Aseniwuche Winewak Nation

Community
Sihtoskâtowin ᓯᐦᑐᐢᑲᑐᐃᐧᐣ Supporting & Helping Each Other, Looking Out for One Another​

Financial Assistance for Medical Travel

AWN’s financial assistance program for medical travel was established to ensure community members are able to access necessary medical appointments and focus on their health and wellbeing rather than financial challenges. The fund is not intended to assist with family emergencies, extraordinary circumstances, or travel beyond the scope of the program.

Funding is awarded on a first come first serve basis until annual funding is exhausted. Community members may apply more than one time for medical travel financial assistance until the individual annual amount of $500 is exhausted. Hotel accommodation and taxi expenses will be paid according to submitted receipts. Financial assistance is available for community members who meet the below requirements as per AWN Policy 10.08:

  • Be an AWN member and a resident of the Grande Cache area Co-operatives, Enterprises or Hamlet of Grande Cache.
  • Provide a copy of the medical office note confirming the date and time of the appointment.
  • Submit completed medical travel application and applicable appointment confirmation information to AWN at least ten (10) days prior to the date of the appointment.

Payments for medical travel will be paid in the following amounts:

  • Grande Cache – no mileage paid
  • Hinton – $60
  • Grande Prairie – $80
  • Edmonton and area – $200
  • All other locations in Northern Alberta – $0.22/kilometre
*Medical travel payments are round trip rates

Meal allowances:

  • Breakfast* – $10
  • Lunch* – $15
  • Dinner* – $15
*Meals will only be covered for appointments 290 km round trip or further. Meal coverage is for the patient only.

Financial Assistance for Funeral Expenses

Up to $2500 is available to help families cover the cost of funerals and related expenses after the passing of a community member.

  • $1500 for funeral expenses*
  • $500 for refreshments for the wake or reception
  • $500 for miscellaneous expenses

*Payments for funeral expenses will be made directly to the funeral home

Funding is awarded on a first come first serve basis until annual funding is exhausted. Community members may apply more than one time for assistance with funeral expenses. Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate they have exhausted all other means of financial support. Assistance with funeral expenses is available for community members who meet the below requirements as per AWN Policy 10.07:

  • Be an AWN member and a resident of the Grande Cache area Co-operatives, Enterprises or Hamlet of Grande Cache.
  • Provide appropriate documentation including statement of account or invoice from the funeral home.
  • Submit a completed funeral expense application and required documents to AWN at least two (2) days before payment is required.

Support for Elders

Elders are the gatekeepers and safeguarders of wisdom, knowledge, language and history. We have the privilege of having them as role models and teachers. Many Aseniwuche Winewak Elders continue to practice cultural and traditional activities including beading, tanning hides and making traditional food. As representatives of some of the last remaining fluent Cree speakers in our community, Elders keep the Cree principle of nehiyawewin ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ, the Cree language, alive.

AWN’s Consultation, Land and Resources Department relies on the memories and knowledge of Elders to complete important identification work within the Aseniwuche Traditional Territory. Without them, we would not be able to protect culturally and historically significant places that are a part of the history of the Aseniwuche Winewak.

To support the Elder community, AWN developed the role of Elder Engagement Coordinator. The Elder Engagement Coordinator’s responsibility is to engage and assist Elders with English and Cree translation, paperwork, arranging appointments and staying connected with the community.

Wood for Warmth

AWN’s Wood for Warmth program started in 2019. Over half of AWN households on the Co-operatives and Enterprises rely on a wood stove as a heat source for the home. Winter temperatures in Grande Cache can fall as low as -40° C.

During the winter months, AWN makes two to three truckload deliveries of wood to households in need and members who are unable to buck or split their own wood.. Wood deliveries are made first to Elders, then single-parent households and members with physical disabilities. Deliveries are made until the annual budget allocated towards the program is exhausted.

Christmas Programs

The holidays are a wonderful time for many and AWN keeps things busy in December with an Elders Dinner, Community Christmas Dinner and a visit from Santa for AWN children.

Elders and Community Dinners are an opportunity to spend time together during the holidays. We tell stories, share well wishes and break bread no matter which community we are from. Santa makes an early visit before Christmas to surprise the children with a gift.

AWN’s Christmas gift program is for all members’ children ages 10 and under and is funded by generous contributions from Aseniwuche’s friends and partners in industry.

AWN Community Awards​

The AWN Community Awards are nominated by Aseniwuche Community Awards. There are four awards named in memory of exceptional community members who personified excellence in leadership, cultural preservation, and a well-balanced lifestyle.

Nominations are collected in November then shared with the respective families of the individuals each respective award is named for. The families select who they feel is most deserving of the award each year. Recipients are announced in the New Year and have their name added to plaques displayed in the AWN Elders Room.

Milton Joachim Memorial Award of Excellence


Recognizing an individual who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to serve the community.

Ernie Delorme Memorial Award for Volunteer of the Year


Recognizing an individual for their service and commitment to Aseniwuche Winewak Nation and the preservation of Indigenous culture. As a role model to youth and other members, the recipient of the Ernie Delorme Memorial Award has made a positive impact on the community.

James Wanyandie Memorial Award for Cultural Preservation


Recognizing an individual who makes a dedicated effort to share traditional knowledge, cultural practices and wisdom with anybody who is interested or needing support.

Jason Delorme Leadership Memorial Award


Recognizing a community member 40 years old or younger who is a role model to others and lives and promotes a balanced medicine wheel lifestyle.