1st Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser

N-Wildland Firefighters: Kieran Minde, Leon Moonias, Byron Moonias and Irvin Brown Mark August 16th, 2019 as the date the Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies hosted their 1st Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser at the Montgomery Glen in Wetaskiwin Alberta. A tremendous success. "A great turnout of people supporting a great cause" said the CEO Sam Minde as 72 golfers (18 teams of 4) braved the cold and windy day. A low of 12 and wind gusts of 34 kms/h proved challenging for even the most experienced players on the course that day. "I had to use my 9 iron from 140…

NGCI’s Wildland Firefighting COR Certified

Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) COR Certification is a health and safety review and was conducted in March and April, 2019 for Neyaskweyahk Wildland Firefighters. The program review utilized the AFPA Injury Reduction Standard Health and Safety Audit Protocol (2019).  Neyaskweyahk Wildland Firefighters are part of the Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies, Inc. They work to combat the wildfires in Indigenous territorial lands, and other locations in Alberta. This project, under NGCI management, provides trained firefighters and provides the administration, contract, and crew management to the Department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) with the Province of Alberta.  NGCI Wildland…

Ground Breaking Event for 1MW Solar Array

The Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. marked July 3rd, 2019 as the day to officially begin construction for the 1MW Solar Array known as the “Sundancer”.  "I would like to thank the Alberta Government Climate Leadership Program and Western Economic Diversification for financially supporting this project, NGCI reinvests all revenues back into the Nation to support job creation, infrastructure revitalization, capacity development and capture economic leakage" said NGCI CEO Sam Minde. NGCI also worked closely with Indigenous Services Canada (Lands and Economic Development) the Nation's leadership approved a ISC permit to develop the solar project on reserve lands. Former Minister…

NGCI Complete Acquisition for a Trusted Freshness Franchise

On March 31st, 2019 NGCI CEO signed the Trusted Freshness Franchise Agreement to officially purchase a Trusted Freshness Vertical Growers Franchise. NGCI's newest business has been named "Neyaskweyahk Vertical Growers LP (NVG)."  NVG will be posting for two positions for "growers" for the business within the next couple of weeks." NVG is located in Leduc, AB, and will be growing nutritious, fresh, safe and truly local salad greens and herbs for the Edmonton area. NVG and Trusted Freshness strive to provide the highest level of quality control to offer peace of mind for those looking for a fresh to market alternative…

NGCI Sign Lease Agreement with Heritage Family Services

The Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. (NGCI) signed a 2-year lease agreement with Heritage Family Services (HFS) for a family placement on April 1st, 2019. NGCI purchased the Bear Paw Trading Post business, land and home on December 29th, 2017 and the home sat empty for over a year.   Heritage Family Services has a philosophy of keeping children in care close to their home community, the company has expanded to include facilities in both Rocky Mountain House, Ponoka and Wetaskiwin.  The company currently employs approximately 180 staff and cares for over 100 children on a daily basis.

Bear Paw Trading Post open Online Store

The Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. (NGCI) is please to announce the opening of our Bear Paw Trading Post online store!  The new online store will allow our current and future customers access to our best selling products our regular store has to offer. � "We have an excellent selection of products" says Tara Vaudry, General Manager of the Bear Paw Trading Post. "Sales for our products are strong at the store and with an online store,  we can increase our service offering to new and existing customers via the web." "When we were planning to acquire Bear Paw Trading…

Banff Centre’s Indigenous Business and Economic Development

  Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc.(NGCI) Chairman Trent Blind is faculty member for the Banff Centre’s Indigenous Business and Economic Development Program and advises and facilitates on current subjects and opportunities for Indigenous Nations. The program is a 5-day program offered at the Banff Centre once per year, usually in February.   This year the program runs from February 11thto February 15th, 2019. NGCI origin was based on the principals found in the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. Sovereignty Matters. When Native nations make their own decisions about what development approaches to take, they consistently out-perform external decision makers on matters as…

SkyFire Energy Inc. Awarded Contract to Build 1Mega Watt Solar Array

The NGCI Board of Directors and Sundancer Team are thankful to all the companies who submitted LOI’s and proposals. The request for proposals (RFP) was released for bid on November 1st, 2018.  The RFP was advertised on the NGCI and CanSIA websites.   Interested respondents were to submit a letter of interest (LOI) by November 30th, 2018 after which the technical documentation required to develop a proposal would be provided.   The deadline to submit the proposal was December 31st, 2018. Once all proposals were received, a team of three expert independent assessors (the Sundancer Team) reviewed the proposals and assisted the NGCI…

ECN Leadership appoints Derek Bruno to the NGCI Board of Directors

NGCI take great pride with well planned strategies and more importantly, the execution of the strategy.  In the summer of 2018, Victor Buffalo opted to initiate the transition plan for an independent Board Member.   An independent Board Member is defined as a non citizen of the Ermineskin Cree Nation.  All Board members must have a high level of business acumen and First Nation governance experience. The CEO carried out the plan which resulted with the NGCI Board of Directors recommending Derek Bruno to replace outgoing independent Board Member Victor Buffalo.  The Ermineskin Chief and Council voted unanimously in favour…

New Name and NGCI Management!

The “4 Band Building” also known as “Miyo Wahkohtowin Education Authority” has a new name.  The NGCI Board of Directors officially renamed the building on December 13th, 2018.  The building will now be known as:  “Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. Innovation and Professional Building.  A transition and development plan has been developed and will be executed by the VP of Operations Maureen Ward. Read the official Media Release here: Media Release - NGCI Building