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DEPARTMENTS & DIRECTORY

Okimaw Henry Lewis

Chief

I served our community for 14 years, my late father Pierre passed on his traditional knowledge, so I am a pipe carrier and lodge holder. I will continue following the agenda that has Treaty Rights, Inherent rights, self-determination, and sovereignty as the way of our people.

 

Onion Lake is standing at a difficult time for all First Nations Peoples. Canada’s legislation and policies are threatening the existence of our people and our lands.

 

I am proud and happy to continue the work that needs to be done for our people.

Okimaw Henry Lewis

Chief

I served our community for 14 years, my late father Pierre passed on his traditional knowledge, so I am a pipe carrier and lodge holder. I will continue following the agenda that has Treaty Rights, Inherent rights, self-determination, and sovereignty as the way of our people.

 

Onion Lake is standing at a difficult time for all First Nations Peoples. Canada’s legislation and policies are threatening the existence of our people and our lands.

 

I am proud and happy to continue the work that needs to be done for our people.

  • Education
    Onion Lake Education Website Onion Lake Cree Nation values education and as such must empower and strengthen the youth by enriching their spirit through educating in a Nehiyaw-based environment. Onion Lake also believes self-determination in education is a recognized inherent right of Cree Nation’s people. The Onion Lake education system and its governing body – the Onion Lake Board of Education – were established by the exercise of this right under the Onion Lake Cree Nation’s Chief and Council. It is the intent of this Cree Nation – in due time – for First Nations people to assume all leadership roles within this education system. In 1981 members of Onion Lake Cree Nation finally took total control of their children’s education – from pre-school through to Grade 12. In 1984 control of the post-secondary allowance system was added to the First Nation’s responsibilities. The Board of Education has now assumed total responsibility for an educational system that meets the unique needs of its band members. At the same its doors remain open to all students regardless of race, creed or national origin. The Onion Lake education system is built on the belief that students must be prepared to participate with competence in both the First Nations and non-First Nations worlds, and to appreciate the merits of both. This task can only be accomplished in an environment that reflects the integrity of the individual, the involvement of the community, mutual respect between staff and students and the principle of free inquiry and expression. To fulfill this mission the Onion Lake education system must be comprehensive in nature, and provide – to the fullest extent possible – the educational alternatives which respond to the unique qualities, abilities and potential of each individual student. The Onion Lake education system will utilize resources of curriculum, staff, students, community and environment to assist each student to attain the following: A working knowledge of basic academic skills which will serve as a foundation for future endeavors and life-long learning Moral and ethical values consistent with the teachings of our Cree elders Physical and emotional health An ability to cope rationally, intelligently and constructively with problems and issues Pride in one’s self and the understanding of one’s relationship to the community, his/her surroundings and the world A thorough understanding of Treaty Rights and its implications Promote First Nation’s culture, society, values, beliefs, history, tradition and language To attain these goals the Onion Lake education system oversees Kihew Waciston Immersion School, Pewasenakwan Primary School, Chief Taylor Elementary School, Eagleview Middle School, Sakaskohc High School, as well as the Daycare and Transportation departments. Onion Lake Education Contacts: Fred Dillon, Director fred.dillon@onionlake.ca (306) 344-2525 Terry Clarke, Assistant Director terry.clarke@onionlake.ca (306) 344-2525 Mark Pelly, Superintendent mark.pelly@onionlake.ca (306) 344-2525 Delia Harper, Superintendent delia.harper@onionlake.ca (306) 344-2525 Lazarus Masson, Human Resources laz.masson@onionlake.ca (306) 344-2525 Deb Ramsey, Principal, Eagleview Comprehensive High School deb.ramsey@onionlake.ca (306) 344-2440 Leanne MacDonald, Principal, Pewasenakwan Primary School leanne.macdonald@onionlake.ca (306) 344-4488 Marilyn MacDonald, Principal, Kihew Waciston Immersion School marilyn.macdonald@onionlake.ca (306) 344-2525 Mark Pelly, Principal, Sakaskohc High School mark.pelly@onionlake.ca Darryle Whitstone, Principal, Chief Taylor School darryle.whitstone@onionlake.ca (306) 344-4530 Marilyn Carter, Daycare Coordinator marilyn.carter@onionlake.ca (306) 344-2720 Niomie Pahtayken, Post-Secondary Coordinator niomie.pahtayken@onionlake.ca (306) 344-2525 Tory Littlewolfe, LMA tory.littlewolfe@onionlake.ca (306) 344-2525 Jaqueline Bruce, Academic Upgrading jaqueline.bruce@onionlake.ca Sherley Waskewitch, Gift of Language sherley.waskewitch@onionlake.ca Al Whitstone, Transportation Coordinator al.whitstone@onionlake.ca (306) 344-4961
  • Native Justice
    Safeguarding our inherent rights and ceremonial teachings, and instilling those beliefs into policy frameworks that will help shape the future of Onion Lake are some of the goals for Native Justice Inc. Some of the department’s recent success include: 25 years recognition for the OLCN Community Justice Program Native Justice Forum held on March 16, 2017. Began discussions with the crown prosecutor, federal crown prosecutor, parole, adult probations and youth probations on a drug strategy and community mediation. Purchased a database to collect program data for year-end progress updates and to enhance service delivery. Created a map with land locations and house numbers. These accomplishments speak volumes for the organizations mission statement: Working together, protecting our well being through commitment to protecting our sovereignty, restoring the roles and responsibilities of individual members of wahkotowin, education, teaching with both men and women about living harmoniously and being role models. Onion Lake Native Justice now looks towards the future, and has the following mandate moving forward: The organization is committed to implementing Nehiyaw Laws, culture and language into program planning and service delivery. One of the core businesses of Native Justice’s five-year business plan is Cree Law and the Land. The purpose of which is to ensure Cree or Nehiyaw Laws are implemented in accordance with the laws of creation that includes the treatment of Mother Earth. Elders are primary sources who provide guidance knowledge, advice and support in identifying Kotawinaw Wiyasiwewina with proper protocol and ceremonies to protect the sacredness of Kicetahkwaki Kotawinaw Wiyasiwewina. Native Justice will reawaken Nehiyaw Law through research and curriculum development. These laws will train and educate OLCN members to live and act in accordance with Nehiyaw Laws, and successful implementation of will improve members’ self-identity, pride, love, care and respect for each other. A second core business of Native Justice’s five-year plan relates to the development of an alternate justice system based on the Creator’s Laws. The purpose of which is to develop and implement judicial programs and dispute-resolution services for Onion Lake chief and council, administration, membership and other internal agencies. These are just a few of the ventures Onion Lake Native Justice Inc. hopes to complete with the following year: Complete the draft of the Native Justice Business Plan and Native Justice Personnel Policy Manual. Legislative process with OLCN Treaty Governance. Research, design and planning of OLCN Justice System. Ongoing codification of OLCN laws. Work with families in Onion Lake who have lost loved ones to murder, and ensure proper updates and information regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Inquiry are provided. Assist OLCN Treaty Governance in bringing more ceremonies back into the community. Community Mediation Policies and Procedures. Dog by-law and any other Band by-laws. There are many challenges facing Onion Lake Native Justice, however, as the organization lacks the financial and human resources to do the research on Nehiyaw Laws required to further develop and design a justice system for implementation. There is also a shortage in legal and political support facing the organization. Despite these difficulties Onion Lake Native Justice continues to work hard in implementing the following programs: Community mediation: aimed at improving communication between disputants and to help the parties reach an agreement. Court-worker program: delivers services to one court point – Onion Lake – to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people involved in the court system. Fine-option program: an alternative to those who cannot meet the fines levied upon them by the court. Youth-prevention program: provides intensive supervision for medium to high-risk young offenders to assist them with successful completion of probation or as a support for those in custody. Reintegration program: developed to provide Aboriginal communities a greater role in planning for the institutional release of membership back into their communities. Alternative-measures program: emphasizes on the offender taking responsibility for their actions, and also promoting empathy for the victim(s) reparation and prevention of future harm. Youth justice committee: offers young people a place in the community to address justice issues within our nation among other youth. (Program is on hold until further notice). Hub committee: a collaboration between various departments in an effort to proactively address issues that are identified as a crisis with an elevated level of risk. Drug strategy: an all-inclusive approach for Onion Lake First Nation based on prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement. The foundation is based on cultural, customary and natural laws. Onion Lake Native Justice Contacts: (306) 344-5283 Brenden Checkosis, Director brendon.checkosis@onionlake.ca Sabrina Waskewitch, Assistant Director sabrina.waskewitch@onionlake.ca Jolene Carter, Justice Coordinator/Court Worker jolene.carter@onionlake.ca Dorothy Pahtayken, Youth Prevention Worker/Fine Option/Court Worker dorothy.pahtayken@onionlake.ca Tannika Macdonald, Receptionist tannika.macdonald@onionlake.ca
  • Finance
    The Finance Department provides a wide range of accounting, reporting, financial management and planning functions for the Onion Lake Cree Nation that include: providing Director of Operations, Chief and Council along with the management teams with information for long-term, strategic planning and also day-to-day operations ensuring reliability by providing accurate and timely reporting promoting positive financial management decisions by making recommendations that align with the focus of maintaining OLCN’s strong financial position encouraging accountability through strong financial controls and adherence to legislated requirement Controls and standards are the foundation of accounting, but the Finance Department thrives in change and is continually looking for ways to improve to ensure the long-term financial success of the Nation. Onion Lake Finance Contacts: (306) 344-4200 Ellie Carter, Director of Finance Ellie.carter@onionlake.ca Helena Skeenum, Finance Comptroller Helena.skeenum@onionlake.ca Billie Jean Giroux, Payroll Administrator billie-jean.giroux@onionlake.ca Judy Chocan, Accounts Payable Clerk Judy.chocan@onionlake.ca Linette Fox, Accounts Payable Clerk Linette.fox@onionlake.ca Lara Favel, Accounts Receivable Clerk lara.favel@onionlake.ca Taylor Parenteau, Finance Receptionist and Bank Teller taylor.parenteau@onionlake.ca Trudy Chief, Reconciliation Analyst trudy.chief@onionlake.ca Lexine Whitstone, Accounts Payable lexine.whitstone@onionlake.ca
  • Duty to Consult
    Duty to Consult Contacts: Terri Quinney, Duty to Consult Coordinator terri.quinney@onionlake.ca Kayley Wahpenahwasis, Environmental Monitor (Off- reserve) kaley.wahpenahwasis@onionlake.ca
  • Onion Lake ETC Program
    Onion Lake ETC Program Contacts: ETC Address: Onion Lake Employment Training Careers PO Box 669 S0M 2E0 Office: (306)344-1001 Fax: (306)344-1002 Lydia Lewis Stanley, Coordinator lydia.lewis@onionlake.ca Sueanne Dillon, Admin Assistant sueanne.dillon@onionlake.ca Roberta Chief, Case Manager roberta.chief@onionlake.ca Charmaine Pahtayken, Case Manager charpahtayken05@gmail.com
  • Onion Lake Energy
    Onion Lake Energy Limited Partnership (OLE) is a hundred percent Onion Lake Cree Nation-owned oil and gas company. The shareholders are the members of Onion Lake Cree Nation, and it is managed by the Onion Lake Energy Board of Directors on behalf of the membership. Onion Lake Energy currently has a working interest partnership with International Petroleum Corp. (IPC), who is an international oil and gas producer. Onion Lake Energy also holds a gross overriding royalty position on all International Petroleum Corp’s oil and gas production from the SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage) project on Onion Lake Cree Nation lands. At present, the main source of revenue from oil production on Onion Lake Cree Nation lands is the 12000 barrels of oil per day SAGD project. Onion Lake Energy also has 50 and 12.5 percent working interests in IPC’s non-SAGD oil production. Many components factor in determining the revenues to Onion Lake Cree Nation from oil production, and the main two are the world price of oil and the amount produced. One of the priorities for Onion Lake Energy during the negotiations for oil contracts is to ensure the protection of Onion Lake Cree Nation lands. Onion Lake Energy works with Onion Lake Cree Nation Lands Department to ensure that all environmental factors involving air, water, wildlife and vegetation have protective criteria that are to the highest standard. Before any work takes place, there are extensive reviews, including consultation with Onion Lake Elders, to ensure all historical sites, water, vegetation, and air quality are protected. Onion Lake Energy works closely with all stakeholders to ensure all surface leases and facilities are returned to their original condition once the sites are decommissioned and reclaimed. Onion Lake Energy’s head office is in Onion Lake, with a sub-office in Lloydminster. Onion Lake Cree Nation members are encouraged to stop by for a coffee to discuss what Onion Lake Energy is doing on behalf of the Nation regarding oil and gas development on their lands. Onion Lake Energy ltd. staff Contacts: (780) 875-7077 Elliott Dillon, Executive Director elliott.dillon@onionlake.ca Brad Pahtayken, Operations Manager brad.pahtayken@onionlake.ca Daphne Whitstone, Safety Coordinator and Executive Assistant daphne.whitstone@onionlake.ca Kelly Alexan, Receptionist killy.alexan@onionlake.ca
  • Operations
    The Director of Operations works in conjunction with all management and leadership in Onion Lake Cree Nation to ensure the community organizations adhere to, and administer Chief and Council direction as set out through ratified legislations, policies, motions and directives. The Director of Operations works – in cooperation with citizens and leadership – within an OLCN integrated approach based upon an “OLCN Nehiyaw Worldview.” With the goals being to effectively implement relevant, effective government and governance in achieving innovative solutions to the Cree Nation’s aspirations for self-reliance, economic self-sufficiency and community wellness. In the past year the Director of Operations has undertaken many tasks: Strategic review Policy and legislation reviews Work with all management to ensure programs and company mandates are moving forward Program budget reviews (previous and future fiscal years) Program service deliverables review Work with program/company management and senior management to provide recommendations to Chief and Council to enhance services, administrations and process Onion Lake Operations Staff Contacts: (306) 344-4200 Gary Waskewitch, Associate Director gary.waskewitch@onionlake.ca Pete Chief, Associate Director pete.chief@onionlake.ca Jessica Dillon, Executive Assistant to Director of Operations jessica.dillon@onionlake.ca Reinetta Morningchild, Intergovernmental Assistant to Chief Reinetta.morningchild@onionlake.ca Ext.2542 Stuart Cardinal, Communications Coordinator stuart.cardinal@onionlake.ca Shannah Pahtayken, Jr. Membership Clerk Shannah.pahtayken@onionlake.ca Ernie Belly, Elder’s Program ernie.belly@onionlake.ca Toni Chief, Elder's Program Assistant toni.chief@onionlake.ca
  • Sports, Culture & Recreation
    With a youthful and energetic population – that continues to grow larger and larger – Onion Lake Sports, Culture and Recreation continues to provide residents a chance to get out and live a healthy lifestyle. The department envisions youth, families and elders in reaching their highest potential in a community environment that nurtures their spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual well-being. The community will be supported to take responsibility for all of its members. Sports, Culture and Recreation manages the various sports grounds – including the Onion Lake arena – and also manages minor hockey for Onion Lake. The community also has the Junior B Border Chiefs which competes in the North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League. The department also oversees the Mewasin Youth Centre (MYC) – which provides a positive place for the younger generation to get involved with the community through programs and other planned activities. The department also supervises the local bingos – which provide residents a chance to fundraise – and also the charter bus lines, so that the various sports teams can travel to games and events across the country. Follow the MYC Facebook account for continued up-to-date information on Onion Lake’s various sports teams and events at MYC. Onion Lake Sports, Culture and Recreation supports families by collaborating with our community and our elders so that children, youth and families will thrive in a nurturing and safe environment. The department strives to reach the following fundamental goals: Children and youth have the right to a nurturing and safe environment so that they may reach their highest potential We are all committed to become leaders in the community through participation and responsibility to support our families Elders have a role in supporting our children, youth and families Children are gifts from the Creator and deserve dignity and respect We value the family’s voice in healing and the primary role they have in the life of the children Children and families have a right and responsibility to be involved in the decisions and the actions that affect them We value the uniqueness and cultural diversity of all community members and will treat them with respect and dignity We are committed to excellence and integrity in our professional practices Aboriginal culture, history and traditions have – and should continue to have – a role in the development of children, youth and families Onion Lake Minor Hockey Association ***Please download and read/fill out the files located at the bottom of this web page if your child is going to play for the Border Chiefs*** The goal of the Onion Lake Minor Hockey Association is to provide an opportunity for every child in the area to play the game of hockey regardless of social standing, race, color or creed; to control, improve and foster minor hockey in this league; to promote and encourage good will and sportsman-like conduct amongst players, coaches and teams playing in the NEAHL. This league shall operate within the framework of the Canadian Hockey Association and the Alberta Hockey Association. The OLMHA will promote and enhance community values in all hockey related activities. We will support and guide our mission, vision and core values in each hockey related activity – helping each other at every level possible. Mission Statement The purpose of the OLMHA – in partnership with its members – is to promote the game of hockey through skill development, quality of leadership, understanding of team work and good sportsmanship – all within a safe atmosphere of fun, positive support and encouragement of all children. Vision To continue to promote the love for the game of hockey To teach respect of the team mates, opponents, coaches, referees, team officials, league officials ad hockey rules Instill respect for volunteers and parents Promote a culture that the organization and the community will be proud of To foster personal excellence in each child, regardless of their skill level or gender Core Values The OLHMA and all its participants will agree to adhere to and promote the following core values: Safety Fun for all Physical, mental and social development Development of hockey skills and hockey knowledge Truth Honestly and integrity Fairness Good will A respect for rules and laws and to promote healthy lifestyle Sports, Culture and Recreation Contacts: (306) 344-2432 Tara Waskewitch, Director tara.waskewitch@onionlake.ca Denise Waskewitch, Recreation Youth Worker Deniser.waskewitch@onionlake.ca Clinton Whitstone, Arena Supervisor clinton.whitstone@onionlake.ca Trish Carter, Minor Hockey Coordinator Trish.carter@onionlake.ca
  • Group of Companies Corporation
    The Onion Lake Business Development Corporation is an organization consisting of eight companies formed by the Onion Lake Cree Nation Council. The goal for BDC is to generate wealth for the community while maintaining professional and effective management of the business assets. All the companies involved are committed to seeking sustainable, profitable growth by conducting business with a high degree of ethics. Strengthening First Nation employment is one of the main objectives, but managing business in a manner which imparts value to the investment of business partners, and striving for a work environment which promotes fairness, dignity and respect for all are also key goals. The eight companies that form the BDC are: All Nations Building Supplies Established in 2009 by the Onion Lake Cree Nation to provide building materials to the local housing market, All Nations Building Supplies has quickly grown and now supplies building materials to neighbouring communities as well as the Onion Lake market. Since its inception All Nations Building Supplies has been a member of the Castle Building Materials Group – which ensures the store has access to competitive pricing and reliable supplies of all types of building materials. Today the company employs approximately 10 people, and also has a fleet of delivery vehicles to ensure fast and reliable service. Askiy Apoy Hauling Ltd. Founded in 2008 to provide services for the local oil and gas industry, Askiy Apoy Hauling has grown to become one of the largest employers in Onion Lake. The company started with an inventory of three lease operators and three trailers, and now has a fleet of 56 trailers. Safety is also held in very high regard within the company, as Askiy Apoy is part of the COR recognition program through ENFORM, as well as the ISNetwork safety network. Looking forward Askiy Apoy is hoping to assist other First Nations in achieving the same sustainability and employment opportunities as it has done for Onion Lake. The company is hoping to obtain other work operations outside of Onion Lake and to eventually become a key player in the oilfield hauling industry. Beretta Pipeline Construction Beretta Pipeline Construction has a long history in the oil and gas, civil construction and environmental industries – a history which began in 1977. Since then the company has been purchased by Onion Lake Energy Ltd and grown into a diversified company working all across Western Canada. Today the company provides facility construction and infrastructure services – including road construction, utility installation and environmental reclamation. Each of the company’s divisions – environmental remediation, aggregate, civil construction, pipeline construction, oil and gas facility construction and oilfield maintenance – can also be integrated with other divisions to ensure the full needs of a project are met. Makaoo Mall Developments Ltd. Beginning as a grocery and convenience store in 1989, Makaoo Mall Developments has grown by leaps and bounds to include Makaoo Mall, Makaoo Gas Bar, East-Central Confectionary, East-Central Tire Repair and the Canada Post Office. Makaoo Mall Developments is also very unique in that it is a First Nation’s retail business that must deal with both Alberta finance and Saskatchewan finance to receive its tax rebate. Onion Lake Gas Co-op Ltd. Starting in 1996 – when a historical agreement was signed between Indian Oil and Gas and the Onion Lake Cree Nation – the Onion Lake Gas Cooperative is the first natural gas company in Saskatchewan owned and operated by a First Nations group. The Onion Lake Gas Co-op became a limited partnership in 2010, and is now responsible for installing and maintaining underground natural gas lines, meters and its RMO dehydration unit. The company distributes natural gas to 856 units including OLCN resident homes, commercial/business enterprises and band-owned administrative buildings. The company also provides bobcat services, trenching, and light truck and trailer hauling services. Onion Lake Enterprises Ltd. The goal for Onion Lake Enterprises (OLE) is to plan and establish a commercially viable business which provides employment opportunities for Onion Lake band members. The main venture thus far is a janitorial company that has been operating for 23 years. The staff consists of 33 people, and the company currently contracts with the Husky Upgrader in Lloydminster, Onion Lake community buildings and four Onion Lake schools. Onion Lake Enterprises services also include a restaurant located in Onion Lake which employs five people. Onion Lake Oil Well Servicing Onion Lake Well Servicing (OLWS) was established in 2012 with the first rig commissioned and working in the field by January 2013, and Rig 2 going in service one year later. These are custom built rigs with 72’ stiff masts and Kin rig 38×10 draw works that are capable of working to 1600m depth and a static hook load of 62,000 kg. With lower oil prices there is a decrease in work, but OLWS has managed to stay afloat. Rig 1 continues to work in the field and the company is making all efforts to explore new markets for Rig 2. The company maintains a full-time staff of six crew members on Rig 1, and each employee has all necessary safety tickets. Onion Lake Vacuum & Pressure Founded in 2011 as a division of Askiy Apoy Fluid Hauling, Onion Lake Vacuum & Pressure (OLVP) has since expanded beyond that to become its own company. In 2011 the OLVP fleet consisted of 1 pressure truck and 3 semi-vac units. Now OLVP operates its own office and repair ship based in Lloydminster, and the company provides tank cleaning, and vacuum and pressure truck services for oilfield customers in the Onion Lake region. The company has also expanded to include a fleet of eight semi-vac units and four pressure trucks. Onion Lake Group of Companies Corporation Contacts: (306) 344-4246 Tom Chief, Director tom.chief@onionlake.ca Wilma Dillon, Finance Director willma.dillon@onionlake.ca Kurt Cardinal, Askiy Apoy Hauling & Onion Lake Vac & Pressure and Onion Lake Well Services kurt.cardinal@onionlake.ca Darrell Carter, Beretta Pipeline Construction darrell.carter@onionlake.ca Dorothy Whitstone, Makaoo Mall Developments dorothy.whitstone@onionlake.ca Kyle Dillon, Onion Lake Gas Co-op kyle.dillon@onionlake.ca Coralie Pahtayken, First Nation Building Supplies coralie.pahtayken@onionlake.ca Brittany Mackay, Onion Lake SGI Motor Vehicles Department brittany.mackay@onionlake.ca Dwight Henry, Onion Lake Online Communications Coordinator dwight.henry@onionlake.ca
  • Social Development
    Help is at hand for members of the Onion Lake Cree Nation facing tough times and hardships, as workers at the Social Development offices are looking to support their clients in the best way possible. Members looking for social assistance are encouraged to make an appointment with the receptionist to see an intake worker. Applicants also require supporting documentation which includes: Photocopy of two pieces of identification (these are essential, and must include birthdate) Lease agreement with all dependants listed in the unit Bank statement, child tax assessment, GST assessment Referral if applicant was receiving assistance some where else Record of Employment if applicant was working Staff members at Social Development believe everyone is entitled to social assistance based on their needs and circumstances. Staff members do not encourage clients to remain on social assistance but do support them. It is also the responsibility of the client to prove their eligibility for receiving social assistance. Social Development has a number of programs available for those looking for assistance: Basic Needs assistance Special Needs assistance User Fees: Onion Lake Maintenance provides various services, and Social Development will cover the cost of those fees for services Level of Care/Trustee: there are two different programs for Level of Care, and each requires a caregiver and also a medical report filled out by a practicing physician Assistance for Babysitting: some clients may be entitled to babysitting if they are attending high school, Atoskasotan Program or adult upgrading in Onion Lake. Social Development also has a Cost-Share Program for members that have social assistance clients residing in their home. Recipients must provide pay stubs for the month, and they must also provide documents stating how many people live in their unit and how many are social assistance clients. Recipients can than receive assistance for: Onion Lake Gas bills Sask. Power bills Onion Lake Housing rent Onion Lake Maintenance user fees All receipts must be submitted prior to payment, and all cost-share payments are distributed between the 1st and 10th of each month. There will be no cost-share after the 10th. Social Development staff members will also only see clients on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through appointments only. Thursdays are paper days and Fridays are for home visits. Onion Lake Social Development Contacts: (306) 344-4515 Glenda Littlewolfe, Director glenda.littlewolfe@onionlake.ca Amanda Parenteau, Associate Director amanda.parentuau@onionlake.ca Case workers: Gwen Fox Louanne Chocan Karenne Cardinal Janice Harper (casual) Corissa Lewis (casual) Carmelita Dillon, Reception (casual) Valene Pahtayken, SAET Danielle Chocan, SAET Assistant Calandra Dillon, Custodian (casual)6
  • Onion Lake Minor Hockey
    Onion Lake Minor Hockey Association The goal of the Onion Lake Minor Hockey Association is to provide an opportunity for every child in the area to play the game of hockey regardless of social standing, race, color or creed; to control, improve and foster minor hockey in this league; to promote and encourage goodwill and sportsman-like conduct among players, coaches and teams playing in the NEAHL. This league shall operate within the framework of the Canadian Hockey Association and the Alberta Hockey Association. The OLMHA will promote and enhance community values in all hockey-related activities. We will support and guide our mission, vision and core values in each hockey-related activity – helping each other at every level possible. Mission Statement The purpose of the OLMHA – in partnership with its members – is to promote the game of hockey through skill development, quality of leadership, understanding of team work and good sportsmanship – all within a safe atmosphere of fun, positive support and encouragement of all children. Vision To continue to promote the love for the game of hockey To teach respect of the team mates, opponents, coaches, referees, team officials, league officials ad hockey rules Instill respect for volunteers and parents Promote a culture that the organization and the community will be proud of To foster personal excellence in each child, regardless of their skill level or gender Core Values The OLHMA and all its participants will agree to adhere to and promote the following core values: Safety Fun for all Physical, mental and social development Development of hockey skills and hockey knowledge Truth Honestly and integrity Fairness Good will A respect for rules and laws and to promote healthy lifestyle
  • Human Resources
    Handling a lot of the in-house labour and policy work for Onion Lake Cree Nation is the job for members of the Human Resources department. The department oversees work in a lot of areas for the Cree Nation including: Labour relations Policy and procedures Health and safety Harassment and discrimination Job descriptions Recruitment and selection Performance and management Training and development Employee and orientation Employee benefits There are a number of challenges facing Human Resources, however, as other departments are always in need of HR services and involvement in various matters. As a result, the staff is overwhelmed at times because the department is short staffed. The department also does not have the budget to provide training and support to all staff in additional programs. Outdated policies and procedures also impede staff members from providing support to other departments. Despite these hurdles the HR department has had successes over the past year. The benefits administrator completed the transition of switching benefit providers. The department also renewed the contracts for a majority of programs – a majority of contracts which were outdated. Moving forward the department is looking to train staff members and challenge the Canadian Human Resource Professional exam. There are also hopes to develop a centralized HR department for the entire Onion Lake Cree Nation – one which would be semi-separate from Council and administration. Onion Lake Human Resources Contacts: (306) 344-4200 Alicia Waskewitch, Director alicia.waskewitch@onionlake.ca Elizabeth Waskewitch, Benefits Clerk liz.waskewitch.onionlake.ca Crystal Smith, Legal Human Resources crystal.smith@onionlake.ca Erica Stanley, Human Resources Recruitment Officer erica.stanley@onionlake.ca
  • Treaty Governance
    Staff members at Onion Lake Treaty Governance are working hard to ensure the teachings from our past will go a long way in forming the base for the future laws of the First Nation. The work being done at the Treaty Governance offices is based on the knowledge of Elders, and – with consistent team building and working-development structure – should help in the development of laws for Onion Lake First Nation. Treaty Governance also assists other departments in the creation of law development in their programs. Laws that have been passed by membership are as follows: Citizenship law Convention law Privacy law Iskonkan law Education law Health law Election law Hunting/Trapping regulations Other undertakings include working with the Justice Department in creating a justice legislation process and laws, and also developing hunting and trapping regulations. Membership input is always greatly appreciated on all the departments activities, and additional updates and info sessions will be upcoming. Treaty Governance Contacts: Vernon Lewis, Director of Treaty Governance vern.lewis@onionlake.ca (306) 344-5111 (639) 840-3003 Vacant, Administrative Assistant
  • Health
    Improving the overall holistic health of community members is the goal for the Onion Lake Health Board. To do this the board has plenty of resources at its disposal, as it manages a clinic – where patients can see physicians five days a week – along with lab and X-ray services. Onion Lake also has its own pharmacy and on-reserve ambulance service – many things most other First Nations communities do not have. Check out the website at onionlakehealth.org The board is also a major employer in Onion Lake as it has over 100 staff members and manages the following programs and services: Onion Lake Ambulance Services Onion Lake pharmacy services Physician services Dental therapist/In-school dental program Ekweskeet Treatment Centre Maternal Child Health/FASD Program Medical Transportation Program Nurse in charge/Nurse manager Home and Community Care Community Wellness Program Group Home Assisted Living Home There are many challenges facing the Onion Lake Health Board as it attempts to provide adequate services for all members of the community. Under-funding is a major concern, but there are also communication difficulties – both internally to Band members, and externally to other health regions – and human resource shortages. Despite these obstacles the department has made headway with numerous achievements: Established service agreements for physician, lab and X-ray services; currently three doctors attend to the Onion Lake Health Centre. An adult dental clinic was launched with modern equipment that provides a full-range of services comparable to any dental clinic outside the reserve. The Onion Lake First Nations Health Act and Privacy Act were passed – with the assistance of Onion Lake Treaty Governance – by referendum in December 2015. Established MTC (Mobile Treatment Centre) vehicle for industrial emergency services, and look to get contract work in the oil industry – Black Pearl. Received Primer Accreditation status after a survey was done last year, and the department will look for full accreditation when the main survey is taken in January 2018. Department developed its own IT network that is secure. The Onion Lake Health Board provides services in a manner consistent with traditional and modern values and practices, and sensitive to individual needs – and also under the provision of the Treaty 6 Medicine Chest. The Board has the vision of providing an accessible, holistic First Nation’s health system with a fully-integrated, sustainable and modern infrastructure – one that is managed by First Nations professionals for the Band and community members of the Onion Lake Cree Nation. To accomplish this the Board requires strong leadership. Current members on the Board include: Shantel Pahtayken Audrey Pahtayken Calvin Chocan Blair Dillon Jean Whitford Portfolio for OL Health is Laurie Ann Jimmy. Alternate Joe Waskewitch. Moving forward the department has outlined the following goals it hopes to complete within the following year: Negotiate a treaty-base agreement Develop a treaty-base health budget Negotiate funding to build a new integrated health facility Acquire full accreditation New home for 0-12 age group Secure a contract with Black Pearl for industrial emergency services Link time clock with payroll system Onion Lake Health Contacts: (306)344-2330 Albert Jimmy, Health Director Albert.jimmy@onionlake.ca Albert.jimmy@onionlakhealth.org Elaine Carter, Associate Director elaine.carter@onionlakehealth.org Lori Worthing, Associate Director lori.worthing@onionlakehealth.org Foluso Adigun, CFO foluso.adigun@onionlakehealth.org William D. Muskego, Human Resources Officer dunlop.muskego@onionlakehealth.org Ian Gooden, Human Resources Manager ian.gooden@onionlakehealth.org Tahira Crookedneck, Human Resource Administrator tahira.crookedneck@onionlakehealth.org Pam Martens, Community Health Programs pam.martens@onionlakehealth.org Karla Bird, Policy Analyst karla.bird@onionlakehealth.org Jackie Locke, Maternal Child Health/FASD jackie.locke@onionlakehealth.org Glenda Burnouf, School Dental Program glenda.burnouf@onionlakehealth.org Geraldine Chief, Medical Transportation geraldine.chief@onionlakehealth.org (306) 344-4410 Muriel Lewis, Home and Community Care/Assisted Living Home muriel.lewis@onionlakehealth.org (306) 344-2044 Misty Whitstone, Group Home #1 misty.whitstone@onionlakehealth.org (306) 344-2378 Jessica Nighttraveller, Group Home#2- Emergency Receiving Home jessica.nighttraveller@onionlakehealth.org Noella Chief, JP Coordinator noella.chief@onionlakehealth.org Brenda Rediron-Chocan, Clinical Mental Health Manager brenda.rediron-chocan@onionlakewellness.org Dr. Saxon Govender, Wellness Director saxon.govender@onionlakewellness.org Grant Whitstone, Cultural Manager grant.whitstone@onionlakewellness.org Leona Carter, Ekweskeet Manager leona.carter@ekweskeet.org Trevor Lloyd, Group Homes Manager trevor.lloyd@onionlakewellness.org Candace Stanley, Adult Disability Home Manager candace.stanley@onionlakehealth.org (306) 344-1022 JD Miller, ICT Manager jd.miller@onionlakehealth.org Lee Tosh, Clinical ICT Manager lee.tosh@onionlakehealth.org Sandy Rediron, Onion Lake Ambulance sandy.rediron@onoinlakehealth.org (306) 240-0026 Darlene Littlebear, Administration/Finance darlene.littlebear@onionlakehealth.org Darin Chief, Maintenance Program darin.chieff@onionlakehealth.org
  • Lands
    It is always an exciting time for the Onion Lake Lands and Resources Department, as the reserve sits on a vast landscape and always has numerous projects on the go – including a booming oil development. Onion Lake covers approximately 145,000 acres of land – that’s larger than Saskatoon and Regina combined. With plenty of land to spare Onion Lake has put one of it’s top resources to good use – securing business and development for the band members. Phase 1 of the Onion Lake SAGD facility is complete and now produces approximately 6,000 BOPD through thermal production, and 2,200 BOPD through primary production. Onion Lake is moving on to phase 2 – approvals have been given and construction is continuing as weather permits – and production looks to increase to approximately 12,000 BOPD. The Lands Dept. offices are located on-reserve ­– at SE-1-55-1-W4M at Onion Lake Cree Nation band office.The Lands Dept. also has a mapping program that involves a plotter and an autoCAD system computer. This allows the Lands Dept. to print and develop its own maps. Additional projects include: Seeding program that saw 140 acres of band fields seeded to grass last year. The Lands Dept. hopes to get 2 cuts this year, and band members are able to purchase the brome grass or alfalfa hay bales at less than market value. This year the Lands Dept. is also crop sharing on grass with band members. Assisting on new projects such as new school, land-fill expansion, waste-transfer station and new houses. A draft community development plan was created and will go before Chief and Council for review later this year. Seeking new community graveyard site locations within the reserve. Surface rent reviews almost complete. Rentals increase for our oil and gas surface leases. Monitor the hay-lands claim. Ploughed approximately 40 garden plots for Onion Lake band members. Duty to Consult currently has agreements with different proponents that are operating on Onion Lake traditional territories. Duty to Consult also working on mapping boundaries of Onion Lake territories, Alberta land-use plans, Treaty Six technicians’ meetings on common issues in Alberta, Woodland Caribou Range planning, and site assessments for projects by Imperial Oil, CNRL, Baytex and Meadow Lake OSB. Lands Department Contacts: (306) 344-4200 Richard Stanley, Land Manager richard.stanley@onionlake.ca Tommy Whitstone, Environmental Monitor (on-reserve) tommy.whitstone@onionlake.ca Linden Martell, Administrative Assistant/Maps linden.martell@onionlake.ca
  • Public Works
    Onion Lake Public Works staff Contacts: (306) 344-4642 Roy Littlewolfe, Director of Public Works roy.littlewolfe@onionlake,ca Kevin Littlewolfe, Associate Director kevin.littlewolfe@onionlake.ca Ruth Lewis, Executive Assistant ruth.lewis@onionlake.ca Sherman Pahtayken, Community Building Supervisor sherman.pahtayken@onionlake.ca Alden Harris, Roads Supervisor alden.harris@onionlake.ca Sid Harper, Sanitation Supervisor sid.harper@onionlake.ca Mathew Pahtayken, Shop Supervisor mathew.pahtayken@onionlake.ca Lexine Whitstone, Accounts Payable Clerk lexine.whitstone@onionlake.ca
  • Fire Rescue & Peacekeeper
    Fire Rescue / Peacekeeper,(FPR) provides 24 hours service with a dispatcher on site at all times. Our admin staff work from 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. The FRP staff train regularly to keep up with the consistency of the calls that we receive on a daily bases, these calls include MVC, Fires, Working along side RCMP and Community Events. We have 8 units in total in which 3 of these units are our fire trucks. Onion Lake Fire Rescue & Peacekeeper Contacts: (306) 344-2042 William Diduck, Team Leader/Fire Chief william.diduck@onionlake.ca Blair Quinney, Deputy Fire Chief #1 blair.quinney@onionlake.ca Ryan Trottier, Deputy Fire Chief #2 ryan.trottier@onionlake.ca
  • Housing
    The Onion Lake Housing Authority believes housing should be managed as a community asset that is maintained and developed. As such Onion Lake Housing developed a formal housing policy. This policy demonstrates commitment to ensuring members enjoy good quality, sustainable homes that meet the needs of membership. It is the position of Onion Lake Chief and Council – along with the Housing Authority – that each band member has the privilege to accommodation suitable to their needs. In order to meet this commitment the Onion Lake Housing Authority has entered into a number of agreements with the Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Indian and Northern Affairs of Canada (INAC) to provide low-rent accommodation to its Cree Nation people. There are some rules and responsibilities for members that receive housing. The following are some of the tenant’s responsibilities, as outlined by the Onion Lake Housing Authority: Tenants shall pay their rent regularly and on time. Social assistance recipients must make arrangements with the Onion Lake Social Development office to ensure that rent payments are made on their behalf. Keep the house in good condition and perform minor maintenance on the house to prevent damage from occurring. Make arrangements for hooking up utilities. Tenants are responsible for paying heat and electrical charges for previous and current units. Social assistance recipients should make prior arrangements with their caseworker so that these utilities are paid on a monthly basis. Do not use the premises or allow the premises to be used for any other purpose than a residential dwelling for the tenant, immediate family and/or tenant invitees. Indemnify and save harmless Housing Authority, and Chief and Council members from all liabilities, fines, suits and claims of any kind, or which the Housing Authority may be liable or suffer by reason of the tenant’s occupancy on the premises. Not to do or omit to do anything which may render void or voidable any policy of insurance held by the Housing Authority on the premises. The tenant at all times shall maintain a peaceful and harmonious existence at the premises. Immediately notify the Housing Authority when they are going to vacate a house. Not sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of any appliances or other equipment without direct approval by the Housing Authority (if items were provided by the Housing Authority). Tenants are responsible to maintain insurance on personal effects in the house. Housing Authority will not be responsible for the loss of personal effects. Must pay user fees pertaining to garbage, water and sewage systems. Must sign a lease agreement prior to occupancy and make every effort to sign a renewal on or before the 31st of March each year. Maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary condition. The tenant shall be responsible for all wilful damage done to the premises – including abandoned vehicles. Tenants must obtain prior approval from the Housing Authority for any proposed improvements, renovations or outbuildings on the premises. All tenants are responsible for the general upkeep of their units, as this process will lengthen the life and the health of the unit. There are a number of basic duties tenants can perform that can help keep maintenance costs down, and lengthen the life of their unit: Plumbing: please fix any minor drips as they will cause greater problems such as mold, rotting and health problems. Also do not dispose of any grease, rags, toys in the sinks and toilets as it causes sewer backups/flooding and will now be at the tenants cost if these become a factor. Water pump: when running out of water please shut off the water pump (switch is located by the pump) as the water pump will burn out if kept running. Total cost for a new water pump is $550. Exterior doors: Any tenant or occupant damages to exterior doors will now be at the tenants cost. Exterior door cost is $600. Interior doors: Any tenant or occupant damages to interior doors will now be at the tenants cost. Interior door cost is $90. Heat Recovery Ventilation: please clean the filters (two filters that sit above the inside core) every six months. The filters can be hand washed with soap and water. Please wipe down the inside core (diamond shaped) with a cloth and make sure the drain pipe is situated by a floor drain. Furnaces: please change filters every three months and keep clothes and any obstacles away from the furnace as it is a fire hazard. Also clean the vents as the air needs to be circulating for good air flow. If you have a flooding reoccurrence please do not keep anything of value on the floor until the problem is resolved. Onion Lake Housing Contacts: (306) 344-5420 Greg Cook, Director greg.cook@onionlake.ca Stuart Cardinal, Associate Director stuart.cardinal@onionlake.ca Laverna Martell Gordon Quinney, Maintenance Supervisor gordon.quinney@onionlake.ca Tatum Trottier, Tenant Relations Officer tatum.trottier@onionlake.ca Audrey Pahtayken, Tenant Relation Officer audrey.pahtayken@onionlake.ca Alma Whitstone, Tenant Relation Officer alma.whitstone@onionlake.ca
  • TLE
    With an ever-growing population Onion Lake needs to ensure it has the area and land to house those members. That is where the Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement comes in, as it allows many First Nations to continue to expand their borders. Onion Lake is very unique in that it can acquire and create reserve land in both Saskatchewan and Alberta, and since the Cree Nation signed into the TLEFA in 1992 it has turned 92,000 acres into reserve land from a potential of 108,550 acres. Approximately 12,000 acres in Treaty Land Entitlement lands are waiting to be moved to reserve land, and Onion Lake still has the ability to acquire approximately 4,550 acres more. Those TLE lands – considered private lands – are held in trust under the corporation of 611206 Saskatchewan Ltd. There is still considerable work to be done before those 12,000 acres of TLE lands can be turned into reserve land. There is approximately 1,000 acres left in Alberta, and then an additional 11,000 acres in Saskatchewan. There is also the business of the minerals that lie under the TLE lands – which are being sought under the TLEFA article 5.08. That process relies heavily on the mineral disposition holders working with Indian Oil and Gas Corporation (IOGC), and the federal and provincial governments. Some of the initial steps in this process are up to the mineral holders, as they must freely agree to the changes as set out within the TLEFA. It can be a slow process to complete but it continues to steadily move forward. Additional steps to be completed throughout the year: meet with the County of Vermilion River and resolve third-party issues complete a Municipal Service Agreement that is mutually beneficial for OLCN and the County of Vermilion River had Mineral Disposition Holders agree to release their provincial disposition to a federal disposition work with IOGC and update files to prepare for reserve creation complete the remaining lands that have third-party concerns complete the paperwork to transfer the lands with no concerns to surface reserve start creating reserve from the TLE selections this year
  • Family Services
    For more than 20 years Onion Lake Family Services has protected the welfare of children and youth in the community. The department – in collaboration with other community members and elders – aims at ensuring families on-reserve continue to be safe while reaching their full potential in an environment that nurtures their spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual well-being. Onion Lake Family Services Inc. is responsible for the continued development and operation of the child and family services program – including the day-to-day administration and program delivery structure – and to ensure full implementation. The department currently shares a building with the Onion Lake Health Centre on the Onion Lake Cree Nation and employs 27 people. In particular, the department is responsible for providing the following services: Family support services for parents and extended families Homemaker services Parent aid services Preventative services and program, and educational service Early childhood intervention services Repatriation Family violence programs and support services Wellness program and healing circles A comprehensive program of preventative family support services has been developed by OLFS. These are based on the guidance and involvement of elders, the support of family and community members and on traditional spiritual and cultural values. Programming for preventative services includes – but is not limited to – the following: Family counselling Community education and awareness Parent mentors Alcohol and drug education, counselling and referrals Elder-youth interaction Traditional parenting classes Women’s support groups Educational programs on sexuality and family planning Youth programs to raise self-esteem Anger management programs Community healing Suicide prevention Sexual abuse prevention program Triple P parenting programs Onion Lake Family Services Contacts: (306) 344-4747 Dr. Saxon Govender, Interim Director saxon.govender@olfs.ca Brenda Pahtayken, Executive Assistant brenda.pahtayken@olfs.ca Emerson Kyplin, Prevention Supervisor emerson.kyplin@olfs.ca Michelle Pelletier, Protection Supervisor michelle.pelletier@olfs.ca Patricia Naistus, Interim Financial Controller patricia.naistus@olfs.ca Arlene Lewis, Agency Elder arlene.lewis@olfs.ca Howard Whitstone, Agency Elder howard.whitstone@olfs.ca

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