Accountability Community Development Economic Development

RFP: Strategic Planning Consultant


Bid opens: Tuesday January 29, 2019 @ 4:00pm.

Bid closes: Friday February 8, 2019 @ 4:00p.m.

Scope of Work:

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation requires the services of a Strategic Planning Consultant. The Strategic Planning Consultant will be responsible for facilitating Strategic Planning Sessions with elected leadership and drafting a Strategic Plan document.

The Strategic Planning Consultant will work directly with the Councillor in charge of Governance.

Submission Requirements:
  • Resume
  • References (x2)
  • Budget
Awarding of Contract:
  • The contract will be awarded February 11, 2019.
  • The successful applicant must be available to facilitate a strategic planning session and deliver a final copy of the strategic plan by March 31, 2019.
  • Only the successful contractor will be contacted.
Information to Bidders
  • The nation will pay 50% of the cost upon awarding of contract and will retain the remaining 50% until the final document is received.
Reservation of Rights:
  • Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation reserves the following rights, to be exercised in its sole, absolute and unfettered discretion;
    • to delete, revise, modify or amend any part of this RFP;
    • to cancel, terminate or suspend this RFP at any time and for any reason;
    • to reissue this RFP at any time and for any reason;
    • to seek clarification of the contents of any response;
    • to choose any or none of the proposals submitted.

Jaye Cameron, CEO
Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation
PO Box 340 Duck Lake, SK S0K1J0
Phone: 306.467.4523
Fax: 306.467.4404


New investments for Indigenous tourism, training and business development in Saskatchewan

For Immediate Release

October 30, 2018

New investments for Indigenous tourism, training and business development in Saskatchewan

Whitecap Dakota Nation, Treaty 4 Territory- Indigenous tourism and business development present significant growth opportunities for the Canadian economy. In all sectors, increasing the participation of Indigenous business leads to better outcomes for all Canadians.

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, announced investments totalling over $1.5 million from Western Economic Diversification Canada for four Indigenous projects.

The following four projects supported include:

  • $600,000 to enable Whitecap Dakota First Nation, in partnership with Wanuskewin Heritage Park, and Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, to develop an Indigenous tourism corridor along the South Saskatchewan River near Saskatoon.
  • $80,825 for Meadow Lake Tribal Council Program services to develop the Indigenous tourism industry in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.
  • $315,000 for the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) to establish an Indigenous Practical Nursing education program.
  • $550,000 to enable the Pinehouse Business North Development to purchase heavy equipment to strengthen construction company operations.

The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, and is expected to create over 60 middle-class jobs for Canadians.

“Canada’s Indigenous communities are a rich and vitally important part of our country’s cultural fabric. The Government of Canada is proud to partner with Indigenous communities and institutions to create new economic opportunities. Investing in these initiatives will showcase First Nations culture and history, support good jobs, and contribute to a stronger economy for all.”

  • The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

“The Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, as a partner of the Indigenous Tourism Corridor project, welcomes the announcement from the Government of Canada to support this important community building and economic development initiative. We will share our culture, we will share the hospitality of our people and our community, and we will work to build a world-class, tourism-based economy that will create good, sustainable jobs and see tangible efforts toward reconciliation and understanding of our shared history.”

  • Councillor Kevin Seesequasis, Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation

“This tourism partnership with Wanuskewin and Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation will provide more Indigenous experiences to the guests of our Dakota Dunes Resort and speed the process of becoming export ready for the international market place.”

  • Chief Darcy Bear, Whitecap Dakota First Nation

“Wanuskewin is thrilled to partner with Whitecap Dakota First Nation and Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation to create an Indigenous tourism framework in Treaty 6 Territory. By working together, we’re able to enrich the tourism experience for visitors, while offering more robust training opportunities for tourism professionals in the region.  As we aim for UNESCO World Heritage designation, partnerships like this are critical to further developing and sharing the stories of Wanuskewin as a gathering place for all nations.”

  • Candace Wasacase-Lafferty, Chair, Wanuskewin Heritage Park Board of Directors

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523  |


Councillor Statement: Community Welcome Sign Winner!

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2018


Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – Councillor Kevin Seesequasis released the following statement today on the selection of Jennifer Silva-Duncombe’s entry as the winner of the Community Sign Contest:

“On behalf of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, I would like to congratulate Jennifer Silva-Duncombe and her entry as the winner of the Community Sign Contest!

Her entry was selected by a vote of community members and was ratified by the Council of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation. We will work with her in the very near future to realize the full potential and vision of her design to ensure community members, and guests alike, receive a first-class, first impression upon entering our community.

Ms. Silva-Duncombe will receive:

  1. $500 prize;
  2. the opportunity to work with a graphics designer to complete the project; and
  3. an invitation to attend the unveiling ceremony once the project is complete.

I wish to thank all community members for their participation and enthusiasm for this project. We will begin the important work of finalizing the design and selecting a medium for the sign very shortly.

Congratulations Jennifer!”

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523  |


Updated Community Development Plan Released

For Immediate Release

January 23, 2018


Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – We have worked tirelessly with community members and our partners on this project, we have conducted the most extensive outreach in the history of our Nation; and through the Community Development Initiative, today, Jasna and I are proud to officially release the 2017 Community Development Plan and the online indicators dashboard for the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation!exclaimed Kevin Seesequasis, the Councillor responsible for Community Development.

The aim of the project is to develop a Community Development Plan (CDP) that captures current needs and priorities in the community and create a road map to address those needs for the next 10-15 years. The new CDP can be used to measure success moving forward.

I’m grateful that Council ratified our new CDP on November 8, 2017says Jasna Eyahpaise, the BOCN Community Development Officer.This is a working document for staff, leadership, and community members when planning for funding or community initiatives.

The new CDP and online indicators dashboard are a result of several community engagement activities including community surveys, on and off reserve information sessions, elder and youth forums, and a mapping exercise done at the 3 schools.

We collected thousands and thousands of surveys, held consultation sessions in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, and in Edmonton. Our new CDP and dashboard are a reflection of all that dataadded Eyahpaise.It’s really quite amazing!

Jasna has worked so hard, and our community has embraced her work wholeheartedly. Its my hope we’ll all embrace this new plan – a plan for our future success and prosperity!concluded Seesequasis.

The Community Development Initiative is a 3 year pilot project in partnership with Urban Systems and Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada. The project began in 2015.

You can view the new Community Development Plan and the Online Indicators Dashboard by visiting the Community Development website or by clicking here.

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523 ext 237