App communicates news, events, important notices and more
Samson Cree Nation has created a custom mobile application to communicate news, events, important notices and more to band members.Samson Cree Nation is a Sovereign Nation located in central Alberta spanning three reserves south of the Wetaskiwin area.
A January 25 press release said the app is functional on both iOS and Android devices and sends push notifications to notify users of important information such as calls for resumes, public health alerts, Council Information Sessions and presentations, housing applications and any other community outreach needed.
The app is built on top of the Communikit platform created by Aivia Design and Technology Inc. which is specifically designed for Indigenous Nations and organizations.
“When we were first approached about creating a communications app for our Nation, it was exciting – we are a progressive and technologically inclined band, so we were immediately interested in the service,” explained Chief Vernon Saddleback. “Working with Aivia was quick and easy, and we had an app up and running in a matter of weeks from our initial discussions, not months.”
Built-in analytics gives Nation leadership the tools they need to evaluate how many members are viewing posts, interacting with push notifications, and registering accounts, so they always know how much impact their posts are making and can confirm when users have received content.
The Samson Cree Nation app is currently available for free to download and register an account on both app stores.