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OnÔhcitÔwi Pîsim September 2021



ansi and welcome to another edition of the Acimowin. The Alberta Government issued a state of public health emergency on September 16, 2021, due to the increase of Covid 19 and the variants, read the summary on page 12. Please get vaccinated, wash your hands and get tested. Call the SCN Emergency Management phone number to register for the vaccine at 780585-3793 ext. 286 or 287. On September 9, 2021, the Integrated Family Services (IFS) had their annual Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) from 3 mile to the rest stop near the RCMP detachment. There were many people who walked this year and you can see the pictures on page 18.

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September 16, 2021: The Early Years at the Willowview building.

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The Samson Cree Nation Acimowin (Newsletter) Communications Coordinator, Delorna Makinaw. SCN Covid 19 Colour Code Flag Email: System for your window. Events Planner, Angela Boysis-Bull. SCN Vaccination Registration Email: Phone Number. Notice: Community Safety Samson Communications Department: Box 159 Concerns. Maskwacis, AB T0C 1N0. Ph: 780-585-3793 ext. 233 or Emergency Management 266. Update: Harper Potts. AHS Public Health Emergency SCN Departments: Summary. Please send your announcements, events or information Victim Services AGM to the Acimowin for publication. Information. Email: NGCI Outdoor Market. Ph: 780-585-3793 ext. 266

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Integrated Family Services FASD Walk. Community Wellness Orange Shirt Day Events Information. Job Opportunities.

The Acimowin is released bi-weekly every month. Advertisers please call the Communications Office. Community events can be forwarded to the Newsletter Please make it a JPEG format to save paper.

Vision Statement Samson Cree Nation is a healthy, educated, knowledgeable and industrious community.

HAWK 93.5 FM Radio To advertise with the only central Alberta First Nations radio station please call: 780-585-4295. Mission Statement Email: Samson Cree Nation is a Sovereign Nation that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all our People Web: by maximizing our Human Resources and respecting our Contact: Robert “Bobby Jack” Ward. Cree Language and Traditions of our Peoples.

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Results in Alberta for September 22, 2021(AHS website): Confirmed Cases 283,710. Active Cases 20,917. Recovered Cases 260,219. In Hospital 996. In Intensive Care 222. Deaths 2574. Tests Completed 5,393,226. People Tested 2,394,608.

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September 22, 2021 Emergency Management Director Harper Potts Covid 19 update. Harper Potts: Good afternoon everyone. In Maskwacis today we have 2367 Total Cases. Total Recovered is 2280 cases. 2 are Hospitalized. There are 85 Total Active cases.

and Moderna. Phizer is for the youth but adults can take it too if they want. Come get vaccinated even if your not from Samson. As long as you’re a four band member we can accommodate you. The isolation/quarantine trailers are up and running. People who have to go through contact tracing can apply. If someone in your home gets Covid 19 you can isolate at the Samson trailers. The trailers at Ermineskin will always be there but our trailers are there for our people if they want. Harper talks about the Medicine Chest clause in Treaty and how it benefits us today. That’s how far those Elders looked ahead.

Currently we have 85 Active Cases, 30 are from Samson, out of those 85 41 were non-vaccinated. 23 out of those 85 were under the age of 12. 16 out of those 85 were Double Vaccinated. 7 out of those 85 had One Vaccine administered.

There’s a question on how to get your Alberta vaccine card. It’s online and you need your health care number. Bring you card to our office at the old Kasohkowew building and we will laminate it for you. You may have to show your card if you want to go eat somewhere or if you want to go see a movie. Harper talks about his friend who talks about what is in the vaccine. His friend got double vaccinated but he didn’t know what’s in there. His friend trusted his doctor when he said it was needed.

Alberta had on September 21, 2021: 20,614 Active Cases. On September 17 Alberta had 1605 Active Cases. On September 19 Alberta had 1432 Active Cases. We’re slowly going up there in numbers.

I just want to encourage people to get vaccinated. Even if your not from Samson, as long as you’re a four band member come get vaccinated at the HBMC. Let’s continue to pray for the people in the trailers, the people in Calgary and Edmonton. With that have a good evening and we will see you on the next posting. Hai Hai !

Total Vaccines administered at the HBMC: 2785. Out of those 2785, 2017 were from Samson. 4500 people in Samson have been vaccinated but we still need 2300 people more to reach that 70% vaccination rate to be safe. There are 835 Active Cases in 46 First Nations. In Maskwacis we have 85 Active Cases. In Alberta for September 21, 954 people are Hospitalized. 216 are Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Alberta is back to Level 2. Restrictions are coming in. Harper got into an eating establishment but some of his friends did not because they did not have their Alberta vaccine card. In Samson we are up to 50 or 60 homes that are under quarantine or contact tracing. Continue to pray for these people. There are two people from Samson in Edmonton hospitals. One is on life support and the other has breathing conditions. Our band members are out there but they are falling under Alberta statistics. In Treaty 6 we are at a 36% vaccination rate. The lowest out of all the Treaty areas. In Samson we continue to do home delivery for our members. The line up to get vaccinated at the Maskwacis Ambulance Authority building can take up to two hours but it’s worth it. If we didn’t have the vaccines here we would probably have to go to Camrose or Red Deer. In Maskwacis, we have a total population of approximately 18,000 people. 13,000 are living on the reserve. 9100 people need to be vaccinated to reach that 70% safe rate. Currently, 4413 people are vaccinated. That’s roughly 48%. Maskwacis needs another 4700 band members vaccinated or 52% more. 1 dose given to 1277 people and 3136 have two doses. We are going down in numbers for people coming out to get the vaccine. Thursday September 23, we are open at the HBMC from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM, we have both Phizer 8

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Alberta Health Services September 16, 2021 Covid 19 Public Health Actions Temporary measures are in place to reduce the impacts of Covid 19 on the health care system. Overview Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency. Covid 19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, largely in unvaccinated Albertans. New measures to protect the health care system, stop the spread, and increase vaccination rates come into effect starting September 16, 2021. Getting vaccinated makes us all safer. A one time incentive of $100 is available for Albertans 18+ who get their first or second dose between September 3 and October 14. Masking and physical distancing are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces. This measure extends to places of worship as of September 16. Employees must mask in all indoor work settings, except while alone in work stations. Schools K to 12 Mandatory masking for students in Grades 4 and up, plus staff and teachers in all grades. Elementary schools to implement class cohorting. Indoor sports, fitness, recreation, and performance activities are permitted in schools, with requirements to maintain 2 metre physical distancing where possible. Proof of Negative Test To enter spaces participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, people aged 12 and older can show proof of a negative test result. Tests must be privately paid Covid 19 PCR or rapid tests completed in the last 72 hours.

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September 9, 2021: SML workers near Hawk 93.5 FM radio.

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September 20, 2021 Ermineskin Mall: NGCI had an outdoor market at the mall and there were a few vendors present. Kelly Karius from the No Such Thing As A Bully program was in attendance telling people about her services available to the community. Other vendors included Thistle Farms with fresh vegetables, Fox Hill Coffee Company and the Brown Van with custom native design masks and traditional skirts. Contact: Andrea S. Dion for more info. 780-585-3000.


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Samson Cree Nation: Pediatry

PEDIATRIC CLINIC NOW OPEN Dr. Heather Dreise Pediatrician Location: former MYI Building Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9 AM to 4 PM For Appointments call 780-585-4062. Walk Ins are available.

Samson Cree Nation Training and Workforce Development (W) 780-585-3305 (F) 780-585-3355 Email: Hours: 9 AM to 3 PM. Facebook page: Samson Workforce and Training Development.

The Acimowin (Samson’s local newsletter) Submission Dates for 2021.

September Friday May 10 Friday May 24 October Friday Oct. 8 Friday Oct. 22

November Friday Nov. 12 Friday Nov. 26 December Friday Dec. 10 Friday Dec. 24

Integrated Family Services (IFS) Ph: 780-585-2254 Email: MMIWG 24/7 Toll Free Support Phone Line: 1-844-413-6649

From the Office of Samson Gas Utility Box 1200 Maskwacis, AB T0C 1N0 Ph: 780-585-3793 Email: Lyle Littlepoplar, Manager 1-780-335-6073 Everette Omeasoo, Supervisor 1-780-312-9748 Gas Co-op Shop 780-585-3547 Please Leave A Message Email: Please call EXT#215, Cell 780-335-6073 or Email: If you have any questions on this matter. Thank you.

Maskwacis Mobile Mental Health: Call us at any time on our hotline 780-362-2150 Maskwacis Minor Hockey Association or Email : Registration Day September 16, 2021. SCN Community Wellness: Location: Maskwacis Arena. Client Support Services Ph: 780-335-5953. Time: 4-6 PM. Outreach 780-335-7439. Triage on site. Please contact: Respite Care 780-335-9687. Myrna Buffalo 780-585-3771 16 Samson Communications Department @SamsonCreeNation

Samson Cree Nation Urban Office in Edmonton. SCN Community Wellness: Client Support Location: 12046 - 77 St. Edmonton. Services Ph: 780-335-5953. Outreach 780-335Ph: 780-477-6648 ext. 257 7439. Respite Care 780-335-9687.

Please be advised that the Samson Cree Nation Personnel Department has a New Email Address: Anybody applying for a job or submitting their documents to Personnel Department can send to the email provided. Thank You.

The Samson Cree Housing Department is now located at the Trades Centre (on Cranes Road). New phone number: 780-585-3919 The Samson Community Initiatives Program 780-585-0111 Check them out on Facebook. @samsoncommunityinitiativesprogram

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September 9, 2021 Samson Cree Nation: The Integrated Family Services (IFS) had their annual Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) walk from 3 mile to the rest area near the Maskwacis RCMP building. There were a lot of walkers this year and past Samson Chief Victor Buffalo was among them. Councilors Ryan Lightning and Louise Omeasoo welcomed everyone at kick off and Wilson Okeymow sang a song. The Maskwacis RCMP participated and they walked the whole way and they handed out bottles of water at the end point. Annette Cutknife told her story about living with someone with FASD and that there needs to be more programs and services for them in the community. She also mentioned that alcohol is not good at all in a persons life because of the problems it causes. Tanya Heyden Kaye who was running for the federal election for our area was present. Tanya lost the vote and got 14% of the vote. Thank you to the walkers for participating and the organizers for the work.

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Councilor Louise Omeasoo in pink shirt.

Elder George Saddleback with his wife supporting. Samson Communications Department @SamsonCreeNation 19

Truth and Reconciliation Day September 30, 2021 Please be Warned the following article maybe a Trigger about Residential Schools. Source:

September 22, 2021 Source: Bonnie McCloud, Samson Community Wellness Facebook page.

“Truth and Reconciliation day is this September 30th. This day has been legislated as a federal statutory holiday and is a call for reflection and action.... September 30 is also known as Orange Shirt Day. A day created after residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad, a shared her story at a St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion event held in Williams Lake, British Columbia, in 2013. At the age of 6, Phyllis attended residential school and on the her first day, was stripped of her new orange shirt that her grandmother had bought her. Orange Shirts now symbolizes how the residential school system took away the Indigenous identities of its students.”

The community is invited to attend the Samson Community Wellness Orange Shirt Day: In Spirit of Hope and Reconciliation on Wednesday September 29 and Thursday September 30, 2021. From 9 AM to 3 PM behind the Willowview Building. The event will include guest speakers who will share their personal experience with Residential Schools and Reconciliation, 60s Scoop. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Exploited Peoples (MMIEP), and on Orange Shirt Day a intergenerational walk to honour the more than 4000 children who died, and the sacrifices that were made by Residential School survivors and their families across Canada. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. This event is free and open to all members of the community. Give a ways, lunch and refreshments and a community Feast Drive Through will be provided. Covid 19 Protocols will be in place.

September 9: IFS Walk for FASD. Some walkers wearing their Orange Shirts. SCN Covid 19 Masks for Sale. $10/mask. Contact: Samson Communications Department 780585-3793 ext. 233 20 Samson Communications Department @SamsonCreeNation

MESC Bus Drivers Wanted Please apply at: www.maskwacised. ca/careers MESC: 780-5853333 Samson Communications Department @SamsonCreeNation 21

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30 Orange Shirt Day. Willowview and Erm. Mall 10:30AM

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10 Turkey Trot @ 11 Bear Park. Thanksgiving

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29 Halloween 30 Drive Thru Erm. Arena 6 PM. SYSD. IFS Drive Thru HBMC 11AM Zombie Walk 530PM Mall. Samson Communications Department @SamsonCreeNation 27

►Jim O Cultural Centre News: Samson Band Members $150 Non Refundable. Non Samson Band Members $150 Non Refundable. $50 Damage Deposit. Centre must be cleaned after use, kitchen cleaned up, floors swept, chairs put away. Call 780-585-3793 ext. 159. No Double Booking. No Smoking. No Public Phone.

►Samson Trades: High volume of calls due to not changing furnace filters, please do not pour grease down the drains, the Housing department has moved into the Trades Center.

September 9, 2021: Integrated Family Services Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Walk from 3 mile to the rest area near the RCMP building.

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