Nipisihkopahk Acimowin

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Ayiki Pîsim April 2022



ansi and welcome to another edition of the Acimowin. The above photo was the Pigeon Lake Volleyball Tournament hosted by SYSD. The tournament had a very good turnout so good job organizers. From there, we had the Day of Prayer in the Chambers with Chief Vernon Saddleback present and a host of speakers to celebrate the day. See our SCN Facebook page for the video of the Day of Prayer. Moving on, Harper Potts, Director of Emergency Management, provides us with an update on the condition within Maskwacis regarding the Covid 19 situation. The band office is closed to the public but you can make an appointment to see the department you need. Call 780-585-3793 to make an appointment.

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Vision Statement Samson Cree Nation is a healthy, educated, knowledgeable and industrious community. Mission Statement Samson Cree Nation is a Sovereign Nation that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all our People by maximizing our Human Resources and respecting our Cree Language and Traditions of our Peoples.

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Table of Contents

SCN Covid 19 Colour Code Flag System for your window. Covid 19 Timeline

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Emergency Management Update with Harper Potts. Hockey.

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Nipiy: Community Notice.

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SCN Pow Wow Poster Information. Day of Prayer 2022.

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Pigeon Lake Volleyball Tournament. Samson Celebration 2022 RFPs. Jobs.

The Samson Cree Nation Acimowin (Newsletter) Communications Coordinator, Delorna Makinaw. Email:

Administrative/Social Media Assistant: Email: Samson Communications Department: Box 159 Maskwacis, AB T0C 1N0. Ph: 780-585-3793 ext. 233 or 266. SCN Departments: Please send your announcements, events or information to the Acimowin for publication. Email: Ph: 780-585-3793 ext. 266 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 or PDF format to save paper.

HAWK 93.5 FM Radio To advertise with the only central Alberta First Nations radio station please call: 780-585-4295. Email: Web:

Contact: Robert “Bobby Jack” Ward. Pigeon Lake Volleyball Tournament April 16-17, 2022.

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December November October September August July June May April March February January 2021 December November October September July March 2020

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Maskwacis Covid 19 Timeline Total Cases

Total Cases

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April 11, 2022 Update with Director of Emergency Management (DEM) Harper Potts via the SCN Facebook page. Harper: Hello. It’s been a while since the last update so here are the numbers in Maskwacis and Samson:

Samson Hospitalized 2 Deaths 25 Samson Deaths 13

Total Cases in Maskwacis 4670 Samson Total Cases 1832 Active 43 Samson Active 12 Recovered 4621 Samson Recovered 1832 Hospitalized 6

Work hours are from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. You can make an appointment to see the department you need. Employees have to test Monday and Wednesday. The bays at the Fire Hall are still open for testing. No other reserve has the service available for them. MHS got us that funding. Masks are mandatory in Samson but across the rail road tracks you don’t have to. I see people wearing their masks and that’s good. I still wear mine. We have lifted gathering restrictions with triage in place. We did this for a round dance. It’s been two years since we had a good round dance so we went ahead with it. I have not heard of cases coming out of it. Schools are still open. Masks are required in class but not outside. Our numbers are slowly going up and people are still getting sick. The restrictions maybe lifted by June or July when the numbers go down. Be careful out there. We will continue to get through this. I will try and update every two weeks.

Emergency Management is still delivering food, water, cleaning supplies, sanitization packages and home test kits to those under isolation or quarantine. If your double vaccinated, with the booster shot and you still test positive you have to stay home for 5 days and isolate. If you have symptoms, you have to stay home until the symptoms are gone. If you not vaccinated, it’s an automatic 10 days isolation. These are provincial regulations. Vaccination clinics have really slowed down since the province lifted the regulations. We are having them every two weeks because of the slowing down of people showing up for vaccines. The other three nation have stopped altogether. Those people from the other nations can come get their vaccines at the HBMC on Wednesdays. Or you can make an appointment at the Maskwacis Health Services (MHS). The town site perimeter hours are still from 8 AM to 8 PM. We have funding for this so we are going to use it up and not send the funds back. No other nation in Canada sends funding back. We are still under a local state of emergency since March 23, 2020, which was two years ago. There is a possible sixth wave coming. It’s already out in eastern Canada. It started in Europe about a month ago. It takes about 1 to 3 months to get to Canada from Europe. We estimate it will be here about the end of April or the start or May and slowing down in June. This variant is 10 times more contagious than previous variants.


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April 16, 2022 Source: Samson Cree Nation facebook page:

April 15, 2022 Source: Samson Cree Nation facebook page:

“Way to go Junior Hawks! Good job to all the parents, coaches and hockey players. Taycen Okeymow. Jarret Saddleback and the rest of the Hawks.”

“Day 2: The Ladies will be at the ATB Centre today until 4 PM.”

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April 16, 2022 Source: Samson Cree Nation facebook page.

“Nipisihkopahk Hawks win 7-2 against Wabasca. Next game tomorrow at 5 PM at Castle Downs Arena.

“Congratulations to the Maskwacis U15. They won gold today.”

April 16, 2022 Source: Samson Cree Nation facebook page. April 16, 2022 Source: Samson Cree Nation facebook page.

“Day 3 of the Alberta Treaty Hockey 2022 in Lethbridge, we are proud of all the Athletes that represented Maskwacis and Samson Cree Nation. Here are some pictures of the Baby Hawks, U7, U13, and U15. Parents if you have photos please email them to Please include photo credit and we will add them to our page, “Go Hawks Go.”

“Congratulations to the Maskwacis U15. They won gold today.”

April 16, 2022 Source: Samson Cree Nation facebook page. “Congratulations to the Maskwacis Midget Team as they won the Bronze. The score was 4-1 for Tsuu Tina.” 8

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April 18, 2022 Source: Samson Cree Nation facebook page. “Watched the Maskwacis vs. Kainai Midget game on Saturday night, here are the pictures.”

April 19, 2022 Source: Samson Cree Nation facebook page. “Congratulations to the Maskwacis Midget Team, they won bronze at the Alberta Treaty Hockey Tournament this past weekend in Lethbridge. Photo credit to Craig Littlechild.”


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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.

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 Acimowin (Samson’s local newsletter) Submission Dates for 2022

April Friday April 8 Friday April 22 May Friday May 13 Friday May 27

June Friday June 10 Friday June 24 July Friday July 8 Friday July 22

Integrated Family Services (IFS) Ph: 780-5852254 Email: MMIWG 24/7 Toll Free Support Phone Line: 1-844-413-6649 Maskwacis Mobile Mental Health: Call us at any time on our hotline 780-362-2150 or Email : SCN Community Wellness: P 780-585-3634 Client Support Services Ph: 780-335-5953. Outreach 780-335-7439. Respite Care 780-335-9687. 14 Samson Communications Department @SamsonCreeNation

From the Office of Samson Gas Utility Box 1200 Maskwacis, AB T0C 1N0 Ph: 780-585-3793 Email: gasutility.

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

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. FN Drinking Water Settlement Do you need help with a claim? Contact the Administrator for help with the process: 1-833-252-4220


Samson Cree Nation Urban Office in Edmonton. Location: 12046 - 77 St. Edmonton. Ph: 780-477-6648 ext. 257

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Day Of Prayer 2022

P a s t P o w Wo w P i c t u r e s

Chief Vernon Saddleback

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April 16-17, 2022 Pigeon Lake Recreation Centre: There was a volleyball tournament sponsored by SYSD and there were a lot of players present. Good job to the organizers on such a good turn out. The Miyoskamin Classic had a mens and ladies divisions with the winners getting the payout. Royce Buffalo and Jordana Littlepoplar along with others organized the tournament. There were a lot support from the crowd and the players were very competitive.

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April 13, 2022 Chief Vernon Saddleback spoke about a child in Saskatchewan who got hurt in a hospital. Here is the link: www.facebookcom/FSINations

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April 2022 Wednesday


Andrea Dion: Tax preparation Starting Feb. 28, 2022, at the Maskwacis Mall. $20 for Workers, Free for Elders, Income Support Clients.







1 Income Support 2 Basketball HBMC HBMC 10AM3 PM 3PM.

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9 Round Dance

13 Drive Through 14 Day of Prayer Bear Park 3 pm

15 Good Friday.

16 Basketball HBMC 3 PM

17 Easter Sunday. 18 Easter Monday 19 (Canada).


22 Newsletter 23 Basketball Earth Day feast HBMC 3 PM HBMC 12:00 PM


27 Administrative 28 Professionals Day. Leann’s Kitchen











Feast 1 PM

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8 Mothers Day

May 2022 Wednesday






5 Erm. Womens Shelter Walk 11 AM.


7 Hiway Clean Up Arena 9 AM. Volunteers wanted.





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23 Victoria Day




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►Jim Omeasoo Cultural Centre News, CTA Maintenance Department: Samson Band Members $200 Non Refundable. Non Samson Band Members $200 Non Refundable. Centre must be cleaned after use, kitchen cleaned up, floors swept, chairs put away. First Booking will have priority up until the day of the event. For bookings Call 780-585-3793 ext. 159. No Double Booking. No Smoking. No Public Phone.

Above Photo by: Jaylen Littlepoplar.

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