"It is intended that the Trust promote treaty entitlement to
economic development opportunities and protect traditional values."
Year in review
2019 was an eventful year for the Onihcikiskowapowin Business
Trust. Much of the activity started in 2018 when the Trustees approved the creation of Miikowap Business Development Corp. (Miikowap) and the dissolution of the Savanna Energy Services Limited
Partnership #7 (SESLP7).
SESLP7 was a valuable journey for many years which started in
2003 as Western Lakota Limited Partnership (50/50 partnership); merged with Savanna Energy Services Corp in 2006. In 2017 Savanna was bought by Total Energy Services and it was not a positive
outlook. The Trustees decided liquidation of assets (after considering a few options) was the best option. The sale of the assets occurred in early 2019 and the partnership dissolved. The Trustees
are considering investment options with the balance of funds.
On Behalf of the Trustees, I would like to thank all those in
Savanna that were committed to the development and business growth of our Drilling Partnership.
SLCN/NCSG/OTrust Partnership in recent months has had to deal
with COVID19, however there was very low work opportunities in recent years and looking forward in 2020, there are no major projects in our business area. If you are one of our community members who
may be aware of crane & heavy haul business opportunities, please forward the opportunity to the Trust Manager so that we can make the most of the opportunity. We have a scaled pay range that
works in favour of our community if we can make the appropriate arrangements.
Miikowap is a new entity created January 2019. The original
purpose was to rent to our students and referral patients in Edmonton. There are some challenges in fulfilling the original purpose, however Miikowap purchased a fourplex in the Westmount area of
Edmonton. Miikowap will continue to pursue the original purpose. The property has rented to members of our community since the summer of 2019. Please feel free to contact the Trust Manager for more
details on availability. Images below.
2019 was an exciting year for the Trust. The first time in 5
year there has been a distribution to SLCN, the 2019 distribution was $82K. The total distributions since 2007 now exceed over $1.7 million.
The financial burden of depreciation on the assets of SESLP7
(non-cash item) that depleted any opportunity of making a profit for the Trust has been removed as an asset. The Trust is required to distribute 10%-20% of taxable Net Income, and we’ve had many
losses due to SESLP7. Historical information on the Distributions are noted below.
In 2018, SESLP7 had an adjustment (impairment) to value of $1.2 million – resulting a loss of $1.3. In 2019,
the assets of SESLP7 were sold which off set the losses; the result was more income for 2019 and larger distribution than expected.
SLCN/NCSG/OTrust which is a partnership that was created
in 2014 that has been impacted by the decline in the energy industry, steadily declining income in previous years $70k & $34k for 2018 & 2019, respectively.
We do receive a bigger benefit for SLCN if we can identify
work for NCSG. Please advise if you know of opportunities for Crane & Heavy Haul within our business Territory that spans from our Nation towards Edmonton down to include Hardisty.
The Trustees always focus on investing in our community, The
Trust has the flexibility to lend money to our entrepreneurs and Band entities. Some key requirements would be to have a comprehensive business plan. An application Fee of $200 or 1% if the
borrowing request exceeds $200,000 can be expected.
The Trustees have a few considerations of business
opportunities that can create local jobs, the Trustees have the power to create businesses should they need an entity to complete the opportunity, Miikowap is an example of following through such an
opportunity. If you are interested to hear more about the Trust and how beneficial the model is to our community, Contact the Trust Manager Leith Cardinal.
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