Loss of an Elder - Wilson Samms – March 24, 2014
A time to reflect and be grateful to a man that has given so much of his life to the Mi’kmaq of Newfoundland.
Wilson Samms, made fundamental contributions in the aboriginal movement in Newfoundland. Mr. Samms was the founder of the Benoit’s Cove Indian Band Council in the early 1970’s. It is because of the efforts of this man that today there is currently 2000 Mi’kmaq from the South Shore of the Bay of Islands recognized with the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band. Mr. Samms was the Chief of the Benoit’s Cove Band for approximately twenty years. He continued representing the Mi’kmaq people as the Federation of Newfoundland Indians Honorary Chief for many years later. In is later years of life Mr. Samms was always eager to represent the Mi’kmaq people when called upon by the organization. Many of us remember how proud he was to be one of the people invited to the ceremony in St. Georges with many dignitaries including, Prime Minister Harper to witness the signing of the Agreement to form the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation in 2007.
From all of Mi’kmaq, especially in the Benoit’s Cove area and the Board of Directors of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians we express our sincere condolences to his family.
Message From the Chief (Published February 27, 2014)
Members, as you are all aware, the end date for submitting additional documentation to support applications for enrolment into the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band was February 10, 2014. The process at the Winnipeg unit will begin to match all the information which was provided by applicants to specific individual files. Now that this stage of the process is over, Qalipu will focus on developing partnerships with different levels of governments, industry and business to create as much opportunity as possible for employment and training requirements of the Qalipu membership. A couple of initiatives on-going are; the negotiation of a Social Economic Agreement with Nova Scotia Power, to work cooperatively with Qalipu to ensure meaningful Qalipu participation in the construction of the Maritime Link, which is a new electrical power transmission system between the Island of Newfoundland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Currently Qalipu has a project to provide expansion of 1999 FNI-Traditional Land Use Report. The information being collected under this initiative will mainly focus on capturing data from the communities of Burgeo and St. George’s, in the area of the Maritime Link Project. Qalipu is proud to say that we have created a separate legal entity, the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Cultural Foundation. The Cultural Foundation will be responsible for preserving and promoting the culture, language, and traditions of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq people of Newfoundland and Labrador. It intends to identify Band members who have a commitment to preserving and promoting culture and heritage and to designate cultural ambassadors. It will be responsible for ensuring cultural documentation and promoting the involvement of youth and Elders in cultural activities within the Band.
The above examples are all part of Qalipu’s Strategic Plan which is a critical part of good governance and sound management. The Chief and Council of QMFN, through the Strategic Planning and Governance Committee, created a planning model that incorporates multi-year activity with on-going evaluation and annual plan updates.
Youth Summer Employment Program (YSEP) (Published April 14, 2014)
Work Force Qalipu administers a number of education, training and employment initiatives. One of these initiatives is the Youth Summer Employment Program (YSEP). We are currently seeking application from organizations who are interested in our Youth Summer Employment Program (YSEP). Please apply as soon as possible but no later than 12:00 P.M. on Friday May 16th, 2014. For more information, please click Here.
Notice to Post-Secondary Student Support Program Students (Published March 12, 2014)
The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band recently requested Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to determine whether funding the Band provides to members for post-secondary education is taxable to the student. CRA has recently advised the Band of the following… Read
Call for Designated Fisherpersons in Western Newfoundland (Published February 17, 2014)
Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nation Band would like to announce the availability of one Communal Commercial Fishing license through Mi’Kmaq Alsumk Mowimsikik Koqoey Association (MAMKA). This enterprise is located in Western Newfoundland and consists of a Herring fixed gear area 13, lobster area 13A, and a bait license. Read
Supplier Opportunities for Member-Owned Companies (Published January 3, 2014)
The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation has been working closely with Emera NL on opportunities for members and member companies to participate in the Maritime Link Project. This project will include the construction of new transmission lines between Cape Ray and Bottom Brook along an existing transmission corridor, and from Bottom Brook to Granite Canal in a combination of existing and new corridors. The project will also include the construction of grounding facilities, converter stations, transition compounds and other potential infrastructure. Qalipu has developed partnership opportunities with contractors that have been selected or shortlisted to deliver the various components of this project.
We are currently seeking interest from member-owned companies that are able to offer secondary products and services to these selected contractors. Identified services include, but are not limited to, the following: Excavation, Trucking, Health and Safety, Environmental Services, GIS/Surveying, Fencing, Wood Harvesting, Fuel Services, Equipment Maintenance, PPSE Supply, Electrical, Communications, Security, Fire protection, etc.
We strongly encourage all members that are interested in providing products and services for the Maritime Link Project to register their company in the Qalipu Business Network. Please visit http://www.qbn.qalipu.ca/Registration to complete the online registration form or contact Nicole Companion at (709) 634-8043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need further assistance.
“Ambassador for Peace Medal” offered to Korean War Veterans (Published March 18, 2014)
Are there any Korean War Veterans out there? If you served in Korean War, you may be eligible for the Korean “Ambassador for Peace” Medal. This commemorative medal is an expression of appreciation from the Korean government to Canadian service men and women who served in the Korean War. Read
Mawio’mi 2014 – Aboriginal Entrepreneur’s Business Forum (published March 3, 2014)
The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation is hosting a two-day Business Forum in Gander, NL that will take place on March 19th and 20th at the Albatross Hotel. This year’s event theme will be Funding Opportunities and Procurement Strategies for Aboriginal Entrepreneurs.
The Business Forum will allow our membership to:
- Partake in Major Project Development
- Network with Key Industry Stakeholders
- Avail of Funding Programs for Aboriginal Companies
- Obtain International Diversity Certification
Guest Speakers and Panelists will include procurement experts from the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project, the Maritime Link Project, the Hebron Project, as well as an expert on Aboriginal Business Certification. View the Program Agenda here.
We are pleased to offer Free Registration, however space is limited. You can register online at http://qalipu.ca/mawiomi-2014/ or by calling Nicole Companion at (709) 634-8043.
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Announces Winner of Ticket Draw (Published January 14, 2014)
Since its formation in 2011, the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band arranges fundraisers to raise money for a selected Charity of Choice as a way to give back to the community. For 2013–2014, two charities have been selected as Charities of Choice. Staff of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band has chosen the Canadian Diabetes Association as its Charity of Choice and the Band Council has chosen the ALS Society… Read