Accountability Community Development Economic Development

RFP: Strategic Planning Consultant


Bid opens: Tuesday January 29, 2019 @ 4:00pm.

Bid closes: Friday February 8, 2019 @ 4:00p.m.

Scope of Work:

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation requires the services of a Strategic Planning Consultant. The Strategic Planning Consultant will be responsible for facilitating Strategic Planning Sessions with elected leadership and drafting a Strategic Plan document.

The Strategic Planning Consultant will work directly with the Councillor in charge of Governance.

Submission Requirements:
  • Resume
  • References (x2)
  • Budget
Awarding of Contract:
  • The contract will be awarded February 11, 2019.
  • The successful applicant must be available to facilitate a strategic planning session and deliver a final copy of the strategic plan by March 31, 2019.
  • Only the successful contractor will be contacted.
Information to Bidders
  • The nation will pay 50% of the cost upon awarding of contract and will retain the remaining 50% until the final document is received.
Reservation of Rights:
  • Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree 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 reissue 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.

Jaye Cameron, CEO
Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation
PO Box 340 Duck Lake, SK S0K1J0
Phone: 306.467.4523
Fax: 306.467.4404

Accountability Community Development Economic Development

RFP: Trail Design Study

Project Summary:

The Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation has embarked on a tourism strategy that includes the development of a multi-use trail system that will link the community to tourism-based businesses and experiences, the Carlton Trail will be designated as part of the Great Trail (formerly the Trans-Canada Trail) network and will be approximately 20km in length.

At this point in time, we require a trail design study to ensure we are selecting appropriate lands for development and to adhere to industry standards for trail design and construction. In order to ensure a fair and transparent process, proposals are requested from qualified firms.

Project Details:

Project Identification Number: RFP 001.19

Project: Trail Design Study

Project Start: February 28, 2019

Location Required: Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation

Maximum value of contract: $40,000

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 15, 2019 (noon)

Proposal should include:

  • Project Identification Number (RFP 001.19)
  • Methodology for community engagement and inclusion in the design study.
  • Company profile including a statement of qualifications and key personnel who will be assigned to the project.
  • Proposed project methodology and the division of roles and responsibilities between the firm and the client; work schedule with milestones and timelines.
  • Relevant experience in engaging Indigenous communities and organizations in trail design processes including recent project examples and references.
  • The basis for pricing their services.

Submission Information:

Proposals can be submitted to the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation via email:, via fax: (306) 467-4404 or by dropping off your proposal at the front desk of the Band Office. A selection committee will determine the best submission and will award a contract to the winning applicant.

Blog Chief & Council Economic Development

Blackhawks Esso Site Development Update

Tansi everyone,

Well the first month of 2017 has been very exciting – with significant new developments and initiatives on my plate, I wanted to provide you with an update on some of my progress thus far.

Since leaving Blackhawks Esso in a management capacity, I have been very fortunate to provide valuable input and insight into the redevelopment of Blackhawks Esso to meet the needs of our people and surrounding communities now and into the future.

Here’s our goal:


And we’re almost there.

Since working on the site re-development, I have:

  1. Worked with our partners at Urban Systems to adjust the proposed layout of the re-developed site. The new layout ensures that our new build will be just as accessible as the current site, ensures maximum marketability of the new store which in-turn, increases traffic and produces higher revenues, and incorporates driving lanes for the new drive-thru.
  2. Worked with our partners at Parkland Fuels to enter into an agreement for an “On the Run” franchise. We are currently awaiting the Disclosure Document which details the costs and requirements of the franchise.
  3. esso-on-the-run-12 Submitted the application to Tim Hortons to enter into a franchise agreement as part of the re-developed site (which would include an in-store, full-menu Tim Hortons kiosk (pictured) and a drive-thru)
  4. Met with the Town of Duck Lake and begun the negotiating process for a Municipal Services Agreement (MSA) for water, sewer, and fire and protective services for the site. I was very encouraged from our meeting on Wednesday, January 25th where their Council indicated their enthusiastic support for the project and their willingness to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to begin the drafting process for the Municipal Services Agreement.

Now what?

  • Upon receiving the Disclosure Document from Parkland Fuels, we will review the submission and provide the document to our legal counsel for further scrutiny.
  • otr_thIf there is nothing unexpected in the Disclosure Document, we will proceed with formalizing the Franchise Agreement and pay the franchise fee of $30,000.00 to Parkland Fuels.
  • We also must work with Tim Hortons in the approval of our application for a franchise. This process may take a bit of extra time as Tim Hortons has undergone a major corporate restructuring as a result of their purchase by Burger King. Little Black Bear First Nation has had success in opening a Tim Hortons franchise. I hope to contact them to gain their insight on how to work with Tim Hortons in expediting and approving our application. If approved, the Franchise Fee process would work similar to the process for the On the Run franchise.
  • We will also need to finalize the Municipal Services Agreement with the Town of Duck Lake. In order for our operation to be successful, we need access to a quality, reliable water supply and sewer service. We also need to have ready-access to fire and protective services. The MSA with the Town of Duck Lake – if approved – will provide those services.
  • Once we’re successful in pulling all the pieces of the puzzle together, we will work toward finalizing the financing options for the project which includes securing a loan of approximately $3.5 million for the entire site re-development which includes: a new build for the On the Run Convenience Store (with Tim Hortons kiosk and drive thru) and all applicable interior infrastructure and security systems, 4 new pumps (to accommodate 8 vehicles at a time) and a specifically dedicated diesel pump for heavy equipment, a canopy (as pictured), and all required infrastructure which includes water, sewer, electrical, internet, etc).
  • Complete the tender process and awarding of contracts (with an emphasis on local hiring for skilled workers)
  • Build the site.

While this list is not exhaustive, it does paint an accurate picture of how we envision this process proceeding in the next few months.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the hard and diligent work of the following:

  • Blackhawks Gas Board of Directors – who have supported and assisted in guiding this process and have navigated significant challenges over the past year.
  • Our Chief Financial Officer, Juliano Tupone and Councillor Jeremy Seeseequsis who have provided sound advice and are working carefully to secure the financing options for this endeavor
  • The management and staff at Blackhawks Esso who have tackled significant challenges head-on and have adapted to tremendous changes over the last year. Their hard work and dedication ensures that our business is successful.

If you have any questions or concerns about this report or project, please do not hesitate to contact me at your earliest possible convenience.


Councillor Kevin Seesequasis
Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation
306-467-4523 ext 237

Accountability Economic Development

Call to Serve: Board of Directors – Willow Cree Developments



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.


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.


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 find attached

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:  |  Fax: 306-467-4523