Media Release: Certification in the works with First Nations Financial Management Board

For Immediate Release

June 23, 2016


Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, Treaty 6 – The Council of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation has signed a BCR seeking membership with and financial certification from the First Nations Financial Management Board (FNFMB) and the First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA).

“We’ve been just getting by, living month-to-month, but we work very hard to make ends meet. We must move toward economic sovereignty, give our dollars purpose – and that means having the best financial management practices and tools possible” explains Jeremy Seeseequasis, the Councillor in charge of Finance. “By seeking certification through the FNFMB and the FNFA, this will offer members of the Nation peace of mind – it means the best possible financial management, it means laws developed by our Nation to ensure better decision making, and ultimately, it means financial security for our children’s future.”

The Letter of Cooperation signed by Council June 9th authorizes the FNFMB to review all financial management aspects of the band and develop plans for the Nation to ensure certification can be achieved. It also mandates the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation to request from the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, addition to the First Nations Fiscal Management Act.

Juliano Tupone, the band’s Chief Financial Officer says that FNFMB certified members have access to resources to develop and implement sound financial management policies that other First Nations do not have.

Certification will enable the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation greater economic sovereignty through access to capital markets. It [certification] also gives us greater borrowing power at reduced rates – which means we save money over the long term.”

The FNFMB’s purpose is to provide the tools and guidance that will instill confidence in First Nations’ financial management and reporting systems to support economic and community development while the FNFA was created to provide First Nations governments with the financial instruments to build their futures on their own terms. Its mandate, set out in the First Nations Fiscal Management Act and related regulations, is to provide financing, investment and advisory services for First Nations governments.

You can click here for more information on the First Nations Finanacial Management Board and here for information on the First Nations Finance Authority.

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Media Release: 103.3 FM Little Bear Radio Partners with APTN to broadcast #AboriginalDayLive!

For Immediate Release

June 14, 2016


Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, Treaty 6 (Via APTN) – Aboriginal Day Live, an annual LIVE concert featuring award-winning, and on-the-rise, Aboriginal musicians and entertainers from across Canada and beyond will be broadcast via partner radio statios on Saturday, June 25th, 2016.

For this historic celebration, a specially curated concert line-up will burst with sounds from the main stage at The Forks in Winnipeg, MB. Over the years, Aboriginal Day Live – the nation’s largest event in recognition of National Aboriginal Day – has become and will continue to the be the brightest point of the summer.

The exclusive four-hour Aboriginal Day Live  concert will broadcast on June 25th at 6:00pm locally on partner radio station 103.3 Little Bear FM Radio (CHIT).

I’m proud to announce this great opportunity for members of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation to celebrate National Aboriginal Day events” exclaimed Councillor Kevin Seesequasis. “103.3 Little Bear FM Radio is so excited to partner with APTN and Aboriginal Day Live to bring this incredible concert featuring A Tribe Called Red (Ottawa), Buffy Sainte-Marie (Hawaii, USA), the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Dragonette (Toronto), Elisapie (Montreal), Genevieve Fisher (London), Ghostkeeper (Calgary), Joey Stylez (Toronto), and Kristi Lane Sinclair (Vancouver) to the airwaves of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation.

In 2015, more than one million people were reached by the LIVE broadcast. For more information about Aboriginal Day Live, please visit:

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