo (attended Maskwacis Outreach) recieved awards from ParCan Developments based on achievements in academics and attendance. Congratulations to these young ladies from the ParCan board; Holly Johnson, Mario Swampy and Koren Lightning-Earle

Submit your photo for next months newsletter to Jenn Nepoose: jnepoose@gmail.com (780) 585-3793 ext. 281


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Construction on walking trail to commence August 2013 It has been over 20 years since Samson Cree Nation has been wanting to build a trail along 611 East and has worked towards that. When Samson Cree Nation approached Alberta Transportation in November 2012 they were very interested in a trail construction and asked to assist. Alberta Transportation took the leading role with the planning stages. Not knowing much about trail construction, as they only build roads, they have then provided and completed work on the initial survey of the trail, identified its cross sections, its wetlands, and where to stake on its right of way. While Alberta Transportation was busy on the surveys, Samson Cree Nation was able to continue

with its own research, identify its own funding, all its natural resources and manpower to work on construction of the trail. Although there are many hours of planning and preparation that still needs to occur, this is an community and equipment based project and will require not more than 3-6 people for its construction. Construction will commence in August 2013 and should be completed by November 2013. The nation is very excited and ask that extra attention be taken along 611 East during the construction of the Trail. We look forward to providing ongoing updates regarding its progress. Your excitement provides much encouragement and support.

Maskwacis Minor Hockey Banquet At the Four Nations Arena on July 24th the Minor Hockey Association held a Summer BBQ with special guest NHL tough guy Arron Asham. Asham is a metis from Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and currently plays right wing for the New York Rangers. Asham started his hockey career playing with the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL and has now played for all 5 teams in the Atlantic division during his career. There were close to 300 players registered with the Maskwacis Minor Hockey eague this past hockey

season. Everyone that attended the BBQ received an autographed photo of Asham and a minture hockey stick. Along with other autographed merchandise, Asham donated two tickets to a New York Rangers game in New York city with airfare for 2. The lucky winner of the tickets was 11 year old Cole Brown. We are looking forward to another great year of hockey!


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The Library Showcase Manisha Khetarpal believes everyone should be able to access books and the library showcase was a step in that direction. The library showcase brought alot of people to the Maskwacis Cultural College on Wednesday, July 17. Manisha has started a self check out system for people to read books. Manisha has also set up a ‘Library in a Box’ lending service. With this service boxes of books have been sent to public buildings in the community for community members to sign out, read and return or to hol dreading circles. These boxes of books are then brought back to the Library and exchanged for others. Organizations that have been utilizing this service are Young Spirit Winds, Ermineskin Daycare, youth programming at the Jim Rattlesnake building and the Soup Kitchen. These ‘Library in a Box’ can be organized by theme or you can also select your own books for your Library in a Box. The goal of the “Library in a Box” is to strengthen reading capacity of service providers for children, youth and families by providing resources for reading circles and story times. During the Showcase they were other events going on in the college such as “Lets Talk Science” where 2 recent graduates from U of A talked to the children about DNA and showed them how they looked by building them with candy and toothpicks. Jerry Saddleback held a cultural day by teaching people how to build a teepee and after they were finished making one they sat and talked while eating soup and bannock in the teepee. The BBQ was provided by ATCO gas and all procedes went to the college. There are still hundreds of books that need to be sorted. If you would like to volunteer or utilized the “Library in a Box’ lending service you can contact Manisha at 780-585-3925.

H.O.P.E. Scholars Natonhood Tour

The time has finally come for the H.O.P.E Schoalrs Nationhood Tour participants to depart on their adventure, touring various First Nations communities. These students will be observing how other Nations have developed and over come their own obstacles on the path of soverignty. They will be creating friendship treaties with communities they visit. The students will participate in the Samson Cree Nation Celebration parade and grand entry prior to depature on the morninfg of August 11th. Please come out and show support for these young leaders.


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Walk for Water

From Fiji in to 2011 to Africa in 2012, Ashley Dennehy is certainly pursuing her dreams and passion to assist in developing Nations. Dennehy organized a ‘Walk for Water’ on July 19 in Samson Cree Nation on to fundraise to build a suatainable borehole in Zambia, Africa. Along with pledges and donations from those that participated in the walk, donations from the charity checkstop and sponsorship from Worley Parsons $4233.00 was raised towards Dennehys’s cause. Dennehy will be traveling to Zambia, Africa in June of 2014 with other Samson Cree Nation members to compete this project for sustainable drinking water for people in Zambia.

Walking in Spirit

Sometimes we all need to be there for each other, Mason Buffalo started this event last year and this his second year organizing the event. Walking in Spirit: A Healing Journey is a Suicide Awareness walk where communities from all Four Nations came and walked on July 20 from 611east 6mile to the Howard Buffalo Memorial Centre, and at the end of the walk had a memorial balloon release.


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Youth Day Camp “Building Self-esteem� was the focus for the Youth Day Camps for the months of July and August. The program was put together by Shawna Potts, Sandy Palmer and Samson Youth and Sports Development to get the children out of the house during the summer to have fun and learn about different things such as self-esteem, caring and kindness. The youth that participated did many activities from Arts + Crafts, Sports, learning about the environment and how to live a healthy lifestyle.


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2014 N.A.I.G Team Alberta Golf representatives The following are the Winners/Champions that will represent for Team Alberta/Region #2:

Thank you to all those that tried out for the 2014 NAIG Golf Playdowns

Female U17 - Jillane Bearhead (Paul Band) - Jerae Roasting (Louis Bull) Female U19 - Sage Bull (Louis Bull) - Kristen Swampy (Samson) Male U17 - Colby Auigbelle (Alexander) -George Montour Jr. (Samson) Male U19 - Jayzene Three Fingers (Louis Bull) - Dallas Stienhauer (Saddle Lake)


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Tour of Alberta Come out and support Canada’s Pro Cycling Festival. The tour will be passing through Maskwacis on September 5th between 12:00pm - 1:00pm. The Local RCMP will request the assistance of the public in ensuring Highway 2A from 12:00 -2:00pm in Northbound & Southbound Directions will be blocked during the time the tour passes the Maskwacis Communities. For more information contact Ashley Dennehy or Justice Soosay, (780) 585-3793.

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Kinotekatan ci...................... Are you hungry? Tapwe pikwani.....................Very true, indeed Kinohtemicson ci................ Do you want to eat? Namoya namoya ninohtemicson.................... No, I don’t want to eat


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Bicycle Rodeo The Hobbema Health Center hosted another bicycle rodeo this year at the Four Nations Arena. Community members were welcome to bring their bikes for a safety inspection, ride through the obstacle course and learn proper hand signals from RCMP members. A number of bicycles and other prizes were raffled off. Thank you to the staff and volunteers for organizing such a great event!

World Famous Artists will be visiting Maskwacis World famous visual artists Francisco Gazitua and Angela Leible will be traveling from Santiago, Chile, in South America to attend the 2013 Samson Cree Nation Celebration in August. This husband and wife team have exhibited in major galleries and museum collections throughout the world. Francisco Gazitua specializes in large scale sculptures made of steel, stone or work. These artworks are displayed in front of large office towers and public areas. Recently he began a series of works based on feathers. Francisco states that they carry multiple layers of meaning. The spiritual symbolism of the eagle feather in South American culture and that of First Nations in North America is very similar. Francisco believes indigenous ancestral roots and traditions bind us as members of a common family. The eagle feather is his connection between North and South. Angela Leible is a well known South American visual artist who had exhibited throughout the world and is collected by major museums. She is well known

for her very large paintings exploring a number of themes pertaining to indigenous culture. A larger scale painting of an eagle by Angela will be donated to a Canadian Museum in the name of the Samson Cree Nation. In addition, a smaller scale edition of the painting will be received by Chief Marvin Yellowbird on behalf of the Samson Cree Nation. Holly Johnson, the Chairman of the SCN Pow Wow Committee stated: “We are truly blessed and honored that Francisco, Angela and their family would travel all the way from South America to attend our Pow Wow Celebration� It is great coming together of indigenous cultures from each Continent. Presentation will be made the first evening of the Samson Pow Wow at 6:30 p.m. Friday August 9, 2013. Everyone is welcome!


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NIPISIHKOPAHK ACIMOWIN On Tuesday July 9, 2013 Maskwacis RCMP and Maskwacis Detachment executed a Search Warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act on a residence on the Ermineskin First Nation. RCMP seized Cannabis Marihuana and subsequent investigation led to a seizure of a substance believed to be “Crack�. As a result charges have been laid against two males. James SMALL aged 39 of Ermineskin First Nation has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance for the purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Property obtained by Crime. Also charged is Jessy CRIER aged 23 of Hobbema has also been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Property obtained by Crime.

On Thursday July 18, 2013 Maskwacis RCMP Community Response Unit and General Duty members executed a search warrant on the Ermineskin First Nation, under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of Cannabis Marihuana and Cocaine in powder form. Maskwacis RCMP have arrested a 27 year old male resident of the Ermineskin First Nation. Shawn WOLFE is facing charges of Possession of A Controlled Substance and Possession of a Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking. WOLFE was also charged with possession of Ammunition while prohibited. Recently the Hobbema RCMP members have been giving out good deed tickets. Community members are being recongized for good deeds such as using the crosswalk or wearing helmets while biking.


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Samson Cree Nation Chief and Council

Attendance of Council Meetings from November 2012 to July 2013 Prepared on July 24, 2013 PRESENT

EXCUSED

ABSENT

Chief Marvin Yellowbird

26

9

2

Derek Bruno

26

5

2

Florence Buffalo

18

19

0

Kirk Buffalo

31

4

2

Kurt Buffalo

16

9

12

Holly Johnson

32

5

0

Koren Lightning-Earle

33

4

0

Willy Lightning

27

7

3

Larron Northwest

31

4

2

Jerry JR Saddleback

30

5

2

Vern Saddleback

27

9

0

Elroy Strawberry-Raine

13

9

15

Mario Swampy

22

12

3


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Birthday Greetings

August 4: Happy Birthday George Nepoose from Jerm, Jenn, Jay, Lovey, Jiggs, Elaine, Court, Danny and Darren. August 5: Happy Birthday Chance Dion from Janette + Lenny. August 5: Happy Birthday Trynae from mom and day. August 8: Happy Birthday Elizabeth Buffalo. Happy sweet 16 from everyone. August 10: Happy Birthday Jason Willier <3 you always Shelly and kids. August 16: Happy Birthday Kali Minde love always Auntie Jen, Memphis and Adam. August 18: Happy Birthday Joe Dirt Bonaise <3 from Carm and girls. August 19: Happy Birthday Cheri Buffalo from Claudine, Jaden and Kasia. August 20: Happy Birthday Blanche Buffalo from Claudine, Jaden and Kasia. August 20: Happy Birthday Debbie Neposse from the summer students. August 20: Kylie from Cas, Bear and the girls. August 20: Happy Birthday Terry Rain and Shelly Rain coming from your family. August 24: Happy Birthday Caroline Lightning from the Healthy Families staff. August 27: Happy Birthday Elaine Littlechild from the summer students.

Community Announcements

August 9-11: Samson Cree Nation Celebration

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