The Mikisew Cree First Nation (Mikisew) has lived on the ancestral lands of the Athabasca Delta and Wood Buffalo National Park in northeastern Alberta since time immemorial. The lives of our members are linked to the land and to a close understanding of traditions, history and a natural way of life. Many of our members live in the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, and our traditional lands range over a large portion of Athabasca oil sands deposits.
For nearly 30 years, Mikisew Group, our wholly owned business arm, has worked toward the long-term, sustainable economic progress of our Nation and its members through employment and significant investments in education, training, social programs and infrastructure.
Our second major entity, the Mikisew Cree First Nation Government Industry Relations (GIR), was formed in 2001 to act as a liaison between resource developers, operators, government agencies and the community.
Highlights of our Nation
Most live in Fort McMurray,
Edmonton, Fort Smith, the Northwest
Territories and Fort Chipewyan
Government and Industry Relations (GIR)
As a department of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, GIR was established in January 2001. It is directed by Chief and Council, and is a liaison between resource developers, operators, governments and the community. GIR is the primary vehicle to bring the Mikisew Nation to the table as an equal participant in resource development, and ensures the Nation is meaningfully consulted. Learn more at mikisewgir.com.
Mikisew Group is the distinct business entity of the Mikisew Cree First Nation. It was created in 1991 to separate our business and political branches, and has become a leading oil sands partner specializing in site services, maintenance, logistics and construction. Learn more at mikisewgroup.com.