Message From the Chief
Message From The Chief (Published May 5, 2015)
Greetings to all,
At last we can say that spring has finally arrived and with it, many opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy nature, whether it be doing yard work, walking with the children or relaxing on the front deck. Let us all take some time to enjoy the warmer weather and appreciate the blessing each day brings.
As you may recall in my last message, I encouraged all members to take the opportunity to contribute to Qalipu’s new three year Strategic Plan by completing an online questionnaire. I say thank you to the more than 1000 individuals who took the time to participate in this survey. Direction from membership is very important in setting the goals of this Band.
We will share some details about the new Strategic Plan at our upcoming Annual General Assembly (AGA). This meeting will take place in Stephenville at the Days Inn on June 13 from 2:00-4:00. I encourage all members to attend.
In addition to hearing about the new strategic plan at the AGA, members will also receive a copy of our Annual Report, to be presented with our audited financial statements, hear from Department leads, take the opportunity to connect with the executive, other members of Council, Qalipu staff and fellow members of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation.
Below this message you will find a link to our newsletter, Mawpmit’jik Qalipu’k. In this monthly publication you will find information on Qalipu School outreach, a summary report on the most recent meeting of Council, some details and photos of events we have hosted, a few announcements and other information that will keep you in the loop with your Qalipu community.
Please, read on and stay in touch.
Chief Brendan Sheppard
Click here to read our Newsletter, Mawpmita’jik Qalipu’k
Announcement: Qalipu to hold Annual General Assembly (Published May 19, 2015)
Please be advised that the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band will hold its Annual General Assembly (AGA) to discuss the activities of the Band for the fiscal year of 2014-2015. The AGA will be held on June 13 at 2:00 pm in Stephenville at the Days Inn (Port au Port Ballroom). All members are invited to attend and are reminded that their registration number will be required to sign in. The Annual Report will be available on our website in the days to come. It will also be made available at the meeting.
Healers of Tomorrow Gathering (Published May 14, 2015)
The Healers of Tomorrow Gathering is a summer camp that will give students an overview of various health care professions that require either college or university training. Facilitators for the sessions are people who work in these areas. Participants will gain increased knowledge in westernized medicines and will learn about Aboriginal medicines and healing practices through sessions presented by elders and/or healers from various First Nations/Inuit/Métis communities in the province. Camp participants will also have the chance to earn a certificate in First Aid and participate in hands-on activities simulating health care procedures. The activities will be designed to include both Western and Aboriginal medicines.
The deadline to apply is June 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Click here to find more information and to apply.
Aboriginal Owned Businesses Take Note: Husky Energy Offers Diverse Supplier Development Program (Published May 14, 2015)
Husky offers an opportunity for diverse-owned businesses to participate in the Husky Energy Diverse Supplier Development Program. This program aims to develop diverse suppliers and to build their capacity to supply to the oil and gas industry by pairing business owners with a Husky mentor who has expertise in an area in which they need development.
To find out more about this program, or to apply, please visit the Husky Energy website.
Mawpmita’jik Qalipu’k Monthly Newsletter now available (Published May 5, 2015)
Mawpmita’jik Qalipu’k is Qalipu’s monthly newsletter. Please read to stay informed on program updates, upcoming events, opportunities to be involved and other information that may be of interest to our members.
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Extension of Deadline for RCMP/Qalipu Youth Summer Employment in Grand Falls-Windsor! (Published May 1, 2015)
Please help us reach out to youth members in the Grand Falls-Windsor area for an exciting opportunity for Aboriginal youth to work with the RCMP. This is a nine week program from June-August including a one week training session at the RCMP headquarters in St. John’s.
Since no youth have applied for the position in Grand Falls-Windsor, we are extending the deadline, for this area only, until May 15, 2015
Find out more about this program and apply by clicking here
Qalipu and Canadian Red Cross Partner to Prepare First Nation Communities (Published April 24, 2015)
As part of the National Emergency Preparedness week, May 3-9, Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation will partner with the Canadian Red Cross to offer Disaster Management training to members in First Nation communities within the Qalipu Wards. This will be the first time that this program will be offered in partnership with a Frist Nation in Atlantic Canada.
Qalipu Cultural Foundation Receives Charitable Registration Status
(Published April 15, 2015)
Corner Brook, April 15, 2015—with its newly acquired designation as a registered charity, the Qalipu Cultural Foundation is well on its way to achieving its mandate of supporting Mi’kmaq culture and heritage in Newfoundland.
The Foundation was launched in February with a logo unveiling and an afternoon of celebrations at the T’kaqmkuk Mi’kmaq Museum in St. Georges however, Chairman of the Foundations Board of Directors, Charles Pender, says that the group has been working for over a year to get this important initiative going.
“Our work to this point has been to get set up, to be properly established with a strong base and accountability to members. We have done this and, being recognized as a registered charity is a very important part of this process.”
Government of Canada and Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) bolster Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Enrolment Process (Published April 2, 2015)
The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Brendan Sheppard, Chief of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, today announced the Government of Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) have doubled the number of members to the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Enrolment committee.
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Traditional Land Use Study (Published April 2, 2015)
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation is currently updating its Traditional Land Use Study in the Stephenville Ward. During the months of April and May interviewers Alan Tait, Nina Tourette-Retieffe, Ivan White and Michelle Matthews will be collecting information about Qalipu members’ knowledge of land use and food harvesting within his/her lifetime. This will include collecting information on cultural connections to the land.
To participate in an interview, individuals must be a member of the Qalipu Band and at least 18 years of age. Some members have already been interviewed during the Traditional Land Use Study conducted by the Federation of Newfoundland Indians in 1999. However, these people will also be invited to participate again which will allow us to keep the study current.
To arrange your interview time and location please contact Michelle Matthews, Cultural Researcher and TUS Project Manager, at email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 640-2781
Expiry of SCIS Cards for Children (Published December 3, 2014)
Please note that all SCIS (Secure Certificate of Indian Status) cards have a set date to which they will expire. This occurs on all members’ birth dates, with adults expiring in a 10 year time frame, and children’s in a 3 year time frame.
With this being said, it should be noted that the majority of children’s SCIS cards will be expiring in 2015. Parents must re-apply for a new card for their children to ensure they have a card to present to avail of all services offered by Health Canada.
To apply for a renewal SCIS card parents must apply for a new card within 6 months of the card expiring, and complete the following:
- The expiring SCIS Card will have to be returned with the application to the SCIS National Processing Unit
- Complete a new SCIS Parent or Guardian Application. If members are not receiving assistance from one of our offices they will have to fill out a Guarantor Declaration form as well
- New passport photos must be included. If members need the Guarantor then that person must sign the back of the photo that is stamped,
- Photocopies of parents ID’s, both front and back (this could include your Provincial Driver’s License and Health Cards, example MCP). Again, if Guarantor is used then they must sign the photocopies as true copies of your original IDs.
Parents will not have to include their children’s original long form birth certificate as there is already a certified copy with the SCIS National Processing Unit.
All completed applications must then be sent to:
SCIS National Processing Unit
10 Wellington Street
Qalipu is here to help with the process of reapplication. An SCIS Clerk, Jody Davis, has been hired to take appointments at the Corner Brook and St. George’s office. Please call (709) 634-0996 or email email@example.com to make an appointment. Charmaine Bath, Indian Registration Adminisrator, will continue to assist members at the Glenwood and Grand Falls-Windsor office. Please call (709) 679-2142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Qalipu Annual General Assembly (Published May 19, 2015)
The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band will hold its Annual General Assembly (AGA) to discuss the activities of the Band for the fiscal year of 2014-2015. The AGA will be held on June 13 at 2:00 pm in Stephenville at the Days Inn (Port au Port Ballroom). All members are invited to attend and are reminded that their registration number will be required to sign in. The Annual Report will be available on our website in the days to come. It will also be made available at the meeting.