Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k April 2018 Newsletter


Welcome to the latest edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k, (translation: the caribou are travelling together).

The way of the caribou is to work together, travel together, and support one another in the herd.  It is this quality that we can all embrace as we work through a difficult moment for our people; the Qalipu enrolment process has left families feeling divided, grassroots people excluded from something they worked to create, and Indigenous veterans denied membership for reasons they feel were beyond their control.   On page One, you’ll find a link to a video that shares not only the public rallies in support of Qalipu applicants that took place across the nation on February 24, 2018, but also shares some our struggles and personal stories.

I would also like to bring your attention to information and recruitment sessions that are happening across the province next week.  The Black Bear Program is a summer employment program that combines Indigenous culture and teachings with basic military training.  The six-week program pays really well, and all expenses including travel, accommodations and meals are covered! Tell a young person in your life about this opportunity and get them registered for a session in their area.  Find all the details on page Four.

It is always wonderful to hear news from the communities and this month we have four full pages of happenings! Please enjoy the variety of news, success stories and upcoming events submitted by our readers and community groups.  Keep it coming, we aim to connect our dispersed communities and appreciate your input greatly.

Have you heard the story of a family nine “Wandering Indians” who perished on the barrens near St. George’s (Indian Cove, the earliest recorded Mi’kmaq settlement in Newfoundland) in 1862? Co-authors Len Muise and Melvin White want to make sure we don’t forget them, and that we honour the lives of our nomadic ancestors.  Find this beautiful story on page Thirteen.

Thanks so much for reading and please, stay in touch.



Hope in the Darkness: National Walk for Youth Mental Health 2018

Hope in the Darkness is a national call to action for Indigenous and non-Indigenous police officers to walk with youth for youth mental health. The walk will provide police officers with an opportunity to meet youth and listen to their stories along the way, sending them the message that we are listening, we care and we can show love. Hope in the Darkness will bring the country together by having police, youth, frontline workers, families and community members walk from the west coast and the east coast to Winnipeg, the centre of Canada.


  • To bring attention and raise awareness of youth mental health in Canada.
  • To provide a platform for Indigenous youth mental health success stories to be shared.
  • To rally active and retired police officers across the country to get involved in empowering youth.
  • To raise funds to support culture-based youth mental health services across Canada.

Follow the Walk on Social Media:

  • Twitter at: @YouthMHWalk
  • Instagram at: @walkforyouthmentalhealth
  • Facebook at:

Support the Cause by Making a Donation:

Follow the walk in Newfoundland, April 2018, click here

Meeting at Qalipu office
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces presented information on the Black Bear Program at the Qalipu office in Corner Brook. (L-R) Major Mark Felix, Deputy Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion Royal Newfoundland Regiment, Vickie MacDonald Employment Coordinator, Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Thomas Holland, the Regimental Sargent Major (RSM) of the 5th Canadian Division Training Centre, Chief Brendan Mitchell, Lieutenant Colonel (LCol) Errol MacEachern, the Commanding Officer of the 5th Canadian Division Training Centre (CO), Keith Goulding Band Manager and Shelly Garnier Team Lead Client Service Officer

Information and Recruitment Sessions Scheduled in Western and Central Newfoundland for the Black Bear Program, an Incredible Opportunity for Indigenous Youth

April 10, 2018 Corner Brook—The Qalipu First Nation is pleased to partner with the Canadian Armed Forces to host information sessions about the Black Bear Program, an incredible summer employment and personal development opportunity for indigenous youth. Information and recruiting sessions will be hosted in western and central Newfoundland during the week of April 16-20.

The Black Bear Program is a summer employment program that combines indigenous culture and teachings with basic military training. The six-week program takes place from early July to mid-August at the 5th Canadian Division Training Centre located in Oromocto, NB.

Participants in the program will graduate with basic military training, get paid $4,200, have meals and accommodations provided, and their transportation to and from Oromocto covered as well. Following completion of the program, participants may choose to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces on a full or part-time basis.

If you’re ready for a challenging experience that develops hands-on skills, encourages teamwork, improves physical fitness and promotes cultural awareness, get in touch with us to register for an upcoming information session.

Information Session Location Date and Time Address
Stephenville Monday April 16 at 7:00 PM People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre, 90 Main Street Stephenville
St. George’s Tuesday April 17 at 7:00 PM Ktaqmkuk Mi’kmaq Museum, 183 Main Street, St. George’s
Corner Brook Wednesday April 18 at 7:00 PM Qalipu Community Room, 1 Church Street, Corner Brook
Gander Thursday April 19 at 2:00 PM Albatross Hotel, 114 Trans- Canada Highway, Gander
Grand Falls-Windsor Thursday April 19 at 7:00 PM Qalipu Community Room, 28 Hardy Avenue, Grand Falls- Windsor

To register for a session, please contact Monique Carrol, Director of Education and Training, at 647-3096 or email

For more information about the program, or to apply directly, please visit this link


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Black Bear Program an incredible opportunity for youth

Have we got an opportunity for you!

The Black Bear Program is a summer employment program for indigenous youth, age 16+, that combines culture and teachings with basic military training.  The six-week program takes place from early July to mid-August at 5th Canadian Division Training Centre located in Oromocto, NB.

And get this, participants get paid $4,200! That’s a summer job you won’t find anywhere else.  Meals and accommodations are provided while at the camp, and your transportation to and from Oromocto is covered too.

If you’re ready for a challenging experience that develops hands-on skills, encourages teamwork, improves physical fitness and promotes cultural awareness, get in touch with us to register for an upcoming information session.

Please contact Employment Coordinator Vickie MacDonald at

For more information, visit this link


ANNOUNCEMENT Are you an Indigenous university graduate, or currently studying? Are you considering medicine as a possible career choice? If so, this event may be of interest to you!

Pre-Med Summer Institute
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Date: July 2-20, 2018

The Pre-Med Summer Institute is one of the Aboriginal Health initiatives of Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine. It is an intensive, non-credit program offered for three weeks (July 2-20, 2018). The institute provides experience in a clinical environment for selected candidates who are thinking seriously about pursuing a career in medicine and who wish to apply for admission to Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine. Candidates are selected through an application process from the First Nations, Inuit and Southern Inuit communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Selectees will be placed at the Labrador Health Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. During the three weeks, participants will converse with physicians, medical residents and students and have some exposure to various health care situations.

To find out more about the institute and to submit an application please visit the Aboriginal Health Initiative website at

Qalipu Chief and Council received a presentation from the Town of Stephenville (L-R) Gander Bay Ward Councilor Calvin Francis, Corner Brook Ward Councilor Brian Dicks, Flat Bay Ward Councilor Ben Bennett, Grand Falls-Windsor Ward Councilor Andy Barker, Town of Stephenville Councilor Mark Felix, Qalipu Chief Brendan Mitchell, Stephenville Mayor Tom Rose, Port au Port Ward Councilor Jasen Benwah, Benoit’s Cove Ward Councilor Bern White and Stephenville Ward Councilor Gerard Alexander Click here to view the council meeting report

Council Meeting Report – March 16, 2018

Group of young students and designers.They working on new project.

Opportunity for Youth: Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities


AFOA Canada is pleased to partner with Nutrien, who will sponsor one Indigenous Youth who will attend the Harvard Business School program along with Senior Administrators, Executive Officers, Elected Leaders and Senior Managers working in Indigenous communities and organizations on-reserve, off-reserve and in urban, rural and isolated settings across Canada.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The program was developed under the guidance of HBS Executive Education, the Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities Program is the only program of its kind in North America. The program brings together HBS Faculty and guest speakers who are “specialists” in their fields and proficient in Aboriginal matters.

This four-day program provides the participant with the opportunity to view community investments in a broader context. While it is important to understand investment tools, strategies and products, it is equally important to understand how governance practices can shape the management of the investments with a longer-term view toward building sustainable communities. The skill sets of entrepreneurial finance, negotiations, and change management complement effective governance of community investments. Participants learn using the HBS case study method. Interactive lectures and small study groups ensure lively, thought-provoking discussions and the sharing of innovative ideas. At the program’s conclusion, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Harvard Business School.

PROGRAM THEMES: The themes of the program will cover the following:

Investment Governance – Participants will better understand investments and good governance practices over investments.

Entrepreneurial Finance – Participants will build a framework and develop a better understanding of the valuation of potential investments, specifically pre-revenue start-ups.

Negotiations – Participants will enhance their negotiating skills and develop negotiation strategies at an individual and team level.

Change Management – Participants will develop effective strategies for leading through change at both an organizational and community level.

APN Program info
Solomon Semigak(L) and Katie Dicker (R)

Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program

The Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN) Program offers support and assistance to Aboriginal patients/clients who are referred to St. John’s, NL for medical treatment. The APN Program provides a link between Aboriginal communities and Eastern Health care providers.

Services and Supports

  • Navigation to appointments.
  • Arranging interpretative services for Innu-Aimun and Inuktitut languages.
  • Assistance to access meals, transportation, accommodations, medical supplies and discharge planning.
  • Liaising with internal and external agencies.
  • Education and information sharing.

 (Located in Women’s Health Centre, across from Tim Horton’s on the Yellow Brick Road, Main Patient Entrance, Health Science Centre)

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00pm

Katie Dicker                                                        

Senior Aboriginal Patient Navigator

Health Science Center Rm. 2J514                

Office: (709) 777- 2199/Fax:777-2210

Pager:  (709) 758-9117

Solomon Semigak

Aboriginal Patient Navigator

Health Sciences Center Rm. 2J514

Office:  (709) 777-2110/Fax:777-2210

Pager:  (709) 758-1714