Driftpile Cree Nation between Slave Lake and High Prairie is using a mobile app to connect with its members, says a May 20th Globe Newswire media release. The app allows the administration to share information quickly with community members.
“The speed at which we’re able to get information out to the community, especially during this global corona virus outbreak, has been second to none,” said Driftpile Chief Dwayne Laboucan. “From an administrative standpoint, it’s made us more efficient, and from the perspective of our people, it’s made them feel much more connected.”
The app provides real time news, events, job postings, and health bulletins to all members. The band members can register for workshops, fill out applications and send in feedback.
The app is available for both Apple and Android.
Other area First Nations are also using technology in interesting ways. For example, the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council Education Authority (KTCEA) released an app in January to teach Cree.
It’s called “KTCEA Elders Speak.” It has over 900 words and phrases spoken by Cree Elders from the within the five nations in the council. These are in over 50 categories including local plants and wildlife, school, and weather.
Kee Tas Kee Now is made up of five First Nations north of Lesser Slave Lake. These are Loon River, Whitefish Lake, Woodland Cree, Lubicon Lake Band, and Trout Peerless First Nations.