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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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications




1 Female Youth (between 14-25 years old)
1 Male Youth (between 14-25 years old)
2 Female Elders
2 Male Elders

The Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation is accepting applications for the Governance Committee.
The Governance Committee is mandated to work as a team to ensure that legislation is created for the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation.
Through enacting the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation Constitution, the community has mandated the inclusion of Elders and Youth in all levels of governance. To honour that direction, Elders and Youth will be included in the Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation Nehiyaw

 Paminisowin Cree Governance

We are seeking:
1 Female Youth (between 14-25 years old)
1 Male Youth (between 14-25 years old)
2 Female Elders
2 Male Elders

Elders: to apply you may either submit a letter stating your interest in governance or you may call the band office at (306) 467-4523 and speak with Joanne Brittian.
Youth: to apply you must submit a 1 page essay to Joanne Brittian, the topic should be “what governance means to you.”

Contact information:

Joanne Brittian, Executive Assistant to the Council
Phone: (306) 467-4523
Or you may
Drop off your application at the band office attention, Joanne Brittian.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Thursday April 19, 2018 at 4:00pm