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Tansi, Greetings Peepeekisis Citizenship,
On behalf of my family and the Nation, I would like to share with my fellow citizens, those that know me and those that don’t.
I have lived on the Peepeekisis Cree Nation with my wife, Lianne Bird for the past 35 years. I have four sons, fourteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. As our old ones say it’s a blessing to see your generations grow before your eyes. We all live on the Nation or within a hour distance; Regina, Balcarres.
I have been fortunate to be a leader as title of councillor and Headman for the Nation for many years and a tradesman in the carpentry/ construction field. Contractor, sub contractor, cabinet /millwork, plumbing, Housing Coordinator, Manager, Director. I also worked for five years for Yorkton Tribal Council as housing inspector and Director of Technical Services. It was a great experience and opportunity to net work with many great people. I also enjoyed the years working as housing capacity or Leadership.
I have participated at the tables with many Peepeekisis Chiefs and fellow leadership, ladies and men. I have sat with Chief and twelve council and Chief and four headpersons. This journey has been a learning experience, with challenges, hardships and victories. Peepeekisis is my pride growing up with the Veterans, membership, peers, and our young. We are a diverse Nation with many skills and talents. We have one of the highest Post Secondary number of educated citizens and our sports were legendary. We have succeeded many firsts through out Indian country. We have made our Nation known to all.
I support our Strategic plan and look forward to its development, Independence, Economic Development and Culture and Language. Through this plan you see the opportunity that the government of the day supports through funding and reconciliation.
We, as Peepeekisis, have to take that pride in identity, in knowing who we are and never forget that we are apart of a great Nation. The indigenous of these lands.
We have to respect our Ancestors who have did their best to make a good future for all. As citizens we should all do the same, teach our children their identity, roles, respect and to live a clean healthy life for themselves and their children. I try my best to do this in my home as I seen the damage to a family from alcohol/drug abuse.
Never forget you are a Treaty partner; our forefathers signed a sacred document recognizing who the signatories and their respected Nations were. Our ancestors who didn’t speak English but lived with their culture a daily life and their language. They lifted their Pipes in prayer seeking guidance respecting Creators creation that was provided. Everything had a spirit like the two parties negotiating this Treaty 4, they called upon Creator and the helpers of all directions spiritual and the ancestors to make sure the written words were honourable and will take care of the future Nations people.
As long as the sun shines, grass grows, rivers flow.
I would like to say in closing that we have came along way and will be here a long time, lets support our Strategic plan and build our Nation. The governments of the day want to work with us, understanding we are resilient people like our lands and won’t go away only grow and grow. This year 2020 offers opportunity for Peepeekisis Cree Nation.
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