Latest News (118)

Children categories

History & Culture

History & Culture (9)


The Ermineskin Cree Nation (Reserve #138) is one member of the Four Nations of Maskwacis, Alberta - located in Central Alberta about fifty miles south of Edmonton on Highway 2A, halfway between the towns of Ponoka and Wetaskiwin. The Ermineskin Cree Nations land base is approximately 25'000 acres. This area is traditionally known as the Bear Hills or Maskwacheesihk. The Cree people of the Ermineskin Cree Nation have a historical relationship that extends over centuries to the area of land that now comprises the Ermineskin Reserve. The Ermineskin Reserve was established in 1885. The Ermineskin Cree Nation belongs to the Treaty Six Group of Indian Tribes in Western Canada.

As with other First Nation communities in Canada the Ermineskin Cree Nation continues to maintain its close community identity through preservation of their long and proud history. Although the communities of Maskwacis have benefited from a large oil and gas deposit on their lands, they also enjoy large tracts of prime agricultural land and property on one of Alberta's more popular lakes (Pigeon Lake). Among the many services offered in the Maskwacis area include; the Maskwacis Health Authority, Maskwacis Police Service, ambulance and fire departments, a number of community recreation centers, as well as a Canadian Pacific rail line that runs through the reserve. Finally there are currently a number of small businesses that operate in the town site of Maskwacis. 

To help teach and encourage native traditions and the Cree language, the Ermineskin Cree Nation hosts a number of schools including; Ermineskin Kindergarten, Ermineskin Primary, Ermineskin Elementary Junior Senior High, and also supports the Maskwachees Cultural College. The Ermineskin Schools are among the most technologically advanced schools in Canada, having iMAC computers in every classroom, of which all are Internet ready. Along with the school system native traditions are also maintained through a number of celebrations that occur throughout the year.

As the Ermineskin community moves into diversifying its economy away from the oil and gas revenues it must do so with strategies that allow the community to maintain its cultural identity. Working closely with the other regional First Nations and non-indigenous communities, Ermineskin can offer a number of resources and other advantages that will be key in attracting outside investment.

Community Description

The total land base of the Maskwacis 4 Nations is 291 sq. Km of which 108.62 sq. Km is owned and operated by the almost 3000 members of the Ermineskin Cree Nation. The Reserve is located in close proximity of Alberta's two main cities of Edmonton and Calgary. Some of the more important advantages include:

1. Strategically Located

The Ermineskin Cree Nation is located in the Maskwacis area, which is about 70km south of Edmonton along Highway 2A and at Junction 611 and is only a short distance from Highway 2, which links Edmonton and Calgary. This location allows for easy access to a number of facilities in both centers as well as other cities such as Wetaskiwin, Leduc, and Red Deer. The Edmonton International Airport, which is a mere 30-minute drive and the Calgary International Airport, allows access to virtually any of the world markets.

Access to a number of other amenities including educational facilities such as the University of Alberta, University of Calgary,Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Red Deer College and Olds Agricultural College are all within a two hour drive from the Reserve. The close proximity of these institutions has produced a number of highly educated Ermineskin members. These same institutions can also play an important role in facilitating research for any initiative that may be started with the Ermineskin Community and they can also be used to help in training Ermineskin Members in specific areas that new ventures might offer.

Other research facilities that can also be utilized in many potential business ventures include the Leduc Agricultural Research Complex, which is only 15 minutes away and can offer state of the art processing equipment.

2. Workforce

The current Ermineskin community has about 1300 semi skilled and skilled labor force as well as access to a much larger work force in the three other First Nations tribes that reside in the Maskwacis area. 

Should any further expertise be needed, a further source can be drawn from other First Nation communities.

3. Financially Stable

With access to a large supply of oil and gas revenues the Ermineskin Cree Nation is considered to be one of the more economically stable First Nation communities in Canada. Revenues generated have in the past, been used to support community business, purchase outside expertise and to further develop the Tribes infrastructure. These same revenues can also be used to help support future development projects.

4. Natural Resources

Along with oil and gas resources, Ermineskin also has over 10,000 hectares of high quality agricultural land capable of producing annual crops. Land along Pigeon Lake, one of Alberta's most popular lakes, is currently being used for camping.

5. Recognized Arts and Crafts Industry

Ermineskin currently has a number of small home-based arts and crafts businesses and there are a number of artists whose works are well known both inside and outside the First Nation communities.

6. Access to other indigenous communities throughout Canada

As a First Nations community Ermineskin has good relations with other First Nations within the Maskwacis regions as well as throughout Canada. These relationships can be used as potential markets for products and as potential joint venture partners.

7. Access to a number of Government and Non-government assistance

There is a large base of Government and native programs that provide financial and most other types of assistance to Indigenous based businesses that can be utilized to assist in establishing a marketing program for the Ermineskin Cree Nation.

8. Education and Maskwachees Cultural College

The location of Ermineskin allows its members easy access to the many secondary education institutions located in Edmonton and Calgary. Whether it is technical, business or academic training, all are available. In the Maskwacis area itself, the Maskwachees Cultural College has operated for over 20 years and can be used for both research and training purposes.

View items...
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:04

ECN Office Closure

Monday, 17 September 2018 13:46


Monday, 17 September 2018 13:42

ECN Job Opportunities *UPDATED*

One (1) Temporary Receptionist with the Ermineskin Property
Management department by September 17, 2018

One (1) Assistant Manager for NSD and Band
Housing with Ermineskin Property Managment
by October 3, 2018

Ermineskin Cree Nation Phone: (780) 585-3741 ext. 241 or 311
Personnel Department Edmonton Direct: (780) 420-0008
Box 219 Red Deer Direct: (780) 343-1078
Maskwacîs, AB Ma Me O Beach Direct: (780)586-2545
T0C 1N0 Toll Free: 1-866-585-3941
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 17 September 2018 09:53

Event Postponed

Due to weather conditions the TD Tree Planting, set to take place Sept. 18, 2018,
may be postponed at a later date. Please stay posted for any changes
or news on the event. Thank you

"Plant a tree in your community! Whether it is for the environment, beautification, or in memoryof a loved one, you are invited to help plant a tree. You must register online."

Also, remember to register in order to take 
part in the healing event. See link below for
registration information: 

There are also the steps below on
how to register for the event:

Miyo Kisikaw,

Here is the latest Neyâskweyâhk Acimowin Onôcihitowipîsim
Newosâp Akimaw Anohc Issue.
This week’s newsletter includes highlights from
the Sod Turning Ceremony,
the Indigenize X Youth Elder Conference,
and Treaty Day is approaching!!

Hai Hai and Have a Nice Day!

The next issue is scheduled for Friday, September 28th, 2018.
Submission Deadline for this issue is on Tuesday, September 24th , 2018.
Please forward/email submissions to:

Sara Lee
ECN Newsletter Editor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ph: 780-585-3741, ext. 266
Fax: 780-585-3774

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:12

Press Release

Press Release:

Four first nations in Alberta have filed an urgent action CERD submission at the
United Nations against the state of Canada.

Re: Canada's Indigenous Rights, Recognition and Implementation Framework.

Tsuu T'ina Nation O'Chiese First Nation Reserve, Onion Lake Cree Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation



In August 2018, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Onion Lake Cree Nation, O’Chiese First Nation and Tsuu T’ina Nation filed an urgent action against the state of Canada’s “Reconciliation Agenda” to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The Nations told members of CERD that Canada continues to expedite plans to create legislation designed to deny our rights to lands and resources all without our consent.

In February 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the development of a new and transformative Indigenous Rights, Recognition and Implementation Framework which is designed to incorporate our Nations into the fabric of Canada. In this process our rights as Indigenous Peoples will be destroyed by the use of the legal system of the colonial state of Canada. “The announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau came as a shock to the Nations”, said Ermineskin Chief Craig Makinaw.
There has been no process of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) contrary to the recommendations of CERD in September 2017 that our rights to FPIC must be respected by the state.

Tsuu T’ina Council member Regena Crowchild added that “there were no previous discussions or any process with the Treaty Nations prior to the announcement”. Despite numerous requests, the details and structural changes proposed are scarce. The immediate damage to our Nations by ongoing process developed without our free, prior and informed consent will affect our relationship to the environmental, economic, social, emotional, psychological, cultural and spiritual impact on the well-being of our Peoples.

Canada is selecting to engage organizations without any clear and transparent process to involve the rights holders – our Nations and our Peoples. These organizations are not rights holders. They have no ability to consent on our behalf. As Treaty Peoples who made international treaties with the British Crown to allow for peaceful settlement in our territories, the present process brings no honour or respect to the rule of law.
In light of the deteriorating situation in Canada, the Treaty Peoples have tried many ways to open a dialogue with the State. We have written letters and provided materials to the state without any concrete response. The Minister in charge of this project announced February 2018, the intention to proceed with the legislation in the fall of 2018.

As part of our urgent action CERD submission we appealed to the members of the Committee to consider sending a member or members of the Committee to Canada to observe and monitor the Federal Government implementation of international standards with the Ermineskin Cree Nation, Onion Lake Cree Nation, O’Chiese First Nation and Tsuu T’ina Nation; and that Canada immediately halt their legislative agenda until such time as they engage in a process that recognizes the right of free, prior and informed consent of the Treaty Peoples of the Ermineskin Cree Nation, Onion Lake Cree Nation, O’Chiese First Nation and Tsuu T’ina Nation.


For more information please contact:
Tara Cutarm
Ermineskin Communications
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
P: 780-360-5756


Tuesday, 11 September 2018 14:47

Youth Employment Program

Youth Employment Program

INAC Youth Mentored work placement program's goal is to support activities and training that will
assist you in acquiring the essential skills that will help the youth gain employment, function well
in a work place, as well learn about more job and career options.

-AGES 15-30

You can apply through the Personnel Dept. at the ECN Administration Office


At the P&R building across from the Administration Office

Deadline to apply: SEPT. 28, 2018

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 15:24

MESC 2018-2019 Calendar

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 15:23

Orange Shirt Day

Miyo Kisikaw,

Here is the latest Neyâskweyâhk Acimowin Ohpahowipîsim Nistômitanaw Peyakosâp
Akimaw Anohc Issue.
This week’s newsletter 
includes highlights from 
the Alberta Indigenous Games 2018,

the Treaty 6 Commemoration, and Jace Makinaw playing his rookie year for
the Calgary Colts in the Canadian Junior Football League!!

Hai Hai and Have a Nice Day!

The next issue is scheduled for Friday, September 14th, 2018.
Submission Deadline for this issue is on Tuesday, September 11th , 2018.
Please forward/email submissions to:

Sara Lee
ECN Newsletter Editor
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ph: 780-585-3741, ext. 266
Fax: 780-585-3774

Page 1 of 9