Driftpile Cree Nation

DCN Newsletter January 2024


Driftpile Cree Nation Customary Election Regulations 3rd Reading & Consultation

We invite you to the third and final meeting in our series on election reform. This essential gathering will take place on January 16 at the Community Hall in Driftpile, Alberta, and will also be accessible via Zoom for those who prefer to join online.


This meeting is a crucial milestone where we will finalize the changes to our election regulations. Your input in the past meetings has been invaluable, helping to shape and refine how we select our leaders. As we approach this final stage, akin to the last draft of a crucial project, your participation is more important than ever. Every opinion and suggestion will contribute significantly to the outcome.


Whether attending in person or online, your voice is key to ensuring our electoral process truly reflects our community’s values and aspirations. We aim to strengthen our commitment to self-governance and ensure that our election system aligns with the principles and goals of the Driftpile Cree Nation.


For those joining online, a registration link will be provided. We guarantee that both in-person and online attendees will have equal opportunities to voice their opinions and ask questions.


Don’t miss this chance to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our Nation. If you wish to review the draft regulations beforehand, please request a copy by contacting the Nation’s Navigator at navigator1@dpcn.ca.


Let’s unite for a stronger tomorrow. Your insights are vital in this final stage of our journey toward a more representative and effective governance system.


Join us in this significant endeavour!


Date: January 16

Location: Community Hall, Driftpile, Alberta

Zoom Availability: Yes, for Members

Indigenous Communities and Tamarack Valley Energy Form Major Partnership

We’re excited to share some groundbreaking news from the Indigenous communities, including our own Driftpile Cree Nation. A historic partnership has been formed between 12 First Nation and Métis communities and Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd., a major player in Canada’s energy sector. This partnership, under the banner of Wapiscanis Waseskwan Nipiy Holding Limited Partnership, is a significant stride in collaborative efforts between Indigenous groups and the energy industry.

Key Details

  • Partnership Composition: The Wapiscanis Waseskwan Nipiy partnership is a collaboration of 12 First Nation and Métis communities. This includes Driftpile Cree Nation, Duncan’s First Nation, East Prairie Métis Settlement, Gift Lake Métis Settlement, Kapawe’no First Nation, Loon River First Nation, Peavine Métis Settlement, Peerless Trout First Nation, Sawridge First Nation, Sucker Creek First Nation, Swan River First Nation, and Whitefish Lake First Nation #459.
  • Economic Impact: The partnership marks a significant economic opportunity for these communities. The Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation backed this venture with a $150 million loan guarantee, facilitating our group to acquire an 85% interest in the partnership. Tamarack Valley Energy retains a 15% stake and will oversee the operations.


  • The Project: The focus is on oil and gas midstream infrastructure in the Marten Hills and Nipisi areas of Northern Alberta. This region, known for its Clearwater play, is crucial for the energy sector and holds substantial economic potential.


  • Sustainable Development Goals: The initiative is not just a business venture; it’s a step towards sustainable economic growth. It emphasizes responsible resource development, respecting the environment, and ensuring long-term benefits for the Indigenous communities.


  • Leadership and Vision: Key figures like Brian Schmidt from Tamarack and Dave Lamouche from the Métis Settlement General Council have highlighted the partnership’s focus on mutual respect and creating lasting opportunities. Justin Bourque played a pivotal role in advising and structuring the partnership, emphasizing the commitment to economic growth and empowerment of the Indigenous communities.


  • Future Outlook: This partnership is seen as a model for future collaborations. It sets a precedent for how Indigenous communities can engage proactively with the energy sector, ensuring their voices and interests are at the forefront of development projects.

This partnership is more than a business deal; it’s a symbol of progress, unity, and the potential for prosperous relationships between Indigenous communities and industry leaders. It’s a testament to what can be achieved through collaboration, respect, and a shared vision for a better future.

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January 2024 Events Calendar


Driftpile Cree Nation Customary Election Regulations 3rd Reading & Consultation Jan 16, 2024

CFS Post holiday Relief food hampers: Jan 27 (at round dance) and the 28th

Mihtatakaw Sipiy School resumes Jan 8, 2024

BAND offices reopen Jan 8th, 2024

CFS Office Christmas Closure: Dec 19- Jan 7, 2024

CFS Round Dance: January 27, 2024


Special Message from Driftpile Cree Nation (DCN) Human Resources

As one year ends and another begins, we would like to wish all Driftpile Cree Nation Staff, its Members and Families happiness, success, and good health in 2024.

2022 and 2023 were tough but rewarding times for our departments. In January of 2022, the Nation employed 93 employees. By January of 2023, the Nation employed 135 employees. By January 2024, we will employ 178 Employees.

Out of our current 178 employees, 70% are Nation Members and 12% are DCN Community Members, a total of 82%. (DCN Community Members, as defined by DCN Chief & Council, are people who reside in Driftpile and have some sort of familial relationship with a DCN Member.)

In addition to DCN employees, the Nation currently contracts an additional 12 Nation members in different capacities.

Best Wishes for this Holiday Season,

Sheila Collins