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"Chief & Council Moving on after FSIN/Lonechild deal"

NR 005.11- For Immediate Release- September 2, 2011

Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, SK- Advocating a spirit of cooperation and forgiveness, Chief Remonda Gardipy and the Council of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation reacted to news of Chief Guy Lonechild’s resignation by saying that it’s time to move on. “Healing, and forgiving. It’s the Indian way” says the Chief of the First Nation located 45 minutes north of Saskatoon.

Gardipy, who participated in the Indian Governance Commission’s special assembly on September 1 st at the Dakota Dunes Casino, was preparing to vote against the motion to remove the embattled Chief- that vote never occurred. “Mistakes were made on all sides. We must acknowledge that what he [Lonechild] did was wrong, and how the IGC went about removing him was also flawed. We’ve already wasted too much time fighting amongst ourselves” says Gardipy. “We need to focus on what really matters- the business of governing our First Nations and advancing issues that matter to our people- treaty protection, education, our children.”

Chief Gardipy and the Council of Beardy’s voted unanimously to back Lonechild who was removed as Chief of the FSIN in early August due to his failure to disclose a drunk driving charge. “When our children make mistakes we don’t kick them to the curb; we teach them not to make the same mistake again. It’s time to move forward. We all have to remember that we’re all children of the Creator.”

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