COVID-19 Statement

Statement from the Chief: COVID-19

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2020


Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement was released by Chief Petit in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

During this time, we are asking that membership please take all recommended precautions to ensure that you are doing your part to help stop the potential spread of the virus; language and behavior that can cause undue panic in the community does not help anyone. If you have legitimate information, recommendations, or solutions, please share those – everyone’s input is welcome.

The BOCN has in place an Emergency Management Team (EMT) consisting of leadership, health, and other staff who are trained in preparation for all kinds of different emergency scenarios. These individuals continue to monitor the situation for any changes as they occur locally, provincially, and nationally.

Since before the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement that the situation had been upgraded to a pandemic, preparations had already been underway to update and formulate the plan for how we as a community would deal with the situation as it unfolded. During the past few days, the EMT has met daily to review information as it comes in; and following the latest reliable medical advice, news reports, and the decisions that are being made by other governments. The EMT is using all tools available to keep the community informed.

Information will continue to be shared through:

    1. Text Blasting – this is the easiest, most efficient way to keep informed. Simply text “BOCN” to 393939 to be added to the service.
    2. Website –
    3. Social Media – only reliable, relevant, and credible information will be posted to the Chief & Council Facebook and Instagram accounts.
    4. Direct Delivery – to on-reserve households will continue as the situation warrants.
    5. Local Radio – 103.3 CHIT FM. Timings will be announced.

Please do your part by sharing information with your clans, families who might not have access to the above methods of information distribution.


You can do your part by:

    1. Washing your hands thoroughly and regularly;
    2. Practicing proper cough etiquette (into your sleeve or shoulder)
    3. Practicing ‘social distancing’: 2 metres or 6 feet apart, avoiding unnecessary travel, avoiding shaking hands, hugging, kissing, etc.
    4. STAY HOME.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time.

An updated information package is being prepared and will be delivered as soon as possible.

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications  |  306-467-4523


Statement from the Chief: Co-Management/Intervention Status Removed

For Immediate Release

December 10, 2019


Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement was release by Chief Petit today on the receipt of a letter from Indigenous Services Canada confirming that the Co-Management/Intervention regime imposed by ISC has been removed:

“In a letter dated December 4, 2019, Indigenous Services Canada stated ‘Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Band has effectively met the requirements of the current Management Action Plan‘ and ‘we are pleased to advised that effective immediately, Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Band has successfully been removed from any requirements associated with the Default Prevention and Management Policy‘.

We commend the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Band on the progress you have made while under intervention/default management and wish you First Nation continued success.

The Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation is now – after 20 years – out of Co-Management!

I wish to acknowledge and thank all our Directors and staff for their hard work in implementing Council’s vision. Their dedication, and the collective effort of our community as a whole has made this a reality for us all. Change has undoubtedly been difficult at times, but through our efforts, our nation is now in the best, most financially stable position it has ever been.

This is a milestone we can all be proud of!”

You can view the letter below:

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Chief & Council Communications



Employment Opportunity: P/T, Term Marketing Coordinator / Interpretive Guide

Title: Marketing Coordinator/Interpretive Guide

Responsible to: Community Development Officer – Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation

Responsive to: Executive Director – Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre

Summary: The Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation is seeking a qualified individual to fill a part-time, term position as Marketing Coordinator/Interpretive Guide in support of local tourism initiatives.

Reporting to both the Community Development Officer at the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, and the Executive Director at the Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre, the Marketing Coordinator/Interpretive Guide will assist in promoting the region as a tourist destination and in the delivery of local guided tours.

Core Competencies:

  1. Develop and execute tourism marketing plans for the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation and the Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre using a variety of media targeting diverse demographics;
  2. Develop Social Media content to achieve marketing and promotional objectives;
  3. Work with stakeholder groups to identify opportunities and gaps in service/program delivery;
  4. Assist in event coordination, research, and content curation;
  5. Provide administrative support to immediate supervisors; and
  6. Lead guided tours of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation and the Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre.


  1. Heritage Interpreter Training is considered an asset;
  2. Knowledge of local historically significant events;
  3. Marketing Certificate/Diploma (a combination of experience and education will be considered);
  4. Excellent computer skills;
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills especially in a group setting;
  6. Knowledge of local nehiyawak (Cree) culture;
  7. First Aid;
  8. Must be able to provide both a CPIC and VSS; and
  9. Must possess a valid Class 5 Drivers Licence and have access to a reliable vehicle.

Working Conditions:

  • Part-time, 5 hours daily – scheduling to be determined by supervisors and based on facility/administrative needs;
  • Term: Employment starts July 1 till mid-August (with possibility of extension); and
  • Weekend work may be required.

How to apply:

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references to:

Jaye Cameron, Chief Executive Officer
RE: Marketing Coordinator/Interpretive Guide
Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation
PO Box 340
Duck Lake, SK  S0K 1J0

Applications can also be dropped off with our receptionist in-person at the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Band Office.

Closing date for submissions is 12:00pm (noon), June 21, 2019.

*We thank all those who are interested.

*Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


RFP: Accommodations Design


The Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation has embarked on a tourism strategy that includes the development of tourism focused accommodations to be located in a rural area with historical significance.

At this point in time, we require a design proposal for lodging units that will accommodate up to four visitors comfortably in an off-grid setting. We are seeking a proposal that will incorporate our cultural values in the design and appearance of the lodging.


The lodging will not be connected to electrical or natural gas services, proposals must include methodology to supply power and heat through sustainable, self-contained solutions.

There will be no foundations for the lodging, units must be designed to be moved.

The location of the project is in a dark sky preserve area; we are seeking designs that incorporate that opportunity as a competitive advantage.

Kitchen and bathroom/shower facilities will be developed as separate structures, design concepts should focus on maximizing space for sleep and comfort.


Project Identification Number: RFP 027.19
Project: Accommodations Design
Project Start: As Soon As Possible
Location Required: Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation
Maximum value of contract: $30,000
Proposal Submission Deadline: July 24, 2019 (noon)

  1. Project Identification Number (RFP 027.19).
  2. Methodology for community engagement and inclusion in the design study.
  3. Company profile including a statement of qualifications and key personnel who will be assigned to the project.
  4. Proposed project methodology and the division of roles and responsibilities between the firm and the client; work schedule with milestones and timelines.
  5. Relevant experience in engaging Indigenous communities and organizations in design processes including recent project examples and references.
  6. The basis for pricing their services.

Proposals can be submitted to the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation via email:, via fax: (306) 467-4404 or by dropping off your proposal at the front desk of the Band Office. A selection committee will determine the best submission and will award a contract to the winning applicant.

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


Pimacihowin House Recipient Named

For Immediate Release

November 6, 2018


Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 Territory – For the first time in nearly 10 years, a new home is being awarded to an eligible recipient of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation.

Construction began on the Pimacihowin House, which was fully funded through a partnership with BHP Billiton, in 2015. The 4 bedroom, energy-efficient home was built entirely by students at the Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex Industrial Arts program.

“Students of the Pimacihowin Project have worked hard on this home – they met this morning to select a deserving recipient for the house and are proud to award the new home to Carrie Sutherland proclaimed Chief Petit. “There were many applicants, and there are many families in our community who are in need and deserving of a new home, but our youth made this decision and felt that due to current circumstances, this family was the best recipient.”

 In order to be considered for the Pimacihowin House, applicants needed to:

  • be a member of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation;
  • submit an essay explaining their need;
  • be a family with two or more children; and
  • be drug and alcohol free.

Carrie was notified this morning about her selection.

“I am so very, very happy and grateful” exclaimed Carrie. “With what’s going on in my family, this is a clean start and a new life for us… I also want to thank everybody for taking the time read our application. I’m so honoured to be selected for this new house!”

The Sutherland family will take possession of the home at a ribbon cutting ceremony once the home is completed in the very near future.

Congratulations Carrie, Shireen, Garrett Jr, Serenity and Sydney!

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Chief & Council Communications
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