Alberta’s government is providing $100,000 to Bigstone Cree Nation to research, plan and develop justice-related services. This work will address an increase in criminal activity in the communities of Calling Lake, Chipewyan Lake and Wabasca.

“All Albertans deserve to feel safe no matter where they live. These funds will help Bigstone Cree Nation plan and develop programs and services that will increase safety and hold offenders accountable.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

“An important part of reconciliation is supporting Indigenous-led initiatives to make life better in their communities. This funding does just that by providing an avenue for community-led solutions that will increase safety and strengthen restorative justice efforts.”

Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations

“This funding will support our vision of a justice system that reflects our culture and values. It will be developed by our Nation for our Nation.”

Chief Silas Yellowknee, Bigstone Cree Nation

Specifically, the funds will go towards:

  • Developing a strategic plan to help define and achieve the community’s long-term justice vision.
  • Conducting a study for an on-reserve courthouse.
  • Carrying out community engagement to explore a healing to wellness court.
  • Creating a community plan to address the drug trafficking and gang violence in the First Nation.

Quick facts

  • Bigstone Cree Nation is located in Treaty 8 territory, approximately 350 kilometres north of Edmonton.
  • The funding comes from the Proceeds of Crime Fund, which provides additional financial support for law enforcement and work preventing crime, and for drug education.