Off Reserve Members and Affiliates

A first of its kind in Canada, the Bigstone Cree Nation’s Off Reserve and Affiliate Trust is designed to support and protect our people regardless of where they reside. This trust is accessible to those whom chose to relocate off reserve, offering greater freedom to our members with support of their home, nation, and peoples. This trust generates money in interest and no more than half of the account balance is ever drawn in one fiscal year; therefore, the funds will continue to grow and benefit Bigstone Cree Nation members, never to deplete.

To access these funds, Bigstone Cree Nation members and affiliates are welcome to submit proposals. Each year, Bigstone Cree Nation members and affiliates vote by simple majority on submitted proposals, and those proposals approved by popular vote receive project funding.

Click here to print a ballot package. Voting deadline has been extended until November 30th, 2016.


2016 member approved Off Reserve and Affiliate Trust proposals are:

  1. Edmonton Urban Action Group for Bigstone Members: $72,000
  2. School Fees for School Term 2016: $65,000
  3. Leadership (Outdoor / Land Based Teaching)
  4. Building Student Identity Through Extracurricular



Gordon T. Auger

Ivan Alook

Art Bigstone

Edward Bigstone

Ralph R. Cardinal

To view a PDF of the original agreement, please Click here.