Aseniwuche Winewak Nation

COVID-19 Updates

The AWN office is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We kindly ask staff and visitors to adhere to the current face mask and physical distancing guidelines.

We have disposable non-medical face masks available for community members at the office. Emergency food hampers are available for any community members who are quarantining and are unable to buy groceries. Please see below COVID-19 Resources for more details.

A second round of care packages with food and PPE will be delivered in July. Read more about AWN’s COVID-19 Response below.

Message From the President

February 11, 2021

I know that continuing to live under the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging. By adhering to provincial and municipal regulations, we are all prioritizing the health and safety of Aseniwuche Winewak community members and the public.

As most people are aware the COVID-19 virus is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person, most often generated through coughing and sneezing. Individuals can also be infected from contact with surfaces contaminated with the virus then touching their face, most dangerously, their eyes, nose and mouth. The COVID-19 virus may survive on surfaces for several hours, but simple disinfectants can kill it.

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Let us all keep doing our part to keep our community members healthy. I am grateful to see the vast majority of people are complying with public health officials’ recommendations.  As we learn more about COVID-19 cases in Alberta, further restrictions may be recommended or enforced. During these uncertain times we must all be good neighbors. Right now, the best way to do that is by following these steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Practice physical and social distancing.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

As we continue to work as a community to manage the impacts of COVID-19, the health and safety of our community members, employees, customers, and communities are our primary concern. There are a number of measures we are taking to safely navigate these difficult times while continuing to serve our community members, customers, partners, and employees effectively. The AWN administration office and Tawow Centre have been closed to the public since December. Staff are available virtually and by phone Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 780-827-5510 or e-mail I also encourage you to follow our Facebook page for announcements and program information. To learn more about AWN’s response to COVID-19, I invite you to review our timeline of actions taken.

Thank you, again, for your continuing efforts as we work to fight the spread of COVID-19. Stay safe and stay well.

Tom McDonald

President, Aseniwuche Winewak Nation

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 vaccines for Albertans are being rolled out in phases. Appointments can be booked online or by calling 811. Visit for more information

Check to see when you’re eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. If you’re eligible, book your appointment by calling 811 or going to Alberta Health Services 

Maad’ookiing Mshkiki — Sharing Medicine

First Nation, Métis and Inuit perspectives and knowledge sharing on COVID-19 vaccines

With the generous help of Pembina Pipeline Corporation, AWN is is offering emergency food hampers for community members who are self-isolating due to a positive COVID-19 test result or confirmed contact with a positive case and have been instructed by AHS to self-isolate.

If you are unable to leave your home to purchase essential food items, please contact AWN at 780-827-5510 and staff will make a contactless delivery of emergency groceries.

There is an overwhelming amount of COVID-19 information and resources online. AWN encourages community members to seek information from trusted sources like your family physician and Alberta Health Services. If you would like assistance navigating information, please call the office at 780-827-5510 or access Alberta 211 by dialing 211 or texting INFO to 211 on your phone.

Professional, confidential support is available 24/7.

Alberta 211

211 is an essential service that helps Albertans find the right resource or service for whatever issue they need help with, at the right time. 211 is available 24/7 by phone, text and chat. The service is free, confidential and available in over 170 languages over the phone.

  • Visit Alberta 211 for online resources and live chat.
  • Call 2-1-1
  • Text INFO to 211
Health Link 811

Do you have a health concern? Call Health Link by dialing 811 for quick and easy advice from a registered nurse 24/7. You can also call 811 for assistance booking a COVID-19 test. In a medical emergency, always call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department.

Hope for Wellness

The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Service is available in English, French, Cree, Ojibwe, and Inuktitut.

Experienced and culturally competent Helpline counsellors can help if you:

  • want to talk
  • are distressed
  • have strong emotional reactions
  • are triggered by painful memories

Visit Hope for Wellness to access the online chat.

Call 1-855-242-3310 toll-free.

Toll-free Telephone Helplines

Thank you
Nanâskomowin ᓇᓈᐢᑯᒧᐃᐧᐣ Gratitude

Since March, AWN has been able to respond to the needs of the community exposed by COVID-19 with the care, help, and support of friends and partners. We would not have been able to provide the May care packages for Elders, Internet SmartHubs for families, septic tank emptying, or community care packages without the generosity of a lot of giving, thoughtful, and compassionate individuals and organizations. We thank you with our whole hearts and hope that you know how much you are appreciated and how many people your kindness has touched. As Elder Mabel Wanyandie shared with us when she called in October, “Thank you. People are happy.”

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