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Economic Development
Box 30, Driftpile, AB
T0G 0V0
Telephone: 780-355-3868
Fax: 780-355-3650
Mobile: 780-536-7202


Driftpile First Nation Economic Development

The Economic Development program is administered by the Band Manager. Large requests or proposals are dealt with by the Chief and Council and any decisions are made based on approval/disapproval by a quorum (any 5 of them) of Council.

DFN Economic Development Program Roles & Responsibilities

The Economic development program provides financial support to its qualifying band members in the following areas:
Small Business support
Fishing and Trapping
Arts and Crafts

To find out if you qualify, contact John R. Giroux at 780-355-3866.

  • The Driftpile Cree Nation (DCN) #450 is located on the Driftpile River First Nation Reserve #150 which is in the central northwest area in the Province of Alberta.
  • It is accessible by road, rail, and water.
  • It is located 50kms. east of High Prairie, 72 kms. west of Slave Lake, and 302 kms. north-west of Edmonton, Alberta. The Primary Highway #2 provides access to ground transportation.
  • The Reserve land mass is approximately 15,688 acres and is on the south shore of the Lesser Slave Lake.


It is a Woodland Cree speaking community.


  • As of May 6, 2016 the total registered population is 2,702.
  • On Reserve population is approximately 1000 people. 

Community Objectives

Economic Development self-sufficiency continues to be one of the primary objectives of the people of the Driftpile First Nation. Pursuing of business and employment opportunities is one process to achieve this objective.

Mission Statement

The Driftpile First Nation, through practical management, is intent upon increasing the number of business opportunities (includes employment) available to its members; and advancing collective and individual self sufficiency with the assistance of the Economic Development Program.

GOALS – Short / Long Term
Short term:

  • Program Administrative requirements:  To provide and meet the INAC Economic Development Program administrative requirements through the provisions of technical and administrative services.
  • Commercial Land Development:  With the passage of a Land Designation Referendum Vote, January 2004, aggressive activities toward site preparation and development, infrastructure development, and leasing activities shall be engaged.
  • Building & Hardware Supply Centre:  Continue progress reporting with Community Information Sessions regarding the overall progress of this project; construction of building; operating personnel recruitment; implementation of operational and management activities of this business.

Long term:

  • Grocery Outlet: Provision of bulk groceries to community, health and educations institutions, and surrounding communities / businesses.
  • Pharmacy/Medical Clinic: Provision of a leased building to provide pharmaceutical and medical services.
  • Multi-Office building: Provision of a leased building to lease office space to multi-business sectors such as legal counsel, finance, medical, etc.
  • Self-sustaining Community.

DFN Economic Development Program funds used for
contributions towards DFN member(s) businesses where:

1. A new business is applying for start up costs.
2. An existing business is applying for financing.
3. No other funding is available.
4. A business activity is a major livelihood activity of the member.
5. Contribution is material as opposed to monetary (i.e. traps, nets)
6. Contribution is a non-cash DFN supplier agreement (i.e. P/O)


Increased number of DFN Member businesses.
Equity Contributions comparison with DFN member contribution
to determine value. DFN Member businesses become
self sustaining entities.On-going activity.

Year-end completion date .


Information to be garnered from a CEDO action plan:

 Knowledge of the Community

Current Chief & Council
Portfolio or responsibility structure
Administrative structure
Capital and infrastructure
Proponents of the Plan
Primary contact
Authority to implement plan
Objectives of the Community

Mission/Vision Statements
Goals – Short term/Long term
Objectives – desired and achievable
Time frame for achievement & re-evaluation
Critical Path (annual)

Time line of activities
Resources required to carry out activities
Projects to be incorporated into plan i.e.
RAN, RPP, Opp. Fund/RAI, Major Projects, other
Financial Information
Costs and justification
Sources of financing
Cash Flow
Assumptions used to project costs
Benchmarks for Evaluation

Jobs created – permanent/part-time
Businesses created/impacted
Technology/information transferred

    “Failing to Plan
Planning to Fail”

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