AWN Launches Multiple “Green” Projects


AWN has worked hard to get the most benefit from the Alberta Indigenous Climate Leadership Initiative. The following is a brief list of programs AWN has received funding for:

  • Climate Capacity Program—A series of community and board workshops were delivered in 2017/2018 to enhance knowledge and understanding of climate leadership. A new funding application is being processed for 2018/19. This project will include interactive learning opportunities for youth, elders, and leadership within the community.

  •  Community Energy Program—In the first project in 2017, energy assessments were completed for community owned buildings (AWN, ADC, AEC, and Tawow) to identify opportunities to save energy and energy costs. A second project is kicking off the last week of June to complete energy assessments in cooperative and enterprise homes.

  • Solar Program—In 2017, AWN installed solar panels on the Tawow Centre, AWN and ADC. A new    funding application is being processed for 2018/19 for solar panels for the AEC shop, AEC building (old laundromat building across from Tawow) and additional panels for ADC.

  • Climate Planning Program—In January 2018, AWN applied for funding to develop a community energy plan. The plan will evaluate current energy consumption in the community, look at energy generation and provide recommendations on what the community can do to reduce energy consumption, reduce our carbon footprint and develop capacity for managing future projects related to energy saving and green energy production. Funding has not been approved yet.

  • Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program—AWN is currently working on a large project to improve energy  efficiency in the AWN building , AEC shop and AEC building. This includes adding addition insulation to the buildings, replacing windows, doors, furnaces and hot water tanks, and the installation of an earth tube for heating and cooling at the AEC building. A second application has been developed and will submitted in the near future.

  • Green Energy Development—AWN is completing preliminary study to investigate different options for renewable energy within the community such as solar energy production.


AWN is working closely with Mantle Energy and Four Winds and Associates to access funding for as many “green” projects as we can under the Indigenous Climate Leadership Initiative. Funding was approved by Alberta for a three year term—2017/18, 2018/19, and 2019/20.


AWN is working with a variety of contractors to complete the projects. They include FT Builders (retrofit construction), PowerMatrix (retrofit—earth tube), TeckEra Consulting (energy assessments), Solare      Distributors (solar panels), Ryan Dick (green energy development), and Mantle Energy.

Social Housing Program

AWN has been asked some questions recently about the “Low-Income Housing”

Program that we facilitate. Here is a brief explanation about the program, and if

anyone has additional comments, concerns, or questions, please feel free to phone the AWN office and we can provide you with the information that you are looking for. One thing that we need to stress is that housing program is open to all Albertans, not just AWN members.

Purpose and Description

Aseniwuche Winewak Nation is under contract, through an Administrative Transfer Agreement to operate and administer four Rural and Native Housing units in the Town of Grande Cache.


The four social housing units are allocated for tenants that earn low to middle

incomes and fall beneath the Core Needs Income Threshold.


Eligibility Criteria

Policy Eligibility for the Social Housing Program is targeted to low-income families and is based on the total household income.


1. In addition to the general eligibility criteria, the social housing point scoring system is used to determine eligibility for the Social Housing Program.


2. The Housing Coordinator shall complete a social housing point scoring form for each applicant, which will form part of the tenant’s application.


3. ALL ELIGIBLE ALBERTANS can apply to the Social Housing Program.

Opioids Crisis

Opioids are drugs that include prescribed pain relievers, heroin and fentanyl. Problematic use may lead to a substance use disorder, overdose and death.


Canada is facing a national opioid crisis. The growing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids, including fentanyl, is a public health emergency. This is a complex health and social issue that needs a response that is comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate and evidence-based



Government actions to address the opioid crisis was by providing Services and Information.  In 2016 AWN submitted a proposal to Alberta health services and was successful in acquiring this services for our area, Grande Cache and the surrounding communities. Our focus was to establish and develop a strategy to Address Opioids Misuse.


This is where our current Opioids prevention worker came  into play; clients were seen in the office from day one, as she had already been working in the community prior to this job opportunity.


What you can do: How you can help those around you.


Opioids toolkit: Get resources and help promote

awareness on preventing opioid overdoses.


Naloxone: How to use naloxone to treat an opioid

overdoseand where to obtain a naloxone kit


Drug related Harms: How to talk to your teen about

drugs,risks of using drugs, and driving under

the influence.

For more information, click here

Looking for Community Members to be Appointed to AWN Committees

AWN requires variety of committees to review our community issues in depth and provide recommendations to the AWN Board. These committees will play an

instrumental role in shaping the direction of the AWN Board’s work.  The following committee’s that are required:

* Bylaw

* Housing

* Child/Family Services


If you’re interested in getting involved in any of the above committee’s, please

contact the AWN office at 780-827-5510.