Councillor Statement: International Day Against Homophobia, #NoH8!

For Immediate Release

May 17, 2018

COUNCILLOR STATEMENT: INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA, BIPHOBIA, #NOH8!

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement was released today by Councillor Kevin Seesequasis on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia:

“Today as we observe International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, I am proud to announce that the 3rd Annual Two-Spirit Pride Festival and Parade will occur on June 15th at the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation.

Three years ago, our community took a giant leap forward and proclaimed that at the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, it’s ok to be who you are – we accept you, and we love you. Three years ago, we became the 1st First Nation in Saskatchewan to host a Two-Spirit Pride Parade and became an example to First Nations everywhere of what acceptance, and love for one another truly looks like.

This year for the third time, we have once again proclaimed our Pride!

But there are those who still don’t understand that the values of kinship and respect in our community run deeper than those of intolerance.

On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, I encourage all band members to look beyond preconceived notions of who Two-Spirits (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer individuals) are, and instead recognize kahkiyaw niwakomakanak – see the son, the daughter, the nephew, the niece; see the cousin, the aunt, the uncle, the kohkum, and the moshum; recognize all our relations. See that in spite of what you may have heard or what you may believe, what we know is that we are all related. And those bonds can never be broken.

At the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation – despite the many differences that make each of us unique – there is #NoH8!”

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More information will be released about our Two-Spirit Pride Festival and Parade shortly.

For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523 ext 237  |  communications@beardysband.com

Councillor Statement: More than 50 BOCN Graduates in Class of 2018!

For Immediate Release

May 16, 2018

COUNCILLOR STATEMENT: MORE THAN 50 BOCN GRADUATES IN CLASS OF 2018!

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement was released today by the Councillor in charge of Education & Training, Jackie Gamble:

“It fills me with immense pride to announce that more than 50 young people will be graduating from the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation at Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex, Stobart Community School, and other schools in June of 2018!

Our young people are teaching us so much — that we can overcome obstacles if we put our mind to it, that we can be resilient when times are tough, and of equal importance, that despite the challenges we face, we must celebrate success when we get the chance.

With this in mind, and on behalf of our entire Council, I would like to congratulate the following students who will be graduating as the Class of 2018:

Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex

  • Ahenakew, Cailyn
  • Almightyvoice-Cameron, Samantha
  • Anderson, Justine
  • Anderson, Kennedi
  • Ballantyne, Brent
  • Cameron, Kierra
  • Cameron, Trina
  • Caron, Tanner
  • Dreaver, Conway
  • Dashner, Dylan
  • Eyahpaise, Kaycie
  • Eyahpaise, Milane
  • Fox, Brandon
  • Gamble, Reuben
  • Gamble, Tyrell
  • Gardipy, Carson
  • Kytwayhat, Joseph
  • Naytowhow, Kristen
  • Roy, Germaine
  • Sanderson-Gamble, Julian
  • Seeseequasis, Christian
  • Seeseequasis, Kent
  • Seesequasis, Kordel
  • Smallchild, Justin

Stobart Community School

  • Ananas, Zach
  • Cameron, Chandelle
  • Gamble, Ambrose
  • Gamble, Jeanine
  • Gamble, Lakeishia
  • Gamble, Reese
  • Gamble, Twyla
  • Gardipy, Tameka
  • Gardypie, Maycie
  • Genereaux, Trent
  • Laboucan, Sheridan
  • Lathlin, Honey
  • Mandes, Justin
  • Mcintyre-Gamble, Jordan
  • McLeod, Kalie
  • Mike, Brooklyn
  • Mike, Kayle
  • Okemaysim, Zander
  • Pilon, Ty
  • Seeseequasis, Lainey
  • Thomas-Antoine, Talon

Northwest Regional College

  • Eyahpaise, Delbert
  • Gamble, Cheyenne
  • Gardipy, Ash-Lee

Other

  • Cameron, Cody (Bedford Road Collegiate, Saskatoon)
  • Cameron, Liam (Aden Bowman Collegiate, Saskatoon)
  • Esperance, Chad (Rosthern High School)
  • Keskotagan, Rieley (Sakewew High School, North Battleford)
  • Okemaysim, Jackie (Moose Jaw)

As our students complete the remainder of their school year, we wish them much success in their studies, and encourage them to stick with it to the end! Graduation may be the end of one chapter of your life, but your journey is just getting started! To our community members, please join me in wishing all the best for our young people as we celebrate their success! Best wishes to all our graduating students and big thanks to all those who have supported them along the way!”

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523 ext 237  |  communications@beardysband.com