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Message from the Chief


Welcome to the Mikisew Cree First Nation website. I am honoured to be serving as your Chief and am pleased to offer you this site to keep you informed of activities that are happening within our First Nation. I believe that with this means of communication we the Chief and Council will be able to provide some transparency that I personally feel is important by keeping you informed as we strive towards making the necessary changes to keep our First Nation sustainable, and healthy.

As a First Nation, we are faced with many challenges that will have to be addressed such as education, our business entities, our traditions and culture, our land and the environment, health, our social issues, etc. We have to set aside our personal differences and work together to address these issues and develop a work plan that will give us direction to work towards a healthy sustainable future for our membership who are here now and yet to be born.

As the late NDP Leader Jack Layton said

“Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

I truly believe that if we follow those principals we can make a difference for today and for the future. I extend my hand to you, the Mikisew family to be a part of making change happen in a positive and healthy way

The website will be updated regularly with event postings, employment opportunities and general information. Your input is important to us and I welcome you to contact the First Nation Office if you have any suggestions to enhance the website.

Steve Courtoreille


Who We Are

Mikisew Cree First Nation signed Treaty 8 in 1899. The Mikisew Cree have resided in Northeastern Alberta since time immemorial. We have lived a traditional lifestyle that included close understanding of the natural way of life. Even today most of our members in Fort Chipewyan rely on “country foods” such as fish, birds, and moose for a significant portion of our diet, and many of our members continue to enjoy a lifestyle featuring travel and time spent on the land

-Athabasca Delta, which is in the centre of our traditional lands, is a unique international ecosystem which we cherish. It is the source of much that sustains us. When the fur trade came west and established a trading fort in this area, the Mikisew Cree were among those who traded furs.

The traditional lands of the Mikisew Cree First Nation range over much of the area where the Athabasca Oil Sands deposits have been found. Mikisew Cree First Nation shares this territory with four other First Nations that make up the Athabasca Tribal Council.

At the present time most Mikisew Cree First Nation members reside in Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Fort Smith, NWT and Fort Chipewyan. Our Nation has the largest population of the five Athabasca Tribal Council Nations.

In 1986 we signed a Treaty Land Entitlement with Canada that created several Reserves in and around the Fort Chipewyan area and into the area north of Lake Athabasca.

In 2005 we were able to win a legal case at the Supreme Court of Canada affirming our rights and title interests to areas of the Wood Buffalo National Park. We are today working out the details of our relationship with the National Park administration.

We continue to press for our rights for the Agricultural Benefits from Treaty 8, and we are in the process of settling the long outstanding remaining “unfinished business” from our 1986 Treaty Land Entitlement settlement.

The Mikisew Cree First Nation is proud of our heritage, and confident in its bright future.

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