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Economic Develepment

Métis Business Spotlight

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Bison Contracting

Bison is a Joint Venture between ClearStream Energy Services Inc. and Nesokmahtan Enterprises, which is a Metis Region 6 company. Bison offers general labour services for maintenance and turnaround projects. Employing up to up to 200 employees. Bison Contracting continuously strives to provide employment opportunities for all suitable candidates with an emphasis to those self-identifying as Metis or Indigenous.


Bison Contracting is a Metis Partnership striving to support local Indigenous community members an opportunity to enter in to the industrial workplace to develop skills and experience toward future personal growth and development. This venture has been so successful at developing Indigenous manpower that it was awarded the “Employer of Excellence Award” by the Merit Contractors Association.

In 1991, an invitation was extended to Cobra Contracting (now Flint), a small local contract labour company, to participate in a joint venture with Metis Zone 6 and the Whitefish Lake Indian Band from Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd (now Mercer). The Aboriginal groups formed a separate Company called Nesokmahtan Enterprises with the intent of supplying contract labour services to the pulp mill in a new joint venture with Cobra, called Bison Contracting. The Whitefish Lake Indian Band withdrew its economic interest shortly before the Company began operation, but the two partners, Metis one 6 and Cobra have successfully managed this Contract Company.

  • Cobra Contracting LP became ClearStream Energy Services LP effective July 3, 2012.

  • ClearStream Energy Services LP doing business as Flint effective July 2019.

Feel free to contact Bison Contracting vie their Facebook page, as well as some more information on ClearStream and Flint Energy.

Previous Spotlights

Nipiy Industries

Nipiy Industries is a Metis-owned business, founded by Jason Lizotte, the inventor of the Nipiy Hygiene Station. Nipiy’s patent-pending technology utilizes solar power to provide fully automated, handwashing without even touching a button. Their state-of-the-art sanitation station is fully portable, cordless and holds the largest water reserve available on the market. 

The idea came when Jason had to fuel up his welding rig every morning and didn’t have any way to wash his hands at the pump. His entrepreneurial mind began brainstorming solutions and over the next few months, he developed the specs and design for this one-of-a-kind hand washing station. Find out more at here


Alberta MétisWorks

Alberta MétisWorks is an online business directory of Métis owned and verified businesses. Developed by the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) as a tool to connect Métis businesses with procurement opportunities, and to allow Métis entrepreneurs to build relationships within their communities and across the province.


To find Metis businesses or register your Metis-owned business please click here.

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Apeetogosan Métis Development Inc.

Apeetogosan is committed to providing profitable and sustainable financial services and support to clients who seek the means to attain economic self-sufficiency.

Services Provided Include:

  • Small Business Loans

  • Access to Small Business Grant (MEAP)

  • Support Service Programs

  • Business Advisory Services (Through Pinnacle Business Services Ltd.)

Like other business lending institutions, Apeetogosan’s future lies in the success of its clients. The loan process is designed to ensure that the ingredients for profitability are contained in the business proposal. We are here to help you along the path of turning your idea into a successful reality.

For more information click here.

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