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Employment Opportunities For Qalipu Students

Employment Opportunities for Qalipu Students

Would you like to work in with an organization known throughout the world?

Parks Canada, in partnership with Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nation Band is offering unique employment opportunities to Qalipu students.

Be part of protecting and presenting this beautiful part of Canada; come join our team!


Student Park Communicator

Greet visitors and provide information and orientation related to facilities, services, programs, regulations, and safety precautions in person or by telephone. Collect revenue suing a point of sale system and complete daily sales deposits.

(Bilingual candidates and students may be given preference)

Campground Janitoral Student

Interact with other park employees and visitors as a member of the Visitor Experience Team. Perform a variety of duties to ensure parks facilities and campgrounds are clean and accessible for our visitors.

(Must have a driver’s license)

Student Heritage Communicator

Deliver on-site programs for specific audience needs using a variety of new and innovative approaches.  Greet and orient visitor, respond to questions and provide information about National Historic Sites, Gros Morne National Park, other sites in the Field Unit, Parks Canada, and the surrounding areas.

(Bilingual candidates may be given preference)

Student Field Technician

Collect field data, including monitoring on a daily basis and recording, and other resource conservation activities such as surveys.

(Must have a driver’s license)


Gros Morne National Park, Port au Choix National Historic Site, L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, Red Bay National Historic Site.

Period of Employment: Mid-June – Labour Day

Hours of Work: 37.5-40 hrs. /wk.

Live lobsters caught in Bar Harbor, Maine

Qalipu First Nation Would Like to Announce the Availability of Two Communal Commercial Fishing Licenses

Qalipu First Nation would like to announce the availability of two Communal Commercial Fishing Licenses.

Details are as follows:

Area 13A – St. George’s Bay – Two Licenses Available

Licence #1:  Groundfish except Lumpfish, Herring Fixed Gear, Mackerel Fixed Gear, Eel, Lobster, Snow Crab (Queen), and Bait.

Licence #2:  Herring Fixed Gear, Lobster, and Bait.

Successful applicant will be designated to fish this license by paying an annual administration fee to Qalipu First Nation Band.  The purchase and maintenance of all fishing gear is the responsibility of the designated fisherperson.  This designation may be renewed annually on the basis that the fisherperson remains compliant with QFN’s Fishing Designation Policy and meets the following criteria:

  • Member of Qalipu First Nation Band
  • All regulations of governing agencies of these licenses are followed
  • Licenses are utilized annually
  • Administration Fees are paid on time

Any member of the Qalipu First Nation Band interested in such a designation is encouraged to print and complete this application and indicate in which opportunity they are interested.  Printed applications are also available at the Corner Brook and St. George’s offices.

Deadline to apply is: Monday March 20, 2017 @ 4pm

Please submit applications by e-mail, fax, mail, or hand-delivery to:

Fax: (709)639-3997

Qalipu First Nation
3 Church Street
Corner Brook, NL A2H 2Z4
Attn:  Jonathan Strickland

Arctic Hare
Credit: Darroch Whitaker | Parks Canada

Citizen Scientists Wanted: Have you Seen an Arctic Hare?

Little is known about arctic hare populations in Newfoundland. In 2012, the Species Status Advisory assessed arctic hare and determined their analysis was “data deficient”. Since 2012, little has been accomplished to improve our understanding of arctic hare populations in Newfoundland. The Qalipu Natural Resources division is working to improve our understanding of arctic hare, and you can help!

If you spot an arctic hare while travelling through arctic-alpine or exposed barren areas, please complete our sighting report form to let us know about it. The information you provide is considered “citizen science data”. This important data is used to compliment long-term research and provides for additional surveillance of artic hare populations on the island of Newfoundland. You can find our sighting report form here.

Identifying Characteristics

The arctic hare is the largest of the North American hares weighing between 3.5 – 6.0 kilograms when fully grown. Their winter coat is pure white with the exception of black tips on their long ears. In our province, which is the southernmost limit of the hares’ North American distribution, the hares’ habitat is primarily barren within the vicinity of boulder fields.  Subsequently, their summer coat is typically bluish gray with white underparts.

Where you Might Spot an Arctic Hare

On the island of Newfoundland, the population is restricted to arctic-alpine areas of the Long Range Mountains, interior western plateaus or exposed coastal barrens including areas in Gros Morne National Park, the Long Range and Annieopsquotch Mountains, and the Buchans – Topsail plateau. Unfortunately there has been no island-wide distribution surveys since 1981, so the extent of the core population of the arctic hare outside the Long Range Mountains and Buchans – Topsail plateau remains largely unknown. (Hearn, 2012)

For more information on the arctic hare click here.

Breaking news

Statement Regarding Ottawa Meeting

On February 24, 2017, Chief/President Mitchell, Vice Chief (Central) Bouzanne, Councillor/Director Skeard, Elder Odelle Pike, Elder Calvin White, and Band Manager Randy Drover met with representatives of Canada to discuss the outcomes of the enrolment process.  Vice Chief (Western) Samms-Hurley was unavailable due to other previously scheduled Band commitments.  The meeting occurred in Gatineau, QC.

Over the past couple of weeks, members and applicants received their letters from the Enrolment Committee regarding their eligibility for enrolment as Founding Members of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band.  Chief and Council has and continues to receive feedback from members and applicants who are expressing their disappointment with the outcomes.  Many people are sharing their personal stories and are questioning the decisions of the Enrolment Committee.  These stories and the associated emotions are being heard and felt.  The Chief and Council are equally disappointed with the number of members and applicants found not to have met the enrolment criteria and sympathize with those people who were found ineligible for enrolment.

On February 13, 2017, the Qalipu First Nation (QFN) and the FNI began hosting end of enrolment community sessions to provide members with an opportunity to raise questions and concerns.  To date, community sessions were held in Flat Bay, Port-au-Port, St. Georges, Stephenville, Benoits Cove, St. John’s and Grand Falls-Windsor.  Sessions will also be held in Gambo, Appleton, Corner Brook, Port Saunders, and Burgeo in the coming weeks.  These sessions have been well attended and the information collected was shared with Canada during the meeting.  For more information regarding the community sessions, please visit

During the meeting in Gatineau, the parties had an open and frank discussion regarding the outcomes of the enrolment process.  Chief Mitchell and the other representatives, including the Elders, shared the concerns, issues and emotions they are hearing and feeling throughout our communities.

The QFN and the FNI will continue to address with Canada the issues and concerns being raised by our members and applicants.  Moreover, efforts to find solutions, within the parameters of the agreements, are being explored.  While this process is unfolding, and there are no assurances these exploratory discussions will be fruitful, the FNI encourages those individuals with the right to appeal to utilize that process.  Appeals must be submitted by March 31, 2017, and they must demonstrate how the Enrolment Committee made an error or mistake when assessing your application.  The appeals process provides an important opportunity to rectify errors that members and applicants feel were made in the assessment of their files.  For more information regarding the appeals process, please visit

Further updates will be provided as the process unfolds.

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Register Now! Qalipu’s 6th Annual Aboriginal Business Forum

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. This year the Business Forum will include an evening social followed by an  informative full day event to be held at the Albatross Hotel in Gander, NL on March 22nd.

The theme of this years’ Forum, Resource Innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador, will provide opportunities for delegates to gain insight into Natural Resource development in our province, network with industry, and strategically align to capitalize on opportunities.

Remember, registration is free and the Forum is open to everyone.

Space is limited, please get in touch with Kelly or Nicole to book your spot:

Kellie Kerpan
Economic Development Officer


Nicole Companion
Administrative Assistant