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Elizabeth Métis Settlement

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ELIZABETH METIS SETTLEMENT

Elizabeth Metis Settlement members and all of the Administration Office gives a warm welcome to any visitors, guest and to anyone else that want s to visit our community. As of 2008, there are 644 members residing in Elizabeth Settlement and 169 households. Our Settlement is 25,641 hectares in size, but one of the smallest settlements out of eight. It is our goal to share and welcome anyone that is interested in visiting our community and to let the surrounding area know about Elizabeth Metis Settlement.

 

Area Overview

Elizabeth Metis Settlement is located a short distance from the City of Cold Lake, Alberta. The settlement was first founded in 1939, and covers 25,641 hectares of land. Elizabeth Settlement was the final the setting place for hundreds of Metis people who have European ancestors. The word “Metis” is a French word translated as “half breed” and we have adopted it in the early 1930’s.

The Administration Office is a self govern alliance, which has five council members and an Administrator to over look all contracts, programs, and services that are in operation and that deals with the needs of our people.

Elizabeth Administration Office

Location
The Elizabeth Métis Settlement is approximately 3 ½ hours form Edmonton, AB on Highway 28. We are located 32 kilometres south from the City of Cold Lake, Bonnyville is approximately 44 km west of Elizabeth and Edmonton, AB is about 300 km northwest of the Settlement

 

Building Permits

All building permits are done by Accucode Inspection Ltd. This is the company that carries out all inspections and works along side with the housing department of the Elizabeth Metis Settlement for many years. They are located right in the City of Cold Lake. Accucode always assured our Settlement the best service and abides by the Alberta Building Cods Standards consisting of the heating, plumbing and electricity in all homes that are built in Elizabeth. Accucode also inspects buildings are being built to guarantee the wellbeing of the people’s safety.

 

Community Lifestyle

The local services that are provided to our members in the community that would meet their needs so that their day-to-day life is easier.

Elizabeth Business Directory

Aboriginal Head-Start
Phone (W) 780-594-4459
Bonnyville Friendship Center
Phone (W) 780-826-3374
Cold Lake Friendship Center
Phone (W) 780-594-1599
Desjarlais Bussing
Phone (W) 780-594-0102
E.I.P.
Phone (W) 780-594-5028 Fax 780-594-5452
Elizabeth Administration Office
Phone (W) 780-594-5028 Fax 780-594-5452
Elizabeth School
Phone (W) 780- 594-2017 Fax 780-594-3111
EMS Construction Shop
Phone (W) 780-594-3989 Fax 780-594-1049
EMS Hall
Phone (W) 780-594-0005
FCSS CL
Phone (W) 780-594-3626
Greyhound
Phone (W) 780-594-2777
Health Unit
Phone (W) 780-594-3383
CL Hospital
Phone (W) 780-594- 3322
Human Resources CL
Phone (W) 780-594-1984
Lunchroom
Phone (W) 780-594-2294
Medical Van
Phone (W) 780-594-5028 Fax 780-594-3384
Metis Nation of Alberta
Phone (W) 800-252-7553 Fax 780-452-3462
Parent Link
Phone (W) 780-594-3493
Police CL
Phone (W) 780-594-3301
Roman Catholic Church
Phone (W) 780-594-2101 Fax 780-594-3086
Social Workers CL
Phone (W) 780-594-7866
Water Treatment Plant
Phone (W) 780-594-5030 Fax 780-594-5031

Community Organizations & Committees

  • School Board
  • Religious Halloween parties
  • Parent Counseling
  • Annual Men’s Hockey
  • Foster-care
  • Kids volley-ball, base-ball, hockey league
  • Yearly conferences for the youth
  • Weekly prey meeting
  • Ladies club

Community Services

Elizabeth Metis Settlement hall is located in the center of the town-site area. Bookings for the hall can be made through Phyllis Collins at 780-594-5028 or at 780-594-0005. Mrs. Collins is also in charge of recreation for the whole Settlement as well.

  • Weddings
  • Banquets
  • Base-ball tournaments
  • Senior activities
  • Wakes
  • Fun Daze
  • Dances
  • Anniversaries
  • Celebrations
  • Christmas parties
  • Graduations
  • Santa’s Anonymous
  • Annual Clean-up
  • Funerals

Elizabeth Community Hall

Elizabeth Community Hall

All members and visitors are welcome and are encouraged to take an active part in the community’s activities and all of the festivities that are happening throughout the year. Every community as a whole needs to work together and be more involved in their society so that they can grow together and be successful in the future for the younger generation.

Religious Facilities

Elizabeth Settlement Roman Catholic Church is located by the elementary school. Anyone wanting to book this facility, please contact Karen Swan between 9am – 4pm at 780-594- 2101.

  • Weddings
  • Sunday masses
  • Wednesday evening prey meeting
  • Rummage sales
  • Halloween parties for the children
  • Seasonal celebration masses

Elizabeth Settlement Church

Employment Industries

Employment Industries

Taken from the 2006 census of EMS
Age Groups
Occupation 19-24 25-44 45-65 65 plus Total
Agriculture/Forestry/ Fishing/ Hunting 0 3 3 1 7
Mining/Oil/Gas Extraction 0 2 1 0 3
Construction 0 3 1 0 4
Manufacturing 0 0 0 0 0
Retail Trade 0 1 1 0 2
Transportation/Warehousing 0 1 2 0 3
Finance/Insurance 0 0 1 0 1
Professional/ Scientific/ Technical Services 0 3 0 0 3
Management of Companies/ Enterprises 0 0 2 0 2
Administrative/ Support/ Waste Management/Remediation Services 0 0 1 0 1
Educational Services 0 0 0 0 0
Health Care/ Social Assistance 0 0 0 0 0
Arts/ Entertainment/ Recreation 0 0 0 0 0
Accommodation/Food Services 0 0 1 0 1
Other Services (except Public Administration) 3 2 1 0 6
Total 3 15 14 1 33

 

 

Communications

Local Newsletter.
Community Gatherings.

 

Education

The Settlement Elementary School has an excellent staff for our youth to obtain a great learning experience. The teachers of Elizabeth Settlement want an open atmosphere for the children and public to feel free and comfortable while at the school.

The EMS is under the Northland School Division # 61 in Peace River, Alberta. The building has nine classrooms from grades ECS to grade eight and holds 115 students. The school employs’ nine teachers, one special aid assistant, one part-time secretary and one principle. We do have a Cree teacher for the children so that they do not lose their native tongue. In the last few years our school has built-in a new kitchen, were the children eat in their classrooms. Our Principle and teachers want to make our children’s learning experience, rewarding and would like to see all the youth succeed.

After completing grade eight, the students go on to either Assumption Jr/Sr High School or the High School that are located right in the City of Cold Lake to finish their grade twelve. When they are ready to further their education with post secondary schooling, there’s Portage College in Cold Lake or in Lac La Biche. There are also other colleges and universities all around Alberta.
Elizabeth Métis Settlement School

Elizabeth Métis Settlement School

Education Statistics

Regular Schooling Completed

Taken from the 2006 census of EMS
Highest Level of Schooling Completed by Age/Gender
Age Groups/Genders

 

 

 

 

 

Both Genders Never attended ECS - GR 6 Gr 7-9 GR 10-11 Gr 12 Total Pop.
15-19 0 0 2 5 10 17
20-24 0 2 3 11 17 33
25-44 0 6 13 37 55 111
45-64 0 10 15 29 28 82
65 plus 2 15 4 2 1 24
Total 2 33 37 84 111 267
Females Never attended ECS - GR 6 Gr 7-9 GR 10-11 Gr 12 Total Pop.
15-19 0 0 1 1 6 8
20-24 0 1 0 5 12 18
25-44 0 6 5 16 30 57
45-64 0 4 6 11 18 39
65 plus 2 9 3 0 0 14
Total 2 20 15 33 66 136
Males Never attended ECS - GR 6 Gr 7-9 GR 10-11 Gr 12 Total Pop.
15-19 0 0 1 4 4 9
20-24 0 1 3 6 5 15
25-44 0 0 8 20 25 53
45-64 0 6 9 18 10 43
65 plus 0 6 1 2 1 10
Total 0 13 50 50 45 130

Education- Post Secondary

Taken from the 2006 census of EMS
Both Genders 15-24 25-44 45-64 65+ Total

University Degree

0 1 6 0 7

Trade Certificate

2 17 22 2 43

Admin/Bus/Computers Diploma

1 6 6 0 13

Social Work Certificate

0 3 1 0 4

Educational Diploma/ ECD

4 9 2 0 15

Health Care Diploma

1 1 2 0 4

Local Government Certificate

0 0 0 0 0

Native Skills Diploma

0 0 0 1 1

Safety Certificate

18 36 24 2 80

Fire-Fighter/ Cook

1 2 0 0 3

Class I,II,III,IV Drivers License

0 8 7 0 15

Personal Development Course

0 0 1 0 1

Other

0 3 1 0 4

High School

18 29 14 1 62

Total

27 86 72 5 252
Females 15-24 25-44 45-64 65+ Total

University Degree

0 0 5 0 5

Trade Certificate

1 7 7 2 17

Admin/Bus/Computers Diploma

1 5 5 0 11

Social Work Certificate

0 3 1 0 4

Educational Diploma/ ECD

3 9 2 0 14

Health Care Diploma

1 1 2 0 4

Local Government Certificate

0 0 0 0 0

Native Skills Diploma

0 0 0 1 1

Safety Certificate

7 12 3 1 23

Fire-Fighter/ Cook

0 1 0 0 1

Class I,II,III,IV Drivers License

0 1 3 0 4

Personal Development Course

0 0 0 0 0

Other

0 2 0 0 2

High School

10 15 9 0 34

Total

13 41 28 4 120
Males 15-24 25-44 45-64 65+ Total

University Degree

0 1 1 0 2

Trade Certificate

1 9 15 0 25

Admin/Bus/Computers Diploma

0 1 1 0 2

Social Work Certificate

0 0 0 0 0

Educational Diploma/ ECD

0 0 0 0 0

Health Care Diploma

0 0 0 0 0

Local Government Certificate

0 0 0 0 0

Native Skills Diploma

0 0 0 0 0

Safety Certificate

11 23 21 1 56

Fire-Fighter/ Cook

1 1 0 0 2

Class I,II,III,IV Drivers License

0 7 4 0 11

Personal Development Course

0 0 1 0 1

Other

0 1 1 0 2

High School

8 14 5 1 28

Total

13 43 44 1 129

Trades Certificate / Diplomas

Taken from the 2006 census of EMS
Trades Certificates/Diplomas By Age of EMS
Trades Certificates/Diplomas of EMS 15-24 25-44 45-64 65 + Total Pop.
Construction Trades 1 2 2 0 5
Mechanic 0 0 0 0 0
Plumber 0 0 0 0 0
Metal Work/Welder 0 0 0 0 0
Electrician 0 0 0 0 0
Cook/Baker 0 1 2 1 4
Incomplete Trades 0 4 5 0 9
Power Engineering 0 3 4 0 7
Heavy Equipment 0 3 2 1 6
Survey Technician 0 0 0 0 0
Logging/Power Saw 1 3 5 0 9
Oil/Gas Operations 1 5 1 0 7
Natural Resources 1 1 0 0 2
Log Homes Construction 0 0 0 0 0
Carpenter 0 1 2 0 3
Small Engine Repair 0 2 0 0 2
Electric/Radio 0 0 0 0 0
Computers 0 4 1 0 5
Water/Sewer/Ice 0 3 0 0 3
Cosmetic/Hair/Bar 0 0 0 0 0
Class II, III,IV Drivers License 0 6 6 0 12
Pre-Employment 0 0 0 0 0
Total Adults Reporting Certificates/Diplomas 1 11 18 1 31
Total # Of Certificates/Diplomas 3 33 30 2 67

 

Emergency Services

Elizabeth Settlement has its own Fire Facilities included in the Public Works building. The trucks are always ready to go to any situation when they are needed at any time. The nearest certified Fire Department is 32 kilometres in Cold Lake, AB.

Elizabeth Fire Hall

The R.C.M.P. would be another emergency contact and both the police and Fire Department can be contacted by calling 911. The R.C.M.P. takes random drives out to the Settlement to insure that our community is safe.

We also own a Grader, Sand truck and a Bobcat to deal with the road construction and snow removal, especially in the winter months to make our roads safer for everyone to travel on.

 

Health Care

Cold Lake is the closest hospital which is 39 kilometres away and about a 20-25 minute drive. Our local community hall does have an office for our nurse that attends to all seniors and members that have disabilities so that they do not have to travel into Cold Lake or Bonnyville; this makes it much easier on them. We do have nurses that come on to the Settlement for yearly needles; Flu-shot is the main one and lately the H1N1 needle was being distributed at the community hall. Cold Lake has a Health Unit that people in the community are more then welcome to walk-in whenever needing to.

Health Unit
Phone (W) 780-594-3383
CL Hospital
Phone (W) 780-594- 3322
Medical Van
Phone (W) 780-594-5028 Fax 780-594-3384

 

Housing

Our Housing department is given a set amount of funding each fiscal year and has a certain amount of houses that are built amongst the people. This contains to all repairs and renovations for what is needed every year. In the past years we were able to build more houses, but due to the lack of funding and payments, we are trying to concentrate more on the renovations for the people to better the housing in our community. The housing department will maintain an effective and productive use of the Settlements lands and implement infrastructures strategies to make our way of living improve. All the work that is done on the houses is done through contracting, and through Public works. We are always trying to keep the contracts within the Settlement so that we can keep our members employed.

Tips: Keeping the house and home warmer throughout the winter season is very expensive and time efficient. Placing poly plastic on the windows will allow the cold drafts to keep out and keep the window from frosting up. Changing the furnace filter every year and cleaning the heating ducks every two years will help keep the house warmer, not to mention the expense lower.

Housing Director
Marylou – (780)594-5028

Dwelling in EMS

Dwelling Households of EMS

Taken from the 2006 census of EMS
Total # H.H. Enumerated 125
   
Period of Construction  
  Before 1990 57
  After 1990 66
  No Response 0
  Don't Know 2
  Other 0
   
# of Rooms in Dwelling (not including Bedrooms)  
  1 0
  2 1
  3 7
  4 16
  5 31
  6 20
  7 19
  8 18
  9 or more 12
  No response 1
# of Bedrooms in Dwelling  
  0 1
  1 2
  2 29
  3 50
  4 26
  5 11
  6 5
  7 or more 0
  No response 0
# of Dwelling in Need of Repair
  No repairs needed 36
  Minor repairs needed 38
  Major repairs needed 49
  No response 2

 

 

Income

Annual Income By Gender & Age, EMS

Taken from the 2006 census of EMS
Total Income & Gender
Both Genders 15-24 25-44 45-64 65+ Total Pop.
Under $10,000 48 12 11 2 73
$10,000-14,999 8 9 9 15 41
$15,000-$19,999 9 15 9 6 39
$20,000-$24,999 4 12 14 0 30
$25,000-$34,999 2 16 7 0 25
$35,000-$49,999 1 17 18 0 36
$50,000-$64,999 0 7 3 0 10
Over $65,000 0 10 6 0 16
Total  72 98 77 23 270
   
Females  
Under $10,000 22 8 7 2 39
$10,000-14,999 4 6 5 7 22
$15,000-$19,999 6 10 6 4 16
$20,000-$24,999 2 7 4 0 13
$25,000-$34,999 0 7 0 0 7
$35,000-$49,999 0 8 8 0 16
$50,000-$64,999 0 0 1 0 1
Over $65,000 0 1 2 0 3
Total  34 47 33 13 127
   
Males  
Under $10,000 26 4 4 0 34
$10,000-14,999 4 3 4 8 19
$15,000-$19,999 2 4 3 2 11
$20,000-$24,999 2 5 10 0 17
$25,000-$34,999 2 9 7 0 18
$35,000-$49,999 1 9 10 0 20
$50,000-$64,999 0 7 2 0 9
Over $65,000 0 9 4 0 13
Total  37 50 44 10 141

 

Key Contacts

Elizabeth Métis Settlement Council

Elected Officials of EMS
Box 420
Cold Lake, AB T9M 1P3
Administrator - Ambrose Lepin
Assistant Administrator - Susan Babey
Chair - Archie Collins
Vice Chair - Palma Anderson
Councillor - Irene Zimmer
Councillor - Zane Collins
Councillor - Sylvia Desjarlais’

Municipal

Craig Copeland - Mayor
Gordon Frank, C.A.O
Doug Parrish, Economic Development
City of Cold Lake
5513-48th Ave
Cold Lake, Alberta T9M 1A1
Phone: (780) 594-4494
Fax: (780) 594-3480

Council

Bob Buckle
Duane Lay
Debra Pelechosky
Kelvin Pain
Hubert Rodden

Provincial

Member of Legislative Assembly
Genia Leskiw
Box 5160
#2, 4428 50 Ave
Bonnyville, Alberta
T9N 2G4
Phone: (780) 826-5658
Fax: (780) 826-2165

 

Labour Force

Employment Status by Gender and Age, EMS

Taken from the 2006 census of EMS
Age/Gender  
Both Genders F/T permanent P/t Permanent F/T Temp P/T Temp Casual Total Pop.15 yrs+
15-24 13 10 4 1 1 29
25-44 59 7 1 1 1 69
45-64 43 3 2 0 0 48
65 Plus 1 0 0 0 0 1
Total 116 20 7 2 2 147
Females F/T permanent P/t Permanent F/T Temp P/T Temp Casual Total Pop.15 yrs+
15-24 7 5 3 1 0 16
25-44 26 5 1 0 0 32
45-64 17 3 0 0 0 20
65 Plus 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 50 13 4 1 0 68
Males F/T permanent P/t Permanent F/T Temp P/T Temp Casual Total Pop.15 yrs+
15-24 6 5 1 0 1 13
25-44 33 2 0 1 0 36
45 26 0 2 2 0 28
65 Plus 1 0 0 0 0 1
Total 66 7 3 3 1 78

 

Both Genders-47.9%// Females-44.2%//Males-51.6%


Labour Force


Unemployment by Gender/Age, EMS

Taken from the 2006 census of EMS
Age Groups And Genders
Both Genders Unable to Find Work but Searching Seasonal Retired Total Pop.15 yrs+
15-24 21 0 0 21
25-44 12 2 0 14
45-64 7 2 9 18
65 Plus 1 0 25 26
Total 41 4 34 79
 
Females Unable to Find Work but Searching Seasonal Retired Total Pop.15 yrs+
15-24 12 0 0 12
25-44 5 0 0 5
45-64 4 0 6 10
65 Plus 1 0 13 14
Total 22 0 19 41
 
Males Unable to Find Work but Searching Seasonal Retired Total Pop.15 yrs+
15-24 9 0 0 9
25-44 7 2 0 9
45-64 3 2 3 8
65 Plus 0 0 12 12
Total 19 4 15 38

Unemployment

 

Population

Population 2009 - 644
Population 2008 - 683
Population 2007 - 759
Population 2006 - 482

Population


Population by Gender/Age, EMS

Taken from the 2006 census of EMS
  Pop.By Age/Gender, EMS
Age Group Female Male Total Pop.
0-4 32 26 58
5-9 30 27 57
10-14 27 26 53
15-19 32 20 52
20-24 15 21 36
25-29 11 15 26
30-34 20 14 34
35-39 16 15 31
40-44 7 15 22
45-49 13 9 22
50-54 11 10 21
55-59 8 14 22
60-64 13 7 20
65-69 2 4 6
70-74 3 7 10
75+ 8 4 12
Total 248 234 482

 

 

 

Taxation

All Settlement members under the rules and regulations of Revenue Canada are to pay taxes. We are non-treaty members living on a Métis Settlement. Any members that are living on the settlement and are private business owners have the benefit of deducting a quarter of their expenses when they are doing their taxes at the end of the year.

 

Transportation

Administration Medical Van
Pertains to the needs of the elderly and to the people that have disabilities when they need to be taken to the hospital or if its everyday tasks that are needed to be done.

Air Service
Bonnyville Airport is the nearest airline to the Elizabeth Metis Settlement which is approximately 49 kilometres away. These are flights that go to Edmonton weekly.

Bus Services
Cold Lake has a Greyhound service that operates daily to accommodate the public’s needs in where their destination is.

Highways
There are two main highways that will take you anywhere you wish to go. Highway 897 that leads north to Cold Lake and breaks off to Highway 55 to Cherry Grove, Saskatchewan. If taken the same road west, will lead to Bonnyville and continue on to Edmonton which turns into highway 28.

Taxi’s & Couriers
Continental Cabs Inc. and Cold Lake Cabs are the two cabs available in the City of Cold Lake for your convenience. Puralator Courier is what the Settlement uses to deliver their mail the fastest, most affiant way.

Residents
Majority of the members that live in the area of the Settlement do have their own vehicles to drive themselves to and from work, and when needed to go to Cold Lake or where ever they wish.

 

 

Utilities

Natural Gas / Electrical Power
North East Gas Co-op LTD. Tel: 780-826-4002
Direct Energy Regulated Services Tel: 1-888-420-3181

Telephone
Telus Communications Company Tel: 780-310-2255
Pro-Tel Reconnect Tel: 1-877-852-1122

Internet Connections
Telus Internet Services Tel: 780-310-4638

Mobility
Client Care Toll Free: Tel: 1-866-558-2273

Satellite
Shaw Direct Tel: 1-888-554-7827
Bell Express View Tel: 1-888-759-3474

Water & Garbage

Water is distributed to each household weekly on their scheduled days. Additional water supply cost fifty dollars per load. Throughout the Settlement there are green garbage bins for the public’s use, whenever they are needed.

 

 

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Contact Information

Box 420
Cold Lake, Alberta
T9M 1P1

Phone: (780) 594-5028
Phone: (780) 594-5026
Fax:     
(780) 594-5452