The  general public is cordially invited to attend a Talking Circle on  “The State of the Waters and Pollution Concerns in the Port au Port – Bay St. George Region.” The event will  be held at the Port au Port East Town Hall starting 7 pm on Sunday, November 12th, 2017.

A Talking Circle is a traditional way used by first nations to solve problems and is very effective in removing barriers and allowing  people to freely express themselves.  It provides a means for people to connect and search for new directions,  make amends, right the wrongs and establish new pathways for tomorrow.

As Indigenous peoples, First Nations recognize the sacredness of water, the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of protecting water from pollution, drought and waste.

This Circle will be facilitated by Mi’kmaq cultural leaders and is supported by Qalipu First Nation, traditional Mi’kmaq people and the Port au Port Bay Fishery Committee.

A special invitation to attend and participate in this event is extended to the general public and municipal, provincial and federal government representatives.

For further information please contact:

Bill O’Gorman
Chair of the Port au Port Bay Fishery Committee
Phone:  709 642 5715, Cell 709 649 2174, Email: billogorman1948@outlook.com

Alison White
Communications Officer, Qalipu First Nation
Phone: 709 634 5163, Email: awhite@qalipu.dca

Kenny Bennett
Mi’kmaq Cultural Leader
Phone: 709 214 1102, Email: kwb1@eastlink.ca

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Wanted: Snow Shoe Maker

The Qalipu Cultural Foundation is seeking a local snow shoe maker(s) to deliver workshops in Central Newfoundland this fall/winter.  Sessions will ideally be delivered in one, 2-hour class, per week.  All required materials will be provided, and the teacher will receive a per diem for their time.  Up to 16 participants will register for the class, free of charge.

Experience teaching, sharing and crafting snow shoes, as well as knowledge of the cultural history of snow shoe making and use, is preferred.  Style of snow shoe to be determined by crafters skill set.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in delivering a 4-8-week long snowshoe making workshop in the Gander and Badger area, please contact Mitch Blanchard at mblanchard@qalipu.ca


Building Understanding; Strengthening Lives

The Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network is starting a new project.

Building Understanding; Strengthening Lives is a three (3) year project funded by Status of Women Canada.   Our goal is to give the mainstream justice system, front line workers and support systems on the island the ability to enhance their knowledge of cultural differences and how to help Indigenous women and youth feel supported and protected when they need to report family violence or assistance in family violence situations.

The project will recruit a 10-member working committee through information sessions, distribution of pamphlets, letters and advertisements.  Our 10-member working committee will consist of members from NAWN, Elders and the Indigenous community of Bay St. George to ensure their voices are heard.  The mainstream justice supports, front line service agencies and, community service program workers will also be members of the working committee, this will give all involved the opportunity to share what their agencies do and how to access them.

The working committee will prioritize the real issues indigenous women and youth experience within the mainstream justice system that will be gathered from the 6 focus groups, the on-line and paper surveys anonymously completed from across the province.  We will be mindful of previous trauma and experiences and will seek support from our local Elders through traditional ways and local agencies to ensure those involved feel safe and secure.

The working committee will develop and implement the project that will provide the mainstream justice system workers, first line workers and community service providers with relevant, inclusive and culturally relevant information and protocols that will improve communication with Indigenous women and youth that report family violence and that are going through the justice system due to family violence.

For more information, please contact Nona Matthews at the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network at (709) 643-1290 or email nona.nawn@gmail.com

Helping Hands

Volunteers Wanted: Helping Hands Program

The People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Center is currently looking for volunteers to work with seniors in and around our communities for the Helping Hands Program!
They are seeking volunteers to help seniors with things such as: Shovelling snow (once the snow falls), duties around the house, or just come in to the seniors home to spend some time with them, play cards, etc.

The Friendship Centre is also looking for seniors who would be interested in having a volunteer come in to their home and help, or simply spend time with them.

The Centre also hopes to have something at either the Stephenville office or the St. George’s center where seniors can come in, play cards, chat, have some coffee, and volunteers can assist with anything they may need/want there.

Volunteers are required to have a criminal conduct check completed, however, the center will cover the cost of this application for the approved volunteers.

Please click here for the volunteer application form.

For more information, please contact the People of the Dawn Friendship Centre at 709-643-3902 or email helpinghandsprogram@gmail.com

People of the Dawn Friendship center

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Improving Health: My Way

Qalipu First Nation is looking for members to become trained leaders for the Improving Health: My Way program. Our goal is to have trained members to help with a new pilot of the Improving Health: My Way program this coming fall. The pilot aims to take a more cultural approach than the standard program offers.

The Improving Health: My Way program is a chronic disease self-management program that is offered in each region of the province. Research confirms that self-management programs, such as this one, are making a real difference in the lives of people living with chronic health conditions by empowering individuals with skills and tools to better manage their conditions.

To become an Improving Health: My Way leader you are required to participate in a FREE 4-day leader training offered by Western Health and will become a registered volunteer with the organization. Once you complete the training, you will be qualified to facilitate the Improving Health My Way program to any referred clients or to any closed groups who are interested. Workshops will be arranged around your schedule and will not interfere with work time.

The next leader training is coming up soon: November 14 – 17 2017

If you are interested in becoming a leader, please contact Alison Dower, Regional CDPM Manager at (709) 637-5000 extension 6698 or email alisondower@westernhealth.nl.ca.

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Message From the Chief October 2017


I hope this message finds you well.

We recently held our Annual General Assembly (AGA).  We like to move these meetings around so that our meetings are accessible to different communities throughout the regions.  This year, we held the AGA in Deer Lake, a community of the Benoit’s Cove Ward.  The AGA was an opportunity for us to review the activities and finances of the last fiscal year, and to talk about where we are going next.  A number of members were in attendance and there were some great questions asked.  To view the Annual Report, please click here

I am pleased to share that the Qalipu First Nation has partnered with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary to bring the Moose Hide Campaign to our communities in Newfoundland.  This is a grassroots movement, that started in British Columbia, of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men who are standing up against violence towards women and children.  Wearing the moose hide pin signifies a commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in one’s life and to work together with other men to end violence against women and children.  Also, this program will be expanded in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Western Newfoundland.  For those who would like to wear the pin, please visit one of our office locations where the pins are available, free of charge.

In the coming months there will be more opportunities to get together as Ward Councilors arrange Town Hall meetings in their communities.  Please keep an eye on our events calendar for updated information on dates and locations for Ward meetings.  http://qalipu.ca/events/

We can soon expect to start receiving the results of the appeals process.  The first batch of letters is expected to be sent out at the end of October, and at the end of every consecutive month thereafter until the process has been completed.  We have compiled a number of questions and answers that should help everyone to understand the details of the process and how outcomes are determined.  Please click here to view the Question and Answers.

I would like to remind everyone that October is Mi’kmaq History Month.  In 1993, Nova Scotia Premier John Savage and Mi’kmaw Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy declared October as the official month to recognize and celebrate Mi’kmaw culture and heritage. Each October, community activities, events, sharing and showcasing the Mi’kmaw history takes place.  (http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/about/) .

Let this be an opportunity for all of us to learn something more about our history and culture, and share with each other what we have learned.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the executive and employees of the newly established People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre on their official opening at their locations in Stephenville and St. George’s.  I attended the official opening in St. George’s and, as usual, received a warm welcome and witnessed positive cultural sharing.  This is the ideal for Friendship Centre’s across Canada and is a natural fit for the Bay St. George area.  We can expect positive initiatives and good things from the People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre.  Find out what’s happening by visiting their new website here: http://pdifc.com/

I wish you all a pleasant fall season.  Be sure to spend time outside enjoying the fall colours before the snow comes.


Chief Brendan Mitchell

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Message from Todd Winters, Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Circle

Hello everyone,

Based on the performance of the Aboriginal youth at the 2016 NL Summer Games as individual Nations and after subsequent discussions, the ASRCNL feel that it would be in the best interest that we compete as one Team Indigenous. To have a competitive chance at competing for the overall title and having more aboriginal youth participate, the aboriginal population of NL would be better served to compete as one, compared to having the four individual Nations competing as individual Nations as we did in the 2016 NL Summer Games. By competing as one, would bring everything into realistic opportunities for our Indigenous youth to not only participate but be very successful on the Provincial, National and International stages. If youth would rather participate with their electoral district, that will be left up to the individual based on when being officially named to the team.

The NL Winter Games will take places March 10-18, 2018

As the ASRCNL would like to have as many aboriginal youths participate, we would be better served to unite as indigenous people as a collective instead of competing as individual Nations and succeed in one or two disciplines in the sports that are offered at the NL Games, but including the opportunity to make the electoral district team just increases the number of aboriginal youth we have participate on this stage.

Here is the information I need,

A list of possible volunteer coaches and managers and dates, locations of possible try-outs, please forward to anyone you may feel interested in these positions.
Below is what we are looking for:

2018 NL Winter Games

Team Indigenous
Badminton (4M-4F-Ages 11-18)
Try-outs Locations/Date
Makkovik / December??

Male Hockey (17- Ages 13-14)
Try-outs Locations/Date
Sheshatshui/ November
Corner Brook/November

Table Tennis (4M-4F U17)
Try-outs Locations/Date

Female Volleyball (12 U16)
Stephenville/ December

Male Volleyball (12 U16)
Stephenville/ December??

Wrestling (10M-5F Age 11-18)
Coach (M):
Coach (F):
Manager (M):
Manager (F):
Try-outs Location/ Date
Conne River/ November??

Please contact me at any time to discuss


Todd Winters
ASRCNL Executive Director


Qalipu Joins National Moose Hide Campaign

October 20, 2017 Corner Brook—A special event to mark Qalipu First Nation (QFN) joining the
National Moose Hide Campaign was held today at the Qalipu Community Room in Corner Brook. The event included
an opening smudge and prayer, and greetings from Qalipu Chief Brendan Mitchell, and Superintendent
Pat Roche of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. The two organizations have partnered on this
initiative which is intended to raise awareness of violence against women and children.

The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Men who are
standing up against violence towards women and children. The Campaign started in British Columbia
in 2011 and has been spreading across Canada. More than 500,000 pins have been distributed.
Wearing the moose hide pin signifies a commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and
children in one’s life, and to work together with other men to end violence against women and

Chief Brendan Mitchell spoke to the importance of taking every opportunity to speak up, and put a
stop to violence against women and children. He said, “We must all do our part to stand up to
violence and bullying. It is our responsibility to look out for one another in our communities.
I’m proud to bring this campaign to Newfoundland through the Qalipu First Nation and I encourage
all our men to wear the moose hide pin.”

Superintendent Pat Roche said, “The RNC Corner Brook Region has been working in partnership with
Qalipu First Nation to change attitudes toward gender based violence through initiatives such as
the Junior Police Academy and Dancers and Drummers of The New Dawn. The RNC is proud to support
Qalipu’s latest anti-violence initiative, the Moose Hide Campaign. Our officers will be wearing
Moose Hide Pins to show our commitment to combating gender based violence and the aboriginal

The moose hide pins will be available at all Qalipu office locations. Please stop by to get yours.
For more information about the Moose Hide Campaign, please visit the campaign website:

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Mental Health & Addictions Focus Group

Part of Western Health’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan is to improve health outcomes by enhancing mental health promotion and addictions prevention. As a result, Mental Health & Addiction Services is hosting a Focus Group in Corner Brook and are seeking individuals (or family members) from the Western Region with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions. Participants will help inform the development and implementation of mental health and addiction actions to support this strategic issue. Individuals participating in the focus group will be asked to discuss how their lived experience could shape and support Western Health’s action plan.

The Focus Group will be held on October 23, 2017 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. To register, email mha@westernhealth.nl.ca or call 634-4171. The deadline for registration is October 13, 2017.

Teleconference and/or videoconference services will be available to participants who live outside the Corner Brook area.

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