Driftpile Cree Nation

DCN Newsletter March 2024


Discover What's New with Driftpile Cree Nation: Introducing Our Revamped Website and Mobile App

In an exciting leap forward for our community’s digital presence, Driftpile Cree Nation is thrilled to announce the launch of our newly revamped website, www.dcn450.com, along with a state-of-the-art mobile application. These new digital platforms are designed to bring our community closer together, ensuring every member has easy access to important information, news, and events, all while celebrating the rich heritage and vibrant future of Driftpile Cree Nation.

Your New Online Community Hub: www.dcn450.com

Our brand-new website acts as a central hub for everything Driftpile Cree Nation. It’s where you can find the latest updates on departmental activities, community news, upcoming events, and essential information beneficial to all DCN members. We’ve created this site with you in mind, making sure it’s user-friendly and accessible, to keep you connected with our community’s heart and soul, no matter where you are in the world.

Looking for information on educational opportunities, health services, economic development, or cultural initiatives? It’s all here, at your fingertips, on our new website. We’re committed to fostering a transparent, engaging, and excellent service experience for the community, ensuring you have the knowledge you need at your convenience.

Connect Anytime, Anywhere: The DCN Mobile App

Complementing our website, the launch of the DCN mobile app brings the community directly to your smartphone. This app is designed to keep you up-to-date with real-time notifications and updates, providing a seamless way to stay engaged with the community and its happenings, even on the move.

The DCN app is more than a notification tool—it’s your personal gateway to the Driftpile Cree Nation, offering direct access to our stories, news, and people. Tailored to enhance your community interaction, the app ensures that staying informed and connected is as simple as a tap on your screen.

DCN App Info

Your Role in Our Digital Journey

This digital initiative is more than just an upgrade—it’s a call to engage, share, and contribute to our community’s vibrant future. By exploring our new website and using the app, you’re participating in a shared vision of a connected, informed, and thriving Driftpile Cree Nation.

We’re excited to embark on this digital journey together, leveraging these new tools to enhance our community’s unity and resilience. The new website and mobile app signify a significant step in our ongoing mission to celebrate and promote the heritage, culture, and aspirations of Driftpile Cree Nation and its people.

Drifpile Cree Nation: Lift Staton No. 1 Replacement Project




A new wastewater lift station is being planned for the west side of the Driftpile community, to
service our growth and development.

The west side of our community is currently serviced by the existing/original Lift Station No. 1,
located between the police station and the river. The lift station is old, under-sized for our
growing community, and requires replacement.

The Lift Station No. 1 Replacement Project includes the general construction of a new lift station
along with related gravity sewer piping and a forcemain pipeline. The project is funded by
Indigenous Services Canada.

The original/old lift station will be decommissioned
once the new lift station is operational.



Work Completed to date
• Planning, mobilization, shop drawings, ordering
of some equipment
• Survey and locates

Work In-Progress
• Commencement of pipeline/forcemain drilling
• Helical screw piles, air valve manholes

Future /Upcoming Work
• Excavation for lift station
• Pre-cast concrete structure install
• Mechanical and electrical work
• Bypass pumping during tie-in work


Project Start: January 2024
Testing: August 2024
Project Completion: November 2024

Please note, these timelines are estimates and subject to cha ction conditions
and weather.


The Contractor will take precautions to ensure
public safety, and we request your assistance in keeping children and pets a safe distance from the
construction site, equipment, and pipeline routes.


Consultant: M2 Engineering
Contractor: Chandos Construction Ltd.



Typical work hours will be from 7:00am to 7:00pm, Monday to Saturday. If required, these hours may
be extended, and construction may occur on Sundays.
The Contractor will do everything reasonable to manage noise associated with the construction. We
will work to ensure that the construction is completed while minimizing disturbance to our
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue this necessary project.

Original / Existing Lift Station No. 1

The photo below shows the lift to be
replaced as part of this project.



Driftpile Cree Nation Public Works
Contact: Jason Garand Phone: (780) 523-6069
E-mail: ci.director@dpcn.ca

Chandos Construction Ltd.
Contact: Derek Kleyne Phone: (780) 203-7134
E-mail: dkleyne@chandos.com

The Ministry of Children and Family Services will launch a public awareness campaign against family violence, promoting the Family Violence Info Line for support. Posters and social media graphics are available for download to help spread the message of available help.

March Events Calendar

Exploring Beyond: The Youth Council's Inspirational Journey to Edmonton

In a memorable expedition that broadened horizons and inspired young minds, the Youth Council embarked on an enlightening journey to Edmonton. This trip was not just a getaway; it was an immersive experience designed to empower our youth with knowledge, technology, and a dash of fun.

Our first stop was Aivia, a tech hub where the future meets the present. Here, the council members were introduced to the innovative Driftpile App. This wasn’t just about downloading an app; it was a hands-on lesson in embracing technology, as they learned to navigate and add the app to their phones. The experience was a testament to our commitment to equipping our youth with the skills they need in a digital world.

But what’s knowledge without a bit of adventure? The Royal Alberta Museum offered just that and more. It was a journey back in time and an exploration of the natural world. Our youth were mesmerized by live bugs, ancient fossils, dazzling crystals, and the diverse array of animals. Each exhibit was a new discovery, igniting curiosity and wonder in their eyes.

The adventure continued at the Science Centre, where the mysteries of the cosmos and the intricacies of the human body were unveiled. The youth were captivated by the solar system’s vastness and the complex machinery of the body. It was a vivid reminder of the wonders that science holds, encouraging them to dream big and aspire for greatness.

Understanding the importance of balance and self-care, the trip also included a relaxing movie night. It was a moment for the youth to unwind, enjoy each other’s company, and reflect on the experiences shared.

This trip was more than just an excursion; it was a journey of discovery, learning, and fun. It provided an invaluable opportunity for the Youth Council to step out of the reserve and explore the vastness of the city and the world beyond. The laughter, the awe in their eyes, and the new friendships forged speak volumes of the trip’s success.

We believe in the power of such experiences to inspire, educate, and empower our youth. The journey to Edmonton was a testament to this belief, a reminder of the vast potential that lies within each member of the Youth Council. As we look back on this trip, we are filled with hope and excitement for what the future holds for these bright young minds.

Sending out birthday wishes to the following DCN elders born in March

Margret Rose Budskin

Violet Darlene Campion

Ivy Collins

Sharon Marie Collins

Beatrice Collins

Violet Justine Findlay

J.R Giroux

Delphine Louise Lalonde

Stanley Lalonde

Barbara Jean Ann Lebel

Micheal New

Petero Okemow

Mary Eliza Okimaw

Ronald Hector Pariseau

Marcella Rose Sawan

Allan Arthur Swanson

George Eugene Walker

Micheal Joseph Ward

James Albert Beaver

The deadline to submit your claim for compensation under the First Nations Drinking Water Settlement is March 7, 2024.

Not sure if you’re eligible? Use the Claims Assessment Tool at https://firstnationsdrinkingwater.ca/…/claims…/


To access the Claim Form online, visit: https://firstnationsdrinkingwater.powerappsportals.com/en/

If you have questions about the Claim Form or claims process, please contact the Administrator at no charge by calling 1-833-252-4220 (Monday – Friday, 10 am – 8 pm EST).

Attention Community Members Involved in the Federal Indian Day School Class Action

Some community members in the Federal Indian Day School Class Action may not have received decision letters due to incomplete Claim Forms. It’s important to ensure forms are complete.

Reach out to the Administrator at 1-888-221-2898 for assistance.

Resources for submitting missing information are available on the Federal Indian Day School website. Assistance is provided via phone or video calls to support community members through the claims process. Collaboration is essential to ensure everyone impacted receives necessary support. Spread the message within the community for awareness and cooperation.