Wanted: Your Indigenous Art Work

The Ktaqmkuk Mi’kmaq Museum in St. George’s is preparing to open for the season and would love to showcase local traditional art work in their gift shop.

If you’re an artist with work to sell, please contact St. George’s Indian Band Chief Marlene Farrell at (709) 647-3293 or email marlene.farrell@hotmail.com

Have you visited the museum yet?

Housed in a fully restored 19th century courthouse, this museum is a must-see.  As you read the plaque text you’ll learn about our province’s Mi’kmaq history.  While you’re there, get your picture taken inside a reproduction of a Trapper’s Lodge, beside Mattie Mitchell, a world renowned Mi’kmaw guide, or in front of the scale model replica of a 5-meter-long ocean going canoe that the Mi’kmaq used to travel to our island.

Activities will be planned for the summer.  Keep an eye on their website here: http://www.sgibnl.ca/ktaqmkuk-mikmaw-cultural-historic-museum-newfoundland/

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Indemnity Agreement Explained

An indemnity agreement is a common element of a legal contract between two parties.  It specifies that one party (the indemnitor) agrees to pay for potential losses or damages incurred by the other (the indemnitee) that may come about as a result of the execution of the contract.

The word indemnity simply means protection from, or compensation for losses incurred.  Such an agreement outlines who will bear the cost.

In the case of the Indemnity Agreement between the Government of Canada, the Federation of Newfoundland Indians, and the Qalipu First Nation, linked below, the Government of Canada agreed to bear any costs that could potentially arise from court actions regarding the implementation of the Supplemental Agreement.

The Supplemental Agreement was signed in June 2013 to resolve issues which prevented conclusion of the Qalipu enrolment process.  For instance, the timeline for review of applications as set out in the Agreement in Principle, was about to expire leaving some 70,000 + applications outstanding.  The Supplemental Agreement provided an extension and the needed resources to review all applications.

By the time the Supplemental Agreement was signed, the Qalipu First Nation had been officially recognized as an Indian Act Band.  Qalipu owned office buildings, was providing employment for many people, it managed large budgets for programs and services, and it represented more than 24,000 status members.  From the point of view of the Qalipu First Nation, who now had much to lose, an indemnity agreement was a very important and responsible decision to make before signing any agreement.

The Indemnity Agreement protects Qalipu from possible financial ruin, from the loss of everything that has been built.

In a recent story published by CBC’s Nic Meloney, for instance, Meloney commented on a potential class-action lawsuit.  The article stated, “If successful, the case will see applications of those involved in the lawsuit reviewed under the original criteria and the potential for Canada to pay damages up to $600 million.” The Indemnity Agreement protects the Qalipu First Nation should the courts make such an award.

As litigation over issues with the enrolment process play out in court, the potential losses are far greater now than they were in 2013, making the Indemnity Agreement more important than ever.

In keeping with our mandate of openness and transparency, all members are encouraged to review the Indemnity Agreement.

Please click here to access the Indemnity Agreement.

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Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle NL (ASRCNL) Basketball ID Summer Camp

Lead Coaches:

Peter Benoite – Memorial Men’s Sea Hawks Varsity Head Coach

          Doug Partridge – Assistant Technical Director, NLBA


Male: Aboriginal status or * self identified, born 2001-2003 or 2004-2007.

Female: Aboriginal Status or * self identified, born 2001-2003 or 2004-2007.

*Self identified athletes may not have official status (ie Qalipu rejection) but still have              documented family linkages confirming their Indigenous ancestry.

Date: July 10-12, 2018

Location: Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Corner Brook NL

Registration Deadline: June 30, 2018. Please note there will be a cap of athletes per group as camp space is limited and will be determined on a “first come, first serve” basis.

Registration Fee:           $25.00

Schedule:  2 training sessions per day over 3 days (detailed schedule available by July 4).

Registration Procedure:
Please complete the accompanying registration form and attach with cheque/money order made payable to:   ASRCNL

Mail Registration forms to:

Provincial Training Center
P.O. Box 338
Goose Bay, NL

For further information, please contact:
Mike Alexander 709-643-3130, e-mail: bsgasrc@nf.aibn.com
Todd Winters  709-896-9218, e-mail: asrcnl@nf.aibn.com

Click here for the registration form

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Canada Summer Jobs 2018 hiring season kicks off with 742 jobs available for students in the Long Range Mountains

Government of Canada funds work experience for local students

April 26, 2018 Corner Brook, NL Employment and Social Development Canada

A strong middle class and a growing economy depend on young Canadians getting the skills and work experience they need to succeed. That is why the Government of Canada has doubled the number of jobs created through the Canada Summer Jobs program since 2015, creating meaningful, paid work experience for almost 70,000 students per year.

Here in the Long Range Mountains, that means that 742 jobs have been approved for funding for local students. Today, Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for the Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the hiring season for Canada Summer Jobs 2018 has begun and employers are now accepting applications.

Once again this summer, tens of thousands of students across Canada aged 15 to 30 will get a great job opportunity—all while earning money to help pay for next year’s tuition. The Government of Canada invites young Canadians to visit Canada.ca/Canada-Summer-Jobs to connect with employers who are hiring in their communities. This year, for the first time, students can search for employers by province or territory, municipality or postal code, so they can apply to employers in their community.

Additionally this year, more than 3,000 employers are first-time funding recipients, ensuring thousands of fresh new experiences for young Canadians. This year’s jobs fulfill five national priorities, designated by the Government of Canada, including:

• employers who intend to hire youth from underrepresented groups, including new immigrant youth and refugees, Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities and visible minorities;
• small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of jobs;
• organizations that support opportunities for official language minority communities;
• organizations that provide services and/or supports to the LGBTQ2 community; and
• organizations that provide opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and information and communications technology, particularly for women.

A summer job helps students gain new skills and valuable work experience while saving money for the school year ahead. Thanks to Canada Summer Jobs, young Canadians from across the country will be able to access thousands of job opportunities with small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and the public sector.


“Canada’s young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow—they are leaders today. That’s why our government is focused on ensuring more young Canadians get the skills and training they need to thrive. By helping more young Canadians get paid, meaningful work experience, we can ensure they have a fair shot at success.” – The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“I am proud that the Canada Summer Jobs program is helping to create job opportunities for youth in the communities of the Long Range Mountains. The skills that our young people will gain from the summer jobs will be important for their future careers, and allow them access to mentorship and valuable work experience.” – Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament

Quick Facts

• Not-for-profit employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the minimum hourly wage. Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees and public-sector employers can receive up to 50 percent of the minimum hourly wage.
• Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy. Since 2005, the Youth Employment Strategy has helped over 900,000 young people gain the skills and work experience they need to find and keep good-quality jobs.
• Each year, the Government invests over $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy. Budget 2016 announced an additional investment of $339 million over three years. This was followed by an additional investment of $395.5 million over three yearsin Budget 2017. These investments are helping: o more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school; o create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and o provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.
• In 2017, the Government of Canada helped create nearly 70,000 summer job opportunities for students, which is double the number of jobs created through CSJ in 2015.
• Budget 2018 announced an investment of $448.5 million over five years to the Youth Employment Strategy. This funding will support the continued doubling of the number of Canada Summer Jobs opportunities in 2019.

Joanne Gillis
Corner Brook Constituency Office
49-51 Park Street

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International Aboriginal Youth Intern Project 2018-2022

Work on diverse projects on environmental and community sustainability, gender equality and Indigenous forest conservation which could be applied in your community. This hands-on program provides in-depth training and education in forest conservation and the industry.

For More information please view the poster here or visit http://www.janegoodall.ca/iayi and http://www.fnforestrycouncil.ca/

Download the Youth Intern Application here.

The First Nations Forestry Council is now seeking expressions of interest from interested individuals to act as mentor to Aboriginal youth interns. If you are interested please download the Mentors Application here and submit your application.


Lobster V-notching Presentation

Department of Fisheries and Oceans will be hosting a v-notching presentation in collaboration with Qalipu First Nation.

We are welcoming new fishers and Indigenous designates as well as local fishers and buyers that are interested in learning more about v-notching.

Locations are as follows;

Corner Brook – GREENWOOD INN – April 25th at 7:00pm
Stephenville – DAYS INN – April 26th at 7:00pm

Qalipu First Nations will be presenting a door prize, a v-notching tool, for both locations in support of this conservation initiative. For more information, please contact Randi Morgan at 709-634-4706 or email rmorgan@qalipu.ca.


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Coaches Wanted for the 2020 North American Indigenous Games!

The Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle NL are currently seeking applications from coaches that are interested in volunteer positions with Team Indigenous NL taking part in the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). The location and dates of the 2020 of the Games will be announced in May 2018

The sports that Team Indigenous NL require coaches and assistant coaches for are:

  • Athletics-U14, U16, U19 Born 2006 or later, 2004 or later or 2001 or later
  • Badminton-U16, U19 Born 2004 or later and 2001 or later
  • Basketball-U16, U19 Born 2004 or later or 2001 or later (To be determined)
  • Swimming-U14, U16, U19 Born 2006 or later, 2004 or later or 2001 or later
  • Male Volleyball-U19 Born 2001 or later
  • Female Volleyball-U19 Born 2001 or later
  • Wrestling-16-18, 15 can upgrade Born 2002-2004, 2005 can upgrade

The duties of the coach and assistant coaches will be to lead Identification Camps between August 2018 and June 30, 2019 in various Indigenous regions of the Province with final invitation only selection camps to be held in July, 2019 in the regions where the most athletes invited reside. Staff must also commit to travel with and attend the entire NAIG as they will also be providing chaperoning duties. Successful Coaches will also be required to prepare selected athletes/ teams for the 2020 NAIG from August 2019 to June 2020. The NAIG runs for 9 days starting on Saturday ending the following Sunday.

Minimum Requirements:

  • NCCP Making Ethical Decisions
  • Certified in the Aboriginal Coaching Modules (Training will be provided)
  • Sport specific requirements as per NAIG Technical Package (naigcouncil.com)

Resumes must include:

  • Contact information including Sport of Interest
  • Letter explaining interest in position
  • Overview of coaching experience and certifications in sport of interest
  • NCCP Number
  • RCMP Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • 2 References with contact information

Preference may be giving to applicants of Aboriginal Decent.

For any inquiries, please contact Todd Winters at the ASRCNL Main Office 709-896-9218 or

Mike Alexander at the ASRCNL Regional office 709-643-3130

Interested coaches must forward resumes to the ASRCNL by June 30, 2018

By email to asrcnl@nf.aibn.com

By fax (709)896-9211

 By mail to ASRCNL P.O. Box 338 Stn. C Goose Bay, NL a0p 1c0


Attention Youth Athletes, Your Chance to Participate in the North American Indigenous Games!

The Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle NL are currently seeking Expressions of Interest from Indigenous youth of Newfoundland Labrador that are interested in participating for Team Indigenous NL (TINL) taking part in the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). The location and dates of the 2020 NAIG will be determined by May, 2018.

The athletes that Team Indigenous NL are looking for will be participating in are:

  • Athletics U14, U16, U19 Born 2006 or later, 2004 or later or 2001 or later
  • Badminton U16, U19 Born 2004 or Later or 2001 or later
  • Basketball U16 or U19 Born 2004 or Later or 2001 or later(To be Determined)
  • Swimming U14, U16, U19 Born 2006 or later, 2004 or later or 2001 or later
  • Male Volleyball U19 Born 2001 or later
  • Female Volleyball U19 Born 2001 or later
  • Wrestling 16-18, 15 can upgrade 2004-2002, 2005 can upgrade

If you are interested in participating, please fill out and return this form:

North American Indigenous Games Athlete Expression of Interest

2017 Tom Longboat NL Aboriginal Athlete of the Year Awards


Honouring the Greatest Canadian Aboriginal Athlete

The Awards

Tom Longboat was one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in Canadian history. A member of the Onondaga Nation who resided in Six Nations of the Grand River, Tom Longboat was one of the most gifted long distance runners of all time. In just his third competitive race, he set the world record for the marathon, smashing the previous mark by over five and one-half minutes. In the years prior to the First World War, Tom Longboat won most of the major distance races in North America and Europe, including the Boston Marathon and the Powderhall Marathon in Edinburgh, Scotland. At a time when indoor marathon running attracted sell-out crowds, he was the world’s professional champion. At one point or another, he held every Canadian record from one mile to the marathon.


Throughout his life, Tom Longboat spoke proudly of his First Nations heritage and held his head high in times of great adversity. He was the headline attraction wherever he raced, drawing huge crowds and a widespread following.


In 1999, Maclean’s Magazine voted him the #1 Canadian sports figure of the twentieth century.


Established in 1951, the Tom Longboat Awards serve as a proud national symbol for all Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

(Dr. Bruce Kidd, Olympian and Tom Longboat historian)

Celebrating Aboriginal Excellence in Sport


Who is eligible
Nominations are invited from all levels of sport.

To be eligible, athletes must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be able to prove Indigenous ancestry
  • Must have amateur status.
  • Must be for athletic achievements within the 2017 calendar year.
  • Must submit a completed nomination form on or before the deadline of May 31, 2018.


How do you nominate an athlete? Complete the nomination form and forward it to ASRCNL Main Office

Step #1
Complete a Nomination Form
(provide detailed information on the nominee and nominator, if applicable)

Step #2
Complete a supporting narrative

Send the Nomination Form and Narrative to Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle NL Deadline May 31, 2018