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Update: Elder Advisory Council

A regular meeting of the Qalipu Chief and Council took place on November 18, 2017 at the Community Room in Corner Brook.  Below is a summary of the discussion that took place regarding the establishment of an Elder Advisory Council.

Other Nations, including Miawpukek First Nation, has an Elder Advisory Council.  Qalipu recognizes the value of having such an established group.

A draft Terms of Reference was written and shared with Council prior to the meeting

More than 40 names were submitted when Council put out a call for recommendations.  Ward Councilors submitted names that they had received, and members of the Executive (Chief and Vice Chiefs) submitted names as well.

The Terms of Reference outlines the purpose, mission, values and ways of working for this soon to be established Council.  Membership on the Elder Council will be based on inclusion of “anyone who is sought after and recognized for their wisdom, knowledge, and caring for humanity within their communities.”

Some of the roles of the Elder Council will be to give direction, request full disclosure about matters and issues in order to give informed direction/advice, sit on committees as requested, assist Chief and Council with making important decisions that impact our Mi’kmaq communities and build relationships and exchange knowledge with Elders from other areas.

Chief expressed the desire to make a shortened list of Elders who can make up this Council, and asked Council how they thought this should be structured.

He asked, “How big do you think this group should be, for function?”

One Councilor suggested that we have so much difficulty moving forward with the nine people we have at the table, that establishing this Council may further delay our ability to move forward.

Several Councilors suggested that if we are looking at putting an Elder Council together, we should stick to a guideline of not anymore than five or six people. This can’t be done with 40 + people.

Another Councilor spoke to the fact that there are nine Wards, and all Wards should be represented.  It would make the group larger than ideal, but all areas would be represented.  The Councilor also suggested that the community should determine the person, not Council.

A Councilor responded that this list of names was submitted by the people in our communities.  What the Council is attempting to do is shorten the list.

Another member of Council suggested that we keep the group small, maybe have regional representation.

Most Councilors agreed that keeping the group size small would be best.

Another issue was that for Wards representing several distinct and separate communities, maybe its time to engage an individual from a community that is not typically recognized.

One Councilor said that “in the Newfoundland context, our culture was so underground.  If we look to Nova Scotia and other provinces whose culture has not been underground, their Terms of Reference on Elders would include a lifetime of their culture not being underground.  The kind of Elder you meet in Nova Scotia, we don’t have many people like that here.  Some of the people submitted on this list, are they really Elders?”

A discussion on what defines an Elder in this process followed:

  • Knowledge keeper
  • Acknowledged, and accepted in the community as having wisdom, life experience and understanding of our culture and teachings.
  • Someone that carries the traditional knowledge that has been involved in the Mi’kmaq way of life for many years.
  • Someone who can conduct ceremonies
  • A life-long learning knowledge.
  • A community leader
  • Someone who is giving of their time and gifts

 

An idea that came forward was how to include the entire group of people whose names were put forward.  Maybe a retreat, and other ways to get together as teaching and learning opportunities.

A member of Council spoke to the seriousness of being an Elder.  It is an important role that comes with self-sacrifice.

Notice - Registration of Children of Founding Members in the Qalipu First Nation

Notice – Registration of Children of Founding Members in the Qalipu First Nation

All requests for registration under the Indian Act in the Qalipu First Nation will be processed by the Winnipeg Processing Unit.  The Winnipeg Processing Unit will review all applications and:

  • Register individuals that are currently entitled as the child of a Founding Member who will retain an entitlement after the new Founding Members list is passed through an Order in Council in the Spring of 2018; and
  • Place on hold any files where entitlement cannot be determined past spring 2018 (where parent may not retain Founding Membership) and notify the applicant as such.

Please note, Charmaine Bath, Qalipu’s Indian Registration Administrator, is on hand to assist with completing the application form and ensuring that all necessary documentation is included in your application package.  For assistance, please contact Charmaine at (709) 679-2142, or toll free (within Newfoundland only) at 1-855-263-6440 or email cbath@qalipu.ca

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RNC Corner Brook Region Receives Donation for Junior Police Academy

(CORNER BROOK, NL) – August 24, 2017 – The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is pleased to announce a three year financial commitment by Crosbie Group Limited towards the Corner Brook Region Junior Police Academy.

For over a decade, the RNC Corner Brook Region Junior Police Academy has provided a unique camping experience for children aged 9-12 years old through a four day/three night camp held in Gros Morne National Park.  Through the Junior Police Academy, the RNC has fostered stronger and healthier relationships between the participants and the police by breaking down historical barriers with youth from the Crestview Community and the Qalipu First Nation.

Today Crosbie Group Limited presented the RNC with a cheque for $11,000 for the 2018 Junior Police Academy.  Furthermore they have generously committed to providing financial contributions for the 2019 and 2020 Junior Police Academy.  This contribution by Crosbie Group Limited provides the financial security to ensure the continuation of the Junior Police Academy for the next three years in the Corner Brook Region.

 

Cst. Shawna Park #659
Media Relations

Corner Brook Region
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
Twitter: @RNC_PoliceNL
Facebook: RoyalNewfoundlandConstabulary
709-637-4100

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Annual Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is currently seeking nominations for its Annual Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards.  Recognizing youth for their achievements is a great way to build self-esteem; and more importantly, it establishes role models so others can see that their goals are tangible.

 

Please click here for the Award Application Form which outlines the criteria and selection process.

 

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Showcase your Art at the Ke’tipnemk (Harvest) Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction

On October 14th, 2017, 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.

Art is a conversation starter, a focus for discussion and often a display of pride that allows us to demonstrate who we were, who we are and who we plan to become. By supporting this Event with your fine arts and crafts you are supporting your community.

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.

If you are interested in submitting work, please email images of the work you would like to submit along with the title, medium, size, reserve, retail value and brief statement to:

mblanchard@qalipu.ca

Deadline: 4 p.m., September 15, 2017

If your work is selected, it must be presentation ready (i.e., works on paper should be matted at the very least). We are organizing a drop-off location for works by artists on the East Coast.

For further information, please contact:

 

 

Mitch Blanchard
Resource Coordinator
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band
Qalipu Cultural Foundation
709-634-8046

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Healthy Lifestyles Elder and Youth Workshop

The Exploits Native Women’s Association (ENWA) in partnership with the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network (NAWN) are seeking participants in a six workshop project aimed at Aboriginal seniors in the Central NL area.

Seeking eight seniors (65+) and two youth between (16-20) . The aim of the workshops is to encourage our elders to become involved in our communities and maintain a healthy lifestyle on the four levels important to Aboriginal people: spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional.

Youth are also sought to participate, in encouragement of that necessary connection between our past and our future.  The workshops are open to both female and male participants.

It is the intention of ENWA and NAWN that the participants have a great deal of involvement in deciding the direction of these workshops.  The first workshop is tentatively scheduled to start June 10, 2017, in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Seats are limited and should interest exceed the number allotted, a fair process will determine the participants.

If you are interested in attending please contact Pat Cameron email address newfie46@hotmail.com or Marie Eastman email address marieeastman@hotmail.com  or by phone 290-0675. The deadline for submission of names will be June 1, 2017.

Membership Search Service

The Federation of Newfoundland Indians is pleased to offer a membership search service to applicants of the Qalipu enrolment process through our End of Enrolment Support Team.

If you were a documented band member in one of Newfoundland’s Mi’kmaq bands prior to the signing of the Agreement in Principle (AIP) on June 23, 2008, then your name should be on the master list of band members that was compiled at that time.  The Mi’kmaq bands of Newfoundland that were recognized for inclusion at the time of the AIP included the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI), Ktaqamkuk Mi’kmaq Alliance, Benoit First Nation and Sip’kop Mi’kmaq Band.

Why does this matter?

Applicants to the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation could satisfy the enrolment criteria of Self Identification, or obtain 9 points toward the 13 point criteria of Group Acceptance, through their documented membership in one of Newfoundland’s Mi’kmaq bands prior to the signing of the AIP.

Were you a member yet did not meet self-id or did not receive 9 points for your membership?

To request a search for your name on the master list to verify your membership in a recognized Mi’kmaq band prior to the signing of the AIP, please contact a member of our End of Enrolment Support Team at the contact information below.  Please note, you will be asked to complete a Request to Search Membership form to process your search request, and you will be verbally notified of the result.

End of Enrolment Support Team

Flat Bay (709) 647-1370
St. George’s (709) 647-3514
Glenwood (709) 679-2142 or (855) 263-6440
Grand Falls-Windsor (709) 489-2898
Stephenville (709) 643-3774
Corner Brook (709) 634-4010 or (844) 368-7160

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Mawio’mi 2017: Resource Innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador. Indigenous Youth Invite

The Qalipu First Nation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its sixth annual Aboriginal Business Forum, Mawio’mi 2017: Resource Innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Forum this year will be comprised of three event filled days; day one will feature a Youth Innovation Challenge, day two will showcase presentations from industry innovators in the Resource Sector, while day three will offer students an entrepreneurial workshop.

This year’s business forum will provide a unique opportunity for 26 youth from across the province. Qalipu First Nation will partner with Allen’s Fisheries and the College of the North Atlantic to offer the students an innovation challenge. The facilitated session will expose the post-secondary students to real-world industry situations while encouraging innovative solutions. This year’s participants will build skills as leaders, team players, innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs in solving this year’s industry challenge. On the final day of the Business Forum, the students participate in a seminar titled, “Introduction to Entrepreneurship as a Viable Career Option”, hosted by Chelsey Paterson of the Newfoundland and Labrador YMCA.

Qalipu First Nation is inviting youth to apply to attend this three-day forum being held March 21st-23rd, 2017 in Gander, NL.

*Open to all interested youth between 18-29

Applicants must be:

  • Between the ages of 19 to 30.

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, you will need to submit a:

  • Verification of enrollment at a post-secondary institution

Limited space is available so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible, but no later than 12 P.M. on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Accommodations, meals and a travel subsidy will be provided. Please note that the hotel requires a credit card for incidental purposes.  If you’re interested in this opportunity, please apply to: Mitch Blanchard via email mblanchard@qalipu.ca with subject line “Miawio’mi 2017 – Youth”

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest. Successful applicants will be notified by March 16th, 2017. Confirmation of attendance is required by March 17th, 2017 @ 4 P.M.