MEMO: Rent Collection Notice

To: Membership, Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation

From: Derek Cameron, Director of Public Works & Housing

Date: December 4, 2018

Re: Rent Collection Notice

Dear Membership,

The intent of this memo is to give notice to the tenants living in BOCN Housing Units that “Rent” will become effective January 1, 2019.

Rent will be set at $100.00 per band unit, per month. CMHC units will have a rental charge of $345.00 per month. Social Assistance will be cost-sharing this expense if there are SA clients that reside in the unit.

It is very important for the head of household to notify the Public Works Clerk (Jessica Daniels (306-467-4523)) of who resides in each unit as it determines the rental subsidy that will be covered by Social Assistance. If there is no clarification, the unit will assume the full rental charge.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Public Works & Housing department.

Thank you,

<<original signed by>>

Derek Cameron
Director – Public Works & Housing



For Immediate Release

November 28, 2018


Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 Territory – The following statement was released today by the Council of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation:

“On November 11th and 12th, members of the Willow Cree Housing Authority met to select 9 tenants for new homes on the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation.

The individuals and their families that have been selected are:

  1. Candace Gardypie/Joe Robbins
  2. Desirae Cameron
  3. Yvonne & Steven Houle
  4. Richard & Julie Ananas
  5. Tenille Gardipy/Earl Cameron
  6. Melissa Ballantyne/Adam Gamble
  7. Tyler Gamble/Brea Okemaysim
  8. Crystal & Donovan Fiddler
  9. Eric J. Sutherland

Today, Council ratified the selection made by the Willow Cree Housing Authority and would like to congratulate these band members and their families on being selected to receive a new home. We wish you all every success that this new opportunity, and new responsibility provides.

We would also like to acknowledge members of the Willow Cree Housing Authority: Gloria Bugler, Ruby Eyahpaise, Candace Sutherland, Patricia Gardypie, and Eli Mike Sr. Our Council has every confidence in the work of the Willow Cree Housing Authority and appreciates their commitment to a fair and unbiased selection process.

Congratulations and thanks to you all!”

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For more information, please contact Chief & Council Communications:




Sneak Peek: 9 New Kingsmere Houses!

You’re invited to join the Willow Cree Housing Authority and members of the Public Works & Housing department on Wednesday, November 28th for a Housing Information Session & New Tenant Announcement beginning at 6pm at the Veterans Memorial Hall. Supper will be served, door prizes will be available, and the first 9 new tenants will be announced to the community!

Here’s a sneak peek at the Kingsmere home – 9 of these will be built in various colours. Have a look:

You can also view the detailed schematics here:

We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, November 28th!


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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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523  |


9 new homes, more on the way!

For Immediate Release

October 26, 2018


Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 Territory – It’s been nearly a decade since the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation has been in a position to build homes on the First Nation, but according to Councillor Edwin Ananas, 9 new homes are being purchased, and more are on the way.

“We’re proud to officially announce the acquisition of 9 new homes for the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation” exclaimed Ananas. “The contracts have been signed, and construction will begin within the next few months; through the project there are will be potential opportunities for employment for qualified band members, and a transparent process in accordance with our Housing Policy will be employed to award those homes to deserving band members.”

9 new homes will be purchased through a partnership with Indigenous Services Canada (formerly INAC), and Zak’s Home Building Supplies of Hague, Saskatchewan.

“What welcome news for our community, it’s been a long time coming! It’s exciting to see the fruits of all of the hard work, and dedication to a share vision coming to reality. Today, I am proud to join Public Works & Housing Director, Derek Cameron and Councillor Ananas in this announcement” said Chief Roy Petit.

The Ready-to-Move homes (RTMs) will be built in Hague and transported upon completion to pre-determined housing lots in the existing sub-division. The Willow Cree Housing Authority will be responsible for selecting members to occupy the homes. Each home is valued at approximately $160,000.00. More information will be available at an up-coming Housing Information Session, we hope that you will attend.

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications



Employment Opportunity: Interim Director – Public Works & Housing

Title: Interim Director – Public Works & Housing

Responsible to: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer

Responsive to: Councillor i/c Public Works & Housing

Summary: The Interim Director – Public Works & Housing is a term position for three months with possibility of extension.

The Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation requires a superior candidate to serve as “Interim Director – Public Works & Housing”.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, the “Interim Director – Public Works & Housing” is the administrative head of the Department of Public Works & Housing with the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation.

The Interim Director – Public Works & Housing works full-time and has proven experience in managing all activities related to Public Works & Housing.

Core Competencies:

  1. Manage the day-to-day operations of the Department of Public Works & Housing including people, material, equipment, finances, information and reports.
  2. Direct personnel and resources to effectively deliver services and programs to members of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation
  3. Ensure the efficient and effective delivery of Public Works goods and services.
  4. Demonstrate an exceptional ability in adhering to funding-source application (grant writing) and reporting guidelines; and
  5. Demonstrate an exceptional ability in time, resource, and personnel management.


  • Experience with Public Works, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation, Band Based Capital considered an asset;
  • Business Administration and/or Urban Planning Post-Secondary education;
  • Excellent computer sills (Microsoft Office, Internet, email, etc.);
  • Superior communication, organization, and project management skills;
  • Awareness of First Nation values, culture and traditions;
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle; and
  • Must be able to provide a CPIC upon successful selection.

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

Jaye Cameron, Chief Executive Officer
RE: Interim Director – Pubic Works & Housing
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) October 17, 2018.

*We thank all those who are interested.

*Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.