Piping Plover Newsletter 2019-2020

The Piping Plover (Charadruis melodus melodus) is an endangered ground nesting shorebird. It inhabits our shores from late spring until early fall.  Plovers can be found on mostly sandy beaches with some larger grain and smaller rock, as well as in coastal dunes where vegetation is sparse and mostly limited to grasses.

It is important to remember that the same beaches in which piping plover inhabit are one’s that are favorable to recreational activities (riding ATVs, sun bathing, swimming, beach fires, etc.).  This can make things difficult for preventing disturbance of the species during their nesting period. There are some preventative measures we can take when using beaches that have suitable piping plover habitat or are inhabited by piping plovers. The following list of recommendations is collected from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s promotional materials:

  • Between April and August stay away from recognized piping plover breeding and nesting areas. Walk on the wet sand, close to the water’s edge.
  • Keep your pets on a leash. Wandering pets can disturb nesting birds and be significantly harmful to chicks and fledglings
  • Clean up garbage found on the beach and if you pack it in, pack it out. Food wrapping and waste can attract scavenging predators
  • Leave natural debris on the beach as piping plovers rely on these resources for food and cover. These include seaweed, shells, and woody debris
  • Do not operate any vehicles on beaches or coastal dunes. Doing so can disturb nesting plovers, cause chicks to get stuck in tire ruts and separated from their mothers, crush eggs/chicks, and in the case of riding in dunes, accelerate coastal erosion in the area and cause permanent habitat loss.
  • Report the location of piping plovers and their nests to the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) or Qalipu Fisheries Guardians
  • If you see people, or pets disturbing piping plovers or their nests, contact CWS to report the disturbance. It’s a federal offence under the Species at Risk Act to harass species at risk.
  • Join a local stewardship group or volunteer organization to help protect species at risk and talk to others about these best practices to help protect our species at risk. You can contact CWS for more information on Piping Plover groups in your local area

This year, Qalipu continued its monitoring of the Piping Plover in the Bay St. George region.  We returned once again to the same sites which we have been surveying for a number of years; Sandy Point, Flat Bay Peninsula, Stephenville Crossing, and Black Bank.

During the 2019-2020 field season a grand total of 13 individuals were spotted, with a total of 3 individuals spotted at Flat Bay and Sandy Point combined including one breeding pair and one individual.  We would also like to note that at these locations there was an increase in human traffic this year as well as many as five foxes seen on the island which could affect the population.

At Black Bank a total of four individuals were spotted consisting of 1 breeding pair and two individuals. There were two adult pairs and two chicks which were only observed once this year, while 3 chicks were observed in total.  It is possible that the increase in recreational vehicle use in the area could have affected the population.

In Flat Bay Peninsula there was a total of three individuals spotted which included 1 breeding pair and on individual. And in Stephenville Crossing there were no sightings this year.

There were twelve eggs spotted this year, four at Sandy Point/Flat Island and eight at Flat Bay Peninsula. We could only confirm that five of the eight eggs at Flat Bay Peninsula hatched, three of which fledged.  There were also three hatchlings at Black Bank observed. However, the eggs and nest had not been previously observed.

For more information on this program, contact Stephen Rose at srose@qalipu.ca or 709-634-5053. For more information about piping plover or to make a report, contact CWS at 1-800-668-6767, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement at 1-877-820-0999, or Crimestoppers via phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or via text to “CRIMES” (274637) by texting TIP190 plus your message.

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The Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) is a process that will allow our community to build a roadmap towards sustainability, self-sufficiency, and improved government capacity. It will allow the community to establish a vision for its future and implement projects to achieve this vision. This process is intended to be inclusive, representing the perspective of all members, from youths to Elders, within or outside the community.

The key planning areas are governance, land and resources, health, infrastructure development, culture, social issues, and the economy. The CCP will be sustainable, meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to thrive.

Qalipu First Nation looks forward to working with the community to develop the CCP via meetings, presentations, surveys and a variety of community engagement.

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Commemorative Installment to Honour Lives of Missing and Murdered

January 13, 2020 Corner Brook— Qalipu First Nation is pleased to announce its commitment to honouring the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) through the installation of a dedicatory space outside our head office in Corner Brook.   This initiative is being made possible through a commemorative fund provided by the Department of Women and Gender Equality, and the generosity of the City of Corner Brook, an integral partner in the development of this shared city space.

The project will culminate in a shared space for surrounding communities, for cultural and ceremonial gatherings.  The Band envisions annual gatherings on October 4th, a day set aside specifically to honour lost women and girls and they hope to see community groups use the space all through the year.

Preliminary design concepts focus on incorporating elements of the medicine wheel, in a circular gathering space that could accommodate around 100 people.  However, Band Chief Brendan Mitchell noted that plans will not be finalized until consultation has been completed.

“This is a significant and important project to honour missing and murdered women and girls, and their loved ones,” noted Qalipu Band Chief Brendan Mitchell, “we have letters of support from surrounding municipalities, we’ve met with the Indigenous women’s groups in this area, and we’re about to host public consultation.  It’s important that our community people tell us what they would like to see, and how they envision using this space.  Particularly, we want to hear from those impacted by the loss of a loved one.”

Glenda Buckle is a member-at-large on the project’s planning committee.  She said that this project, for her, will offer healing.  “The design concepts are absolutely beautiful.  For me, it’s healing and closure to see that a space as special as this will be developed in honour of women like my sister whose lives were taken.”

Mayor Jim Parsons is pleased that the City of Corner Brook is a partner in this initiative.  He said, “As a community, we are pleased to collaborate in providing the land for ceremony, healing, and an important space to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.  We hope this will become one of many community gathering areas to support health and wellness that is grounded in cultural principles and practices. We are looking forward to the public consultation to help us shape this fundamental project.”

All those interested in learning more about the development plans for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commemorative Installment are encouraged to attend a public meeting on January 27th at 7:00 PM at the Qalipu Community Room in Corner Brook.  Individuals may also provide feedback via an online survey

For more information, please contact project lead Tara Saunders at 634-5972 or email tsaunders@qalipu.ca


Qalipu Staffer Participates in Indigenous Women in Community Leadership Program

In October 2019 Jasmine Collis, Non-Insured Health Benefits Support Specialist with Qalipu, attended a three-week residency at Coady International Institute in Antigonish, NS, as a part of the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership (IWCL) program. Each year Indigenous women leaders from across the country are awarded a full scholarship to complete the IWCL program, which focuses on designing a community project that will have a positive impact on their communities. The program covers Indigenous Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), which filters the concept of ABCD through a cultural lens. Each morning began with a smudge, followed by teachings provided by an Elder.

The first group task demonstrated the ABCD concept quite clearly. The group of 19 women leaders were assigned the task of assembling a Tipi with no help from instructors or staff. The group had to work together to use each woman’s knowledge and/or skills to raise the tipi poles and wrap the canvas. Using innovative and creative techniques, the tipi was raised and stood tall. Each woman then had the opportunity to paint on the tipi, alongside many other women who had previously completed the program.

Jasmine noted, “Hearing about the projects that the other women are developing and getting to know them, and their backgrounds, was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget. The three weeks were full of inspiration and I felt very empowered as an Indigenous woman. I have come to realize how unique our Nation’s history is in Newfoundland, compared to other First Nations across Canada. Our story is one that we need to keep telling, as we reclaim our culture.”

This year was the first time Coady hosted an IWCL Gathering of the past cohorts. The three-day conference included over 100 Indigenous women leaders from across the country, with keynote speaker Dr. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku of New Zealand delivering an account of the struggles, barriers, and strengths of Indigenous people from her home country.

Jasmine said that the presentation on the Māori people was powerful.   She said, “Following her presentation, the auditorium sang the Strong Women’s Song to her while one woman drummed. It was an incredibly moving experience.”

Since her return home Jasmine has begun working on her community project, which will focus on supporting Indigenous youth in her community, by creating the opportunity for youth to speak for themselves and to conduct their own ABCD approach to the needs of the youth.

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Qalipu First Nation Continues Community Consultations, Development Of Five-Year Strategic Plan

Members of the Band are invited to participate in the development of the Qalipu First Nation five-year strategic plan via consultation sessions scheduled to take place throughout the territory.

Band Chief Brendan Mitchell noted, “The Strategic Plan is the document that will help guide the ongoing development of programs and services the Band provides to its members. A collaborative approach in its development is essential in ensuring our members’ needs and vision are reflected in our work. I hope that members will participate in the process.”

The Strategic Plan will provide direction for Chief and Council, as well as staff, as they plan for future development in the areas of member services, brand and communications, culture and heritage, environmental stewardship, economic development and operational excellence.

Members who wish to contribute to the plan can choose to participate in-person at the sessions or by completing an on-line survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QFNStrategicPlan) . Written submissions will be accepted at our office in Corner Brook and individuals may also communicate directly with the consultant on the strategic plan by contacting Terry Hickey, Conach Consulting at 709-682-9026 or via email at terryhickey@conach.ca.

Consultations have bene scheduled in the following locations:

Port au Port January 14, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 50 Plus Leisure Centre in Port au Port West

Stephenville January 15, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM College of the North Atlantic Bay St. George Lecture Theatre

Corner Brook January 16, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Greennwood Inn

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RCMP Qalipu Youth Summer Employment Program 2020

RCMP/Qalipu Youth Summer Employment Program

The Qalipu First Nation and the RCMP are working together to build a worthwhile work experience for aboriginal youth who are interested in a career in policing and/or justice. This exciting job opportunity will provide students with an insightful look at working with the RCMP as a possible career choice. This nine-week opportunity runs from June-August 2020. Successful applicants will attend a one-week training session at the RCMP Headquarters in St. John’s prior to being placed at the RCMP detachment closest to their location.

For the Summer of 2020, successful applicants are placed in locations near their hometown within the RCMP jurisdictions of Grand Falls, Stephenville, Deer Lake, Corner Brook, Gander, Bay Roberts and Harbour Grace.

The deadline to apply is February 21, 2020

For eligibility criteria, salary and other information including how to apply please visit www.qalipu.ca/youth-programs

Or contact:

Vickie MacDonald,
Employment Coordinator


Message From the Chief – January 2020


On behalf of our Council and staff, I wish to extend to everyone a very Merry Christmas and share my hope for a New Year that brings happiness, good health, prosperity and success to all.

This Christmas, may your homes be filled with the true warmth and spirit of the season; good times spent with family and friends, good food, nice music and special moments that will create beautiful memories with loved ones.

Wli Nuelewi aq Pusu’l Puna’ne
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Chief Brendan Mitchell

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Apajitayek Mi’kMaq Language And Culture Camps

The Qalipu Cultural Foundation is pleased to announce it’s final language camp in the series for Apajitayek Mi’kmaq Language & Culture Camps.  The dates for the final camp in Corner Brook are January 14th and 15th. The camp will be led buy Robert Bernard, Dean Simon and supported by Elder George Paul.  In addition to basic conversation and introductory Mi’kmaw language course work, the two-day camp will offer participants a chance to engage in learning song, dance, history and stories about their Mi’kmaq ancestors.

The camp is free to attend and the number of seats are limited.  Due to such popularity,  the registration is for draw to participate.  Successful participants will be notified by January 8th, 2020.

Please see the form below to apply and participate.

For more information please contact Nicole Travers at ntravers@qalipu.ca or call 634-4706.

Full Name:
Email Address:
Telephone Number:
How do you identify?:
Proficiency in Language:
Dietary Restrictions:
This is a two day workshop, are you willing to attend both days?
The Application process is now closed, thank you to all that submitted an application.


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Please take a few moments to participate in our Strategic Planning Survey. When the survey ends, we will draw for four $25 prizes.

Please check our Events Calendar (http://qalipu.ca/events/) for upcoming Strategic Planning Sessions. To give your feedback by email or phone, please contact planning consultant Terry Hickey at terryhickey@conach.ca or tel. 709-782-2180