Spring is Almost Sprung: Chicken Coops on their Way

Chicken Coop Construction Kicks into Gear

Signs of Spring are in the air and with them the promise of a new growing season. 

Building on last year’s successful Project Thichachan, construction of this year’s chicken coops was well underway when the Nutrition team dropped by recently to take a peak, cut a few planks and hammer a few nails. In total, eight coops are slated for construction, adding to 13 built and tended to by families around the Stoney Nakoda community.

The coops will be delivered along with a flock of 5-9 chickens later this Spring. Families will learn some chicken farming basics and be able to collect the eggs to eat or sell. These are important first steps towards supplying food locally within the community. 

These eight coops are already spoken for by local families but there are still ways to get involved. Check out the details below.

Interested in learning more, or finding out how you can get involved?

Volunteers are needed to assist with our greenhouse and food forest, which will be growing a number of fresh vegetables and fruit this year.

Reach out to Paige Thomsen, Stoney Health Service’s dietitian (pthomsen@stoneyhealth.com or 409-881-3920) to find out more and get involved.

Green thumb not required. Volunteers needed to help with our greenhouse and food forest.

Indigenous Services Canada message to Stoney FN community – March 5, 2021

March 8, 2021

Dear Stoney Community Members,

This notice is to advise community members that if you’ve attended any gatherings in the past 10 days you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Indigenous Services Canada, Alberta Region (ISC-AB) is working closely with Stoney Health Services to ensure contact tracing can continue and testing is available to all of those at risk.

20210305 Stoney Community Letter
Indigienous Services Canada - letter to Stoney Nakoda FN, March 8, 2021

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath, nasal symptoms, loss of smell or taste, or are feeling unwell or unusually tired, please visit the Stoney Car Wash between 11:00am and 3:30pm, Monday through to Friday, to get tested. For a complete list of COVID-19 symptoms please visit www.albertahealthservices.ca/covid-19 or call Health Link at 811. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 you MUST get tested and self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms, and until your symptoms are resolved (whichever is longer). Under no circumstances should you leave your property during self-isolation.

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 we ask that all members please:

    1. Cooperate with the health professionals conducting case management and contact tracing efforts to ensure timely and effective communicable disease control measures;
    2. Immediately self-isolate and contact the health centre if you have any symptoms of COVID-19;
    3. Wear a mask and practice good hand hygiene; and
    4. Continue to avoid non-essential travel, limit contacts to your immediate household and do not attend any gatherings (indoor or outdoor).

We understand that this is a difficult time but continued adherence to all public health guidelines is important in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Full information on all current public health measures can be found on the Alberta Health website here: https://www.alberta.ca/enhancedpublic- health-measures.aspx.

The health and safety of Morley community members remains our top priority. We remain committed to working with leadership during this very difficult time.


Dr. Wadieh Yacoub, Senior Medical Officer of Health, ISC-AB

Nutrition Month – Good for You

Nutrition Month 2021

Nutrition Month 2021 - Good for You

March is Nutrition MonthThis year, dietitians want you to know that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to healthy eating – let us help YOU find YOUR healthy!

Our nutrition is influenced by a number of factors that can impact our health. Dietitians aim to bring you closer to what YOU define as health. Whether it’s managing a condition, learning cooking skills, incorporating traditional foods, buying a supplement, or meal planning and budgeting, the Stoney Health Nutrition Team wants to provide personalized support.

Throughout the pandemic, the Stoney Health Services’ nutrition team of dietitians and health promoters have become very resourceful in finding ways to connect with the community virtually. Nutrition Month will features videos that highlight nutrition and how it overlaps with so many aspects of personal health and wellbeing and taps into many of our services and programs.

For nutrition advice, reach out to Stoney Health Services (adults, call 403-881-3920) and/or Renfrew Educational Services Stoney Health Team (children) to book an appointment with a registered dietitian.

All Nutrition Month videos will be shared on the Stoney Health Services YouTube channel (subscribe to stay up-to-date) or available upon release from this blog post. Scroll down to view the video collection.

#NutritionMonth Week 4: Family Nutrition

Lindsay MacCharles, Renfrew Education Service's dietitian, shares how parents can prevent the dreaded, "restaurant in your own home".
Like any first-time parent, health promoter Japeth Kaquitts is concerned as a provider for his family's nutrition.
Well Baby nurse Ritche Holm discusses some of the physical, emotional and social reasons why breastfeeding is so important.

#NutritionMonth Week 3: Sports Nutrition

Renfrew Education Services dietitian Lindsay MacCharles offers advice when planning your nutritional choices for your sports training or workout.
Health promoter Mel BigStony shares his personal journey as a competitive athlete and learning to balance nutrition for optimizing his sports performance.
Renfrew Education Services physiotherapist Trevor Anderson offers a few solid tips to improve your sports performance through nutrition
The Stoney Health's Nutrition Team tackles some common sports nutrition myths as part of Nutrition Month.

#NutritionMonth Week 2: Nutrition and Mental Health

Watch as health promoter Kiana Daniels shares her personal struggle with anxiety and it's impact on her health and the food choices she made.
Substance use counsellor TJ Powder discusses the connection between addition and poor nutritional health.
Dietitian Paige Thomsen offers advice on key questions - When? How? What? - to ask when considering your nutrition and eating choices.

Ótáp Ímisskaan | Indigenous Youth Leadership Program

Ótáp Ímisskaan | Indigenous Youth Leadership

Ótáp Ímisskaan | Indigenous Youth Leadership
Ages 13-30
This training will focus on defining leadership with self, team development, problem solving and community building.

Starting: February 19, 2021
10 am -12:30 pm

Call, text or email to register:
Cory Beaver: 403-554-0413 or cbeaver@stoneyhealth.com

Brought to you by the Îyârhe Nakoda Youth Program in partnership with the Ótáp Ímisskaan Leadership Training Program from the University of Calgary.

Ótáp Ímisskaan | Indigenous Youth Leadership Program starts February 19, 2021

Kind Words of Support from neighbouring Banff Hospital Staff

Kind words from Banff Mineral Springs Hospital staff to all Stoney Nakoda people. 

Watch the video

 “To the residents of Stoney Nakoda First Nation, On behalf of Mineral Springs Hospital, we want to extend our deepest well wishes to you all. The battle with COVID is brutal; it is a lonely struggle at times and we want you to know we are here to help in any way we can. You are not alone! We are praying for a swift recovery for those ill and strength for those providing care for their loved ones. You are resilient, and there will be beautiful days ahead. You are in our prayers.” – Margie Smith, Site Administrator

COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Schedule for February

COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Schedule in February

  • Drive-thru testing site will be open for the next two Saturdays from 12-3pm. ( Feb. 6, Feb. 13)
  • Results will be followed up by Stoney Health Services staff on the next business day, Monday the 8th and Tuesday the 16th.
  • Reminder to isolate as directed after testing and/OR  after receiving text from AHS of positive results.
  • Drive-thru testing will be open Monday-Friday from 11:00-3:30 pm until further notice.

COVID Drive-thru Testing Weekdays

Testing Monday thru Friday, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm until further notice at the Centax Gas Station.

COVID Drive-thru Testing Weekends

Testing available Saturdays (Feb. 6 & 13) from 12 - 3:00 p.m. at the Centex Gas Station.

New Pantry, New You | How to Read a Label

New Pantry, New You | How to Read Food Labels

When you are building your stocked pantry, compare nutrition labels, and choose products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans fat.  But how?

Follow these simple steps:


  1. Look at the Serving Size: The serving size is at the top of the Nutrition Facts table. All the information in the Nutrition Facts table is based on this amount. Compare this to the amount of food you actually eat. For example, if the serving size listed is one cup but you ate two cups, then you need to double all the amounts listed.
  2. Look at the Calories: Myth – Calories need to be avoided. TruthCalories are used to measure energy in food. If we require more energy (laboring job, exercising), more calories may be needed. If we deprive ourselves of calories during the day, our brains will create cravings to help us meet our energy needs. If we consume excess amount of energy, our bodies store it as fat.
  3. Look at the % DV: The percent daily value (% DV) shows you if a food has a little or a lot of a nutrient.


    • 5% DV or less is little of a nutrient
    • 15% DV or more is a lot of a nutrient

% DV is meant to act as a benchmark to determine if that food is high or low in a certain nutrient. You can use it to compare the nutrient content of different foods. We try to:

  • Get more: vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein
  • Get less: saturated fat, sugar, sodium

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Begins for Stoney Nakoda Community

COVID-19 Vaccines are rolling out to the Stoney Nakoda community

January 13, 2021 – Small batches of COVID-19 vaccines have started arriving for the Stoney Nakoda community. These vaccines will be distributed in a phased distribution schedule (detailed below) as determined by Alberta Health Services. 

Stoney Tribal Council Chiefs and administration have been in dialogue with provincial health officials to discuss the rollout and secure vaccines for the community. 

  • Health-care workers in intensive care units
  • Staff in long-term care and designated supportive living facilities
  • Home care workers
  • Health-care workers in emergency departments
  • All residents of long-term care and designated supportive living, regardless of age
  • Health-care workers in COVID-19 units, medical and surgical units, and operating rooms
  • Paramedics and emergency medical technicians

Health care professionals are at a high risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 to patients, each other and within the community. We will vaccinate Stoney Health Services staff to ensure that they are protected and can better serve the health and wellness needs of Stoney Nakoda members.

  • As soon as vaccines arrive, Stoney Nakoda elders and seniors 65+ will be contacted and invited to get vaccinated.
  • Vaccines are not mandatory and it is the choice of each person to get vaccinated. 
  • Stoney Health Services will provide guidance to ensure each person has the necessary information to make an informed decision for their family.

Vaccine distribution is limited by supply. The Stoney Nakoda community will be informed as the vaccine distribution plan unfolds. More details in the coming weeks.

G4 Health COVID-19 Survey

G4 Health

G4 Health | COVID-19 Survey

G4 Health

Please consider participating in this survey administered by G4 Health. The information collected will be used by G4 Tribal Council partners for administrative purposes, including providing services and education, as well as to allow our leaders to advocate for our nation members.

The survey is anonymous. However, the information collected by G4 Health is being collected in accordance with the Privacy Act

Should you have any questions related to the collection of the survey information, please contact Dalton Dodginghorse at daltondodginghorse@g4tc.org.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HXN285