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Beaver Lake Cree Nation

This land is our spiritual, physical, and economic homeland. We keep this land in honour of our ancestors and on behalf of our future generations, so that as long as the sun shines, the rivers flow, and the grass grows, we can continue our traditional way of life.

Notice of
Nomination Period

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Published February 1st, 2019Notice of Nomination Period

The nomination period will be open from February 1, 2019 to February 28, 2019.

Eligible Electors may nominate eligible candidates for the office of Chief or Councilor:

  • - At the Nomination Meeting; or
  • - By completing and submitting the Nomination Form to the Electoral Officer within the Nomination Period;

in accordance with the rules and procedures set out in the Beaver Lake Cree Nation Election Law.

For further information please contact the Electoral Officer at:
Dennis Callihoo
Phone: 587-855-1517
Email: denlaw@telusplanet.net
Address: #300, 5201 - 51 Avenue, Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 0V5

Notice from
Statistics Canada

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Published January 16, 2019Collaborative Process on Indian Registration

Hello,

We are pleased to announce that the survey for the Collaborative Process on Indian Registration, band membership and First Nation citizenship is now available on our website. The survey is part of the Department’s strategy to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to provide input into the Collaborative Process.

We invite individuals to provide their input on the three consultation streams:

  • • The removal of the 1951 cut-off from the Indian Act;
  • • Remaining inequities related to registration and membership under the Indian Act ; and
  • • First Nation exclusive responsibility for determining membership and citizenship (moving beyond the Indian Act).

*Please visit our website for the link to the survey: www.canada.ca/first-nation-citizenship. The survey should take between 15 to 20 minutes to complete and all answers will be confidential.

Please feel free to forward this message to any Indigenous individual that may be interested. A limited number of printed copies will be made available upon request. However, in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, individuals are encouraged to complete the survey online, when possible. Please contact us if you want print versions of the survey.

Additionally, we invite you to write a written submission to our email aadnc.fncitizenship-citoyennetepn.aandc@canada.ca on the consultation streams.

The information gathered through the survey will be added to the input obtained from community sessions, regional events and the information collected by the Minister’s Special Representative to inform the preparation of the June 2019 report to Parliament. For materials and information on the consultations, you may visit the Department’s website regularly for updates as they become available at: www.canada.ca/first-nation-citizenship.

Should you have any questions please email us at: aadnc.fncitizenship-citoyennetepn.aandc@canada.ca or call us at: 1-855-833-0033.

Regards,
New Service Offerings Directorate
Resolution and Individual Affairs
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Canada's Proposed Indigenous Rights Recognition

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Published November 13, 2018Canada's Proposed Indigenous Rights Recognition and Implementation Framework

Treaty No. 6 Territory / Edmonton, November 13, 2018)

We are Treaty Tribes, Nations and Peoples of Treaty No. 6 (1876 and adhesions thereto). Several Treaty No. 6 Chiefs have sent letters to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ensure that the positions of Treaty Nations is on record regarding rejection of Canada’s Proposed Indigenous Rights Recognition and Implementation Framework. The letters are in response to Minister Carolyn Bennett’s public message, “No stopping the framework says Minister Bennett, but she’s listening (October 29, 2018).” “The First Nations have made it known publicly and in writing that Canada’s aggressive agenda to expedite plans to create legislation designed to deny our rights to lands and resources have been done all without our Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). This does not bring Honour to the Crown,” Chief Craig Makinaw.

“Our sacred treaty matters were not addressed - instead the Minister in July of 2018 sent out a form letter that completely mischaracterized the process and did not include one word on the treaty issues raised in our letter. Onion Lake was not the only Nation to send a letter against the process. Canada has chosen to ignore those letters resorting to fabrications,” stated Okimaw Henry Lewis.

There was an expedited engagement period for the Framework process, and the results contained in the roll-up documents were selective in nature, supporting only Canada’s pre-determined positions and goals and were dispensed only at federally pre-selected and managed meetings, and not released to our Nations.

Chief Kurt Burnstick has stated: “As Treaty Peoples, Canada always must bring honour of the Crown into dealings with our Nations. The present process is full of sharp dealings that bring no honour to either the Crown or the state of Canada.”

“The Framework is in direct conflict with our Treaty, inherent rights and title. The process does not recognize nor respect our jurisdiction,” stated Chief Tony Alexis.

“It is clear for our First Nations that continuing with this process will result in a major set-back for the renewal of the relationship between Canada and Treaty First Nations,” stated Chief Billy Morin.

“In light of the deteriorating situation in Canada, the Treaty Peoples have tried many ways to open a dialogue with Canada. We have written letters and provided materials to Canada without any formal response. For the sake of our Peoples’ and our children’s children, we must collectively find a path to advance and implement the Treaty made with the British Crown,” stated Chief Eddy Makokis.

For more information please contact:
Tara Cutarm
Ermineskin Communications
ph: 780-360-5756
tara@ermineskin.ca

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