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CONTENTS Archives: This Month in... Samson Cree Nation Grass roots Road repairs begin Natural gas spill... Maskwacis Minor Hockey League Congratulations At a glance Community garden in the works Chief and Council briefing notes Event calendar Community Announcements

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This Month in... ...1875: Treaty #4 was signed between the Chippewa, Potowami (Walpole Island) and Queen Victoria at Squirrel Island, St. Clair R. & L., Ontario. ...1909: Bobtail land surrender #139. ... 1951: The new Indian Act significantly reduced the power of Indian Affairs Department but still listed assimilation as the aim of Indian Policy. The new Indian Act, made it easier for Indians to gain the right to vote and included provisions allowing Indian children to be placed in integrated provincial schools. ... 1982: Parcan Development incorporated. ...1986: Champions Place open for business. ... 1994: Opening of Peace Hills Trust, new Hobbema branch



Samson Cree Nation Grass Roots Featuring Heather Cutknife

Heather Cutknife knows a thing or two about art. Heather constructed an entire set for the “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” for the Rabid Marmot Production’s season finale at the TransAlta Arts Barns. Cutknife said “I did all nighters for a week” “I was building it in my spare bedroom. I couldn’t get a sense of scale. But it looks pretty good” and “It’s a really repetitive process. My fingers were really really rough when I was finished”. She used basic glue and acrylic paint for most of the set. Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is about a futuristic look into the teen years of Peanut star Charlie brown and friends discussing topics such as suicide, drugs and homophobia. Executive producer Nicholas Mather said “Cutknife’s set fits perfectly with the drama inspired by the cartoon character Charlie brown. Cutknife who goes to school in Edmonton and is from Samson, also went to school in Paris France. Cutknife studied from 2006-2010 earning a BFA for her hard work.

If you or anyone you know would like to share a success story please don’t hesitate to contact Jenn Nepoose at 780-585-3793 or by email at



Road repairs begin

Public Works have been busy as of late. Public Works are getting a new grater and it will be delivered on June 10. But before all that they started working on the roads and on April 23rd they were patching the soft spots on 3-5mile. On April 30th they started on

bridge road up to Cranes Crossing and laid down clay followed by gravel which in total cost when up to $10,000 for gravel/mixture. On May 11th they finished up to cranes crossing and started to work towards the highway from the crossing. What’s the plan after cranes crossing? Begin working from the highway starting on 3mile and work their way to 4, 5, and 6mile, the “main roads” are the priority. Samson energy is helping to haul gravel with 2 of their trucks which makes a total of 5 trucks and 2 graters with Public Works and as stated earlier an additional grater coming on June 10th. This might be the first time the roads are being reconstructed since they got put in for the oil companies in the 1950s.

Natural gas spill on Samson Cree Nation

At approximately 12:00pm on May 8, 2012, an area farmer contacted CNRL operators in Bonnie Glen area and notified of a suspected pipeline leak at the 10-12-044-24W4M locations. AltaGas field operations and crews were immediately notified by CNRL operations to isolate the affected section of line and ensure all production tied-in to that pipeline was shut-in. Emergency Response Program (ERP) was initiated by AltaGas from its head office in Calgary office to coordinate the response and ensure all required communication was made to affected stakeholders. The pipeline failure was suspected to be due to internal corrosion. The initial review of the failed pipeline segment indicated a single point of fail-

ure and adjacent 3.5m of pipeline on either side of failure which did not indicate further visual internal corrosion issues The pipeline was immediately isolated and depressured following the notification of leak. The area was fenced off from public and a hydrovac unit on site to remove all free liquids on May 8, 2012. The preliminary soil testing and excavation of affected area began May 9, 2012 – NOTE all excavated contaminated soil was placed on matting on site pending analysis to confirm suitable disposal site. Approximate 35m x 35m area of farm land was affected by some pooled liquid and soil staining due to presence of condensate liquids in pipeline.



Maskwacis Minor Hockey League This year has been a positive one for the association, due to Samson Cree Nation’s generous hospitality in taking on the start up costs of the league fees and insurance for the kids. They also kept the arena running for the year to ensure the program had a home. The association is forever thankful for all that Samson has done. We had 19 teams, consisting of 358 players register for the year with 192 coming from Samson, competing in the North Central Minor Hockey Association. The majority of the coaches and managers were also from Samson as well. This year we had the midget A team win the league championship. At the Alberta Treaty Hockey Association Championships we sent 19 teams. We won the banners in the Bantam female, Peewee A, and Bantam A divisions. We also sent 14 teams to the Alberta Native Provincials and came out of that tournament with the Peewee and Bantam Eagle banners. Other things to note during the season were having 4 boys selected to be flag bearers at the opening ceremonies of the IIHF World Juniors Championship held in Edmonton and Calgary. Cole Brown and Ethan Smallboy were selected from our Atom A team and Nolan Twins and Jayden Wildcat were selected from the Atom B team. These were 4 selections out of 29 total from the province. They were on the ice before the games and had 2 tickets to watch the game afterwards. They also got the chance to meet a few teams and skate in Rexall. Theoren Fleury was the special guest for our year end banquet. He signed whatever he could, posed for all pictures that came his way and mingled with everyone there. The Olympic Gold Medalist and Stanley Cup Winner delivered a powerful and moving speech on working hard for your goals, stand up to abuse and to never quit before the miracle. The

metis member is truly a walking living miracle and an inspiration hockey players and abuse victims all over the world. He applauded our success on having a program with over 300 youth and how the whole community is in support. We also honored our local talent at this event. These members of the community have gone on to Jr A or higher levels of hockey. A few to mention are Raylene Cutknife (Samson) played with Mount Royal College ACAC, Suede Omeasoo (Samson) played with Calgary Mustangs Jr A, Devin Buffalo (Samson) played Flin Flon Bombers Jr A*, Thomas Ward-Cardinal (Ermineskin) played Grand Prairie Storm Jr A**, Keaton White (Ermineskin) played Olds Grizzlies Jr A, Emery White (Ermineskin) played Olds Grizzlies Jr A, Dean Dion Jr (Samson) played Battleford Northstars Jr A, Brody Raine (Louis Bull) played Quebec Remparts QMJHL, Austin Buffalo (Samson) played Thunder Bay Golden Eagles Jr A, Huston Buffalo (Samson) played Brooks Bandits Jr A, Ryan Johnson (Samson) played Coquitlam Express Jr A, and Stephen Wagner (Ermineskin) played Denver Pioneers NCAA***. I know there’s a lot more and we are searching for them. We will honor all of them by hanging their respective jerseys in the arena for all the youth to look up to. These are our local heroes. *Devin Buffalo won rookie of the year in the SJHL. ** Thomas Ward-Cardinal, at 19 years old, signed a professional contract with HK Acroni Jesenice in Europe. ***Stephen Wagner was drafted by the St. Louis Blues 157th overall in the 1996 NHL Draft. He mentors our goalies throughout the year,giving back to the community. It was a long and challenging year but a successful one. And we look forward to next year.


Congratulations to all the graduates of the Class 1 Drivers Training


Mother’s Day flowers

Happy Belated Anniversary Sadie and Robert Celbrating 31 years together on May 30, 2012. Wishing you many more years of happiness and love. Congratulations to all the graduates who received their masters from the Ganzaga University.

Congratulations The Heavy Equipment Training was held in Montana and was open to all four bands. This program was with Montana Human Resources Department and was in collaboration with High Velocity Equipment Training (Camrose). The graduation was April 23, 2012. The three graduates from Samson were Myers J Buffalo, Garrett montour, and Roderick Saddleback.

This program included personal development classes at Montana band office and the heavy equipment training with High Velocity was for three weeks with the client’s choice of which machine to work with, excavator, bulldozer, etc. There was also three small groups of clients who had to take turns doing their heavy equipment training in Camrose within this time frame.



Maskwacis Youth Baseball Camp Aenean a magna vel pede vestibulum rhoncus. Nulla cursus orci quis tortor.

J UNE 16 & 17, 2012

9 AM-4PM Daily






LOCATION: H.B.M.C. DIAMONDS The camp offers quality baseball instruction of all basic fundamental components. Athletes will gain knowledge in fielding, hitting, pitching, catching, and running. AGES 10-14 YEARS For Registration Information Please Contact: Chris Montour @ 780-585-3012 Mike Sonnenberg @ 403-373-5320 or Darryl Montour @ 780-361-7629 REGISTRATION @ H.B.M.C. ***Registration deadline will be Monday June 11 @ 4:00 PM. No late registrations will be accepted.


Ph: 1-780-585-3856 Fax: 1-780-585-3621

“A New Beginning…

Cultural Support Parenting” Are you looking for a new way to parent your child or children? Do you want to learn more about cultural practices about parenting? The children are our best natural resource; Why not give them the best possible start? ~ Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. ~ Chinese Proverb

Where: Maskwacis Health Support Services (Blue Building)

When & Times: June 13, 2012, 1pm to 4pm

June 14, 2012, 1pm to 4pm June 15, 2012, 9 am to 4pm Contact- Marlene @ 780- 585- 3856 to Register or leave contact information with reception.



At a Glance...

Trade Fair Economic Development held their annual trade fair on May 22-23 with a total of 48 different businesses, departments, schools etc... For entertainment they had Winnipeg Comedian Ryan Mcmahon and they had Hypnotistillusionist Trevor Prariechicken. The golf tournament winners were chosen by random draw and all three teams received $1000.00

More Than Frybread

Travis Holt Hamilton brought his film ``More Than Frybread`` to the Jonas Applegarth Theater all the way from Arizona on June 2, 2012. This film was in the 2012 Dream Catcher Festival. All in attendance donated nonperishable goods for the Samson Food Bank. In total approximatly 10 grocery bags were donated and this is the first donation to the Food Bank since November 2009

Mimew Sahkikan Traditional Pow Wow



Community garden in the works. The interest for gardening seems to be growing through Samson Cree Nation. Samson Health Promotions hosted a gardening workshop before May long weekend, sharing tips and techniques. All the participants in attendance received 2 flowers to plant in their own gardens. Samson Health Promotions partnered with the Howard Buffalo Memorial Center, Samson Community Initiatives and Choose Well Communities to kick start gardening in Samson. A donation of seeds was distributed following the May long weekend. Samson Health Promotions also provided rototilling for residential gardens. The goal of this program is to have a community garden to promote healthy lifestyles and creating social networks within the community.

St. Augustine School 50th Anniversary October 20, 2012 St. Augustine School

Mass 10:30AM School Tours 1:00-3:30PM Banquet and Programs 6:00-9:00PM Tickets: Adults $25, Child (5-11) $12.50, Child (under 5) Free

Samson Drop-In Center Grand Opening Come and join us as we cut the ribbon and officially open the doors to the community at the Drop-In Center (the old Parents Place building) June 21, 2012 Happy Father`s Day George and Rod Saddleback Love Bev and Brett



CHIEF & COUNCIL BRIEFING NOTES April 2012 Regular Council Meeting

OKIMAHKAN EKWA WIYASIWEHWAK ACIMOWIN Samson Cree Nation Chief and Council are working diligently and collectively in strengthening accountability by providing updates to the Nation on a monthly basis. These updates will include a listing of attendees at Regular Council Meetings. Samson Cree Nation Chief and Council are working diligently and collectively in strengthening accountability by providing updates to the Nation on a monthly basis. These updates will include a listing of attendees at Regular Council Meetings. Regular Council Meeting was called to order at 9:41 a.m. with Chief Marvin Yellowbird presiding as Chairman. The agenda was adopted with additions based on business arising from March 2012 Regular Council Meeting. ROLL CALL AT 9:30 A.M. THOSE PRESENT: CHIEF MARVIN YELLOWBIRD AND COUNCILLORS: DEREK BRUNO, FLORENCE BUFFALO, KIRK BUFFALO, KURT BUFFALO, KOREN LIGHTNING-EARLE, LARRON NORTHWEST, VERN SADDLEBACK, HOLLY JOHNSON, MARIO SWAMPY. EXCUSED ABSENTS: WILLY LIGHTNING & JERRY J.R. SADDLEBACK – ABSENT: ELROY STRAWBERRY-RAIN Strategic Planning: Chief and Council will facilitate their own planning session to prioritize and provide direction to Nation programs and services for the remainder of their term. Assembly of Alberta Treaty Chiefs (AOTC): Chief and Council abstained from AOTC Resolution 15-0312#003R; based on conflict of interest with Montana Nation being recognized as a sister Nation to Samson. Jurisdiction issues need to be resolved locally and Nationally before any decisions can be made on this matter. Currently the case is before the courts since the Province of Alberta regulates the tobacco industry.

National Youth Crime Prevention (NYCP): The Four Chiefs and one technician from each Band will be appointed as the steering Committee. Their role is to develop a proposal accessing these grants to reduce gang activity within the Four Nations. Community Mobilization Program: The HUB program is a unique program that assists in reducing crime within Communities. All programs and services work collectively to address social issues by working with families and children who are at risk. National Child Benefit Reinvestment Plan: A proposal will be submitted to AANDC to enhance services for Nation members. These funds are allocated to the Socio Economic Development pillar to assist families with parenting and personal development skills that strengthen capacity building and independence. Samson Tribal Enterprises: The plan is to liquidate off-reserve land owned by Samson Cree Nation. Proceeds from the sale will be held in abeyance until Samson Cree Nation Chief and Council make a final decision. All Nation matters were dealt with and the Regular Council Meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m. Note: May 8, 2012 Regular Council Meeting update will appear in the June 2012 Newsletter. The June Regular Council Meeting update will appear in the July 2012 newsletter. The reasoning is to wait for formal adoption of minutes by Samson Cree Nation Chief and Council prior to submission for the newsletter. You are welcome to request for clarity on all items from the Samson Cree Nation Chief and Council and the Band Administrator.



Samson Healthy Families and Youth & Sport Events

Community Kitchen (AM) Potting (PM) Father`s Day

Movie night in Wetaskiwin 7pm


Father`s Day Crafts

National Aboriginal Day

Coupon Day

Informational Topic TBA

Ponoka Stampede Starts Parade


Healthy Families Events Youth and Sport Events Chief Marvin Yellowbird presents Kisoniyaminaw Heritage Trust Fund Trustee with Eagle feather May 25, 2012. Mr. John Butler Q.C. who has served as a trustee of the Kisoniyaminaw Trust since it’s inception in 2006 recently stepped down from his position for personal reasons. Chief Yellowbird made the presentation in Calgary and read the dedication “In appreciation for his outstanding work and valuable contribution as a trustee to the Kisoniyaminaw Heritage Trust Fund on behalf

of the Samson Cree Nation and Board of Trustees”. Mr. Butler is a corporate lawyer with a strong background in investments. He also sits on many Boards and is the Chairman of the Telus Pension Fund and member of the Telus Board of directors. The replacement Trustee is Ms. Heather Gore-Hickman, a Chartered Accountant which over 25 years of high level experience in accounting and the investment industry. The Kisoniyaminaw Heritage Trust Fund stands for the protection and growth of Samson assets for Samson children, grandchildren and children yet to be born.




June 12- Happy Birthday Lisa Thom from Lenny, Janette, and family. June 15- Happy Birthday Darienne Soosay! From all of your family, we love you.


June 8- SETF Golf Tournament June 9- MCC Grad June 12- Regular Council Meeting June 10- Father`s Day June 15- Nipisihkopahk Primary Grad June 19- Nipishikopahk Elementary Grade 7 Grad June 19- Election Law presentation at the HBMC 9:00am. June 20- Pow Wow at the Nipishihkopahk Elementary School June 20- Open band meeting, open house format with all SCN entities, 10:00am-2:00pm. Everyone is welcome, please bring a food bank donation if possible. June 21- Nipisihkopahk Secondary Grade 12 Grad June 21- Samson Drop-In Center grand opening June 21- National Aboriginal Day June 22- SCN staff golf


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