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NIPISIHKOPAHK

ACIMOWIN Volume 3, Issue 6

PASKAWEHO-PISIM

JUNE 2014

Featured Photo

CONTENTS P . 2

Congratulations to the Graduating class of 2014

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Samson Cree Nation Staff Golf

P . 3 Samson Education Trust Fund Golf Scramble P . 3

Treaty Talks

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Our Dreams Matter Too

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Unveiling of new sign

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Are you eligible for the Residential School Personal Credits?

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RCMP Media Releases

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INFORMATION WANTED

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Archives Photo

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Kinohtenehiyawan ci

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Birthday Greeting

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Community Announcements

Congratulations to Ms. Ilene Nepoose on receiving an Esquao Award for the Education Category on May 22, 2014, Calgary, Alberta. Thank You to Samson Cree Nation and to the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women for recognizing and honouring our Aboriginal women.


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Congratulations to the Graduating class of 2014

Nipisihkopahk Head Start

Antwon Buffalo Jacinta Buffalo Atreyu Crane Sky Crane Zane Crane Jonah Crane Zane Cutknife Julia Rain Leelah Littlechild Taylor Lightning Bryce Montour Jilly Johnson Noah Nepoose Kyllie-Jo Rain Alivia Rabbit Adam Soosay Angel Crane/Rain Kieran Saddleback Marley Saddleback Treazure Saddleback Tyson Saskatchewan Tziyon Simon James Wahkeenew Cheyanna Firingstoney Lilliana Firingstoney Rene Jr. Oulette Buffalo Mackenzy Rain Preston Dennehy Keely Montour

Pigeon Lake Head Start Beauty Okeymow Lawrence Cutarm Treston Fineday

Jacob Johnson Noah Rowan Aiberly Yellowbird

Nipisihkopahk Secondary School Miriam Nicole Bruno Brandy Buffalo Shania Buffalo Christina Bull Conrad Lightning Kaitlyn Lightning Llorenda Louis Shawna McGilvery Kayne Potts Denika Saddleback Kendall Swampy Shania (Sage) Swampy

Kingston Rowan Tony Yellowbird

Ponoka Composite High School Jacobi Buffalo Shawnee Buffalo Robyn Bull-Strongman Jordie Ermineskin Kenton Johnson Carson Louis Cheyenne Louis Samantha Mackinaw George Montour Tia Omeasoo Joby Raine Leighton Rain Braylene Saddleback Cowan Swampy

Maskwacis Outreach Cianna Waskahat Ashley Coyote Diana Crier] Vivian Littlepoplar Jacobi Montour Victoria Northwest Dakota Rabbit Wyatt Rabbit Amber Raine Sherralynn Roan Janelle Washburn Sean Young Azure Crier Delayna Saddleback Shaniya Twin

Wetaskiwin Compostie High School Garret Buffalo Darian Buffalo Hunter Buffalo Javon Buffalo Karla Buffalo Shanley Buffalo Stacey Bull Megan-Rose Coyote Dayle Cutarm Klevlin Cutknife Zachery Firingstoney Princess Lightning Shandyn Littlepoplar Nicholas Menard Jay Nepoose Nellie Oliver Keely Ouellette-Buffalo Ira Quinn Cohen Rattlesnake Erika Roasting Gary Saddleback Sharon Swampy Michelle Thom Keianna Thomas Alicia Thompson Kimiko Whitehawk Kyly Wolfe Jessica Wright-Soosay


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Our Dreams Matter Too

Unveiling of new sign

On June 11 students from the Nipisihkopahk Elementray School and Maskwacis community members participated in the Our Dreams Matter Too walk. This walk in Maskwacis was organized by Kasohkohwew Child Wellness Society. All of the students involved wrote letters to Prime Minister Harper and walked them from the Samson Band Office to the Post Office in the Ermineksin Mall. This event was part of the 4th annual day of awareness. This campaign was launched in 2011 by the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society (the Caring Society), Our Dreams Matter Too is an annual walk and letter writing event aimed at supporting culturally based equity for First Nations children. Children living on reserve receive less funding for government services like education, health care, and child welfare than all other children in Canada. This makes it hard for them to achieve their dreams and grow up feeling proud of who they are. Our Dreams Matter Too is about showing the federal government that people in Canada want First Nations children to receive the same opportunity to succeed as all other children, in ways that respect their cultures and languages. June 11th is the National Day of Reconciliation in Canada, marking the sixth anniversary of Prime Minister Harper's 2008 apology for the wrongs committed against Aboriginal people by Canada's residential school system. Despite the apology, First Nations children continue to receive unequal access to vital government services like education and health care. The event in Maskwacis collected a total of 518 letters from students and community members.

The new sign for the Jim Omeasoo Cultural Center was unveiled on June 12. The building is named after Late Chief Jim Omeasoo, the new sign was made in commemoration of late Jim Omeasoo and the memory of his positive influence on our community.


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PAGE 5 On Thursday June 5th, 2014, Maskwacis RCMP Community Response Unit, Wetaskiwin RCMP General Investigation Section and Police Dog Services executed a search warrant in the Ermineskin First Nation.

A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of "Crack" cocaine, a loaded 12 guage shotgun, and assorted drug paraphernalia. RCMP had arrested two adult males and two young offender males from the residence. The subjects arrested are facing the following charges: - Possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine. - Tampering with a serial number of a firearm. - Careless storage of a firearm. - Unauthorized possession of a firearm without being the holder of a license. One of the young offenders faced additional charges for breaching his release conditions. This young offender was previously charged with trafficking in a controlled substance on August 13th, 2013, in Ermineskin First Nation. Trial has been set for June 18th, 2014, at the same time as his first appearence for this recent matter, at the Wetaskiwin Provincial Court House. The second young offender will also be appearing on this date for his first appearance. The two adults will be appearing in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court, for their first appearance on June 12th, 2014 "Maskwacis RCMP strive to make the community a safe place to live."

On Sunday June 8th at approximately 11:15 p.m., 2014 Maskwacis RCMP responded to a complaint on the Louis Bull First Nation , of a hit and run Motor Vehicle Collision. Police located a vehicle matching the description and also a suspect named in this incident. On Monday June 9th shortly after midnight, Maskwachees Emergency Services and Maskwacis RCMP responded to a call of an unresponsive male on a road on the Louis Bull First Nation. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigation determined the victim died of injuries sustained in a collision involving a motor vehicle. An investigation involving a collision analyst, Forensic Identification Section, RCMP Community Response Unit, Maskwacis RCMP and Wetaskiwin General Investigation Services has determined that a vehicle which was seized, was involved in both incidents. Several key witnesses were interviewed and this led to the laying of Criminal Charges. Blake Lasarus George BULL aged 31yrs of Louis Bull First Nation has been charged with Impaired Driving Causing Death, Driving with Over 80mgs Causing Death, Criminal Negligence Casuing Death, and Failing to Remain at Scene. Blake Lasarus George BULL appeared in court on Tuesday, June 10th for First Appearance. “Maskwacis RCMP strive to make the community a safe place to live.�


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INFORMATION WANTED Preston THOM Homicide

On December 24, 2010 at approximately 6:15 pm Preston THOM, age 15, was shot and killed by unknown assailants outside Enclave 8 in the Samson Townsite. The members of the Nation and the RCMP require the assistance of the community to the solve MURDER of Preston THOM. The smallest detail pertaining to this murder may help identify those responsible. Without the Courage and Conviction of this Community and the members of the Nation this murder will not be solved. Please contact the Maskwacis RCMP at (780) 585-4600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) if anonymity is a concern.

Delena LEFTHAND Homicide

Delena Chastity LEFTHAND or Delena Chastity POWDERFACE On August 17, 2008 Delena LEFTHAND, 20 years old, was shot and killed while inside a residence in the Samson Townsite of Maskwacis, AB. The members of the Nation and the RCMP require the assistance of the community to solve the MURDER of Delena LEFTHAND. The smallest detail pertaining to this murder may help identify those responsible. Without the Courage and Conviction of this Community and the members of the Nation this murder will not be solved. Please contact the Maskwacis RCMP at (780) 585-4600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) if anonymity is a concern.

Billy Buffalo Homicide

On August 27, 2008 at approximately 2:45 am Billy BUFFALO, age 16, was shot and killed by unknown assailants near E Block in the Samson Townsite. The members of the Nation and the RCMP require the assistance of the community to solve the MURDER of Billy BUFFALO. The smallest detail pertaining to this murder may help identify those responsible. Without the Courage and Conviction of this Community and the members of the Nation this murder will not be solved. Please contact the Maskwacis RCMP at (780) 585-4600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) if anonymity is a concern.


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If you can identify any of the individuals in this photo please contact Samson Archives (780) 585-4530

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Birthday Greetings June 16: Happy Birthday Dennis Buffalo with love Shelley, Christian and Kason. June 24: Happy Birthday Miguel Montour coming from Uncle Jon Johnson. June 26: Happy Birthday Dulcie Simon from anonymous. June 26: Happy Birthday Conrad Johnson from your sister Mar. Juen 26: Happy Birthday Mildred Samson from Marlene and Family. June 27: Happy birthday Koren Lightning-Earle from Jenn and B. Juen 28: Happy Birthday Floyd Baptiste from Mom. June 29: Happy Birthday Shalaize Tiny Tyne Buffalo, lots & lots of love Mom, Jago, Aunite Odes & all the girls June 30: Happy Birthday Charmaine Crane from Jenn and B.

Community Announcements June 17: Samson grade 7 Graduation, 10:30am at the SCN High School. June 19: Nipisihkopahk Education Authority Pow Wow, Primary School yard. June 19: Treaty Day, distribution at the NEA Pow Wow. June 20: SCN porgrams and services will be closed, Aboriginal Day. June 20: Last day of classes for NEA schools. June 21: Niwihcihaw Acceptance Ltd. 8th annual Aboriginal Day Celebration at Maskwa Park. Free admission all day. Food Bank donations will be accepted at the gate. 10:00am - 2:00pm: Flea Market ($10/table) Vendors must bring own table. 3:00pm - 6:00pm: Children activities such as bouncers, entertainers, balloon twister, karaoke and pony rides. 6:00pm - 7:30pm: Community Barbecue 8:00pm -10:30pm: Maskwacis Has Talent Competition. Panel of judges awarding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. 10:30pm - 11:30pm: Mother Down ft. Robin Campbell. Fireworks at dusk provided by Black Dragon Fireworks.

Samson Head Start Raffle Year end Raffle tickets can be purchased at Samson Head Start or from the parents of students that graduated. The draw will be made at the NEA pow wow on June 19 at 2:00pm. 1st and 2nd place: Boy/Girl Bike and helmet 3rd place: $50.00 Walmart gift card Samson Head Start- (780) 585-2230

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

PLEASE BE ADVISED The Pigeon Lake Health Center will only be open Tuesday through Thursday for the months of July and August, 2014.


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