2017 Election & Referendum

1) Notice of Referendum

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Date: Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Location: Rec Centre, Beardy’s & Okemasis

Notice is hereby given to the electors of the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation that a referendum will be held by “in person” secret ballot to seek the assent of the majority of the electors on the proposed Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation Constitution, Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation Executive Act and Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation Financial Management Act.

This referendum will coincide with the Election as an additional ballot.

An informational session will be held in conjunction with the Per Capita Distribution Payments and Information Session on March 2, 2017 at the Beardy’s and Okemasis Rec Centre.

Ballot Questions:

  1. Do you approve of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation Constitution?
  2. Do you approve of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation Executive Act?
  3. Do you approve of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation Financial Management Act?

Members of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation who have reached 18 years of age as of the day of the referendum are eligible to vote.

2) Notice of Nomination Meeting and Election

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Nomination Meeting:
Date: March 17, 2017
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Rec Centre, Beardy’s & Okemasis

Election Polls:
Date: March 24, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Location: Rec Centre, Beardy’s & Okemasis

Eligibility requirements for the Office of Chief or Councillor:

  • Member of Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation
  • 18 years of age or older as of the day of the nomination meeting
  • Criminal record check proving the potential Candidate has not been convicted of an indictable offence in the past 10 years, or proof of a record suspension (formally known as a pardon); potential candidates can request a declaration of criminal record from the local RCMP detachment
  • All Candidates must pay an Election fee: for the office of Chief $400 Dollars (CDN), for the office of Councillor $200 Dollars (CDN)
  • Drug Test showing no presence of banned drugs as in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, S.C. 1996, C.19
    • Drug testing will by facilitated by Innovation Training Solutions, local testing will occur on March 6, 2017 between 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Rec Centre, Beardy’s & Okemasis. Alternatively, drug testing may be done through Innovation Training Solutions between March 7-9, 2017 in either Prince Albert or Saskatoon. Call 1-306-763-0306 for the address and to schedule an appointment
    • Potential candidates must also sign a waiver of confidentiality to disclose the results of their drug test to the Electoral Officer
    • The amount of the drug test, payable by the candidate to the company, is approximately $95.00

Election Appeal Board:

  • J. Albert Angus
  • Jean Sutherland
  • Suzanne Seeseequasis

| 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