For Immediate Release

February 15, 2017


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  |

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