Since 1970, the educational facility originally called Blue Quills First Nations College (BQFNC) has been a locally controlled Indigenous education centre serving the academic and training needs of people of all cultures, encouraging everyone to experience studying in a unique sociology-cultural and academic environment.
As an Indigenous non-profit educational institution, a prime objective is to promote a sense of pride in Indigenous heritage and reclaim traditional knowledge and practices. Blue Quills is owned and governed by seven First Nations (Beaver Lake, Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Whitefish Lake, Heart Lake, Kehewin, and Saddle Lake). Each Nation appoints a Board member, plus one Elder from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation. These communities represent at least 18,836 people (source – Alberta Aboriginal Relations as of January 2013).
ACCOMMODATION – Please refer to Student Housing CAFETERIA – Our friendly Nuh Koe Diner staff provide excellent homemade meals, fast food, and delicious desserts at an affordable student price. ELDER SUPPORT – Blue Quills has male and female Elders on staff who are available to all staff and students. FIRE ALARM – Please follow the fire exit rules posted in your classrooms. Improper use of the fire alarm is a criminal offence and will be prosecuted. LIBRARY – The Blue Quills library has reference materials, course texts, bursary & scholarship information, audio/visual equipment, computer stations and other supporting materials. Questions relating to the library should be addressed to the Librarian. Students will be able to obtain additional resource material from other libraries through the Blue Quills library. PARKING – Students may park in designated areas only. Any parking stall with a Reserved or named sign is designated for staff. Roadways and Emergency Access Routes must not be blocked. PHOTOCOPYING – There is a 75¢ fee per copy for photocopying, please see the librarian or receptionist. Facsimile transmission is available through the receptionist for a fee of $1.50 per page. SERVICES IN ST. PAUL – The town of St. Paul has approximately 5,600 people and many shopping, restaurant and recreation services. There are several accommodation options in St. Paul including apartments, duplexes, houses and boarding options. Rental rates are competitive. There are two shopping malls and numerous stores to meet your shopping needs. SERVICES IN SADDLE LAKE – Saddle Lake offers a full range of medical services as well as a Women’s Wellness clinic for community members. The Eagle Healing Lodge provides a wide range of programs for community members. The Youth Center and Community Center offers a variety of programming throughout the year. Saddle Lake has an annual Stampede and Pow-wow in June of each year. As well, there are several gas and convenience stores. FOR THE SPORTS MINDED – Do you want to stay active while you learn and study? We have new exercise equipment as well as a gym for all to enjoy. It‘s a great way to meet new friends and stay healthy! Also, St. Paul has a hockey arena, bowling alley, aquatic center, fitness center, two golf courses and numerous lakes nearby. There are a number of clubs and associations offering a variety of activities ranging from karate to cross country skiing. Surrounding First Nations communities also provide a variety of recreational facilities and activities, including hockey, soccer, swimming, and baseball. FOR THE CULTURALLY ORIENTED – Surrounding First Nations communities provide the opportunity for participation in several ceremonies including Sun Dances, Round Dances, Sweat ceremonies and Pow-Wows. We also host an Annual Cultural Camp in the spring and host regular events and ceremonies throughout the year. SMOKING – Blue Quills campus is a Smoke Free facility. STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES – All staff at Blue Quills are dedicated to providing student support. Help is available for career planning, personal and academic counselling, learning and study skills, admission, and financial assistance by Student Support Services. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these services. TELEPHONE – Students are not allowed access to staff phones. Messages for students are being posted on the bulletin boards on the 1st floor in the old building and the Trades building. Please check for messages regularly. Students will only be taken out of class for a telephone call in an emergency. TRANSPORTATION – Blue Quills does not provide transportation to and from the university. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Saddle Lake Cree Nation does provide bus service to the university. Phone Saddle Lake Education Authority for more information. Taxi services is available in St. Paul and Saddle Lake.
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We are happy you have chosen to join the Blue Quills family and we are honoured to share with you some of the teachings that make us who we are: the first indigenous owned and governed educational centre of excellence in Canada.
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Careers Employment and Training
Portage College has a campus in the First Nations community of Frog Lake. The community is located about two and half hours east of Edmonton. It is located approximately 90 km north of Lloydminster and 80 km south of Cold Lake on Secondary Highway 897. The community is easily accessible by paved roads. Nearby communities include Marwayne, Elk Point, and Heinsburg, Alberta.
The campus in Frog Lake provides an excellent local learning opportunity to the residents of Frog Lake and surrounding area. The Academics for Careers and Education programs offered at Frog Lake will help adult students acquire high school credit courses and prepare for further learning at a college or university level.
Frog Lake campus instructors are highly experienced and they pride themselves on their ability to provide unique one-on-one support in a comfortable, friendly learning environment. If you are interested in increasing your opportunities for employment and further education, please come visit us at the Portage College Frog Lake Campus.
The economic development profession is a relatively new field. It combines professional
disciplines including geography, business administration, public finance, political economics
and urban planning. It can be described as a mixture of research, analysis, planning,
The Financial Department is available to help enhance community operations and life within Frog Lake First Nations by delivering community Finance, management and governance advisory to assist the Nation’s leadership and members achieve its vision and mission.
Our Finance Department provides the Nation, its leadership, membership and employee’s, the following services:
Financial reporting and advice to Chief and Council and Departments and Programs in accordance with FLFN’s Financial Administration Law.
Accounting services including payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, banking, account reconciliation, capital assets, insurance, budgeting, audit compliance, consolidated financial reporting and analysis.
Maintain financial systems, processes and internal controls to protect the Nation’s assets.
Frog lake Energy resources Corporation is an oil and gas exploration and production company by is owned by the people of Frog Lake First Nation. The corporation’s vision is to create business opportunities and deliver long term value for the benefit of the Frog Lake First Nation and its partners.
Today, FLERC maintains partnerships with five companies on the reserve and one, Pengrowth, located off the reserve. More than 600 wells have been drilled, and they continue to drill new wells using increasingly advanced technology. “We get more oil out of the ground with every well we drill,” Dion said. Over the years, the corporation’s oil production has peaked at more than 3,500 barrels of oil per day. Though declining oil prices have dropped production down to about 1,000 barrels daily, Dion expects to triple those numbers “in the next year or so”.
FLERC maintains a non-operating role within each project, sharing in profits that benefit the people of Frog Lake First Nation by helping to build houses and improve the standard of living within the community. The corporation also helps to provide jobs to members of the reserve.
“It’s been a real boon for the nation as far as jobs,” Dion said. “We’ve had layoffs like everyone else but the folks are resilient and we haven’t laid off much staff from our company because we’ve been lean; we have a small office, small staff and low overhead.”
Another company owned by Frog Lake First Nation — and providing career opportunities for its community members — is Frog Lake Oilfield Services, which works on behalf of FLERC conducting onsite production management. By allocating jobs to the nation’s youth, the company supports local sustainable development. Their services include new well set-ups, sewer and water line thawing, fencing and oilfield maintenance. In addition, they provide employment to First Nations communities outside of Frog Lake.
Aboriginal and Intergovernmental Relations
This area of our work includes working collaboratively with Aboriginal communities and organizations and other levels of government to coordinate Aboriginal and tri-partite initiatives; develop strategies and build and maintain a sustainable foundation for Aboriginal people
We are proud to provide a high quality level of customer service to the people of Frog Lake First Nation. Our goal is to help you to live a healthy lifestyle!
Experience you can Trust
With years of experience, our medical team will work to address your needs and create a custom plan that’s right for you. We understand the importance of educating you on the most effective way to take care of your body, so that you can achieve your health and wellness goals.
Professionals Who Care
Our experienced professionals will treat your existing conditions, and work to maximize health promotion and disease prevention strategies. We strive to help improve your quality of life, achieve your wellness goals, and support your best possible life.
Seven Lakes provides a variety of services to commercial, residential and industry based business’.
Our focus is to provide efficient, reliable quality service with a commitment to safety.
Seven Lakes Oilfield Services is proudly owned by seven First Nation organizations in Northeast Alberta (Cold Lake First Nations, Frog Lake First Nation, Kehewin Cree Nation, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Goodfish Lake First Nation, Heart Lake First Nation and Beaver Lake Cree Nation) and is a subsidiary of Primco Dene and Pimee Well Servicing Ltd.
Seven Lakes Oilfield Services creates meaningful employment, wealth and opportunity for First Nations people with a strong commitment to providing our clients with quality services and reliability.
Seven Lakes Oilfield Services will continue to expand its operations in all areas. We will have partnerships and joint ventures and will be leaders in international projects involving local and Indigenous communities.
Seven Lakes Oilfield Services will be the most valued oilfield service company in the oil and gas sectors in Northern Alberta and be the number one employer of choice.
Seven Lakes Oilfield Services is dedicated to its customers by working hard to maintain their perception of fairness and earn their loyalty. This is achieved by providing a high level of service with a strong commitment to safety. Seven Lakes Oilfield Services holds the highest regard for safety in the industry. We challenge all of our employees to achieve zero injuries, resulting in zero lost time. At Seven Lakes Oilfield Services, ‘Safety is Our Tradition.’ This mandate represents a decision to change our behaviour and the way things are done to ensure safety is always at the forefront for every employee. We want all of our employees to make safety on-the-job and off-the-job an everyday priority by emphasizing these five basic safety.
Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. is federally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization and is a federally recognized Tribal Council with its head office located at Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Alberta, Canada.
Tribal Chiefs Development Inc.
Over the years, Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. has embarked on many projects and the Business Consortium is one of the major initiatives that TCVI pursued in addressing economic and energy developments in the region.
The Business Consortium reflected the unity of the Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. member First Nations. We believe that development subsequently of Tribal Chiefs Development Inc. has better positioned the member First Nations in pursuing economic development initiatives. Pimee Well Services Ltd. began in the late 1980s as a company owned by five of the six member First Nations and continues today as a successful endeavour.
In 2009/10 Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc., in partnership with Human Services, Alberta Government, completed a “Needs Assessment” for Economic Development. This assessment included input from the six member First Nations.
The following components were initially assessed by each of the communities and remain significant features for economic development:
Delivery of Economic Development Programming
Review of Job Descriptions
Guidelines for Boards and Committees
Access to Pre-Employment Training
Labour Market background
Existing accountability – newsletters, websites, community meetings
Awareness of federal and provincial government programs
Strategic Planning and long-term community planning
Business Entities and Partnerships
Previously, in 2010 Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. staff and Economic Development Officers from the six First Nations attended the Federal Government’s presentation on potential changes in economic development programming through the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).
An overview was provided to the Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. Chiefs with emphasis being placed on partnerships. The Chiefs agreed through a motion on May 5, 2011 that a Business Consortium be developed to advance best practices and further develop partnerships with industry. The idea was aimed at having all six First Nations sharing business experiences, pooling resources and equipment and successfully becoming engaged in larger scale projects and to develop new business opportunities that are not currently being realized by the member First Nations.
In May 2011 a committee was formed, Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. and the First Nations began meeting with possible industry partners. For a time, Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. hired a Business Consortium Liaison Officer to move industry partnerships forward. This was of assistance to member First Nations in meeting training and employment goals and to create and sustain new businesses. Businesses needed to be both successful and competitive in the Alberta market.
The Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. Board of Directors and staff would like to thank the partners for their ongoing support in joint initiatives. It is hoped that these efforts present opportunities for all partners to share resources, create employment, develop training models, and generally increase the standard of living and competitiveness of all.
These efforts led to a new name for the business consortium, which is officially titled ‘Tribal Chiefs Development Inc.’. Watch for further updates regarding projects being undertaken.
About the Board
The Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. Board of Directors accepts primary responsibility in working with the member First Nations, working towards broader goals of regional economic, human and social development through the member First Nations. Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. and its activities shall be planned, implemented and evaluated subject to the approval and direction of the Board of Directors. The Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. Board of Directors must respectively obtain approval and report to the member First Nations on the following:
Respect for the autonomy of each member First Nation
Assurance that Treaty No. 6 is honoured and respected
Developing, reviewing and revising by-laws, policies, and procedures
Promoting public relations activities
Reviewing global opportunities
Promoting the delivery of more training, financial support and opportunities
Encouraging economic development in Indigenous and other business opportunities
Ensuring that all economic development initiatives are supported and approved at the community and regional level
Directing Tribal Council regional programming and all other related activities
Chief Germaine Anderson—Beaver Lake Cree Nation
Chief Roger Marten—Cold Lake First Nations
Chief Greg Desjarlais—Frog Lake First Nations
Chief Curtis Monias—Heart Lake First Nation
Chief Vernon Watchmaker – Kehewin Cree Nation
Chief Tom Houle — Whitefish Lake First Nation #128
The Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board of Directors of Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc.
Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. staff members report to the Chief Executive Officer
Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. office locations are now open by appointment only.
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm daily and most statutory holidays)
Please be advised that the offices will be open to the public by appointment only effective November 12, 2020 due to the increase of COVID-19. To ensure the safety of our employees, you will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and asked to wear a mask. Thank you for your cooperation
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