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New Dates Added – End of Enrolment Community Sessions

The Qalipu First Nation and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians will be hosting nine community sessions during February and March 2017.  The community sessions are being arranged to provide members and applicants with an opportunity to receive information about the enrolment process and to raise questions and concerns. The agenda for the community sessions will be structured as follows:

  • Opening prayer and welcoming remarks
  • History of the enrolment file
  • Present status of the enrolment file
  • Appeals process overview
  • Questions and answers

Chief Mitchell, who will be accompanied by Elders and the Qalipu Ward Councillor, will lead the community sessions.  Information will also be shared with members and applicants regarding support services that are available to help them through this difficult time.

The next round of community sessions will take place from February 19 – March 7, 2017 as per the following schedule:

Community Where? When?
 

Benoits Cove

 

Town Hall Feb 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
 

St. John’s

 

 

Innovation Hall, Room IIC2001 at the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation

 

Feb 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
 

Gambo

 

Smallwood Interpretation Centre Feb 25, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
 

Appleton

 

Appleton Recreation Centre Feb 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
 

Grand Falls-Windsor

 

Mount Peyton Hotel

Newfoundland Room

Feb 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
 

Corner Brook

 

 

Pepsi Centre (Room 2)

 

Feb 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

 

Port Saunders

 

 

Recreation Centre

 

March 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

 

Burgeo

 

Jolly 50 Plus Club

Main Street

 

 

March 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

 

Gambo

 

Smallwood Interpretation Centre

 

March 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

 

Appleton

 

Appleton Recreation Centre

 

 

March 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

For more information regarding the community events, please contact:

Mabel MacDonald, 634-5111 or email mmacdonald@qalipu.ca

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End of Enrolment Community Sessions

The Qalipu First Nation and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians will be hosting nine community sessions during February and March 2017.  The community sessions are being arranged to provide members and applicants with an opportunity to receive information about the enrolment process and to raise questions and concerns. The agenda for the community sessions will be structured as follows:

  • Opening prayer and welcoming remarks
  • History of the enrolment file
  • Present status of the enrolment file
  • Appeals process overview
  • Questions and answers
  • Closing prayer

Chief Mitchell, who will be accompanied by Elders and the Qalipu Ward Councillor, will lead the community sessions.  Information will also be shared with members and applicants regarding support services that are available to help them through this difficult time.

The first round of community sessions will take place from February 13 – 16, 2017 as per the following schedule:

Date Time Community Meeting Location
Feb 13, 2017 7:00 pm Flat Bay Flat Bay Band Office
Feb 14, 2017 7:00 pm Port au Port East Port aux Port Leisure Club
Feb 15, 2017 7:00 pm St. Georges Ktaqmkuk Mi’kmaq Museum
Feb 16, 2017 7:00 pm Stephenville Lions Den

Community sessions will also be held in Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, Appleton, Gander Bay, and Hawkes Bay.  Further details on these sessions will be released in the coming days.

For more information regarding the community events, please contact:

Mabel MacDonald, 634-5111 or email mmacdonald@qalipu.ca

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Qalipu First Nation Disappointed by Enrolment Outcome

February 07, 2017, Corner Brook—Today the Government of Canada released the preliminary results of the Enrolment Committee’s review of applications for membership in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. The final Founding Members will only be known after the appeal process and officially confirmed through an Order in Council, expected in the spring of 2018.

The preliminary results of the Enrolment Committee’s review are as follows:

  • 13,365 applicants who are on the current Founding Members list will remain eligible for founding membership
  • 10,512 applicants who are on the current Founding Members list were found by the joint Enrolment Committee to not meet the criteria under the 2013 Supplemental Agreement for Founding Membership (These individuals will retain their membership until the amendment of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Order, expected in the spring of They are entitled to appeal their decision, the results of which may increase the Founding Members List. Some of those who are no longer eligible for founding membership may still be able to register for membership as a descendant of a Founding Member.)
  • 4,679 applicants who were not Founding Members will now be eligible for founding membership (They will gain membership once the amendment of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Order is confirmed through an Order in Council in the spring of )
  • 68,134 applicants were not Founding Members and will not be eligible for founding membership
  • 3,984 applicants have invalid applications and are therefore not eligible for founding membership
  • It is anticipated that the membership will be comprised of approximately 95% of people living in Newfoundland and Labrador, and 5% living elsewhere in

Brendan Mitchell, Chief of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation expressed his disappointment with the outcome of this process.  He said, “Unfortunately, the goodwill that was created with the formation of the Qalipu First Nation in 2011 stands to be negatively impacted by these outcomes.  Our language, culture and pride in who we are have been making a big comeback. I’m concerned about the hurt and division these outcomes may cause among families and communities. We are however, a resilient people, and I’m hopeful that we will pull through this difficult time together.”

Chief Mitchell explained that the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) is party to the Agreement and the Supplemental Agreement that established the First Nation.  Those Agreements established a process that must be seen to its conclusion. However, he noted measures that the FNI will take on behalf of applicants.  He said, “The FNI Board is utilizing the Agreement to try to help as many applicants as it can. To this end, its lawyers have been instructed to initiate appeals on behalf of the FNI under the

Agreement where there are reasonable grounds to do so. This will ensure that the Enrolment Committee did not overlook something that would allow the applicant to retain or qualify for Founding Membership. We will continue to work on behalf of members and applicants to minimalize impacts of today’s announcement.”

The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation recognizes that this is a difficult time for our members and the

applicants.  As such, we are doing everything we can to offer support for our members and

applicants.  We have put in place an End of Enrolment Support Team including Enrolment Assistants that will be available to take your call or meet with you in one of our five office locations – St. George’s, Stephenville, Corner Brook, Glenwood and Grand Falls-Windsor.  For more information on this please visit our website http://qalipu.ca/end-of-enrolment-support/

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End of Enrolment Support

On January 31, 2017, approximately 101,000 letters were mailed to applicants, including current members, informing them of the decision of the Enrolment Committee.  All those who have applied for membership, except those previously rejected, will learn if they are eligible or ineligible for Founding Membership and next steps.

Applicants and current members are advised that the first point of contact for information regarding the end of enrolment decision letters, questions about the appeal process, and to make a request for a copy of your applicant record, is the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation help line at 1-800-561-2266. 

At Qalipu First Nation, we are doing everything we can to offer support for our members and applicants.  We have put in place an End of Enrolment Support Team including Enrolment Assistants that will be available to take your call or meet with you in one of our five office locations – St. George’s, Stephenville, Corner Brook, Glenwood and Grand Falls-Windsor.

Applicants with the right to appeal the decision of the Enrolment Committee are reminded that our Enrolment Assistants cannot file an appeal for you.  However, they will be available to do the following:

  • Provide general information regarding the appeals process.
  • Provide general information regarding the enrolment process.
  • Help you to understand your decision letter.

To contact our End of Enrolment Support Team:

Flat Bay (709) 647-1370
St. George’s (709) 647-3514
Glenwood (855) 263-6440
Grand Falls-Windsor (709) 489-2898
Stephenville (709) 643-3774
Corner Brook 1-844-368-7160
(709) 634-4010
Toll Free 1-855-263-6440 or 1-844-368-7160.

We ask that you keep in mind that these individuals are here to help provide support; they are not involved in the processing, or decision, of your application.

For more information including End of Enrolment and appeals related Questions & Answers, the history of the Mi’kmaq movement in Newfoundland, Messages from the Chief, the Agreements and related documents that are referenced in your decision letter, please visit our website www.qalipu.ca.  Once on the site, a pop-up will appear containing all available information.

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Qalipu First Nation 2017 Traditional Land Use Study

Qalipu First Nation will be conducting interviews in communities along the south shore of the Bay of Islands from January 30th to February 24th. 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. This study will document how Qalipu First Nation Band members traditionally interacted with their environment and will allow for the preservation of this valuable information for future generations.

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

Please contact Project Coordinator, Sara Leah Hindy, at shindy@qalipu.ca or 634-9653 if you would like to participate in this study.

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North American Indigenous Games Team 2017 Looking for Athletes

The North American Indigenous Games(NAIG) is the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people, welcoming more than 5,000 athletes, 2,000 volunteers and a number of spectators and dignitaries from across North America. The City of Toronto will be Host to this years NAIG that will take place from July 16 – 23, 2017.

BSG Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle is planning to enter teams (male and female) in the sports bolded below:

SPORT AGE CATEGORY YEARS OF BIRTH
Archery 16U, 19U 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Athletics 14U, 16U, 19U 2003 & later, 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Badminton 16U, 19U 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Baseball (Male) 17U 2000 & later
Basketball 14U, 16U, 19U 2003 & later, 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Boxing1 17-18, 16 can upgrade 2000-1999, 2001 upgrade
Canoe/Kayak 14U, 16U, 19U 2003 & later, 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Box Lacrosse (Female TBD)2 16U, 19U 2001& later, 1998 & Later
Golf 16U, 19U 2001 & later, 1998 & Later
Rifle Shooting 16U, 19U 2001 & later, 1998 & Later
Soccer 16U, 19U 2001 & later, 1999 & later
Softball 16U, 19U 2001 & later, 1998 & Later
Swimming 14U, 16U, 19U 2003 & later, 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Volleyball U16, 19U 2001 & later, 1998 & Later
Wrestling 16-18, 15 can upgrade 2001–1999, 2002 upgrade

If you are interested in trying out for our NAIG team, please check out the application which can be found hereNote: For volleyball, we will only be sending U19 teams (male and female).

For more information contact:

St. George’s Ward Councilor
Arlene Blanchard White
ablanchard-white@qalipu.ca

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Monthly Newsletter – January 2017

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In this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k we’ve put together all available enrolment related information in a three-page spread that includes links to more information.  If you can’t find the answer to a question you’ve got in mind, you’re encouraged to get in touch.

Have you heard that Qalipu has hired a new Band Manager?  Randy Drover has a variety of employment experience, a long history of involvement with the aboriginal movement in Newfoundland, and an excellent education to boot.  Find the story Qalipu Welcomes Band Manager on page 4.

“We are English speaking Mi’kmaq people… what difference does it make if we express ourselves, our Mi’kmaq spirit, in English?  After all, my ancestors learned French and English and spoke these new languages with a strong spirit of survival and forward momentum.  Why now go back?” A secret thought I carried as I enrolled in the Grenfell Mi’kmaw Teaching and Learning course.  However, I was soon given a valuable lesson on the true importance of language, and how to Learn with Nijaqmij (my spirit).  Find the story in my editorial Rethinking Language on page 5.

Bernie Hanlon was a dedicated Qalipu employee and member of the Band who committed her life to working with, supporting and encouraging aboriginal students to achieve their dreams.  Each year, in memory of Bernie Hanlon, the Band presents a scholarship to one deserving student.  Read all about this year’s winner, and find out how you can apply to be the next recipient, on page 6.

Finally, you’ll find information on upcoming events, the latest Council Meeting Report and a few snapshots from our communities on pages 7-9.

Please enjoy the newsletter and as always, keep in touch.

Click here to view this month’s newsletter

Alison