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Councillor Statement: Wildfire Near, Evacuation of CBMES/CRCEC

For Immediate Release

May 7, 2018

COUNCILLOR STATEMENT: WILDFIRE NEAR, EVACUATION OF CBMES/CRCEC

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement was released today by Kevin Seesequasis, Councillor in charge of Emergency Management after the wildfire near Chief Beardy Memorial Elementary School and Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex:

“Today at approximately 1pm, a wildfire was reported just north of the CBMES and CRCEC. Earlier in the day, the BOCN Fire Department was conducting controlled-burns in the area. Unfortunately, after a controlled burn was conducted and thought-to-be extinguished, a rabbit-on-fire (yes, this is true) lit another adjacent section of bush and caught fire. The fire quickly grew in size and the Fire Department responded immediately and appropriately.

Due to the size and proximity of the fire, the Fire Chief determined it was necessary to evacuate both the CBMES and CRCEC. Emergency Management and Education staff worked in conjunction to ensure the safety of our students and were evacuated successfully without incident.

As with anything, experience has a funny way of being a really effective teacher. Today, we kick-off Emergency Preparedness Week and this was certainly a good way to start our week, and test our skills. As with all things, there are undoubtedly lessons to be learned. I will immediately convene a meeting to identify those lessons, and work with our staff to ensure that the lessons learned from this incident are adopted into future situations.

A fireguard is established behind the CRCEC and CBMES.

Effective immediately, the fire ban is still in effect for the entirety of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation – only the Fire Department will be allowed to conduct controlled-burns. Fireguards are being put in place around the schools, and additional controlled-burns will be conducted in the immediate vicinity to prevent this type of situation from occurring again.

If you or your children are experiencing difficulty breathing as a result of the smoke, I urge you to contact Willow Cree Health Services immediately and seek medical attention.

As I close, I wish to acknowledge the assistance of all the teaching and support staff at CBMES and CRCEC who worked to keep our kids safe and calm their fears; the Fire Crew who put themselves in harms way to keep others safe and bring this fire under control; the Emergency Management staff for working to coordinate support and resources; the bus drivers who responded quickly and brought our children home safe; the staff at Willow Cree Health who provided masks and water to students; our Public Works staff who provided support for our Fire Department; and so many other countless individuals and volunteers who worked diligently to ensure the safety of our students.

Kininaskomitinawaw.”

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For more information, please contact:

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

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Councillor Statement: Emergency Preparedness Week

For Immediate Release

April 30, 2018

COUNCILLOR STATEMENT: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement and information was released today by Kevin Seesequasis, Councillor in charge of Emergency Management regarding Emergency Preparedness Week for the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation:

“2018 marks the first year the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation has observed Emergency Preparedness Week. Our activities begin Monday, May 7 and conclude Friday, May 11, 2018.

We have planned a week of activities and events to create awareness of Emergency Management responsibilities and functions within the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation. Emergency Preparedness Week is a collaborative event undertaken by our Emergency Management department and supported by several partners including the RCMP, STARS, Rosthern Ambulance Care, Saskatchewan First Nations Emergency Management, and the Canadian Red Cross.

As we come to Emergency Preparedness Week, I am encouraging all members of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation to participate in our activities (see list below), and take three simple steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:

  • Know the risks
  • Make a plan
  • Get an emergency kit

Here is a list of our Emergency Preparedness Week activities and initiatives:

Monday, May 7:
  1. Tornado Warning Siren Test – in conjunction with the BOCN Fire Department, we will conduct a Tornado Warning Siren Test on Monday, May 7th beginning promptly at 2pm. Listen for the Siren, tell us where you live, and call 306-467-4523 to let us know if you heard it (or didn’t).
  2. Introduction to Emergency Management – with our Canadian Red Cross partners, we will inform our community on how to be prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster, play some interactive games, have a delicious meal, and win some great prizes! Join us beginning at 6pm at the Veterans Memorial Hall.
Tuesday, May 8:
  1. “Kiyas”: A talk with Elders on Emergencies ‘back in the day’ – a chat with Elders to discuss how our ancestors dealt with emergency situations, the role of families and kinship, and the idea of perseverance and community. Join us beginning at 6:30pm at the Veterans Memorial Hall.
Wednesday, May 9:
  1. Be Prepared: Tornado Teachings, Fire Safety, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change – information on how to be prepared for a tornado, how to prevent fires in your home, how to prepare and respond to extreme weather, and how Climate Change is impacting our community. Join us beginning at 6:30pm at the Veterans Memorial Hall.
Thursday, May 10:
  • No activities planned/scheduled.
Friday, May 11:
  1. CBMES Classroom Talks – our partners will engage in age-appropriate discussions with our babies on “Stop, Drop, and Roll”, “Quick, what’s the number to 9-1-1”“Cops are your friends”, and so much more about the role First Responders play in emergency situations and how kids can help! Kindergarten to Grade 4, 9:30am.
  2. “Emergency Preparedness and You(th) Expo” – an expo full of interactive games, opportunities, and lessons from First Responders. Grades 5 – 9, CRCEC Gym, 1:30pm.

Building awareness of the risks to our community is a great first step toward preventing disaster. It is my sincere hope that all members of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation will participate in our Emergency Preparedness Week activities and work with us for the safety of all our community members. By taking an active role, you are helping to build a community that will be prepared not if, but when disaster strikes.

 With your help, we can all know the risks, and develop a plan to prevent disasters in our community.

PS – let us know you’re coming! Click here to RSVP on Facebook.”

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For more information, please contact:

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

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Councillor Statement: Total Fire Ban

For Immediate Release

April 26, 2018

COUNCILLOR STATEMENT: TOTAL FIRE BAN ISSUED FOR BOCN

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement was released today by the Councillor in charge of Emergency Management, Kevin Seesequasis:

The weather has been kind to us these last couple days. Our prayers for ‘winter no more’ have been answered. But along with this change in weather – high winds, very little rain, a blazing sun – comes some very dry conditions that are favourable for wildfires.

In consultation with our Fire Crew Chief, we have instituted a mandatory TOTAL FIRE BAN. This means that fires are not permitted on the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation. (This does exclude cultural and ceremonial fires).

Please be extra vigilant. The last thing we need is a house burning down (or worse). Our Emergency Management department staff, in consultation with our Fire Crew Chief, will assess the situation when conditions improve and will advise when it may be appropriate to lift the ban.

It is my hope that we will all do our part to respect the provisions put forth and work together to prevent catastrophe.

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For more information, please contact:

Reed Gamble, Fire Crew Chief
306-467-4523

or

Brenda Seesequasis, Emergency Management Coordinator
306-467-4523