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.

Emergency Management Statement on behalf of Richard and Madeline Ananas Family

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23rd, 2020

STATEMENT FROM RICHARD & MADELINE ANANAS FAMILY

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

On March 22nd, 2020 the family lost their beloved Daughter, Mother, Sister, Auntie, and Kohkum Sandra Cecile Ananas. The family would like to make it very clear that she DID NOT pass from COVID-19.

On behalf of our Nation we send our sincere condolences to her family.

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 Ananas family:

WE ASK THAT YOU RESPECT THEIR WISHES

    1. ONLY IMMEDIATE FAMILY WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE FOR THE WAKE AND FUNERAL.
    2. NO BABIES WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE.
    3. NO HUGGING, KISSING OR SHAKING OF HANDS.
    4. THEY ASK THAT YOU PRAY FROM HOME OR YOU CAN PARK IN THE PARKING LOT AT THE VETERANS HALL BUT REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE WHEN THEY BRING HER HOME @ 5:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY MARCH 24TH, 2020.
    5. THEY ASK THAT ON THE DAY OF THE FUNERAL WEDNESDAY MARCH 25th @ 10:00 A.M., PLEASE PRAY FROM HOME FOR OUR FAMILY, AND THAT THOSE WHO WISH TO COME   TO THE VETERANS HALL REMAIN IN THEIR VEHICLES FOR THE FUNERAL AND CAN FOLLOW THE FUNERAL PROCESSION TO THE HILL BUT REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE. ONLY IMMEDIATE FAMILY AT THE HILL.
    6. ONLY IMMEDIATE FAMILY WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE TO EAT AFTER THE FUNERAL.

THE ANANAS FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR PRAYERS, CALLS AND MESSAGES OF SUPPORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

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Memo: BOCN Office Hours

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

From: Emergency Management Team

Date: March 23, 2020

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic – CHANGE IN OFFICE HOURS


The health and safety of our membership and employees is our top priority. To ensure the essential services continue staff will be at the office and available via phone, fax or email. The doors will be closed to the public until further notice.

Effective immediately, the new office hours are:

Monday – Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Thank you.

Emergency Management Team Statement: COVID-19/Rosthern Hospital

For Immediate Release

March 21, 2020

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAM STATEMENT: COVID-19/ROSTHERN HOSPITAL

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

Our Emergency Management Team is aware of recent social media posts suggesting a doctor at Rosthern Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19.

We have been in contact with the doctor in question and hospital administrators. At this point, and with his expressed permission, we can confirm that Dr. Melle has tested positive for COVID-19.

If you have had any direct contact with Dr. Melle; or have been to the Rosthern Hospital/Clinic on or after Monday, March 16, 2020, we are advising that you immediately self-isolate for 14 days, begin to self-monitor, and contact 811.

At this point, there are no further confirmed or presumptive cases in our communities. Our EMT will continue to closely monitor the situation.

We extend our sincere best wishes to Dr. Melle and his family for a speedy, and full recovery.

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For more information, please contact:

306-467-4523  |  emergencymgmt@beardysband.com

Statement from the Chief Electoral Officer: Nominated Candidates

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2020

STATEMENT FROM THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER: NOMINATED CANDIDATES

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following official list of candidates was released by the Chief Electoral Officer, Loretta Pete Lambert:

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For more information, please contact:

Loretta Pete Lambert, Chief Electoral Officer
306-343-7383 (PETE)
loretta@petelambert.ca

JOINT STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL AND THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER: 2020 BOCN ELECTION

For Immediate Release

March 18, 2020

JOINT STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL AND THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER: 2020 BOCN ELECTION

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement was released today by Council and the Chief Electoral Officer of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation regarding the 2020 Election:

The 2020 Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation Nominations and General Election – at this time – will proceed as scheduled but with significant precautionary measures in place to ensure the safety and well-being of all participating community members.

Please note that the plan outlined below is also dependent on any new restrictions or precautionary measures mandated by the Province of Saskatchewan and/or the City of Saskatoon.

The following precautionary measures as outlined by the Chief Electoral Officer will be adhered to for the Nomination Meeting and Election:

Many community members have expressed their concerns with respect to the Nomination Meeting and Election. At this time, we are confident that the measures outlined above will enable us to proceed with our Nation’s election with relative safety.

Nomination Day and Election dates and times remain the same. Those details are here.”

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For more information on the election, please contact:

Loretta Pete Lambert, Chief Electoral Officer – 306-227-3373