Message From the Chief
(Published September 22, 2015)
It was a quiet day at the office, four years ago today, when the call came in.
“It’s done, we got it!” was the shout heard from the office of our CEO, Annie Randell. The signing of the Order of Recognition for the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation had finally happened.
At that time our small group, then the Federation of Newfoundland Indians, had been waiting some 40 years for recognition, and while we had gotten word in late May of 2011 that the Order of Recognition for the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band had been cleared for signing, many still held a lingering fear that it might never happen. Further delaying matters, the House broke for summer without signing the order, leaving us hanging in anticipation until they resumed sitting in the fall.
The excitement and anticipation was palpable all that summer. Transitional projects were being worked on including finance policy and procedures, guidelines for administration of post-secondary support funding and election readiness. The team of 12 staff worked diligently that summer with the anticipation of the official establishment of the Band just around the corner.
By the time that call came in, on September 22, 2011, staff had developed the high level policy and guidelines needed to administer education funding, and we had upgraded our financial accounting from a small home office approach to a system that could handle millions of dollars.
By October of that same year funding applications were being reviewed, and by Christmas we had our first round of notifications out that students would be awarded contracts.
Our pride in this accomplishment, and the many others along the way, have been fuel and motivation to grow our Band and build the kind of foundation that will support our membership for many years to come. Let me take this opportunity, on our fourth anniversary, to highlight some of the many accomplishments we have seen in such a short time:
- Direct employment with the Band for more than 50 individuals and four office locations across the province
- $24 + million dollars paid out in education funding to thousands of members for post-secondary diploma, degree and masters programs.
- $40 + million dollars in health benefits have been paid out to membership. We continue to pursue continued growth in this area with the recent hiring of a Manager of Health Services and the development of an Integrated Health Strategy
- Assistance for more than 600 members with wage subsidies, self-employment assistance and youth employment programs.
- Opening of the Qalipu Strategic Partnership Office to foster meaningful relationships with communities, government and industry stakeholders. Many partnerships have been founded through this office, most notably with Emera NL and the signing of a socio-economic agreement that continues to benefit members and member owned businesses.
- Establishment of the Service Qalipu Department to deliver member services such as Community Economic Development, Culture & Heritage, and Natural Resources. This department has recently seen the development of a Tourism Strategy & Implementation Plan and an Arts and Crafts Sector Plan.
- Development of the Qalipu Cultural Foundation to support cultural documentation, and promote the involvement of youth and elders in cultural activities within the Band including educational outreach, celebration of special days and powwow support.
- Establishment of the Qalipu Development Corporation that has seen such successes as the Mi’kmaq Commercial Fishery which provides for 11 inshore fishing licenses and one 65 foot enterprise, Corner Brook based rental properties valued at $1.8 million, and a number of companies developed under the Emera NL partnership and the Maritime Link Project.
- Development of the ginu membership database which is used to communicate with members, and connect them with employment, and targeted training opportunities
- Founding of the Qalipu Business Network to help facilitate access of member owned business to local procurement opportunities. There are currently more than 200 member owned businesses active in the Qalipu Business Network and our annual Aboriginal Business Forum, Mawio’mi.
It seems that if I get further into the details of the projects and service delivery carried out by staff, the initiatives and insight of the Executive, and the Qalipu Band Council, this list would be twice as long. I will leave it here and say Happy Anniversary to the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band, and congratulations to all those who supported how far we have come in such a short time.
Chief Brendan Sheppard
Qalipu Election 2015 Important Reminders
(Published October 1, 2015)
Nomination Reminder: If you have a candidate you would like to nominate for the position of Chief, Vice Chief Central Region, Vice Chief Western Region or Ward Councilor, his/her completed nomination form must be received at the Corner Brook Office, 3 Church Street, by 4:00 pm, October 2, 2015. Please note that nomination forms are to be submitted with a non-refundable fee of $25.00 in the form of cash, money order, bank draft or certified cheque.
Mail-in-ballot Reminder: The deadline to request a mail-in-ballot is October 9. Applying for a mail-in-ballot allows you to vote from anywhere. Members who have submitted a valid mail-in-ballot application will be sent a ballot once the nomination period ends and the candidates have been verified. You must then choose your candidates and the ballot must be mailed back. Your returned ballot must be received by Polling Day, October 23, 2015. Any ballots received after this date cannot be counted. Please note many applications have been received without proof of membership. In order to be valid, your application must have a copy of your Band card or a letter from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada indicating your membership to the Band.
Nomination forms and mail-in-ballot applications can be found here: http://qalipu.ca/news/elections/
Invitation to Tender-Snow Clearing Services
(Published September 30, 2015)
Qalipu Development Corporation (QDC) requires snow clearing services for 1 & 3 Church Street, Corner Brook, NL. Services to include regular snow clearing to be performed from December 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016.
Services requested include: plowing attached parking areas, shoveling of walkways and emergency exits and applying salt or sand when needed.
Please provide bid to QDC in writing clearly marked “Snow Clearing Tender”. Proposals must be received at 3 Church Street, Corner Brook, NL A2H 2Z4 by 4pm on October 23, 2015. Please note that members of the Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nation Band are encouraged to apply.
Qalipu Election 2015 Notice of Election, Call for Nominations and Nomination Forms Are Now Online
(Published September 23, 2015)
Election Day Polling and Advance Polling dates times and locations are now online in the Notice of Election at http://qalipu.ca/news/elections/
From this link you will also find the Call for Nominations as well as the Nomination Forms to nominate candidates for the position of Chief, Vice-Chief Western Region, Vice-Chief Central Region and Councilor for each of Qalipu’s nine wards. Please note that nominations forms are to be submitted to the Qalipu Office at 3 Church Street, Corner Brook during business hours (Monday-Friday 9-4). A non refundable fee of $25.00 shall be submitted with the nomination papers in the form of cash, money order, bank draft or certified cheque.The deadline to make your nomination is 4:00 pm on October 2, 2015.
Qalipu Election 2015 Mail-in-Ballot Application Now Available
(Published September 18, 2015)
If you don’t live in an Electoral Ward, or if you have reason to believe that you will find it difficult to vote at an advance poll or at the poll on polling day, you may apply to vote by mail in ballot.
Please ensure that you complete the mail-in-ballot application in full, and attach a copy of your band card or official letter from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada indicating your membership to the band. The application can be returned by fax, mail or email (see application for details)
Qalipu Election 2015
(Published September 10, 2015)
As the Chief Electoral Officer releases information regarding nominations, advance polling, mail-in ballots, regular polling, and other important notices, we will post it here. For general information regarding the Qalipu 2015 Election including a summary of the Custom Rules Governing Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Elections, how to update your address if you have moved, and who to contact with election related questions, please click here.
Maw-pemita’jik Qali’pu’k Monthly Newsletter now Available!
(Published September 4, 2015)
Maw-pemita’jik Qali’pu’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 the aboriginal community. Click here to read the newsletter
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Call for submissions: Ke’tipnemk (Harvest) Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction
(Published August 27, 2015)
On October 24th, 2015, there will be a silent auction of fine art and craft as part of our dinner fundraising event in support of The Qalipu Cultural Foundation. The Qalipu Cultural Foundation was formed in 2014 to support Mi’kmaq culture in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Foundation exists to ensure cultural documentation, and promote the involvement of youth and Elders in cultural activities within the Band. We strive to inspire our people to proudly embrace their heritage, to empower them to continue the traditions of our ancestors and restore the spirit of Mi’kmaq culture in Newfoundland and Labrador.
We are inviting artists of aboriginal heritage to submit traditional and contemporary pieces of fine art and crafts for silent auction to help raise funds for this event. Artists will have the option of receiving 50% of the final selling price of the work or donating the entire amount and receiving a charitable tax receipt.
The Government of Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians Announce Appointment of Geoffrey Brown as Chief Appeal Master to the Qalipu Enrolment Process
(Published July 31, 2015)
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 joint appointment of Mr. Geoffrey Brown as Chief Appeal Master to the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Enrolment process. Click Here to read.
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, Nancy O’Connell, has been hired to take appointments at the Corner Brook and St. George’s office. Please call (709) 634-4010 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.
Ke’tipnemk (Harvest) Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction
The Ke’tipnemk Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction will take place on Oct 24th, 2015, in Corner Brook. The inaugural event will highlight Aboriginal fine art and crafts with an elegant three course meal of traditional and modern cuisines.
The Fundraiser is in support of the Foundation’s mandate of ensuring cultural documentation, and promoting the involvement of youth and Elders in cultural activities within the Band, and to strive to inspire our people to proudly embrace their heritage, to empower them to continue the traditions of our ancestors and restore the spirit of Mi’kmaq culture in Newfoundland and Labrador. The night will be filled with cultural sharing and experiences.
By supporting this event you are fostering the growth and development of programs that will give back to the community. A community which cherishes and wants to share its culture and traditional practices, holds the overall health and education of its members as its highest priority and faces the future with confidence.
If you’re travelling from out of town and planning to stay the night use the promotional code: “Qalipu Harvest” at The Glynmill Inn (1-800-563-4400) or the Greenwood Inn and Suites (1-800-399-5381), and receive a special rate of $115/night single or double.