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Tansi

The Driftpile Band is situated 30 kms. west of Swan River (or 3 hours and 15 minutes northwest of Edmonton)

The Driftpile Reserve itself is over 15,000 acres in size and sprawls along 10 kms of sandy shoreline on the south side of Lesser Slave Lake.

Highway #2 runs directly through the reserve and provides good access to the lake.

Info Video about COVID-19

ATTENTION DPCN MEMBERS:
Please watch this video for info about the coronavirus, COVID-19, and how to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Watch the video below.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIESAT DRIFTPILE CREE NATION CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION

The Driftpile Band also enjoys a stable political environment and welcomes
the prospect of developing tourism on the reserve.
With relatively high unemployment, the project represents
badly needed jobs and economic opportunity for the
future growth and development of the band.

NEWS & EVENTS

Job Finding Club

November 12th, December 3rd

Peer support on job searching. Click for details.

Spiritual Readings with Candice Marshall

October 26th - 28th

We are offering spiritual readings with Candice Marshall for the Driftpile Cree Nation band members for next week. Click for details.

Halloween Festivities

October 30th

Staff will be handing out Candy Bags to anyone who shows up at the Gazebo (Band Office Yard) Click for details.

Day School - Information Event

November 2nd & 3rd

Have you applied yet? If this doesn't sound familiar please contact Avis or Nancy at the Health Centre. Click for details.

No Stone Left Alone - Honouring Our Veterans

November 5th

November 5th at the Driftpile Church. Click for details.

Treaty 8 Chief Dwayne Laboucan Statement on Mi'Kmaq Treaty Rights

Treaty 8 Chief Dwayne Laboucan of Driftpile Cree Nation Calls for Action for the Infringement of Mi'Kmaq Treaty Rights. Click to read the full statement.

The Flu Shot: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Community

The flu can spread easily and quickly to anyone, even before you know you are sick. Getting the flu shot can help keep you and your community healthy! Click for details.

COVID-19 Case Update

Due to the update, the Kinuso bus run from Driftpile will be cancelled for the next couple of days, we will update you as we know more. Click for details.

Bean Bag Toss

Every Third Sunday Starting October 18th

Every third Sunday of the month. Click for details.

Flea Market

October 17th

This Saturday at 11AM - 5PM. Call Bev to book a table. Tap for details.

AHS: Nov/Dec Workshops for Adults by ZOOM

Be supported on your journey to better health - right from home! Click for a list of workshops.

Service Canada: Financial Assistance during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Find financial help during COVID-19. For a complete list of programs, visit canada.ca/coronavirus. Click to read about the benefits.

NOTICE FOR OF RESERVE MEMBERS: COVID Relief Deadline

November 1st

The deadline for the off-reserve COVID relief is: November 1st 2020. Click for more info and the printable form.

Social Development Upcoming Workshops

October 6-8, 20-22, 26 & 29

Family Dynamics and Moving Forward workshops start this week, and following sessions begin in the following weeks. Click for more info.

Notice of Nomination Meeting

November 7th, 2020

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Eligible Electors of the Driftpile Cree Nation, will be held at the Community Hall in Driftpile, Alberta. Click for more info.

Ratification Vote Notice

We are pleased to be writing as a follow up to the Ratification Vote held on September 6th, 2020. Click to read the update.

Alberta Basic Security Guard Training

October 13th - 16th

Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council in conjunction with the Sucker First Nation are hosting the training course. Click for more info.

Re: Recently Released Offenders into the Community

Leadership has developed and implemented a Nation plan to address this specific situation regarding recently incarcerated individuals who seek to return to the community. Click for details.

Off Reserve COVID Relief Program 2020

DCN has been granted Federal funding from the Government to support off reserve members to provide off reserve adult members with financial support. Click for details.

Tipi Building

Tipi building on Wednesday. It was an amazing experience for many to experience the construction of a tipi and everything that goes with it. Click to watch the video.

Agricultural Benefits Claim: Voting Reminders

This is a reminder to those members who live on reserve, in the local area, or those who choose to travel to the Nation to vote. Click for more info.

Notice: Members with Children Attending PRJH School

Bussing services provided from Driftpile to PRJH has been suspended until further notice. Click for more info.

MSS School Re-Entry Plan

Information for students and parents for the 2020/2021 school year. Click to read the letter.

Cultural Support After Hours

Available to all patients, health facilities, staff & community members across Alberta. Click for more info.

Notice: DPCN Parents with Children Registered in Sporting Activities

For those DPCN Members that have their children registered for individual sporting activities, such as hockey, dance, gymnastics for the 2020-2021 season, you must apply with DPCN social development for their registration fees. Click to read the notice.

Notice: Voting Process/Information Package, Agricultural Benefit Claim Qs

This notice will assist members in regards to which department to contact with questions for the voting process/information package, membership address updating or the Agricultural Benefit Claim. Click to read the notice.

Safety Tickets

Any Driftpile Cree Nation member in need to renew their safety tickets, please complete an HRD application. Click for more info.

Local Current Fraud Awareness

Good Day Driftpile Residents, here is some important information to read up on and ensure you do not become a victim of this most current scamming operation. Click to read the notice.

Driftpile Nation Agricultural Benefits "Cow's and Plows" Claim

Please note that this notice applies DCN members only. We will be following up with more details shortly, but wanting to also keep everyone updated with the latest information. If you should have any questions related to the Claim, please email Agricultural Benefits at dcnagben@gmail.com. Click to read the notice.

ISC - Alberta Region Mental Health Supports

The First Nations & Inuit Health Branch has various supports for mental health in the Alberta region. Click for the list of supports.

Re: Lakeshore Police Services

An announcement from the Office of Chief & Council regarding the nation's relationship with Lakeshore Regional Police Services. Click for details.

Election Code

Please let membership know how you would like to have a copy of the proposed election code sent to you. Click for details.

HRD Employment Van Utilization

Please contact the Social Development Office if you are interested in utilizing the van. Click for details.

DPCN Health Centre In-Person Client Care

In-person client care at the Driftpile Cree Nation Health Centre starts on June 8th. Click for more info.

Dr. Butcher's Clinic is now OPEN

Dr. Butcher's clinic here in the health centre is now open. Click for more info.

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF CHIEF AND COUNCIL

Driftpile Cree Nation Chief and Council are pleased to announce a new Industrial Park Infrastructure project. Click to read the announcement.

Consultation & Lands Office Move

We are updating our band members on the office move. We are now located next to the Regional Police Building. Our new office phone number is 587-749-0490 (local calling number). Click for more info.

Users Fee Policy Repeal

September 5th 2019

Please be advised that effective immediately, the User Fee Policy will no longer be in effect. Click for more info.

Spiritual Readings with Candice Marshall

Hello Members,

We are offering spiritual readings with Candice Marshall for the Driftpile Cree Nation band members for next week from Oct. 26 - 28th. If there are enough requests, we may be able to extend the offer until the 30th.

Please note that this is being offered free of charge as a response for members who are struggling with the challenges of this past year and we are bringing this service in to provide some relief with our mental health and healing to assist us with some of the issues we are experiencing in the community.

These readings are for band members only, including those in the area of the Nation.

Please call the executive assistant at the administration office at (780) 355-3868 or at (780) 805-0565 to book your appointment for a reading, these bookings are going fast so please book at your earliest convenience.

Thank you.

Halloween Festivities

Day School

Have you applied yet?

The Day School application is a 15-page document that YOU complete, and include photo copies of your ID, and a guarantor signature, and you fax or mail to Deloitte in Toronto.
** If this doesn't sound familiar please contact Avis or Nancy at the Health Centre

The deadline to apply for compensation is July 13, 2022

You may apply on behalf of a deceased loved one if these 3 things apply;

  1. they attend one of the Recognized Indian Day Schools
  2. you are the recognized Executor/Administrator, or have power of attorney
  3. the loved one passed on or after July 31, 2007

** note - many were "Registered" with the Day School Class Action Law Firm in either March, July, or October of 2019 by Robin, Shawna, Avis, Nancy or other Health Centre staff. This was NOT an application for Day School.


Day School Information Event

Location: Church Addition
Dates: November 2nd & 3rd
Time: 10AM - 2PM each day

The IRS Workers Avis Giroux & Nancy Chalifoux will be hosting a 2-day event on Day School information of Claims.

If you are looking to submit a claim form to the Indian Day School - We are available to assist with providing information on how to complete the form, as well as, send it out via fax or email for the claimants.

Should you have any questions on this, please call us at (780) 355-3931 or stop in at the church addition on November 2nd & 3rd, 2020

No Stone Left Alone - Honouring Our Veterans

Treaty 8 Chief Dwayne Laboucan of Driftpile Cree Nation Calls for Action for the Infringement of Mi'Kmaq Treaty Rights

Following weeks of escalating violence towards the Mi'kmaq peoples in Nova Scotia, it is telling that such actions have emanated largely from a complete lack of knowledge or awareness of Treaty with Indigenous peoples in Canada. Mi'kmaq fishermen's Treaty Rights have been upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada, twice - yet the infringement of their Treaty Rights continues today unabated.

In addition, the complete lack of action from the Federal Government, Prime Minister Trudeau, the RCMP and other levels of Canadian government sends dog whistles to certain individuals within our country that the violence and ignorance happening on Mi'kmaq territory is acceptable.

What we are witnessing in Nova Scotia is not new for Indigenous people across Canada; to be held accountable to the laws put forth by Canadian institutions on their own land, while those same laws, designed to protect all Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, are not enforced equally. We have seen individuals actively destroying property and the livelihoods of Indigenous people. That is completely and utterly unacceptable and should be condemned immediately.

Prime Minister Trudeau once remarked that a 'Canadian, is a Canadian, is a Canadian'. Indigenous peoples in Canada should, and must, be treated equally, and with respect. Our country cannot move forward where some individuals in society are protected, and others are not. Reconciliation will never be possible, and racism will thrive.

We demand that Prime Minister Trudeau and the Federal Government take immediate action and condemn the actions and words from both the RCMP and settlers in Nova Scotia. Protect Indigenous inherent rights.

Driftpile Cree Nation stands with Mi'kmaq peoples. #AllEyesOnMikmaki

The Flu Shot: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Community

COVID-19 Case Update

Good morning Driftpile Community Members,

Due to the updated attachments, the Kinuso bus run from Driftpile will be cancelled for the next couple of days, we will update you as we know more.


Update - October 12, 2020

A case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in a student from Kinuso School. The student was contacted by Alberta Health Services as a known contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The student went in for testing and has been notified that they are positive for COVID-19. The student has been in isolation since they were notified as a known contact. A second student in the same household additionally tested positive for COVID-19. They have also been in isolation for the same time period and received their positive test results. Both students are asymptomatic. The school will be listed on the Alberta COVID-19 school status map website as in outbreak. A school meets that criteria if they have 2 or more confirmed cases within a 14-day period.

Flea Market

Dates & location: Every Third Sunday Starting October 18th @ HPNFC Eagles Nest

11:45AM Registration
1PM Round 1 Begins

50/50 & Concession

Flea Market

Date & location: October 17th, 2020 @ 11AM - 5PM @ HPNFC Eagles Nest

$10/Table
Set up @ 10AM

To book a table please call Bev at (780) 523-4511

AHS: Nov/Dec Workshops for Adults by ZOOM

Social Development Upcoming Workshops

Notice of Nomination Meeting

Ratification Vote Notice

Alberta Basic Security Guard Training

Please note: Upon enrollment, a passport photo and a criminal record check must be completed. The police agency must sign the back of your passport photo while they do the criminal record check. Ensure you state to the local RCMP that the criminal record check is for obtaining a security guard license. This is an accredited training program through Project Safe Canada.

Date & location: October 13-16, 2020 @ 9:00AM - 7:00PM @ Sucker Creek First Nation Community Hall

Deadline for applicants: October 7, 2020 @ 4:30PM

To register or for more information please call:
Johnny Thunder: (780) 355-3866 cell: (780) 523-6079

NOTICE FOR OF RESERVE MEMBERS: COVID Relief Deadline

The deadline to submit your application for off reserve COVID support has been moved to November 1, 2020.

If ANY off-reserve member from Driftpile has not submitted their application NOW is the time to do so!

When completing the application Please ensure that you have also included your children who are under the age of 18 and that you have included their date of birth and treaty number.

Ensure that you have included your current mailing address!

YOU MUST COMPLETE THE FORM! I WILL NOT ACCEPT YOUR INFORMATION IF IT IS NOT ON THE FORM!

Email your application to: socialdir@dpcn.ca
Fax: (780) 355-2734

Please note that if you are trying to fax, sometimes the fax is received dark and we cannot read your information.

Those of you that have already completed the application please do not resubmit! UNLESS you did not include your child’s information. If you are resubmitting due to adding your child’s information please indicate on the form.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me at (780) 536-4255 or text this number. Please note that telephone lines are down at the social development office, we are doing our best to get them repaired.

Click this link for the printable form:
http://www.dpcn.ca/images/offreserve-supportform.pdf

Re: Recently Released Offenders into the Community

Leadership has developed and implemented a Nation plan to address this specific situation regarding recently incarcerated individuals who seek to return to the community. We would like to ask for the support of the members as this can be a sensitive issue for those who have family members that will be affected by this plan. The overall goal is safety and protection of all members and our priority is always to keep that in mind at all times.

Thank you very much for your co-operation and understanding.


Off Reserve COVID Relief Program 2020

September 17, 2020:

Attention Valued Member

Driftpile Cree Nation has been granted Federal funding from the Government to support off reserve members to provide off reserve adult members with financial support.

We will require your patience while we tabulate the amount which will depend on the total number of off reserve members and/or the amount of family units. We do anticipate that this will be provided in either a cheques form or a gift card.

In order to provide this support off reserve members are required to:

  • You must be a full member on the band list
  • You must provide your status card and 2 pieces of government issued ID

For those who reside out of province or the general area of our Nation can submit the required documents via email at socialdir@dpcn.ca or fax (780) 355-2734. You will be required to also provide your complete mailing address and contact information.

Due to COVID we are practicing safe distancing so cheques will be mailed out through the postal service. We will not replace nor be responsible for any lost cheques. We cannot guarantee delivery nor the time frame as to when you would receive the cheques.

For inquiries please contact Karen Cunningham, Social Development Director at (780) 355-3866.

Driftpile Cree Nation would like to thank Sucker Creek First Nation for their time and efforts to include our Nation in the proposal in for this funding.

Tipi Building

Tipi building on Wednesday. It was an amazing experience for many to be part of the actual construction of a tipi, to learn what each part of the tipi represents, and to see the accomplishment on the faces of the students and parents that were present.

One of the benefits of having your education centre in your community is the inclusion of culture, language and land based learning which the school is offering the students.


This video is a half hour long but every stage of the structure was captured for those who have never learned how to build a tipi and want to learn the basics.
Tipi Building Video

Agricultural Benefits Claim: Voting Reminders

Notice: Members with Children Attending PRJH School

NOTICE:
Driftpile Community Members with children attending the PRJH School in High Prairie

Due to an individual testing positive for COVID-19 at Prairie River Junior High School in High Prairie, the bussing services provided from Driftpile to PRJH has been suspended until further notice. Bussing will still be provided to the other schools during this time.


Thank you and please ensure safety precautions are taken during this school year.

MSS School Re-Entry Plan - 2020/2021 School Year

Notice: DPCN Parents with Children Registered in Sporting Activities

For those DPCN Members that have their children registered for individual sporting activities, such as hockey, dance, gymnastics for the 2020-2021 season, you must apply with DPCN social development for their registration fees.

You must include proof of registration, costs and the address and contact of where the payment will be sent to.

NO LATER THAN AUGUST 31, 2020

Click Here for the Application Form

Please note that we have only set aside a set amount for these registrations. First come first served. Any incomplete application will not be processed. Also, you must be in good standing with the Driftpile Cree Nation in order to be eligible. The maximum amount eligible is $500 per fiscal year.

Contact social development for the application @ (780) 355-3866 or by emailing Karen Cunningham at socialdir@dpcn.ca.

If you have any questions please contact Karen Cunningham at the contact number or email listed above.

REMEMBER IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THE APPLICATION AND THE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETE.

Acknowledgement and Recognition of Lakeshore Regional Police Services

DPCN Health Centre In-Person Client Care

Dr. Butcher's Clinic Is Open

Election Code

DPCN Residents Only | COVID-19 Daily Testing

Daily testing for COVID-19 On-Reserve (without having to call 8-1-1) will be starting April 17th, 2020. If you have any of the following symptoms contact the Health Centre (780) 355-3931 for a pre-screening and appointment schedule. We are only authorized to test On-Reserve residents.

** You must be symptomatic to be tested! **

COVID-19 Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath

Anyone with symptoms can call (780) 355-3931 for a PRE-screen; However,
Targeted High Risk Population Priorities include:

  • 65 years or older
  • Home Care Clients
  • Group Home/Shelter Workers
  • First Responders (Fire/Police)
  • Health Care Workers

ANYONE SUFFERING SEVER SHORTNESS OF BREATH CALL 9-1-1

ANYONE WITH SYMPTOMS ARE LEGALLY REQUIRED TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 10 DAYS FROM ONSET OF SYMPTOMS OR UNTIL SYMPTOMS ARE GONE, WHICHEVER IS LONGER

CONSULTATION & LANDS OFFICE MOVE

Tansi, we have moved!

Dear DCN Band Members,

We are updating our band members on the office move. We are now located next to the Regional Police Building. Our new office phone number is 587-749-0490 (local calling number).
*Note* If you would like to sign up for site assessment visits; please visit us at the office, or call us during work hours from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or email your contact info to: cons.research@dpcn.ca.

Sincerely, Danielle Thunder

Driftpile Cree Nation

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USERS FEE POLICY REPEAL

Please be advised that effective immediately, the User Fee Policy will no longer be in effect. In an effort to provide fair and equal services to all members, the decision will not impact the services that have been provided to the community members previous to this notice.

Moving forward, there will be no refunds and all outstanding balances will be waived. In addition, any serivces that have been suspended for lack of payment will be restored as of today.

It is the intention of leadership to always ensure that the safety and quality of services meets the needs of each and every community member.

Should you have any questions regarding this notice, please feel free to contact Darlene McLean, CAO at 780-355-3868 or 780-516-4927.

In the spirit of community and wellness,

Darlene McLean, CAO
Driftpile Cree Nation

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