MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
It is with great sadness that I share news of the passing of former National Chief Dwight Dorey. Dwight was a friend to me, and a strong supporter of the Qalipu First Nation during his time as National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, and over the years as an advocate for the Indigenous people of Canada.
With summer solstice just around the corner, new buds on the trees and sunny skies, are you as excited as I am about all the opportunities to celebrate the season?
National Indigenous Peoples Day, for many communities, has become a weeklong celebration. In Corner Brook, the Mi’kmaq Flag will be raised on Monday, July 18th at several locations throughout the city. Join the circuit on the Majestic lawn at 9:30 AM (in front of the Qalipu office building at 3 Church Street). The event will begin with the planting of a tree and smudging of the flags which will later be raised at City Hall, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Grenfell Campus and the College of the North Atlantic. Find all the details for this event on Page 13.
Anne Marie’s Journey
Anne Marie was always involved in her community until the tragic death of her young grandson made her feel lost and alone.
“I went to a very dark place where, all you can think about, is the loss and the pain. Nothing else comes into your mind… until one day you get a phone call and all of a sudden, the light comes on and you remember… the moment that I got into the circle, it was like a weight lifted. The culture brought me back.”
Anne Marie’s journey reminds us that in times of sadness and loss, we can find courage in our family, friends and community.