Students learn work ain’t all ‘fun and games’

For Immediate Release

May 14, 2015

Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, Treaty 6 – “Some people need to spray some febreeze on their attitudes about the Beardy’s Band Office” exclaimed Tatianna Gardypie. “People don’t see everything that goes on. This experience was eye opening. It’s a very busy place and the staff there have hard jobs and a lot of work to do.

Four students from the Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex (CRCEC) participated in a job shadow on Wednesday, May 13th organized by Willow Cree Health. Each participant was paired with a different member of the staff for the day and learned about the payroll process, how to make cheques, answer phones, work the photocopier. Participants also learned of the constitutional development process and of important Community Development initiatives.

There’s a lot to absorb – I guess that’s part of growing up” says Jailyn Gamble, a Grade 9 student at CRCEC. “These are things we need to know and I loved every part of what we did today!

Councillor Kevin Seesequasis who worked with Willow Cree Health to organize the job shadow said it was great to have students shadow the band staff. “These young people will be leading our nation – as welders, as police officers, as veterinarians, and as future elected officials – it’s important that they have knowledge of what it’s like to be in a professional workplace setting to better prepare them for whatever their path may be. It was great to have them learn and share with us!

They’re always on the go or on the phone. It was great to see how they all work together to get it done. It ain’t all fun and games but it was good to see them enjoy themselves while they worked” added Brandon Fox.

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications, Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation
306.467.4523 ext 237  |  communications@beardysband.com

 

Specific Claims Tribunal rules in favour of Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation

For Immediate Release

May 7, 2015

Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, Treaty 6 – The Specific Claims Tribunal has found in favour of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation in a judgement handed down by the Honourable Justice Harry Slade, Chair of the Specific Claims Tribunal.

“I find that the Tribunal has jurisdiction to determine the Claim of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation on the ground of the failure to provide “lands or other assets under a treaty”; and that “the Crown breached its lawful obligation to pay treaty annuities to the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation” said Justice Harry Slade in his 102 page ruling dated May 6, 2015.

The Declaration of Claim launched in 2011 to the Specific Claims Tribunal sought compensation and recognition from the Crown that the termination of annual treaty payments was unilateral and unlawful; and that the Crown breached its treaty, trust, fiduciary and equitable duty.

“We’ve never been a rebel band, Chiefs Beardy and Okemasis were honourable men, and the federal government was wrong to withhold treaty annuities to our members” exclaimed Chief Rick Gamble of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation.

While the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation welcomes the tribunal finding, it’s not holding its breath on the government’s response.

“This is a government that has spent nearly $150 million fighting treaty rights across Canada. They didn’t come to the table to negotiate in good faith so we expect they’ll appeal their own tribunal decision. But, a wrong has been set right; this is a big win for both the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation – and for treaty rights in Saskatchewan” concluded Chief Gamble.

In 1886, Chief Beardy & Okemasis entered into the historic Treaty 6 agreement which included a promise by the Crown to pay a yearly annuity $5 to each band member. From 1885 – 1888 those payments were not made to members of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation.

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View the Specific Claim Tribunal ruling here.

For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523
communications@beardysband.com