Statement: Duck Lake Treated Effluent

For Immediate Release

May 19, 2015

Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement was released by the Chief & Council of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation regarding the release of treated effluent into Duck Lake:

“Our Council appreciates the concerns expressed by Band Members regarding the recent release of treated effluent by the Town of Duck Lake into the body of water known as Duck Lake.

We have met with town officials to discuss the matter and relay our concerns. We had honest and positive discussions regarding the way forward.

Specifically, we agreed:

  • The release of treated effluent from their lagoon poses little risk to the health and safety of Band Members and the local eco-system. This has been confirmed by the provincial Water Security Agency. See their letter here.
  • We have agreed that our Council must be consulted and our approval must be obtained prior to any future release of excess treated effluent into Duck Lake.
  • We have agreed that any future request for release of treated effluent must also detail the quantity of and duration of the release.
  • We have agreed that members of both communities must be informed by way of an advisory prior to any future release occurring.
  • We indicated our support to the Town of Duck Lake to seek provincial assistance in remedying their lagoon issues.
  • We offered additional suggestions on possible options for the drainage of their lagoon.

We thank all band members who voiced their concerns and look forward to continued positive relations with the Town of Duck Lake.

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For more information, please contact:

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

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