ENGLISH RIVER FIRST NATION BAND OFFICE
The Band Office was first built in 1969 and members from the English River First Nation. The latest band office was built in 1981. The Chief and six Councilors work within, and the doors are always open to the community to express concerns.
It is a modern facility with Internet, telephone and facsimile access. The central meeting room has four pointed walls, all painted with a natural scene depicting the four season (winter, spring, summer and fall) with ducks, bears, eagles and a tiny hummingbird. This painting was done by a local artist Simon Paul.
WILLIAM APESIS MEMORIAL BAND HALL
The Band Hall is recent, only about 10 years old. It is used for dances, weddings, receptions, town meetings, recreational activities and wakes.
There is a stage area, where local musicians often practice, and a small kitchen for food and coffee to be kept at weddings and such. It is named after the Chief at the time of signing, William Apesis.
ABORIGINAL HEADSTART PROGRAM
The Headstart program is aimed to promoting the abilities that children need to succeed in Kindergarten. It is a learning facility with the child being their main priority. They integrate Aboriginal beliefs about raising a child with modern education.
ST. LOUIS SCHOOL
PHONE: 396-2161 FAX: 396-2132
The St. Louis School is a Kindergarten to Grade Twelve school situated between the ERFN reserve and Hamlet of Patuanak. There had been an elementary school since 1971, but the new St. Louis school is the third time it had been rebuilt. It was done for the third time in 1995 and the High School was added on and completed in 2000. They had their first Grade 12 Graduation in 2001. St. Louis School has two modern computer labs, eleven classrooms, a science lab and a library, a special education/resources lab, a staff room, Home Economics lab and a multipurpose shop. Lunch is served everyday, and elders are part of the education process, providing nurturing to each individual.
GREAT RIVER HEALTH CLINIC
PHONE: 396-2072 FAX: 396-2177
The Clinic was built during the summer of 1993 and had its grand opening in 1994. The clinic has programs such as home care, home health aid, NNADAP (National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program) and ICFS(Indian Child Family Services). The clinic is divided into one part office and part medical clinic. The clinic handles emergencies and common ailments and has access to emergency airlifts.
CPAT 89.9 RADIO STATION
CPAT 89.9 is a local radio station, run by radio manager Pat D’Jonaire. CPAT has been running since 1991, on Channel 9 for local TV. Pat broadcasts from 9 am to 12pm daily. He does announcements, requests and sells items.
The Youth Centre was built in 2001. It has a TV, stereo, foosball, pool tables, VCR and arcade games for the youth. There is adult supervision when opened. The interior of the building was painted with waves and dolphins, the painting done by youth in the community.
The Gas Bar was situated in front of the Northern, but it was recently rebuilt in September of 2003 beside the road leading out of town. There are six workers, all from English River Band. They sell junk food, a small amount of groceries, ice cream, drinks and cigarettes, as well as oil and gas.
SEKWI KOE (Day Care)
The First Suppression crew work around the community, cutting grass, helping the Elders and it benefits the community with keeping it clean as well as being on call. It is seasonal contract work and there are two groups. One for ERFN reserve and LaPlonge reserve.
OVIDE G. MCINTYRE MEMORIAL ARENA & CURLING RINK
The arena is a complex with four dressing rooms and one broadcasting station for announcing games. One side of the arena is lined with benches for the fans, while the other side is dedicated to the players boxes. The arena has a small kitchen for cooking and selling food. The arena is often used for hockey tournaments and small attractions that come to town when the ice is not put down. Graduation ceremonies sometimes take place there, when the graduating class is too large for the gymnasium at the school.
ST. LOUIS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
The church holds mass on Sundays, as well as special occasions such as Easter, Christmas, Pilgrimages, etc. It is an active part of the community.
ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTAIN POLICE
The RCMP members share work with Beauval, it being the closest community. Officers keep watch for the benefit of the community.
LEIN WOLVERINE PARK
The park is located across from the William Apesis Band Hall, a small area for children to run and play.
CANADA POST CORP. (Post office)
The Post Office gets mail every Tuesdays and Fridays and is open on mail days.