Wood For Warmth
AWN Elders Tour Foothills Sawmill
On Monday, February 25th, 2019 AWN Elders Jane McDonald, Mabel Wanyandie, Colin Moberly, and Lawrence Joachim toured Foothills Forest Products Operations Mill.
Caribou Patrol at Jasper in January
As part of the outreach for this year, a few of the Consultation Department members, and partners from FRI Research attended The Jasper in January Street Party on January 26th. Members raised awareness about the Caribou, Grande Cache and the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation. They also attended The Flying Canoe Festival in Edmonton on February 1st and 2nd and did caribou crafts with families, teaching them about the challenges around Caribou.
Blast from the Past
The year is unknown. A group of our communities young men at Lac St. Anne Pilgrimage. Members of our community have traveled to Lac St. Anne for many, many years to take part in the Pilgrimage.
Left to Right: Alfred Wanyandie, Russell Wanyandie, Lloyd Moberly, Ron Delorme & Norman Wanyandie.
Wood for Warmth, Community Success
The ‘Wood for Warmth’ program that developed in December 2018 has blossomed in to a heartwarming success.
Aseniwuche Environmental Corporation crews have been busy delivering and splitting wood for the last two months, they have successfully delivered to over 60 homes in our community.
Ramone Delorme with the AEC crew were out in extreme cold temperatures gathering wood for the community.
Every second Friday of the Month at the Tawow Centre
Weyerhaeuser Open House
Thursday, February 21, 2019from 11AM - 2PM at Eagles Nest Hall, 10028 - 99St., Grande Cache, AB
Membership & Governance Committee
Cathy Wanyandie and Wayne Gienger visited the U of A Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Native Studies on Monday, January 21. They gave a great talk about the goals, challenges and pressures, as well as some of the work done so far by the AWN Citizenship and Governance Working Group to Dr. Jobin's Native Studies class, who are going to be working on community service assignments to support the work of the Citizenship and Governance Working Group, which will also be available to the AWN community.
Deep Freeze Festival
As part of the outreach for this year, a few of the Consultation Department members, and partners from FRI Research attended The Deep Freeze Festival in Edmonton on January 12th and 13th. Members spoke to nearly 800 people increasing awareness about the Caribou, Grande Cache and the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation. Photo: (L to R) Kevin McDonald, Stephanie Brown, Joey Taylor, and Fran Hanington
AWN Shares Historical Knowledge
Tom McDonald presented about the history of AWN and the current goals, strengths, initiatives and challenges to Hadley Friedland’s Aboriginal Law Seminar at the U of A Faculty of Law. The students will be working on a clear language legal memo assignment about how legal issues relate to Indigenous identity, belonging, citizenship and membership, that may be shared with the AWN Citizenship and Governance Committee and be available to the AWN community.
Blast From the Past
Above Picture taken of Adolphus and Christina Agnes. Parents of
Bessie Saunders. Submitted by Mary Delorme.
Student Attendance Award
Susa Creek School was presented with Northland School Division Student Attendance Award.
Improving student attendance is one of the top priorities for NSD.
Jason Delorme Memorial
An idea came forward from Tanner Curtis, a co-worker of late Jason, to erect a memoriam on the edge of Victor Lake that bridged Jason’s strong sense of nature and cultural beliefs, his passion for the water source and favorite passion; fishing! This space was chosen as it looks directly across the lake at Jason's home that he shared with his grandfather Charlie.
Jason's family will be doing a blessing of the area in the near future.
Blast From the Past - November
Back Row: Lucy Wanyandie is holding Mark Wanyadie (left) and Chris
McDonald (Right), Rita McDonald holding Jamie Snider and a partial picture of Stuart McDonald. Far right at the bottom: Edna Doire
Picture was taken in 1987.
Blast from the Past
Back Row: Gordon, Walter, Charlie, Ronnie, Roland and Ernie Delorme
Front Row: Eileen Wanyandie, Helen Hallock, Flora, Florastine and Bertha Delorme.
Crystal Meth Awareness Training
A group of community members and frontline workers took a week long training at
“ Nechi Institute: Centre of Indigenous Learning committed to transformational
education through igniting the spirit.” Nechi programs are developed and taught by Indigenous educators resulting in curriculum with deep community roots and
graduates are better-prepared for working in home communities or elsewhere with
Report a caribou sighting!
Walk in appointments with Darlene from Addictions and Mental Health sponsored by Aseniwuche Winewak Nation.
More dates to be announced for September and onward coming soon.
Joey Taylor, Colin Moberly, Garry McDonald, Brian McDonald and Russell Wanyandie recently completed a Site Visit
West Fraser donates Lumber
West Fraser Mills generously donated a truckload of lumber, treated lumber and plywood for AWN’s retrofit project. Thank you Aaron Jones (centre) for making this happen so quickly!
AWN Post-Secondary Alumni Wall
We are continually looking to update our AWN Alumni Wall. If you are an AWN community member and you have
completed one of the following post-secondary programs we want to hear from you:
Degree/Masters/Doctorate, Trade- Journeyman Certificate or Diploma (2 year program)
We are very happy to add a new post-secondary graduate to the wall.
Congratulations to Davita Friedland on your recent Practical Nurse Diploma as a post-secondary graduate from Norquest College.
Aboriginal Day 2018
Aboriginal Day this year was held at the Grande Cache Recreation Centre. The festivities were kicked off by a prayer from one of our Elders, Mabel Wanyandie. Than their were speeches from Tom McDonald, President of Aseniwuche Winewak Nation, than we heard from our Mayor Herb Castle.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of AWN, we would like to CONGRATULATE our 2018 Graduates
Back in the Day
Pictured above starting from left to right: Walter Delorme, Paul
Moberly, Marilyn Monroe, Joe McDonald and Louis Delorme
Ski Trip 2018
The Aseniwuche Youth Council would like to extend a big thank you to Stephanie Elisonis Brown and Joey Taylor for volunteering on their Spring 2018 Ski Trip.
The Aseniwuche Youth Council (AYC) had another great Annual Ski Trip to the Marmot Basin Ski Hill. For the last couple of years, the AYC has gone on a ski trip in the spring to Jasper National Park. This event is a way to reward the AYC members that actively participate in the council and volunteer year-round.
Memories of Days Gone By
Felix, Gloria, Lucy and Daniel Wanyandie
Environmental Advisory Committee
24 outstanding Indigenous women, including Chantal Sirios-Clegg will form the First Nations and Métis Women’s Councils on Economic Security. The councils will make recommendations on policies, programs, and services to improve the lives of Indigenous women and communities.
Elders Christmas Feast 2017
To all the elders that attended the Elders Christmas feast, to all the AWN staff and
community volunteers that helped make it a success, to Rose Delorme-Sayah, Connie Delorme, Alyssa McDonald and Doreen Delorme in making the beautiful Elders
baskets, and last but not least to the three wonderful ATCO Electric Elves that were present. James Hamilton, Steven Evaskevich, and Aaron Clark-Marlow, thank you for all your help. This is very much appreciated by all.
Elders Gathering at The Expo Centre
2017 ELDERS GATHERING!! Front-Left to Right: Roland Karakuntie, Cathy Wanyandie, Mary Whitehorse, Emily Wanyandie, Virginia Rohatinsky and Mary Delorme
Back Left to Right: Jonas Whitehorse, Eileen Hall, St. Pierre McDonald, Colin Moberly, Billy
Wanyandie, Tom Wanyandie and Jaymie Campbell.
Lisa Shepherd came to Grande Cache to put on a mocassin making class at AWN. The group had such a fun time!
Emerald Award Finalist
The Caribou Patrol Program was a finalist this year at the Emerald Awards that was held at the beginning of June in Edmonton. The Emerald Award recognizes and rewards the excellent initiative undertaken each year by large and small corporations, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups and governments. To learn more about the Emerald Awards, you can visit their website @emeraldfoundations.ca. Check out our Land & Resource page for more info.
Tour of Jasper Museum
A wonderful trip on the new Community Bus. Tour to the Jasper Museum and also a visit with Archbishop Richard Smith. The company was great with mixed warm weather.
Learn more about our History here.
During the Spring Break, the Tawow Centre hosted the Young Chef's program for youth ages 5-12 to learn skills to cook, bake and eat delicious food! On one of the days, the youth prepared an Easter feast for Elders, friends and family members!
Learn more about the Tawow Centre - click here.
Inside the Tawow Centre
We have lots to offer! Click here to find out more about our programs and services.
Wildland Firefighter Training
A group of community members participated in the Wildland Firefighter training course offered through Parks Canada. The group was taught hands on instructions in hoses and pumps, as well as fire line constructions and suppression.
Click here to learn more about the AJFR program.
Another great season of camps! Thank you to all guests who came to visit! We had such a great time hosting you.
Click here to find out more information about our Culture Camps!
April 8, 2020
As you’re all aware, we are living in unprecedented times. It is unclear how long the threat of the virus will last. Like other Indigenous communities, l am concerned that an outbreak of COVID-19 in any of the Cooperatives, Enterprises or greater community would be debilitating. Many of our families live in poverty or are challenged with mental or physical health barriers. One of my greatest concerns are the health inequities among our high-risk and vulnerable households. It is imperative that we take all precautionary measures seriously. Please stay home. Encourage your families and friends to stay home. Please do not put your fellow members, Elders, vulnerable individuals and children at risk.
It is important that we protect our Elders and vulnerable community members. As Indigenous people, we hold our Elders as our sacred knowledge keepers. In the spirit of wahkôtowin, miyo-wîcehtowin and sihtoskâtowin, some community members are relying on traditional harvesting and medicines to support the vulnerable. Our community members understand the collective power that we have and the role we play in supporting one another by upholding our Indigenous values.
I realize families are very close and care greatly for one another. It’s one of the things I admire most about Aseniwuche families. However, now is not the time to visit or gather. Taking care of your loved ones means social and physical distancing. There are alternative ways to communicate with friends and family until this is all over. Please take these precautions seriously and follow recommended procedures. Health professionals insist that the most effective ways to prevent infection are washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face, maintaining a physical distance of two metres from others while outside your household and practicing proper etiquette when sneezing or coughing. I do not think these are great things to ask of people to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Be accountable for your actions and to every person in our communities. Heed the advice of health professionals and take responsibility for your part in flattening the curve.
Government has spoken about providing support to Indigenous communities in their preparations for and actions to limit the spread of COVID-19. While it’s disappointing to feel a lack of support from certain levels of government, Alberta Health Services and the Federal Government have provided opportunities for assistance. We have also leaned on our industry partners who were some of the first to offer support. While we have yet to receive federal funding, AWN has been working on an emergency community plan since March 23, 2020. We don’t know how much funding will be provided but we have taken the preliminary steps identifying what basic needs are required to sustain the health and safety of our members. We are trying our very best to be proactive as we navigate a new environment with many unknowns. Our staff are working hard to expedite relief projects on our end despite being challenged by complicated bureaucracies. Our goal is to get essential resources out to the communities smoothly and in a timely manner. The safety of members and their families is our greatest priority. For those who have access to the Internet, please stay up to date by following the Alberta Health website and the AWN Facebook page. Any members with questions, concerns or feedback are welcome to call our office at 780-827-5510. Thank you for your continued support and patience.
President, Aseniwuche Winewak Nation
10008 99 St.
Grande Cache, AB