For Immediate Release

March 25, 2014

BEARDY’S & OKEMASIS FIRST NATION – “Our new team took decisive action yesterday to demonstrate its commitment to accountability in our community” said Rick Gamble, the new chief of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation. “Each councillor reduced their salary from an average $51,436.00 to $44,000.00; while I took a 50% reduction from $96,000.00 to $48,000.00. We will continue to act and demonstrate our commitment to establishing new priorities for our community.

There was a great energy in the office yesterday and i was pleased that our new leadership has shown collective responsibility in this critical issue in our community” said Brenda Seesequasis, Acting Co-Manager for Beardy’s. “The stresses of meeting many of our community’s financial obligations – considering our financial situation – now can be better met. Their actions are a step in the right direction and will enable our finance team to focus on better managing our band’s financial resources.”

The Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation elected a new Chief and Council on March 21, 2014 with a strong mandate for change.

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For more information, contact Chief & Council Communications:

Phone: (306) 467-4523 ext 237

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