Driftpile Cree Nation

Economic Development

Supporting Entrepreneurial Spirit with Micro Grants

Recognizing the vital role of entrepreneurship in driving economic growth and diversification, the Driftpile Cree Nation Economic Development program proudly offers micro grants to support the entrepreneurial endeavors of our members. These grants are designed to empower members to turn their ideas into reality, in fields such as:

Arts and Crafts

We celebrate and support the artisans in our community, whose work in traditional and contemporary arts and crafts keeps our rich cultural heritage alive and vibrant.

Trapping and Fishing

By promoting sustainable practices in trapping and fishing, we honor our ancestral ways of living in harmony with nature, ensuring these traditions continue for generations.

General Agriculture

 We encourage agricultural initiatives that contribute to our community’s food sovereignty, supporting projects that range from small-scale family farms to larger agricultural ventures.

Small Business Equity Contribution

We provide financial assistance to new and expanding small businesses, recognizing their critical role in creating jobs and fostering economic resilience in our community.

These micro grants reflect our belief in the power of entrepreneurship to transform lives and communities, providing a foundation for sustainable economic growth and prosperity.

These micro grants reflect our belief in the power of entrepreneurship to transform lives and communities, providing a foundation for sustainable economic growth and prosperity.

Get Involved

We warmly invite all members of Driftpile Cree Nation to explore the opportunities our Economic Development program offers. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, looking to grow your business, or interested in contributing to our community’s economic vitality in other ways, we’re here to support you.

For further details on the Economic Development program or to apply for a micro grant, please reach out to our office. Your journey towards economic empowerment starts here.

Jonathan Giroux

Economic Development Manager

780-355-3868 Ext 1019

By working together, we can build a future that honors our past while embracing the opportunities of tomorrow. Let’s create a legacy of prosperity, innovation, and resilience for generations to come.

Building a Prosperous Future Together

Welcome to the Economic Development page of Driftpile Cree Nation, where our journey toward economic self-sufficiency is guided by our commitment to innovation, leadership, community engagement, and unwavering integrity. In a world that’s constantly evolving, we draw strength from our rich cultural heritage and traditions, creating a vibrant environment where businesses can thrive, and our members can find meaningful employment and training opportunities.

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Embracing Our Vision

At the heart of Driftpile Cree Nation’s Economic Development program lies our vision of a progressive, self-reliant community where every member is empowered to contribute to our collective well-being. Our strategic approach is anchored in four key pillars that reflect our commitment to creating a sustainable future for all:

Innovative and Forward Thinking

We are dedicated to embracing cutting-edge ideas and technologies that can propel our community forward. By fostering an environment that encourages creative problem-solving and innovative thinking, we aim to position Driftpile Cree Nation at the forefront of economic development and sustainability.

Leadership and Partnerships

Strong leadership within our community, coupled with strategic partnerships at local, national, and international levels, forms the backbone of our development strategy. We believe in the power of collaboration to unlock new opportunities, share resources, and achieve mutual goals that benefit not just our community but also our partners.

Community Investment

Our commitment to community investment is unwavering. We invest in infrastructure, education, health, and recreational facilities to ensure our community is not just surviving but thriving. By fostering a supportive environment, we enable our members to pursue their dreams and ambitions right here at home.

Transparency and Accountability

Integrity is at the core of everything we do. We operate with complete transparency and hold ourselves accountable to our community members. Our decision-making processes are open and inclusive, ensuring that the voices of our members guide our actions and initiatives.