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Prayer for Alberta

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Today I invite all of you to take a moment to pray and reflect on the dire situation in Alberta where wildfires persist in several communities. It is during life’s difficult moments, when we are faced with the crisis of entire communities being evacuated, of fellow Canadians fleeing for their lives, that we realize what is truly important – our health and safety, and our ability to love and support one another.   Please pray with me.

Kisu’lk (Creator) thank you for today and the good things we have in our lives.

Our hearts are with the people of those communities in Alberta where wildfires continue, in particular Fort McMurray where many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, including members of the Qalipu First Nation, have settled and made their lives.   There is a tremendous sense of loss, fear and anxiety there, as homes and communities continue to be victimized by one of the most devastating fires in Canadian history.

We ask you for support and strength for the people, Kisu’lk.   Ensure the safety of those on the ground fighting fires and responding to the situation, give comfort to those directly impacted by loss, and also to those whose hearts are heavy with thoughts of those friends and family members impacted by this crisis.

While we struggle to understand such disaster, Kisu’lk, let us remember to have hope and faith.  While we cannot undo the destruction that has happened, we can carry the light of hope and rebirth.   Remind us that it is during times like these that we are given the opportunity to stand together as one people, giving our support, courage and love to those who need it most.

Kisu’lk bring an end to these fires.  Bring rain.  Remove the fear and despair that has crept into the hearts and spirits of the people.  When it’s over Kisu’lk, bring us together as individuals, communities, organizations and governments to aid in rebuilding homes and communities.  Let us all do what we can to help carry the burden so that no one is left behind.

Msit No’kmaq (All my relations)

Chief Brendan Mitchell

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Healthy Eating at “Seal Fest” this Weekend!

Fresh food harvested from the land and sea close to home are among the best choices we can make for a healthy diet and a healthy life.  Seal, for example, has healthy fats that our bodies need.  Health Canada – Nutrition Recommendations for Canadians says “Omega-3 polyunsaturated known as one of the “good” fats, found in seal products, are essential nutrients for maintaining good health, normal growth and development”

It’s also worth noting that although there’s a lot of negative hype, especially among some celebrities, Seal hunting and processing is sustainable industry in Newfoundland and Labrador so, you can feel good about this food choice.

Seal Fest, hosted by Coleman’s in Mount Pearl, Stephenville and the Gardens in Corner Brook, will feature talented local chef’s teaching people creative ways to prepare seal.  I encourage all of you to come out and learn more about this healthy, natural food.  See you there!

-Renée Dyer, Manager of Health Services

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Are you Interested in being a Professional Hunting/Fishing Guide?

Qalipu First Nation, in partnership with Arluk Outfitters, is currently seeking 3 members to participate in a Qalipu/Arluk Guide Initiative.   Up to three individuals who have a keen interest in pursuing careers as professional hunting and fishing guides will be hired.  These individuals will serve as assistant guides and will work under the direct supervision and mentoring of experienced Arluk guides.  We anticipate the work period to extend from mid to late June to mid to late October, 2016 with a minimum of 12 worked weeks.  The normal work week will be Monday-Saturday, 8 hours per day.  During periods when clients are at the lodge, guiding may require more than 8 hours per day.  Rate of pay is $1,000 per week.  Apply by May 11.

Click here for full details

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Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k April Newsletter

In this month’s edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k you will find helpful information about the recent Qalipu Enrolment update, some pictures from workshops that were held across the Wards, a beginner Mi’kmaw language lesson, employment assistance for new grads, a sneak peak into a diary from 1857 and much more.  Please read on and stay in touch.

Click here to view the Newsletter.

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Understanding the Recent Enrolment Update

Excerpt from the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada website regarding the recent update to the Qalipu Enrolment process

“Applications determined to be invalid: In April 2016, the Government of Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) announced:

  • Applicants with an application determined to be invalid have an opportunity to correct their applications for review by the Enrolment Committee.
  • The Enrolment Committee will add four members (two from the Government of Canada and two from FNI).
  • The deadline for the Enrolment Committee to review applications has been extended to no later than January 31, 2017. The deadline for the completion of the appeals process is now September 30, 2017.

If you have applied for membership and your address has changed since September 2011, please update your contact information.”

Click here to read more of this information Bulletin which addresses any questions you may have.

For assistance from Qalipu, please contact:

Charmaine Bath (Glenwood Office)
(709) 679-2142
Toll free 1-855-263-6440

Nancy O’Connell (Corner Brook Office)
(709) 634-4010
1-855-634-8611

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Update on the Review of Applications Previously Determined to be Invalid in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Enrolment Process

April 13, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and Brendan Mitchell, Chief of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, provided an update on the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Enrolment Process.

In March, Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) announced they will give individuals the opportunity to correct and provide additional documentation in support of their application for review by the Enrolment Committee.

This decision is a result of collaborative efforts between Canada and the FNI to give a broad application to the Foster and Howse court decisions and provide applicants a fair opportunity to demonstrate they should be founding members of the First Nation.

Click here to read the full release

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Work with Parks Canada this Summer!

Would you like to work in with an organization known throughout the world?  Parks Canada protects some of the most special places in Canada, including Gros Morne National Park, L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and Port au Choix National Historic Site on the west coast of Newfoundland.  

This summer, in partnership with the Qalipu First Nation, Parks Canada is offering unique employment opportunities to Qalipu students and members.

Employment opportunities include Park Attendant, Heritage Presenter, Interpreter and Resource Conservation Technician Student.

Click here to view job descriptions and how to apply

*Deadline: All applications must be received by 4:00 P.M. on Friday April 22nd, 2016.
Thank you to all applicants who apply; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Qalipu Members Receive $500 off Vehicle Purchase

We are pleased to announce that for the month of April Parkway Hyundai in Corner Brook will waive the $500 fee for vehicle delivery to Conne River.  This deal has come about as part of a Qalipu First Nation initiative seeking companies that can offer group discounts, promotions and other benefits to our membership.

Dave Feaver, General Manager at Parkway Hyundai, has started a promotion that many of our members will be pleased to hear about.  If you buy a new car with Hyundai this month, you won’t have to pay the added cost of having it delivered to the Conne River reserve.

The standard price in Corner Brook to have a dealership transport the vehicle from Corner Brook to Conne River to is $500.  This savings, combined with other deals being offered this month including dealer invoice pricing and increasing trade-in values by $500, is a deal we know that our members will want to know about.

Visit the Parkway Hyundai website here

Note: The $100.00 administrative fee charged in Conne River is not included in this promotion.

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Qalipu Council Executive meet with Minister Carolyn Bennett

On Sunday, April 3, 2016 Chief Brendan Mitchell, western region Vice-Chief Erica Samms Hurley and central region Vice-Chief Joe Bouzanne, traveled to St. John’s to meet with the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

Chief Mitchell noted that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss some aspects of the Qalipu enrolment file, and economic development in Qalipu territory.  He said “this meeting was positive in a number of respects.  We will continue to work with this government to improve the overall situation for Qalipu and its members.”

Following their meeting, the group traveled with Minister Bennett and her party to the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre.  Chief Mitchell reported that they received a very warm welcome at the Centre, where they spent some time working on a craft, drumming, and were treated to cake and refreshments.

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Qalipu Supports Rise Up Walk to End Violence

On Sunday, April 3, the Qalipu First Nation organized a walk and reception in St. George’s for Conrad Burns, a young First Nations man who will walk 7000+ km across Canada to raise awareness about violence and abuse.  You can follow Conrad’s journey on Twitter @Conradburns #riseup, or on Facebook by searching “Rise UP Saskatchewan”.

Get the full story and more pictures in the April edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k, due out April 22, 2016.

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