Beardy’s and Okemasis

Historical and Alternate Community Names

Kahmawiskahwasit, Kahmawistahmasits, Kahmawistahwassits, Kahmeeyestoowaegs, Kahmeeyistoowaysit, Okeemasees, Okemas's, Okenasis, Okimasis, Saswapaw, Saswapew, Saswapey, Saswaypew, Saswaypoo, Saswaysew, Sawapee, Sayswaypeo, Seekwahnis, Duck Lake

Reserves, Settlements, and Villages

Beardy's & Okemasis Indian Reserve No. 96 & 97-A, Beardy's & Okemasis Indian Reserve No. 96 & 97, Beardy's & Okemasis Indian Reserve No. 96 & 97-B, Beardy's & Okemasis Indian Reserve No. 96 & 97-C, Willow Cree Indian Reserve

General Information 

Beardy’s and Okemasis is a Nêhiyaw (Cree) First Nation located to the south-west of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. They are signatories to Treaty 6, which the group signed in 1876. As of 2022, Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation has a registered population of 3,668.

Support Services and Programs Available to Community Members

Preview of CIRNAC's Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation Profile

Works Consulted

Government of Canada; Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada; Communications Branch, “First Nation Profiles,” fact sheet; resource list, November 14, 2008,

“Indigenous Saskatchewan Encyclopedia | University of Saskatchewan,” accessed November 29, 2022,

Library and Archives Canada, “Indexes of Western First Nations Bands: Languages, Agencies, Inspectorates, and Regional Offices,” August 18, 2022,