Blog Chief & Council Memo

2020 Notice of Nomination Meeting and General Election

Notice is hereby given to the electors of the Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation that there will be a nomination meeting for the purposes of nominating candidates for one (1) Chief and six (6) Councillors for the Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation, in accordance to the Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation Election Act, amended December 19, 2016.

Members of the Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation who have reached the age of 18 years as of the day of the election are eligible to vote.

Nomination Meeting:

Date: March 20, 2020, 1:00 pm

Location: Veteran’s Hall, Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation

Election Polls

Date: March 27, 2020. 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

On-reserve Poll: Veterans Hall, Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation

Off-reserve Poll: Quality Inn (Sedona Room) 1715 Idylwyld Drive North, Saskatoon SK

Eligibility Requirements for the Office of Chief or Councillor:

– Member of the Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation;
– 18 years of age or older as of the day of the nomination meeting;
– A criminal record check proving the potential candidate has not been convicted of an indictable offense 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 $400.00 (Canadian) or for Councillor $200.00 (Canadian) and
– Submit results of a drug test showing no presence of banned drugs as in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (S.C. 1996, c. 19)
– Drug testing will be facilitated by Innovation Training Solutions, March 6, 2020, 2-5pm at the Justice Building, Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation. A candidate may attend the Innovation Training Solutions office between March 4th and 5th , 2020 in Saskatoon or Prince Albert by appointment only between 9am-3pm, to book appointment call: 306-
– Potential candidates must also sign a waiver of confidentiality to disclose the results of their drug test to the Chief Electoral Officer,
– The cost for the drug test, payable by the candidate to Innovation Training Solutions, is $100.00 cash.

Election Appeal Board:
  • J. Albert Angus
  • Kellie Wuttunee
  • Donald Gamble Sr.

Copies of the Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation Election Act are available at the band office or online:

<<original signed by>>

Loretta J. Pete Lambert
Chief Electoral Officer
140-203 Packham Avenue, Asimakanseekan Askiy First Nation, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 4K5
Phone: 1-306-343-7383 (PETE)


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Accountability Blog Chief & Council

Members’ Assembly – Audit

Notice is hereby given to the electors of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation of:


In accordance with Part IV – Members’ Assembly, Article 17.1(b) of the Constitution of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, the Council of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation has called a Members Assembly to review the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year Audited Financial Statements.

Date:       Thursday, August 1, 2019
Time:       10:00am (lunch will be served)
Location:     Veterans Hall
Webcast:   Via Facebook

View BOCN Audited Financial Statements here:



2019 Two Spirit Pride Festival

It’s that time of the year again!

All across Turtle Island during the month of June, individuals will gather to celebrate inclusiveness, diversity, and love as part of Pride month celebrations. 2019 marks the 5th year since the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation became the first First Nation in North America to host a Pride parade. Every year since then, our celebration has become bigger and better than ever, and this year is no different.

For 2019, we’ve partnered with our friends at OUTSaskatoon and in addition to our Two Spirit Pride Parade, we’ll also be hosting the first-ever Two Spirit Powwow on a First Nation in Canada!

Here’s the agenda for the day, Saturday, June 15th:

  1. Flag Raising Ceremony – Band Office, 10:00am
  2. Parade Departure – Band Office, 10:30am
  3. Lunch – Veterans Hall, 11:00am
  4. Grand Entry – Powwow Arbour, 1pm

School groups, community organizations, businesses – everyone is welcome to join us to celebrate Two Spirit Pride!


Hemp & Medical/Recreational Marijuana and Economic Development

With Canada’s legislation that went into effect this year legalizing the growth and use of marijuana for recreational use, there has been a lot of push for First Nations to be involved in the potential revenue stream, some have already taken the steps to start business while others are involved at different stages of creating partnerships to begin producing product.

Though the legalization of marijuana for recreational use and personal growth is new, this business concept is not as new as everyone is lead to believe, government and private business have been growing what is called ‘medical’ marijuana for years, and hemp has been legal since the mid 80’s, there are already many established companies who have been doing business in this area since then.

We have learned through our dealings with business, mining industry, and alternative energy projects that real partnerships take time to create; there are too many companies who prey upon First Nations when it comes to business, we have signed too many MOU’s that have never amounted to anything. When it comes to any potential partnership, we want to ensure that there will be real and long lasting benefit to our Nation, along with an assurance that our members have an opportunity for meaningful employment and the ability to advance within the organization.

When considering any potential business, it’s important that we educate ourselves on the industry or concept; we have attended a few forums and workshops specific to this topic, and have been doing our own research online, it’s amazing to learn about the many different uses for this plant that are not common knowledge.  We are providing this information session for the Nation in the hopes of answering the many questions that people have around the subject. Due to the negative stigma that is attached to the plant and its use as a drug, we want to ensure the community is involved in the direction the Nation should take.

Treaty states:

“…., no intoxicating liquor shall be allowed to be introduced or sold, and all laws now in force, or hereafter to be enacted, to preserve Her Indian subjects inhabiting the reserves or living elsewhere within Her North-west Territories from the evil influence of the use of intoxicating liquors, shall be strictly enforced.”

As a supporter of all articles of Treaty, we don’t in anyway support the use or sale of any intoxicating substance on our lands; we are more interested in the low ‘THC’ producing variety known as HEMP as a potential economic development initiative. There are many uses for this plant, it has the ability to be used to produce food, clothing, building materials, bio-fuel and, the oil derived from the flower has the calming effect to symptoms for seizures, Parkinson’s, etc.

The opportunity for ‘growing’ is also an item for consideration; the one thing we have is land, we could designate a portion to the growth of the product, which in turn could potentially create employment.

We value your thoughts and input on this topic.

Thank you,

Okimahkan Roy Petit


Sneak Peek: 9 New Kingsmere Houses!

You’re invited to join the Willow Cree Housing Authority and members of the Public Works & Housing department on Wednesday, November 28th for a Housing Information Session & New Tenant Announcement beginning at 6pm at the Veterans Memorial Hall. Supper will be served, door prizes will be available, and the first 9 new tenants will be announced to the community!

Here’s a sneak peek at the Kingsmere home – 9 of these will be built in various colours. Have a look:

You can also view the detailed schematics here:

We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, November 28th!