| UPDATED | Statement: CBMES / CRCEC Classes Suspended Until Further Notice

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For Immediate Release

February 15, 2017

STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL: CLASSES AT CRCEC AND CBMES SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, Treaty 6 – The Council of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation released the following statement:

Update #2: 3:35pm, February 16, 2017: “Education officials and staff, community leadership, health professionals, and Elders met this morning to determine an appropriate path forward in wake of the tragic events of yesterday.

Chief Beardy Memorial Elementary School (CBMES), and Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex (CRCEC) will re-open Friday, February 17, 2017. A regular bus-run will be conducted. Our students need a safe space to process their grief and emotions. A sharing circle will occur immediately in the morning so that students may receive the support they need and direct access to trained professionals.

We want to reassure our community members that all appropriate mental health, and cultural and spiritual resources – alongside community Elders – are being made available to assist the family and students as we all deal with this traumatic event in our community.

We ask that you continue to have the Mike family – and our youth – in your prayers as we move forward in the most appropriate manner possible.”


Update #1: 6:50pm, February 15, 2017: “On behalf of Chief & Council – It is with heavy hearts that we send our prayers out to the Mike family, and our entire community this day… We have been working with all departments to arrange the needed support for all those who are affected by today’s sad news – professionals and Elders, along with other volunteers within the community will, and are being made available tonight, tomorrow and into the coming weeks. We ask all community members to keep the Mike family and all of our young ones in your prayers tonight.

***For the sake of the family and our community as a whole, we ask that you leave opinions, rumour and gossip off of social media.

There are no words…..”


“Classes at the Chief Beardy Memorial Elementary School (CBMES) and Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex (CRCEC) are suspended immediately until further notice. The school will remain open and staff will be available.

There is absolutely no threat to the safety and security of our students.

Further updates will be forthcoming as additional information is released.”

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523  |  communications@beardysband.com

Statement: A legacy for the next 7 generations

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For Immediate Release

February 13, 2017

Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, Treaty 6 – Council released the following statement today on their plan to protect the next 7 generations:

“From 1885 until 1888, men, women, and children were denied their Treaty right to an annual $5 payment; for 4 years, our ancestors endured hardship at the hands of a government that lacked compassion and whose true motive was to control and subjugate our people.

On May 6, 2015, Justice Harry Slade of the Specific Claims Tribunal ruled that “the Crown breached its lawful obligation to pay treaty annuities to the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation”. On January 23, 2017, the Specific Claims Tribunal awarded the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation $4.5 million.

On February 15, 2017 our Nation will receive the settlement funds.

We have heard from so many in our community on how to best utilize the settlement. Many have remarked “the money should be distributed” while many more have said “we need to think about our future”. As fiduciaries, Council has a legal obligation to act in the best interests of the Nation. We feel that distributing the total sum of the settlement would not be a responsible course of action. We do however recognize the current, immediate needs of our people. With these 2 critical factors in mind, we have developed a plan that strikes an appropriate balance of protecting our Nation’s future, while meeting some of the immediate needs of our people.

Here is our plan:

1. The Legacy Trust: On February 6, 2017, Council established The Legacy Trust – a fund to guarantee a prosperous and sustainable future for the next 7 generations.

View our list of Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

2. Per Capita Distribution: Our Nation will make a one-time, $250 payment to every registered member (and those who ought to be registered) of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation.

Details:

– The Per Capita Distribution will occur at the Rec Centre beginning at 10:00am each day, Thursday, March 2, 2017 till Friday, March 3, 2017.

– An information session will be conducted on Thursday, March 2nd at the Rec Centre beginning at 10:00am

– Children and youth under the age of 18 will have their Per Capita Distribution (PCD) payment provided to the primary care giver of the household. If there are unique family circumstances, Band Members must contact the Band Office immediately for additional information.

View our list of Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

3. We will leverage the borrowing power of the Legacy Trust to re-finance an existing consolidation loan with First Nations Bank of Canada to the amount of approximately $2.3 million to get a lower interest rate.

4. We will leverage the borrowing power of the Legacy Trust to acquire a business loan with First Nations Bank of Canada to the amount of $3.5 million to finance the site re-development of Blackhawks Esso.

This is an important moment in the history of our Nation. Our ancestors endured hardship so that we might have a prosperous future. We will honour that legacy and work to ensure the rights of our people remain protected “for as long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the rivers flow.”

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523  |  communications@beardysband.com