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ACIMOWIN SAMSON CREE NATION

ERMINESKIN CREE NATION

LOUIS BULL TRIBE

MONTANA BAND

October 23, 2013

Official name change to Maskwacis (Bear Hills) Re:inOfficial Name of Change to “Maskwacis” (Bear Hills) in Place of “Hobbema” place “Hobbema” PRESS RELEASE

. 2 name change to “Maskwacis” is seen as a welcome change. It signifies respect for our Cree way of life, our ThePofficial language and our authority over the traditional territories we have historically occupied. The Maskwacis Cree, collectively, and individually known as Samson Cree Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Louis Bull Tribe and Montana First Nation, are a distinct part of the Plains Cree Nation, who have occupied a territory known as “Maskwacis” since time immemorial. The territory is shown on the attached map obtained from a collection of maps of John Palliser’s Expedition to the West between 1857 – 59. The Elders speak of being related to the land; of knowing the land. The identity of the Cree peoples is intimately tied to the land which has always been known as our mother, the earth. Individually, the Crees of Maskwacis are also known as: Neyaskwayak (the Northern treeline) or Ermineskin Cree Nation Kispahtinaw (the end of the hill) or Louis Bull Tribe Akamihk (across – the river) or Montana First Nation, and Nipisihkopahk (willow meadows) or Samson Cree Nation

IHKOPIW-PISIM In much the same way, Maskwacis is a reflection of the physical surroundings. At one NOVEMBER time, this large area,2013 including the hills at the crest of highway 611 West driving towards the Queen Elizabeth Highway, from Ermineskin, were covered with blueberry bushes attracting a large population of bears to the area, hence the name Maskwacis or Bear


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CONTENTS P . 2 P . 3 P . 4 P . 6 P . 7 P . 8 P . 9 P . 11 P . 12 P . 12 P . 13 P . 13 P . 13

Official name change to Maskwacis (Bear Hills) in place of “Hobbema” Samson Cree Nation Grassroots ‘Youth Leaders in Action” Changing the state of play in the community Nipishikopahk Pamihowin- Restorative Justice Restorative Justice Calendar Kinohtenehiyawan ci Halloween Fun RCMP Reports Samson Cree Nation Curfew Classified Birthday Greetings Community Announcements

Photo of the month

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

Pie Throwing at the Nipisihkopahk Secondary School


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SAMSON CREE NATION

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ERMINESKIN CREE NATION

LOUIS BULL TRIBE

MONTANA BAND

October 23, 2013 PRESS RELEASE Re:

Official Name Change to “Maskwacis” (Bear Hills) in Place of “Hobbema”

The official name change to “Maskwacis” is seen as a welcome change. It signifies respect for our Cree way of life, our language and our authority over the traditional territories we have historically occupied. The Maskwacis Cree, collectively, and individually known as Samson Cree Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Louis Bull Tribe and Montana First Nation, are a distinct part of the Plains Cree Nation, who have occupied a territory known as “Maskwacis” since time immemorial. The territory is shown on the attached map obtained from a collection of maps of John Palliser’s Expedition to the West between 1857 – 59. The Elders speak of being related to the land; of knowing the land. The identity of the Cree peoples is intimately tied to the land which has always been known as our mother, the earth. Individually, the Crees of Maskwacis are also known as: Neyaskwayak (the Northern treeline) or Ermineskin Cree Nation Kispahtinaw (the end of the hill) or Louis Bull Tribe Akamihk (across – the river) or Montana First Nation, and Nipisihkopahk (willow meadows) or Samson Cree Nation In much the same way, Maskwacis is a reflection of the physical surroundings. At one time, this large area, including the hills at the crest of highway 611 West driving towards the Queen Elizabeth Highway, from Ermineskin, were covered with blueberry bushes attracting a large population of bears to the area, hence the name Maskwacis or Bear Hills. Also, one of the local creeks is known as Muskwa (Bear) Creek and it drains into Bear Hills Lake just north of present-day Louis Bull reserve. As long as Maskwacis Elders can remember, to the present day, this area has been called Maskwacis. Some of this territory would eventually be set aside for the Maskwacis Cree as reserve lands under Treaty. Today, the combined reserve land base of the Maskwacis Cree is comprised of some 319.8 square kilometers located in the area known as Maskwacis and Pigeon Lake. Reclaiming our traditional names for Maskwacis territory, instills a sense of pride in Cree values, languages, culture and history and a sense of belonging among our Nations, especially our youth. In particular, as the bear is so significant to the history, culture and spirituality of the Plains Cree at Maskwacis. Since 1891, Maskwacis has also been known as “Hobbema”, named after a Dutch landscape painter who was admired by the then President of the Canadian Pacific Railway. When the railway line between Edmonton and Calgary was built, he chose “Hobbema” as the name for the flag station established in Maskwacis territory. Despite there being many Indigenous place names in the surrounding area, including Wetaskiwin, a Cree name meaning “Hills of Peace”, Ponoka, a Blackfoot name for “Elk”, Minihk, another nearby flag station (or siding) along the Canadian Pacific Railway meaning “Spruce” in Cree, yet, for more than a century, the official name for Maskwacis, namely Hobbema, has persisted until now. The Maskwacis Cree have been advised by the Ministers and Ponoka County that the name will be changed effective January 1, 2014. /Enclosure


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Samson Cree Nation Grassroots Featuring Lloyd Saddleback

Lloyd is a Cree, father of nine children, three grandchildren, and for the most part has been called a lifelong student and promotes his personal mantra as being a proactive consultant for positive social change “Do not hold yourself or be rigid to one fixed future, rather keep open to any type of positive social change and the path to your future could just find you.” Llody has attended many educational institutions including Walden University, Concordia University College of Alberta, Grant McEwan, Kings College, University of Alberta, Alberta College, Athabasca University, and the University of Calgary. He has also worked many of Edmontons non-profit agencies such as Mariam’s Footsteps, Protegra, The Bissell Centre, Catholic Social Services, Boys and Girls Club of Edmonton, Inner City Youth Housing Project, Ben Calf Robe, Bent Arrow, Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers, Samson Cree Nation, Peace Hills Trust, and Samson Management. Suffice to say, there will be many opportunities for anyone to learn in a variety of different environments! On May 10, 2013, Lloyd L. Saddleback graduated with Honors for the fourth time in his postsecondary academic career, receiving a Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counselling with Specialization in Forensics with Honors. Lloyd first graduated with a University and College Entrance Program degree in 1998, then went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 2002 and a Bachelor of Management degree in Human Resources in 2008. While the degrees helped him advance to education and supervisory roles, he realized that he needed more credentialed education to move forward into fields of counselling and education. As of September he has begun what he expressed as the next credentialed step into career academia by working toward a Ph.D. doctoral degree in Counsel-

ling Education and Supervision specializing with Crisis and Trauma. Lloyd currently works in the capacity of a mental health therapist, post-secondary instructor, and community resources worker. He provides services through his home-based company, Advocating and Mediating; Human Resources and Social Services (ARHC); Respite and Residential School Care; Community Service Resources and Counselling. His services reach from Edmonton to Calgary, Hobbema, Wetaskiwin, Enoch, and Ponoka. ARHC stands for a commitment to providing clients with community service needs and counselling support that meet the requirements for personal, legal, and social service type interventions along with reinforced client support through individual and/or group counselling. AHRC provides all those certification and counselling support services. The goal of AHRC is to give clients in need a greater chance of success to get his or her balance back in life along with ensuring fair and reasonable goals are attained. “I work proudly with a majority minority First Nation Aboriginal population and saw there were not enough credentialed Cree people in these fields. I actually had a hard time finding credentialed practicum and internship First Nation supervisors and wanted to change that barrier for people like in the future. Now I am at a point in my career where I can offer my educational support and career experiences to future First Nation scholars of positive change. Now I can Pay Forward the training I received to others and that makes me proud as a First Nation member.” Llody offers this advice for anyone advancing their educational and career goals. “Balance is always a challenge in life. The key keeping balance between your family, career, and, education lies in your own self-care. Do not always try to force your life into balance rather allow yourself to be whole first and the rest will fall into place. After all if you do not take care of yourself, you will not be able to make those positive changes in your life or for your loved ones.”


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‘Youth Leaders in Action’ - Marcel Soosay

Marcel Soosay of Samson Cree Nation has been chosen to participate as a volunteer in a Canada World Youth international educational exchange program between Canada and Indonesia from October 10, 2013 to March 19, 2014. Marcel will take part in the Youth Leaders in Action program. He will be paired with a youth from Indonesia and they will live and work together for 6 months both in Indonesia and Canada. They will be acquiring new abilities such as professional skills, communication, leadership, team work and organization. Also, a better understanding of the bonds which unite Nations and the interdependence of the North and South countries. Each volunteer must raise $3200.00, Marcel and his family are seeking donations to support him in this life changing opportunity. If you would like to make a donation you may contact Gilda Soosay by email at gsoosay@samsoncree.com or by telephone at 780-585-3793. For more information about Canada World Youth, visit their web site at www.canadaworldyouth.org.

Letters to Santa Write a letter to Santa this year! On the back page of this newsletter you will find a blank letter to Santa. Once you have competed your letter you can mail it to: Santa Claus North Pole H0H 0H0 Canada And remember your letter must have your full return address on it for Santa to be able to reply. No postage is needed to mail your letter to Santa.


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Changing the state of play in the community The Samson Community Initiatives crew worked diligently through the month of October to complete two new playgrounds in Samson. One of these playgrounds is located beside the Bingo Hall and the other in Knotts Landing. One parent in Knotts landing says “It’s nice to have a playground close to home for the kids in our area to play on” Thank you to all the individuals who helped assemble the playgrounds and those who supported these workers by providing food and beverages.

SAMSON MANAGEMENT LTD. ‘”First Nation Owned & Operated”

TENDER OPENINGS for the

Tenant Fit-Out for Robin’s Donuts & 2-4-1 Pizza at the Samson Community Mall

Plans & Project Manual are available for pick up at the SML Corporate Office. We are located on the Third Floor of the Cree Tribal Administration S A M SO N M A N A G E M E NT L T D . Box 539 Hobbema, AB. T0C 1N0

Bid Closing Date:

Phone: 780-585-2468 Fax: 780-585-2393 Toll-Free: 800-917-2818

November 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. local time


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National Child Day Activities will be held at the HBMC for National Child Day.

November 21, 4:00pm - 8:00pm

SECRET SANTA

Secret Santa is currently looking for volunteers and donations. Please contact any of the following committee members: Debra Buffalo (780) 585-0111 Justice Soosay (780) 585-3305 Bobbi Rose (780) 585-4322 Myrna Buffalo (780) 585-3771 Michelle Louis (780) 360-4013 Jennilee Louis (780) 585-2756 Randall Baptiste (780) 585-3925 Charmaine Crane (780) 585-3012 A representative from Ermineskin and Montana is also needed. If you are interested meetings are held every Wednesday at noon in the Samson Band Office Cafeteria.

Samson Cree Nation Elections

FILL OUT AN APPLICATION AT SAMSON HUMAN RESOURCES BY DECEMBER 13

Elections for Samson Cree Nation Chief and Council will be in February 2014. Chief nominations will be held on February 4, 2014 with the election on February 11. 2014. Council nominations will be held on February 18, 2014 with election on February 25, 2014.


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Halloween Fun


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PAGE 12 On Tuesday October 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm Maskwacis RCMP, in conjunction with Wetaskiwin Integrated Traffic Services and Ponoka Traffic Services, conducted a check stop in the Samson First Nation Town site. While conducting a vehicle check approximately 1.2 pounds of Cannabis Marihuana and a quantity of cash were located. Police arrested two adult males who are charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking. Both males are known to police.

RCMP makes an arrest in Chelsea Yellowbird’s homicide Hobbema, Alberta - Today, November 6, 2013, investigators arrested and charged Shelby Minde, age 20 years, of Hobbema for the first degree murder of 23-years-old, Chelsea Yellowbird, who was shot at a residence on the Samson Cree First Nation town site on September 5, 2011. Shelby Minde was arrested without incident and has been charged with First degree murder. Shelby Minde is presently in custody and will appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court at a date to be determined. This arrest is a result of a two year investigation by the Hobbema Detachment and the Calgary Major Crimes Unit. The investigation is still ongoing with investigators interviewing witnesses and following up on any tips received from the public. Anyone with information about this homicide, is asked to call the Hobbema RCMP at 780-585-4600, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [www. crimestoppers.ab.ca]). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward. RCMP makes a second arrest in Chelsea Yellowbird's homicide Hobbema, Alberta - Today, November 7, 2013, RCMP Calgary Major Crimes Unit investigators arrested and charged a second Hobbema male in the homicide of 23-years-old Chelsea Yellowbird, who was shot at a residence on the Samson Cree First Nation town site on September 5, 2011. Randall Omeasso, age 21 of Hobbema, was arrested without incident and has been charged with First degree murder in this homicide. Omeasso is presently in custody and will appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court at a date to be determined. This arrest is a result of a two year investigation by the Hobbema Detachment and the Calgary Major Crimes Unit. The investigation is still ongoing with investigators interviewing witnesses and following up on any tips received from the public. Anyone with information about this homicide, is asked to call the Hobbema RCMP at 780-585-4600, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [www.crimestoppers.ab.ca]). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Samson Cree Nation Curfew RCMP will be working with Samson Cree Nation to continue to enforce the curfew. Any minors that are out after 10:00pm will be escorted home by RCMP with a first warning given. Upon a second warning the minor and parents will be required to attend a Restorative Justice circle with the RCMP and Kasohkohwew Child Wellness Society.


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CLASSIFIED EMPLOYMENT Maskwacis Employment Center -Job coach

Samson Trade Center -Receptionist

Samson Personnel -Data Entry Clerk

Samson Trade Center -Administrative Assistant

The receptionist will answer The Data Entry Clerk is re- Enhances effectiveness of The Job Coach will assist phones, file home owner re- sponsible for Samson Cree Manager by managing inclients to prepare for, ob- ports, make orders for general Nation Employee files and formation, schedules, and office requirements. tain and maintain employ- contractors and take general the overall office duties. directions from the office manment ager Deadline: November 20/13 Deadline: November 20/13 Deadline: November 22/13 Deadline: November 15/13 Contact: Samson Personnel Contact: Samson Personnel Contact: Lana Johnson Contact: Samson Personnel (780) 585-3793 (780) 585-3793 (780) 585-4450 (780) 585-3793 Samson Trade Center Maskeptoon -Tire Technician -Plumber The Tire Technician is responsible to repair and/or replace tires The Plumber will plan, install and service plumbing as requested as well as systems, fixtures, piping equipment and controls. assist other technicians with other assignments. Deadline: November 15/13 Deadline: November 20/13 Contact: Samson Personnel (780) 585-3793 Contact: Samson Management Ltd. (780) 585-2468

Birthday Greetings

November 4: Happy 2nd Birthday Teagan Saddleback,. Love Dad, Mom and Tia. November 11: Happy Birthday Kirk Buffalo from the CSO staff. November 18: Happy Birthday Sophia Buffalo from friends, family and coworkers. November 21: Happy Birthday Tyler Makinaw from Bomb Squad. November 27: Happy birthday Lacey Marie Jeanette’s from family, friends and coworkers. November 29: Happy Birthday Shanique Saddleback from the HOPE Scholars family! November 30: Happy Birthday Linda Nepoose from the entire family.

Community Announcements

Christmas Distribution December 17: $150.00 January 8: $100.00

November 19: Special Council Meeting November 21: National Child Day at the HBMC from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. November 26: Lateral Violence and Forgiveness workshop in the Nipisihkopahk Pamihowin board room 10-3. November 28: NSS California Dreamers Dinner/Theatre Gala at the High School from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. November 30: Samson Education Trust Fund Awards in the High School Gym at 5:00pm

ACIMOWIN

Samson Cree Nation’s Newsletter Jenn Nepoose- Communications Coordinator (P) 780-585-3793 ext. 281 (F) 780-585-2256 jnepoose@gmail.com Samson Cree Nation Like us on follow us on



Nipisihkopahk Acimiowin- November 2013