Tansi, Nihwahkomakanak,

First of all I would like to give thanks to our Creator for the many blessing bestowed upon us in our lives. Last month Chief and all Council participated in mandatory drug testing, this process is not new, it was started in Chief Victor Buffalo and Chief Marvin Yellowbird’s terms in office, as a way to ensure we…

SCN Welcomes Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

On March 3, 2016 Samson Cree Nation welcomed the Alberta Indigenous Relations Minister, Richard Feehan to our Nation. The Chief and Council invited Minister Feehan to engage in an open dialogue on topics such as Water, Housing, Infrastructure, Income Support, Mental Health issues, Education and the processes needed to implement the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples. The…

60 Seconds

Kristopher Buffalo is the son of Kirk Buffalo & Pam Tailfeathers (Buffalo) of the Samson Cree Nation and Blood Tribe of Standoff. Kris is a Professional Freestyle Bull Fighter which is very different from the Protective Bull Fighting, because not only is he not wearing protective gear, it is his job to get as close as he…

“The One That Keeps Trying”

For His Commitment to Indigenous issues the Tsuutina First Nation honored the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau with a Headress and Traditional name “Gumistiyi”, which roughly translated means “The One that Keeps Trying”.   Upon arriving he met with First Nation Leaders, to be briefed on First Nation issues such as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Economic Development and Water.…

Rodeo In Maskwacis

This is the first rodeo I’ve had the opportunity to cover, So here goes, Samson Cree Nation hosted the First NANCA sanctioned Rodeo for 2016 at the Ermineskin Panee Agriplex on Feb 13 & 14th, 2016. There were 120 NANCA contestants who came out to compete and accumulate Points & Money to qualify for the NANCA Finals scheduled…

Bantam A Boys – Close but no Cigar

As the hockey season of 2015-2016 keeps moving on there is a special time of the year when provincial play downs start taking place where teams that are within the same area, say Ponoka playing Caroline, Maskwacis playing Leduc, Wetaskiwin playing Camrose that is the central provincial play downs, but there are way more teams. The way…

Reclaiming Our Knowledge

The Reclaiming Our Knowledge Conference was held on January 25-27, 2016 at the Doubletree by Hilton. The conference hosted approximately 200 attendees and boasted presenters such as               Dr Wilton Littlechild, Dr. Victor Buffalo, Waylon Pahona – Healthy Active Natives, Dr. Claudine Louis – Indian Residential Schools (Decolonization), Jeff Hunter –…