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CFWE 98.5 logo.jpg
City Edmonton, Alberta
Broadcast area Alberta
Branding CFWE
Slogan Alberta's Best Country Variety
Format Country music, Aboriginal community radio
ERP 100.0 kW
HAAT 153.7 meters (504 ft)
Class C1
Owner Aboriginal Multi-Media Society
Website CFWE-FM

CFWE-FM is a Canadian radio station. Owned by the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society, it broadcasts a country music format targeting Alberta's First Nations communities.

Portions of CFWE's schedule feature blocks devoted to indigenous country music, presented in the Cree language. On weekends, CFWE also carries the syndicated Crook & Chase Countdown.

The station broadcasts from studios in Edmonton. and operates a network of rebroadcasters to service the province of Alberta. Prior to 2009, CFWE's primary transmitter was licensed to Lac La Biche (where it broadcasts on 89.9 MHz at 10 watts). Following a license amendment in late 2008, the station launched a new primary transmitter at the Edmonton-area community of Spruce Grove in 2009, operating on 98.5 FM. In the summer of 2016, 98.5 CFWE-FM Edmonton increased the effective radiated power from 9.3 kW to 100 kW.[1]


Owned by the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society, the station received approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in 1987 to launch on 89.9 FM in Lac La Biche.[2] Transmitters were later added at many other communities in northern Alberta.

CFWE-FM is a founding member of the Western Association of Aboriginal Broadcasters (WAAB). WAAB Members include Northern Native Broadcasting (BC), Northern Native Broadcasting (Yukon), Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation (Saskatchewan) and Native Communications Incorporated (Manitoba). WAAB members meet regularly to develop program ideas, share resources and work to promote Aboriginal broadcasting throughout western and northern Canada.

In 2008, AMMSA received approval from the CRTC to add new transmitters at Edmonton and Fort McMurray.[3]

In September 2017, CFWE received approval to add a 100,000 watt transmitter on 105.7 FM in Grande Prairie, which will be used to supersede low-power transmitters serving the Horse Lake Reserve and Duncan's Band Reserve.[4]


The station has an extensive network of rebroadcasters throughout the province.

Call sign Frequency City of License
CFWE-FM-1 0091.7 FM Joussard
CFWE-FM-2 0089.3 FM Peigan Reserve
CFWE-FM-3 0096.7 FM Moose Hills
CFWE-FM-4 0098.5 FM Edmonton
CFWE-FM-5 0094.5 FM Fort McMurray
VF2084 0089.9 FM Cadotte Lake [5]
VF2085 0089.9 FM Conklin
VF2087 0089.9 FM Fort Chipewyan
VF2090 0089.9 FM John D'Or Prairie
VF2091 0090.5 FM Little Buffalo
VF2092 0089.9 FM Loon Lake
VF2176 0089.9 FM Boyer River [6]
VF2177 0089.9 FM Bushe River
VF2178 0089.9 FM Janvier
VF2179 0089.9 FM Child Lake
VF2180 0089.9 FM Wabasca-Desmarais
VF2182 0089.9 FM Fort McKay
VF2183 0089.9 FM Goodfish Lake
VF2186 0089.9 FM Tall Cree North
VF2187 0089.9 FM Paddle Prairie
VF2188 0089.9 FM Peavine
VF2190 0088.7 FM Slave Lake
VF2191 0089.9 FM Tall Cree South
VF2192 0089.9 FM Sturgeon Lake
VF2241 0089.9 FM Anzac [7]
VF2242 0089.9 FM Beaver Lake
VF2243 0089.9 FM Duncan's
VF2244 0089.9 FM Buffalo Lake
VF2251 0089.9 FM Heart Lake
VF2252 0089.9 FM Horse Lake
VF2254 0089.9 FM Kikino
VF2255 0089.9 FM Peerless Lake
VF2256 0089.9 FM Sandy Lake
VF2257 0089.9 FM Trout Lake
VF2258 0089.9 FM White Fish Lake

On November 7, 2012, the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta received approval from the CRTC to operate a new FM transmitter at Lac La Biche, Alberta, which will operate at 90.5 FM.[8] The new FM transmitter at Lac La Biche will rebroadcast the programming of CFWE-FM-4 Edmonton including the following low-power transmitters:

  • CFWE-FM Lac La Biche
  • VF2244 Buffalo Lake Settlement
  • VF2242 Beaver Lake Reserve
  • VF2254 Kikino Settlement
  • VF2183 Goodfish Lake Settlement

Upon commencement of operations of the new FM transmitter, the licensee will cease operations of its transmitters CFWE-FM, VF2244, VF2242, VF2254 and VF2183.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 87-639
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-288
  4. ^ "Broadcasting Decision 2017-326". CRTC. Retrieved September 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ Decision CRTC 89-712
  6. ^ Decision CRTC 93-46
  7. ^ Decision CRTC 94-58
  8. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-618 CFWE-FM-4 Edmonton – New transmitter at Lac La Biche, CRTC, November 7, 2012

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