For Immediate Release
February 10, 2015
Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, Treaty 6 – The Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation is moving forward with the development of a Community Constitution through the Yahkotewin Governance Planning Committee.
The consultation phase is the first step toward guiding our community toward reasserting our nationhood” explains Councillor Kevin Seesequasis. “Our Governance Planning Committee has been working hard to ensure that these critical first steps incorporate as much community input as possible – and more opportunities are coming; but it’s our hope that as many of our community members will take advantage of this unique opportunity and be part of our Constitution’s development.”
The Constitutional Development Consultation Session is open to all members of Beardy’s and will occur on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, beginning at 10:00am at the Rec Centre. Lunch will be served.
Yahkohtêwin was created to ensure that a constitution is created for the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation. The vision of Yahkohtêwin is to guide our community toward reasserting our nationhood and our mission is to work together to strengthen and share our traditional knowledge, values, beliefs, and customs; we will nurture our identity by teaching our people “sisip sakahikan iyiniwak” – our way.
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For more information on Yahkohtêwin, please contact:
Kevin Seesequasis, Councillor i/c Communications
To: Band Membership
From: Chief & Council
Date: February 5, 2015
Re: Smoking in Public Buildings
Dear Band Members,
We value the health of our members and seek to foster mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being in our community.
In 2007, the leadership of the day passed a bylaw prohibiting smoking in public buildings with the key exception for cultural and ceremonial practices and/or events.
To this end, our Council is again reaffirming our commitment to healthy work, living, and public spaces by prohibiting smoking in the following public facilities:
- Beardy’s Band Office
- Beardy’s Rec Centre
- Beardy’s Seniors Hall
- Beardy’s Justice Building
- Beardy’s Arena
- Beardy’s Daycare
- Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex
- Chief Beardy’s memorial Elementary School
- Willow Cree Health
- Willow Cree Education & Training Centre
- Blackhawk’s Gas
- Blackhawk’s Grill
Further, we request that you smoke a minimum of 10 feet away from the front entrances of these facilities.
Finally, all ceremonial and cultural practices/events are exempt from this policy. In the case of funerals, we will leave it to the respective families and their wishes but request that Band members honour their request.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact any member of council at your earliest convenience.
Chief & Council
Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation