Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – “The 2016/2017 Consolidated Financial Statements report significant improvement in the Nation’s financial position” explains Juliano Tupone, the Chief Financial Officer for the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation.
Those numbers paint a promising picture.
The Nation’s overall net debt was reduced by $3M from the last fiscal year to this year; the Nation posted a $2.8M surplus; and according to auditing firm MNP, the Nation’s audit was “unqualified” meaning ‘the financial statements present fairly, in all material aspects the financial position of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation’.
“The Nation’s leadership and senior administration have taken significant steps to improve the financial management of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation. Working together, we will continue to improve our financial position” added Tupone.
“We have worked diligently to manage our financial affairs” said Chief Roy Petit, “our financial success can only continue with the recent adoption and implementation of the Financial Management Act. Our Council remains committed to prosperity and understand that getting there requires strong, and effective financial controls.“
The 2016/2017 Fiscal Year Audit documents are available to the public at the Nation’s Band Office, and on the Nation’s website. A Members’ Assembly has been called for October 16th to review the audit findings.
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For more information, please contact:
Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523 ext 237
WILLOW CREE DEVELOPMENTS GENERAL PARTNER INC. IS CALLING FOR PERSONS INTERESTED TO SERVE AS A DIRECTOR OF THE BOARD
A. PURPOSE OF THE BOARD
The purpose of Willow Cree Developments is to create wealth and opportunity for the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation by taking advantage of economic opportunities.
B. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTORS
Directors of the Board are responsible for the development of policy and investment decision-making. Directors will contribute time and expertise to assist Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation with the growth of business operations and investments resulting in financial benefits and returns. Directors will also ensure that investments are environmentally, ethically, and culturally appropriate by ensuring a strict adherence to the systems of values and beliefs of the Cree people.
C. SELECTION PROCESS
Upon receipt of an applicant’s expression of interest, each applicant will be asked to complete an application form, to be used as part of the selection process. A total of three (3) Directors will be chosen. A Nominating Committee will shortlist and recommend potential directors to Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, which will be responsible for approval of appointments. Interviews will occur as part of the recruitment and appointment process.
Please see the documentation above for details on the requirements and desired attributes that will be considered as a guide for the Nominating Committee in making their decision. Please read the qualifications carefully.
Applications must be received by 5:00pm (CST) Friday, February 10, 2017, to ensure candidate consideration.
Willow Cree Developments General Partner Inc.
C/O Juliano Tupone
Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation
PO Box 340
Duck Lake, SK S0K 1J0
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Fax: 306-467-4523
Bid closes: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.
Scope of Work:
The Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation requires the services of a Chief Electoral Officer for the upcoming 2017 Election of Chief and Council. The Chief Electoral Officer will be responsible for coordinating the Election of Chief and Council in accordance with the Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation Election Act. In addition, the officer will facilitate a referendum vote – alongside the Election – on the DRAFT Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree NationConstitution, Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree NationExecutive Act, and Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree NationFinancial Management Act. Please see the attached appendix for key provisions from our Election Act and proposed Constitution.
Proposal evaluations will be done in accordance with the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation Procurement Policy.
Selection will be based on best value. Best value refers to the optimal combination of experience, knowledge, expertise, geographic location, performance, quality, time and cost.
Awarding of Contract:
The contract will be awarded February 6, 2017.
The successful applicant must be available to attend an orientation meeting at 10:00am on Friday February 9 2017.
Information to Bidders
The Nation will pay 75% of the cost upon awarding of contract and will retain the remaining 25% until all duties have been fulfilled.
Reservation of Rights:
Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation reserves the following rights, to be exercised in its sole, absolute and unfettered discretion;
to delete, revise, modify or amend any part of this RFP;
to cancel, terminate or suspend this RFP at any time and for any reason;
to re-issue this RFP at any time and for any reason;
to seek clarification of the contents of any response;
to choose any or none of the proposals submitted.
Submit proposal to:
Jaye Cameron, Director of Operations
Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation
PO Box 340 Duck Lake, SK S0K1J0
This section is only intended to summarize the responsibilities set out within the Election Act. It has been prepared for ease of reference only; the provisions contained in the Election Act shall be strictly adhere to:
Procedures governing an Election shall be:
a) Not less than thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the expiry of the term of
office, the Chief and Council will:
Appoint a Chief Electoral Officer, Deputy Electoral Officer, and Polling Clerks(s).
Set the date of the Election.
iii. Set the date of the nomination meeting, which will be held seven (7) days prior to the election.
Appoint individuals to the Election Appeal Board.
Chief Electoral Officers Responsibilities
The duties of the Chief Electoral Officer, assisted by the Deputy Officer shall be:
a) The posting of notices and distribution of all election information pursuant to this act.
b) The Chief Electoral Officer shall prepare and post the voter’s list 10 days prior to the nomination meeting.
c) To preside as Chairperson at the nomination meeting.
d) To arrange for the facilities to conduct a nomination meeting and call to order nomination meeting, and accept any motions, and to conduct the election.
e) To make all arrangements for the ballots, the ballot box, and polling stations and advance polls as designated.
f) To preside on the day of the election.
g) To ensure all ballot boxes are initially empty and are scrutinized throughout the entire period of voting.
h) There shall be a ballot prepared listing all candidates running for the position of Chief and a separate ballot listing all Candidates running for the position of Councillor. Names shall be by alphabetical order, surname first. The Candidates(s) shall agree to use of a Nickname in brackets following the given names of the Candidate(s). There shall be a separate ballot box for the “Chief” and a separate ballot box for the “Councillors”.
i) The Chief Electoral Officer and their deputies shall maintain order at all times in the polling station(s) and may cause to be removed any person(s) who in any way interferes disrupts or attempts to influence the orderly conduct of the poll as to the provisions of this act.
j) To examine the validity of all ballots cast.
k) To supervise the counting of ballots and announce the official results.
l) In case of a tie, the Chief Electoral Officer shall break the tie by methods stated in section 12 (d) of this act.
m) To post the results and distribute information regarding the election as required; and;
n) In the event the Chief Electoral Officer is unable to perform all duties, they shall become the responsibility of the Deputy Electoral Officer who otherwise shall act as an assistant to the Chief Electoral Officer.
o) The Chief Electoral Officer or deputy shall obtain sufficient ballot boxes, a sufficient number of ballot paper for the purpose of the election, instruments, meaning pencils, for marking, a sufficient number of directions-for-voting as may be required and all other equipment as necessary to establish and equip the voting locations.
p) The Chief Electoral Officer or deputy shall construct or erect polling booths at the locations set out in the notice, and the polling booths shall be such that the privacy of the voters is maintained.
q) The Chief Electoral Officer or deputy shall, where necessary and when requested, appoint an interpreter, who will be a member of the Band, for those voters who are unable to read or are unable due to blindness or other physical disability. To assist the Elector to vote in the manner prescribed by Section 11.
This section is only intended to summarize the responsibilities set out within the proposed Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation Constitution. It has been prepared for ease of reference only and care should always be taken to refer to the actual terms of the Act.
PART VII – LAW MAKING PROCESS
Article 11 – Introducing New Legislation
11.1 The passage of new laws shall occur on the following basis:
g) Official passage of a new law is made through a Members Assembly duly convened for the purpose of ratifying the law or a referendum may be called to ratify and vote on the proposed law.
h) 50% plus one (1) or more of all electors vote in favor of the law. In the event that the number of voters that turn out is not sufficient to meet the threshold of then a second or subsequent ratification meeting or referendum shall be called on a 30-day notification basis. At the second meeting or referendum, a law may be ratified by 50% plus one (1) or more of those electors.
i) A referendum can be held separately or in conjunction with the electoral process as a plebiscite questionaccompanying the electoral ballot.
In case you did not know, we had a community meeting on Thursday, December 1 to present the 2015/2016 Fiscal Year Audit and General Assessment. In my opinion the audit was good. One of the key highlights was the General Assessment score. The General Assessment is a tool used by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to show the band’s overall financial and operational health. Presently we are in good standing. The General Assessment was implemented in 2010-2011. Our score has fluctuated since that time with our most critical score being -46.38 in the 2013-14 fiscal year; to our best score ever this year, -14.67.
This is a score that I am very proud of.
What does this mean in the long run? It could mean less stringent funding agreements, better terms at the bank, etc. Simply put, it’s a major step for the nation to gaining greater self sufficiency and a stronger financial standing. If we continue on the same path we are on, we could potentially see this score on the positive side within a few years time.
I have attached the presentation from the Audit Presentation Meeting. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Jeremy Seesequasis, Councillor i/c Finance
Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation