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Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation partners with OUTSaskatoon to host Two Spirit Powwow

For Immediate Release

May 17, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE: Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation partners with OUTSaskatoon to host Two Spirit Powwow

Saskatoon, SK, Treaty 6 – For the first time in Canada, a First Nation will host an on-reserve Two Spirit Traditional Powwow on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation as part of Saskatoon Pride festivities.

We are thrilled to partner with OUTSaskatoon and host the first-ever Two Spirit Powwow on a First Nation in Canada!exclaimed Kevin Seesequasis, a Councillor with the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation and member of the Two-Spirit Powwow organizing committee. Our celebration has always been about demonstrating love, understanding, respect, and acceptance to individuals in our community who identify as Two-Spirit. Now we can also showcase our beautiful First Nations culture!

Last year’s Two Spirit Powwow was a powerful, emotional, and awe-inspiring event and we are honoured to be able to work with Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation to hold the Powwow on a First Nation. For OUTSaskatoon, the Two Spirit Powwow is as much a gathering place for Two Spirit people from across the prairies as it is an expression of our organizational commitment to decolonization and reconciliation. Like everyone in this country, we are called to action, and how joyful that this action includes participating in ceremony, building relationships, and bearing witness to Two Spirit dancers young and old.” – Rachel Loewen Walker, Executive Director, OUTSaskatoon

Last summer, OUTSaskatoon hosted the first Two Spirit Powwow at the University of Saskatchewan.

As a Two Spirit transgender gay man, the impacts of colonialism and the introduction of transphobia and homophobia to Indigenous communities have incited marginalization to our otherwise traditional structures” explains Jack Saddleback, the Two Spirit Coordinator at OUTSaskatoon and member of the Two Spirit Powwow organizing committee. “Through this important work, we are actively decolonizing our Indigenous worldviews of gender that speaks to loving and respecting each other as the unique individuals we all are and recognizing that we all have a place within our communities.

The day-long powwow will start with a Grand Entry at 1:00 pm at the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation powwow arbour just south of the town of Duck Lake.

We look forward to welcoming all dancers from all territories to our powwow” concluded Seesequasis.

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For more information, please contact:

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

OUTSaskatoon
306-665-1224
twospirit@outsaskatoon.ca

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Employment Opportunity: Park Interpreter

The Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, in partnership with the Fort Carlton Provincial Park, is seeking a qualified and experienced individual to serve a term position as Park Interpreter at the Fort Carlton Provincial Park.

Responsible to: Park Manager, Fort Carlton Provincial Park

Responsive to: Community Development Officer, Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation

Summary: The Park Interpreter will have direct involvement in the development and delivery of engaging, informative and interactive nature and recreation programs that make visitors aware of our province’s unique biological and cultural diversity.

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitating curriculum based school programs, leading nature hikes, cultural interpretation, organizing special events.
  • Hosting guest presenters and guiding resourced based recreation activities such as canoeing and camping skills and operate a windows based computer to create seasonal reports.

The successful candidate will have knowledge of Saskatchewan’s natural environment, cultural heritage specific to the Willow Cree of the local territory, outdoor skills, use of social media and basic computer skills. Knowledge, training, and experience in canoe instruction is considered an asset for this role. Successful candidates will have experience and ability to develop and present public programs, work alone with minimal supervision, exhibit sound judgment when dealing with the public, work in all types of weather conditions, lead school based education programs and safely lead outdoor excursions.

Core Competencies:

  • Weekend and evening work is required.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.
  • A clear Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check are required.

Working Conditions::

  • Light housekeeping activities such as sweeping, mopping and wiping of facilities;
  • Picking up litter and debris;
  • Lifting and moving program materials weighing up to 10 Kg;
  • Working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions;
  • Hiking and walking a minimum of 5 km while carrying a pack weighing up to 10 Kg;
  • Clearing and maintaining trails using hand tools;
  • Loading and unloading canoes/kayaks onto and off a trailer;
  • Paddling a canoe/kayak on a lake for a minimum of 5 km in a variety of weather conditions

Deadline to Apply: May 8, 2019, Noon. (No exceptions)


FORWARD APPLICATIONS TO:

MAIL: Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation
ATTN: Jaye Cameron, CEO
PO Box 340
Duck Lake, SK S0K 1J0
Fax: (306) 467-4404
Email: jcameron@beardysband.com
Or drop off at the Band Office in a sealed envelope.