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John Davis new General Manager of Qalipu Development Corporation

December 08, 2017, Corner Brook—The Qalipu First Nation is pleased to announce the hiring of John Davis for the position of General Manager of the Qalipu Development Corporation (QDC).  In this role, John will be responsible for the portfolio of businesses that make up the QDC, among them the Mi’kmaq Commercial Fisheries, Qalipu Management Services, commercial properties, and Eastern Door Logistics.  John will also manage new business development, partnerships and activities focused on the economic future of the Band.

John Davis is from Corner Brook and he proudly embraces his Mi’kmaq heritage and connection to the indigenous community.   John brings a variety of experience to the table including thirteen years experience supporting industry, business, and entrepreneurs as the Director of Regional Operations with the provincial department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation.

John also spent six years working as a senior Regional Planner with the Enterprise Newfoundland and Labrador Corporation, a provincial crown corporation responsible for business development and financing, and served as Director of the Marble Mountain Development Corporation from 1991-2017.    He has worked with several other government agencies at the federal level.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Memorial University and has completed professional practitioner programs in Project Management, Memorial University, and Economic Development, University of Waterloo.

As General Manager for the QDC, John will report to a Board of Directors appointed by the Chief and Council, and align priorities and goals with the five-year strategic plan that was developed in consultation with membership, staff and Council.

John began in his new role at Qalipu First Nation on December 4 and is looking forward to the work ahead.  He said, “The QDC is a very exciting organization.  It is already engaged in numerous business development activities which will benefit the Qalipu membership tremendously.  I am extremely pleased to be a part of this team.”
Media:

Alison White
Communications Officer
Tel. 709.634.5163
awhite@qalipu.ca

Jordans Principle

You are Invited: Presentation on Jordan’s Principle at Appleton Town Hall on December 11 at 7:00 PM

There will be a presentation on the Jordan’s Principle at the Appleton Town Hall in Glenwood this Monday, December 11. The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM.  The presentation will be led by Rocky John of Conne River.

The Jordan’s Principle is in place to support indigenous children living on or off reserve. The intention is to fill the gaps in service from the local care provider(s) and what INAC is willing to fund. For example common types of services approved are: Respite Speech Therapy, Nutritional supplements, Special needs assistants (for pre-school aged children), Intensive behavioral interventions, Specialized diagnostic assessments (psychological Education is the most common), Medical equipment/supplies not covered under NIHB.

This is an important opportunity to for us to gain a greater understand of programs and resources that are available to the indigenous community.  I hope to see you there.

Frank Skeard,

Glenwood Ward Councilor
Qalipu First Nation

For more information on the Jordan’s Principle, please click here: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/first-nations-inuit-health/jordans-principle.html

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State of the Environment: Open Talk

Please join us for presentations, and an open discussion regarding the state of the environment in our communities.  Through talking and break-out sessions we will work toward solutions together.

Saturday, December 9 2017
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Qalipu Community Room
1 Church Street, Corner Brook

Please RSVP to Mabel MacDonald at 634-5111 or email mmacdonald@qalipu.ca

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Emera NL-Safety Update

  • Emera Newfoundland & Labrador is in the final stages of completing the Maritime Link. Energizing and testing of infrastructure is underway.
  • Members of the public should approach Maritime Link sites with the same caution as you would with any existing substation or power lines in your community.
  • Components should be considered energized with high voltage electricity and should only be accessed by Emera NL authorized workers.
  • Emera NL is committed to the health and safety of workers and the public. For more information call 1-855-722-3373 or visit EmeraNL.com.
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Qalipu Bachelor of Education Program

Qalipu is on a working group with Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, to establish a Qalipu Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) Program to be offered at the Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook. This new QBED program will integrate Indigenous Knowledge, culture and beliefs into the program. During the initial stages we are looking to generate interest from members through the attached “Expression of Interest” form.

 

If you would be interested in this program, please take the time to complete the Expression of Interest attached here.

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Election 2018 Update

Qalipu elections are governed by a legal document called the Custom Rules Governing Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Elections.  This guiding document was developed in 2011 when the Qalipu Band was recognized as an Indian Act Band.  The Custom Rules is now a codified legal document that was ratified by the people through majority vote.  For more on how our election works via the Custom Rules, please visit our website.

Following the election in 2015, Qalipu   realized several issues that need to be resolved to make our elections more effective in the future.   For instance, some voters reported arriving at their polling station to find that they had been incorrectly listed in a different voting location.  Others found that the distance they had to travel to their designated poll was unreasonable, and many people thought the time frame on returning mail-in ballots was too short.  The 2015 election also saw a low voter turnout (approximately 25%) and this is something else that can be improved upon.

An Election Reform Committee made up of three Councilors, three staff members and one deputy returning officer from the last election, was brought together to begin addressing these issues, and to explore election improvements, including changes to the Custom Rules.  It is important to note that any change to the Custom Rules requires ratification (approval by vote) from the membership.  For instance, to change voting procedure to include the option for online voting, or to make the election    entirely mail-in (no polls), a ratification vote would need to take place.  The ideal time to present changes like this for voting by membership is during the next election.

The Election Reform Committee has proposed changes to the Custom Rules, and voters can expect to hear more on those changes which will be presented to them for approval during the next election.  Membership will also be asked for their input via a survey that will be placed on our website, and sent out to the Elders Mailout list.  Hard copies of the survey will also be made available at our office locations and at Ward meetings.  The intent of the survey will be to determine membership preference on how they would like to vote; online only, mail-in only, a combination of both, or maintain the current way of voting, for instance.

Can our elections be improved before the membership votes on it?

Yes.  While major changes to the Custom Rules require ratification votes, there are efficiencies that the Committee has found that fit within the parameters of the current rules and, by implementing them, some of the issues experienced during the last election will be resolved.  For instance, the timeline of the entire election will be drawn out.  By starting the process earlier, all elements of the Election will be less rushed.  This will include making mail-in ballot applications available sooner and giving voters more time to get them in.

The Committee will also communicate often, well in advance of the Election itself, to ensure that voters are engaged and aware of the process.

As a voter, you can help make the Election run more smoothly as well.

By logging into your ginu membership profile, you can confirm that you are listed in the correct Electoral Ward.  The Ward listed under “Electoral Ward” under the Mailing Address tab determines where you will be eligible to vote.  Other information that you should verify includes: ensure a valid email address is listed for you (most of our communications, both during elections and throughout the year, come through email); and, ensure your current mailing address and phone number are listed.

Why not take a look to ensure that the information on your profile is accurate? If you need help logging in to ginu, please call Charmaine Bath at 1-855-263-6440.

Questions or comments? Please email the committee through the Communications Officer at awhite@qalipu.ca

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Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k November 2017 Newsletter

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This newsletter is bursting at the seams with news from the Band and the indigenous community, pictures, information on upcoming opportunities and a few updates.

On page 2, find an announcement from Band Manager regarding changes to the departmental structure of the Qalipu administrative body in a piece called Departmental Changes.

Something you won’t want to miss are details on the recent Blanket Gifting Ceremony.  This tradition of the Dakota Tipi First Nation was brought to us by a community member who gifted the Qalipu Chief a beautiful star blanket.  Find this story on page 8.

Bernadette “Bernie” Hanlon dedicated her life to supporting and encouraging the aboriginal people of Newfoundland both culturally and in working with them to meet their educational dreams.  The Bernie Hanlon Memorial Scholarship was created to help a Qalipu funded student attending college or completing an undergraduate degree to continue to pursue those dreams.   This year’s winner of the scholarship is Alison Bennett.  You’ll find her story and other student success stories on page 10.

The Ke’tipnemk Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction for the Qalipu Cultural Foundation was a great success this year.  The food, the music, the artwork! This is a wonderful event, year after year.  On page 13-14, we share a few pictures, thank our sponsors, and announce the fundraising total dollars raised!

Please enjoy this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k.  Remember to send your stories, pictures, and feedback to Alison at awhite@qalipu.ca

Click here to view this month’s newsletter

Wela’lin,
Alison White

TUS

Qalipu First Nation – Traditional Land Use Study

Qalipu First Nation will be conducting interviews in Corner Brook from November 20th to January 8th. The purpose of these interviews is to gather information from Qalipu members about their experiences on the land. Topics will include hunting, fishing, gathering, farming and camping.

To participate in an interview, individuals must be Qalipu Band members and at least 18 years of age.

If you would like to participate in this study, please contact Sara Leah Hindy, project coordinator, at shindy@qalipu.ca or call (709) 634-9653.

Dates:
November 20th – January 8th

Location:
Qalipu First Nation 3 Church Street Corner Brook, NL

Office Hours:
Interviews are conducted during office hours
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.