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Statement from the Gamble Family

For Immediate Release

March 30, 2020

STATEMENT FROM GAMBLE FAMILY

Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement was released by the Emergency Management Team on behalf of the Gamble Family:

On March 29 th , 2020 the family lost their beloved Father, Brother, Uncle, and Mooshum Warren Beverly Gamble – “Uncle B”.

Because of the COVID-19 virus and all the safety precautions that are legally being enforced across our Province and Country, the following is a message from the GAMBLE family:

  1. ONLY IMMEDIATE FAMILY WILL BE AT THE WAKE AND FUNERAL.
  2. NO HUGGING, SHAKING OF HANDS, AND KISSING.
  3. WARREN WILL BE BROUGHT HOME AT 6:00 P.M. MONDAY MARCH 30 th TO THE
    VETERANS HALL. THE COMMUNITY CAN COME OUT AND SHOW SUPPORT BY
    PARKING THEIR VEHICLES AND STANDING BY YOUR VEHICLES WHEN WARREN IS
    BROUGHT HOME, OR JOINING IN PRAYER FROM HOME.
  4. ONLY THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY WILL BE SITTING IN THE HALL FOR 2 NIGHTS.
  5. WE ASK THAT ON THE DAY OF THE FUNERAL WEDNESDAY APRIL 1 st @ 10:00 A.M.,
    THE COMMUNITY CAN COME AND SUPPORT BY PARKING THEIR VEHICLES AND
    REMAINING BY THEIR VEHICLES OUTSIDE.
  6. ONLY IMMEDIATE FAMILY WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE FOR MEAL AFTER FUNERAL.

The children and siblings would like to thank everyone for their prayers, calls, and messages of support during this difficult time.

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Memo: 2020 BOCN General Election

To: Membership, Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation

From: Chief Electoral Officer, Loretta Pete Lambert, Councillor Leighanne Gardipy, Councillor Tyrone Smallchild

Date: March 24, 2020

Re: 2020 BOCN General Election


On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Council met in a final meeting to assess elections. The Council decided it would be in the best interest of the Nation to proceed with nominations and elections with strict precautions in place (see notice here – 2020 BOCN Nominations & Election Precautionary Measures: COVID-19)

Ensuring that a governing body is in place for the Nation is crucial, if the election does not occur on March 27, 2020, this will create a governance gap and the Nation will not have a government. The election will continue to move forward as previously motioned by Council, with precautionary measures and guidance from a professional health authority.

Communications have been coordinated between the Chief Electoral Officer and professional health authority staff. The Regional Director of Primary Health Care and Public Health provided a guidance document to the Chief Electoral Officer to utilize for our election.

These are unprecedented times, for all of us. Please keep in mind the critical aspects of having a government in place for our Nation:

  • will ensure a line of communication between our Nation and the Provincial and Federal governments;
  • will advocate and negotiate as a governing authority for our Nation.

Please also keep in mind that due to the newness of the COVID-19 virus, health authorities could not comment with certainty on whether the risk would decrease or increase shoud elections occur in 30-60 days.

Election Polls
Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
9:00am to 6:00pm
On-Reserve Poll:

Veterans Hall, Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation

Off-Reserve Poll:

Quality Inn (Sedona Room), 1715 Idylwyld Drive, Saskatoon, SK

*PLEASE RESPECT HEALTH AND SAFETY DIRECTIONS OF ELECTION STAFF INCLUDING SECURITY*

<<ORIGINAL SIGNED BY>>

Chief Electoral Officer, Loretta Pete Lambert

Councillor Leighanne Gardipy

Councillor Tyrone Smallchild

*View the original, signed document here.

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Emergency Preparedness Week – March 4-6, 2020

Emergency Preparedness Week at the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation is an opportunity for members to learn about the processes in place to Mitigate, Prepare for, Respond to, and Recover from an Emergency or Disaster scenario in our community.

Our Emergency Management Team works to continually update plans, identify resources, and educate community members on the importance of being prepared.

The 2020 Emergency Preparedness Week activities include:

  1. Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    1. Tornado Hunters School Presentation – Grades 9-12, CRCEC, 1pm
    2. Tornado Siren Test – 3:15pm (if you hear it, or don’t, please call the Band Office 306-467-4523 with your house #)
    3. Tornado Hunters Supper & Community Presentation, Veterans Hall, 5pm

  1. Thursday, March 5, 2020
    1. “Fire Safe” Elementary School Presentations with “Marshall” the Fire Pup from Paw Patrol, Grades K – 4, CBMES, 9am
    2. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Update & Lunch, Veterans Hall, 11am
    3. Emergency Management Expo, Veterans Hall, 1pm
    4. Community Supper & Information Session, 5pm, Veterans Hall
    5. “Be Prepared” – Canadian Red Cross Presentation, Veterans Hall
    6. “Climate Change & ‘YOU’th”, FSIN Princess, Elilah Napachit, BOCN Sr. Princess, Anika Mitsuing, BOCN Sr. Warrior, Jericho Constant, Veterans Hall
    7. STARS Air Ambulance Presentation, Veterans Hall
  2. Friday, March 6, 2020
    1. Basic Emergency Management (BEM) Course, Veterans Hall, 9am
    2. Introduction to Search and Rescue (SAR) Course, Veterans Hall, 9am

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2020 FSIN Two Spirit Gathering – Youth Registration

Tansi!

The 2020 FSIN Two Spirit Gathering will take place on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through till Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

BOCN Youth identifying as Two Spirit who wish to attend can register using the form below. A cap on participants may be imposed dependent on interest.

Chaperones will be attending to supervise participants. Transportation will be provided. Additional details will be provided to confirmed registrants.

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Christmas Greetings from the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation

Download the Christmas Newsletter below:

xmas newsletter

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*UPDATED * 2019 Community Christmas

YOU’RE INVITED!

All members of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation are invited to participate in our on-reserve and urban Community Christmas Celebrations & $50 Cash Distribution!

On-Reserve Community Christmas
Saskatoon Urban Community Christmas
  • Date: Thursday, December 5th, 2019
  • Location: CRCEC Gym
  • Date: Friday, December 6th, 2019
  • Location: Saskatoon Inn
Agenda:

  • 9:30am – 2:00pm – $50 Cash Distribution @ *Justice Building* (must bring proper ID)
  • 2:00pm – “Luff Actually” – A Rez Christmas Story (play by Curtis Peeteetuce) @ *CRCEC*
  • 4:00pm – $50 Cash Distribution resumes @ *CRCEC* (must bring proper ID)
  • 5:00pm – Christmas Meal, Entertainment, Santa Claus @ *CRCEC*

$50 Cash Distribution will continue throughout the meal and entertainment.

Agenda:

  • 5:00pm – $50 Cash Distribution Starts (must bring Proper ID)
  • 6:00pm – Christmas Meal

$50 Cash Distribution will continue throughout the meal and entertainment.

**Note** If you are a BOCN community member and are not able to make it to either of the community meals, please use the form at the following link to have your $50 sent to you.