Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta is comprised of 24 member First Nations, each having its own internal communications protocol. The Treaty 8 territory covers approximately 800,000 square kilometers in Northern Alberta, and is comprised of the Dene Tha, Cree, Beaver, and Chipewyan speaking peoples. Language and cultural disparity, isolation, limited internet connectivity, vast distances, varying expectations, and relationships with all levels of government are illustrative of the communications environment in the Treaty 8 (Alberta) territory. It is within this context that Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta is tasked with establishing a strong communications relationship both internally and with external organizations.

Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta has engaged in several activities to implement a comprehensive, education specific, system of communications. Through a process of strategic planning, the development of the mechanisms required to support clear and efficient internal and external communications has shown considerable progress. This is inclusive of policy and procedural development, identification of the communications environment (i.e. manuals), defining internal team building and maintenance activities, identification of individual and organizational communications barriers and corresponding mitigation, identification of culturally appropriate communications protocols, guidelines for information technology use, and guidelines for quality assurance and control practices in communications. Identifying priority groups within the communities for outreach is also a part of this.

Activities to develop a strategic outline in regards to external issues and relations with federal and provincial departments, non-governmental organizations, and professional associations are on-going. A key external relationship for Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta is its involvement with the Treaty 7 Management Corp, the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations, and the Federal and Provincial (Alberta) governments within the context of the Memorandum of Understanding on First Nations Education signed in 2010.

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3rd annual Treaty 8 Writing Contest – Results

April 4, 2016April 4, 2016
Dear Principals,
I am very happy to report that the 3rd annual Treaty 8 Writing Contest was very successful with over 110 student entries and 6 schools participating. Every student entry will receive a certificate of participation.  Each Division Winner will receive a $100.00 gift card and the runner ups will receive a $50.00 gift card. I am pleased to announce the winners and runner ups for each division.
Division One:
  • Winner- Deshaye Coleman from Driftpile School with his report on Polar Bears
  • Runner Up- Latisha Alook from Chief Tallcree with her report on Eagles
  • Runner Up- Denzel Chalifoux from Driftple School with his report on Eagles
  • Division Two:
  • Winner- Kiana Auger from Clarence Jaycox School with her report on Elephants Runner Up- Shenoa Auger from Clarence Jaycox School with her report on Octopus
  •   Division Three:
  • Winner – Lesleigh Madison Noskey from Clarence Jaycox School with her report on Lacrosse
  • Runner Up- Kayla Alook from Jean Baptise Sewepagaham School with her report on Fingerpull
  • Division Four:
  • Winner- Naokan Adams from Jean Baptise Sewepagaham School with her report on Rebellion.
  •   Writing begins in Kindergarten and to encourage these students to get writing the two kindergarten classes that participated in the writing contest will each receive a class award of a $50.00 gift card. The two K5 classes are from Driftpile School and Fox Lake Elementary School.
    Thank you to all of the schools, teachers and students who were encouraged to write.
    Christina Jervah-
    Literacy and Numeracy Specialist for Treaty 8 First Nations  of Alberta


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    Date: August 25, 2015 Another First Nation within Treaty No. 8 is holding a cultural camp to raise awareness on a "broken First Nation consultation policy". Swan River First Nation, along with Driftpile Cree Nation, is the second community in recent months to set up a cultural camp to highlight the unabated development activity happening on their traditional territory... Read the full Press Release here


    December 16, 2015
    Date: October 21, 2015 Yesterday, the Treaty 8 Chiefs met with Premier Notley at a meeting between the provincial government and the Chiefs of Treaty No. 8.  This meeting was composed of the Premier, Ministers, and the Chiefs from across northern Alberta.  The Chiefs have expressed their cautious optimism after the meeting... Read the full Press Release here