Chief’s Message (Published November 18, 2013)
It is now evident that the letters, which members and applicants were advised through the Qalipu website in July 2013 would be coming, are now being received. As anticipated, these letters are causing concern among many individuals. We have posted as much helpful information that we could anticipate would respond to various questions under the Enrolment tab of Qalipu’s website site under the Latest News section.
I sympathize with the difficulties and frustrations that you are experiencing; this process is complicated, as legal processes tend to be. In an effort to provide a level of comfort to members and applicants, I will provide a few scenarios that I hope will help explain the process and your next steps. It is important to note that these scenarios are of a general nature; differing circumstances may significantly change the approach required. In these scenarios, ‘Mi’kmaq community’ refers to one of the geographic locations of the Mi’kmaq Group of Indians of Newfoundland listed in Annex ‘B’ to the 2008 Agreement for the Recognition of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band. Read
Message from Chief Brendan Sheppard (Published July 16, 2013)
The Federation of Newfoundland Indians has reached a Supplemental Agreement with the Government of Canada that will allow a fair and equitable review of all valid applications.
As many of you know, in 2008 the Government of Canada and the Federation of the Newfoundland Indians reached an agreement to create the new Qalipu Mi’kmaq Indian First Nation. The Agreement included an enrolment process for founding members. The Agreement was designed to establish a landless Indian Act Band for the Mi’kmaq groups in Newfoundland. Read
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR AUDIT SERVICES (Published December 2, 2013)
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band (QMFNB) is seeking proposals from interested and qualified accounting firms for the provision of external audit services of the band’s annual financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards for the fiscal years 2014-2019 inclusive. Read
Addendum to Request for Proposal for Audit Services Read
Public Notice (Published November 29, 2013)
Councillor Barker, Exploits Ward, and Councillor Skeard, Glenwood Ward, in conjunction with the Central Vice Chief, Randy Drover, will be holding two (2) member meetings to discuss the letter that was recently mailed by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) regarding the enrolment reassessment process. This meeting will focus on the letter from AANDC. Members will be given an overview of the letter and the associated requirements.
This meeting is for current members of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band, and in particular the Exploits and Glenwood Wards.
Glenwood Ward Meeting Details
December 8, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Appleton Town Hall, Appleton
Exploits Ward Meeting Details
December 9, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
Mount Peyton Hotel, Grand Falls-Windsor
Employment Opportunity – Policy & Planner Manager MAMKA (Published November 26, 2013)
Job Description: Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation is committed to representing the Mi’kmaq people and communities of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band in aquatic resource and oceans management issues. Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation is seeking a Policy and Planner Manager. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer… Read
ATTENTION APPLICANTS AND MEMBERS OF THE QALIPU MI’KMAQ FIRST NATION (Published November 9, 2013)
This notice is an update to the public notice of July 31, 2013.
More information is now available on www.aandc.gc.ca/qalipu and www.qalipu.ca concerning the process for enrolment in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation and the implementation of the 2008 Agreement for the Recognition of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band and the 2013 Supplemental Agreement.
All applicants, except those whose applications were previously rejected, have been sent one of two letters regarding their applications. Read
UPDATED INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE QALIPU MI’KMAQ FIRST NATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION (Published November 9, 2013)
This document updates the July 31, 2013 bulletin entitled, Important Information for Applicants, and includes general guidelines for applicants who wish to provide documents related to self-identification and/or group acceptance to support their application for enrolment in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. Please read it carefully prior to providing additional documentation in support of your application. Read
First Annual General Meeting (Published November 6th, 2013)
Members of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band were invited to attend the first Annual General Meeting of the Band. The meeting was held at the Albatross Hotel in Gander, NL on Saturday October 26th, 2013. Copies of the Annual Report that were available at the session can be found here.
Chief Sheppard Seeks Analysis of Latest Oil & Gas Recovery Technologies (Published September 18, 2013)
Qalipu First Nation Chief, Brendan Sheppard, is taking a hands-on approach in his investigation of oil and gas extraction technologies that could potentially be utilized in Western Newfoundland. Recently at the 8th International Symposium on Oil and Gas Resources in Western Newfoundland, hosted by the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade, Chief Sheppard met with many key industry stakeholders and attended the various presentations throughout the event. Read
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band and Black Spruce Exploration Sign Letter of Intent (Published September 16, 2013)
Corner Brook, NL – Chief Brendan Sheppard of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Black Spruce Exploration Corp effective September 11, 2013. This agreement will provide Qalipu and Black Spruce an opportunity to work together on a number of important issues around the development of the Oil & Gas sector in Western Newfoundland. Read
Click Here for a copy of the Letter of Intent
Government of Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians Announce Appointment of Ronald G. Penney as Chair of the Qalipu Enrolment Committee
OTTAWA, ONTARIO (Published September 10, 2013) – The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Brendan Sheppard, President of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI), today welcomed the appointment of Mr. Ronald G. Penney as Chair of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Enrolment Committee. Read
CORRECTION NOTICE (Published August 8, 2013)
An earlier version of a Public Notice for applicants and members the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, which appeared in several Newfoundland newspapers in August 2013, incorrectly stated that individuals are required to submit their original long form birth certificate. Read
For more information the public notice can be viewed Here.
Aboriginal Presentation for 54th Corner Brook Cub Pack (Published November 22, 2013)
Corner Brook Councilor Brendan Mitchell and Western Region Vice Chief Kevin Barnes participated in an aboriginal cultural presentation with the 54th Corner Brook Cub Pack on the evening of November 18th, 2013. Read
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band selects Charities of Choice for 2013 – 2014 (Published October 11, 2013)
Since its formation in 2011, Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation has been dedicated to giving back to the community. Each year, the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band arranges fundraisers to raise money for the selected Charity of Choice. In 2012 – 2013, Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Staff and Council raised $4000.00 for the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation. For 2013 – 2014, two charities have been selected as Charities of Choice. Staff has chosen the Canadian Diabetes Association as its Charity of Choice and the Band Council has chosen the ALS Society. Read