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


Hemp & Medical/Recreational Marijuana and Economic Development

With Canada’s legislation that went into effect this year legalizing the growth and use of marijuana for recreational use, there has been a lot of push for First Nations to be involved in the potential revenue stream, some have already taken the steps to start business while others are involved at different stages of creating partnerships to begin producing product.

Though the legalization of marijuana for recreational use and personal growth is new, this business concept is not as new as everyone is lead to believe, government and private business have been growing what is called ‘medical’ marijuana for years, and hemp has been legal since the mid 80’s, there are already many established companies who have been doing business in this area since then.

We have learned through our dealings with business, mining industry, and alternative energy projects that real partnerships take time to create; there are too many companies who prey upon First Nations when it comes to business, we have signed too many MOU’s that have never amounted to anything. When it comes to any potential partnership, we want to ensure that there will be real and long lasting benefit to our Nation, along with an assurance that our members have an opportunity for meaningful employment and the ability to advance within the organization.

When considering any potential business, it’s important that we educate ourselves on the industry or concept; we have attended a few forums and workshops specific to this topic, and have been doing our own research online, it’s amazing to learn about the many different uses for this plant that are not common knowledge.  We are providing this information session for the Nation in the hopes of answering the many questions that people have around the subject. Due to the negative stigma that is attached to the plant and its use as a drug, we want to ensure the community is involved in the direction the Nation should take.

Treaty states:

“…., no intoxicating liquor shall be allowed to be introduced or sold, and all laws now in force, or hereafter to be enacted, to preserve Her Indian subjects inhabiting the reserves or living elsewhere within Her North-west Territories from the evil influence of the use of intoxicating liquors, shall be strictly enforced.”

As a supporter of all articles of Treaty, we don’t in anyway support the use or sale of any intoxicating substance on our lands; we are more interested in the low ‘THC’ producing variety known as HEMP as a potential economic development initiative. There are many uses for this plant, it has the ability to be used to produce food, clothing, building materials, bio-fuel and, the oil derived from the flower has the calming effect to symptoms for seizures, Parkinson’s, etc.

The opportunity for ‘growing’ is also an item for consideration; the one thing we have is land, we could designate a portion to the growth of the product, which in turn could potentially create employment.

We value your thoughts and input on this topic.

Thank you,

Okimahkan Roy Petit


Community Christmas & Secret Santa

You’re invited!

All members of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation are invited to attend the annual Community Christmas & Secret Santa!


  • Saturday, December 8th
  • CRCEC Gym
  • Sleigh Rides: 2-5pm
  • Meal: 3-5pm
  • Santa Claus: 4pm
  • Fireworks: 6pm

Door prizes available to be won, and gifts for youth 12 y/o and under will be distributed.

Transportation is available from Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

Saskatoon Departures
  • Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre, 168 Wall St, 1pm
  • Confederation Mall Bus Terminal, 300 Confederation Dr, 1pm
Prince Albert Departures
  • Galaxy Cinemas, 2995 – 2nd Ave W, 1pm

Busses will depart city locations promptly at 1pm. Members utilizing transportation are advised that they will be on-reserve all day, plan accordingly. Busses will depart back to the cities at 7pm following the fireworks show.

You’re invited!

All Seniors/Elders of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation are invited to attend the annual Elders’ Christmas Gathering!


  • Tuesday, December 11th
  • Veterans Memorial Hall
  • Flea Market (Bake/Craft sale, Bingo): 12-4:30pm
  • “Alone at Home” Indigenous Theatre by Curtis Peeteetuce: 4:30-6pm
  • Supper: 6-7pm

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  |