Beardy’a & Okemasis First Nation
The nation is named for Chiefs Beardy (kâmiyescawesit, “one who has a little beard”) and Okemasis (okimâsis, “little chief”, diminutive of okimâw). Together, they led two-thirds of the Willow Cree band and settled west of Duck Lake prior to the signing of Treat 6 in 1876. With adjoining reserves, the two bands have since merged into a single First Nation. The Cree name for this combined reserve is nîpisîhkopâwiyinînâhk, “among the Willow Cree”.
About Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation
Why Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation?
Beardy’s & Okemasis’ values self sufficiency through tangible economic development enterprises, employment initiatives, training and education opportunities for its members. Economic Development will be driven by investing in the future of Beardy’s & Okemasis’ people by providing opportunities for further education and skills development at all stages of life from youth to elders. By investing in the community and developing clean energy options Beardy’s & Okemasis will further progress this vision.
Recent Solar Projects
Wind Project (200MW) – One of the 15 companies bidding for the project.