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

For Immediate Release

December 10, 2019

STATEMENT FROM THE CHIEF: CO-MANAGEMENT/INTERVENTION STATUS REMOVED

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
communications@beardysband.com
306-467-4523

 

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Council Welcomes Indigenous Services Canada Decision: Co-Management No More!

For Immediate Release

March 1, 2018

COUNCIL WELCOMES INDIGENOUS SERVICES CANADA DECISION: CO-MANAGEMENT NO MORE!

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – “This is incredible news to receive! After nearly 15 years, the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation is under Co-Management no more!exclaimed Chief Roy Petit.

In a letter addressed to Chief & Council on February 28, 2018, Indigenous Services Canada (formerly INAC) states “… since August 2014, the First Nation has made the much needed improvements, both financially and with capacity development… and has been successfully approved for de-escalation from a Recipient Appointed Advisor (Co-Manager).

The Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation has been under Co-Management status adhering to a Management Action Plan since the early 2000s.

The Council of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation welcomes the decision from Indigenous Services Canada to remove our Nation from default management statusadded Chief Petit. “We must take this time to congratulate our Membership, and acknowledge the work of the entire Council, our Directors, and staff who have worked so hard to ensure the objectives set forth in our new Financial Management Act are being met. This adherence to our own laws continues to move us forward in a good way and is something our community can be proud of!

The letter from Indigenous Services Canada further states: “A Co-Manager was hired in August 2014 when the First Nation’s finances and the ability for the First Nation to deliver ISC programs were of serious concern… and the [General Assessment] was rated High Risk: -46.38.

Today’s General Assessment score is -14.67, low risk.

We commend the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation on the progress made while under intervention/default management and wish you continued successconcluded the letter from Indigenous Services Canada.

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523 ext 237
communications@beardysband.com