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NL Indigenous Tourism Working Group Strategic Planning Session

The NL Indigenous Tourism Working Group has set out to create a 5-Year Indigenous Tourism Strategy in order to mobilize a Provincial Indigenous Tourism Association that will strengthen and support the development and growth of the Indigenous tourism industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.

On June 18, 2019, the Working Group met in Goose Bay, Labrador rolling up their sleeves to plan out the critical elements in establishing Newfoundland and Labrador’s Indigenous Tourism Association (NLITA). The team covered everything from governance and operational aspirations to people, process and budget. It was an intense day with outstanding results, all produced and powered by the group’s knowledge of their communities and passion for preserving culture through tourism.  One of the motivating factors for the team throughout the day was the commitment to champion grassroots tourism, where communities and people will be at the heart and forefront of tourism development in the province. The day concluded with a clear and concise plan on how to mobilize NLITA.

In support of establishing NLITA’s 5-Year Strategy, we want to hear the voices of all Indigenous tourism stakeholders throughout the province, including Indigenous community members, operators and partners. Be part of NLITA’s grassroots movement and have your voice heard by sharing your thoughts with a 15-minute phone interview and/or by taking our 10-minute survey, which could give you a chance to win a $250 prepaid Visa gift card!

Complete our 10-min online survey: Click Here

Sign up for a one-on-one phone interview: Click Here

Notice

Council Meeting – July 18, 2019

The next meeting of Council will be held at 10 am on Thursday, July 18, 2019 in the Qalipu Community Room at 1 Church Street, Corner Brook.

To register, please contact Tina Diamond at 634-5111 or email council@qalipu.ca with your Full Name and Band Reg #.

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RNC JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY 2019 OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH & VOLUNTEERS

From August 6-9 2019, The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and Qalipu Cultural Foundation are partnering to host the Junior Police Academy at Killdevil Camp.   This camp is designed to create stronger relationships with youth (ages 10-12 years old) and police as well as with other community partners.

Participants will have an opportunity to take part in this fun filled and educational camping experience, where the RNC and partner organizations will foster stronger and healthier relationships between the participants and the police by breaking down historical barriers.  The Junior Police Academy will enhance participant learning on a variety of topics by providing a healthy, active and unplugged environment where they will be educated on the benefits of healthy, responsible decision making. Youth at the camp will receive education on a variety of topics including (but not limited to) healthy eating, decision making and lifestyle choices, bicycle safety, fire safety, environmental sustainability, police investigative techniques and Mi’kmaq cultural awareness.

For youth who attend the camp, transportation will be provided from Corner Brook to Killdevil and return (transportation to and from Corner Brook is the participants responsibility). Transportation can be arranged for pickup and drop off in Deer Lake for those youth and volunteers that are east of Deer Lake (transportation to and from Deer Lake is the participants responsibility).  While at the camp, all accommodations and meals will be provided. Participants will be asked to bring their own sleeping bag, or bedding, and their own clothing.

To facilitate this event, we are currently seeking volunteer chaperons. Volunteers will be responsible for general supervision of youth during the camp. All accommodations and meals will be provided to volunteers while at the camp. Volunteers will be asked to bring their own sleeping bag or bedding and their own clothing.

If you are interested in being a volunteer or are seeking additional information, please contact Nicole Travers.

Youth participant click here for the RNC Junior Police Academy 2019 application

Volunteer Chaperons click here for Volunteer Application

Deadline to apply is July 15, 2019

All participant and volunteer application forms can be submitted to Mitch Blanchard, Resource Coordinator at 3 Church Street Corner Brook, NL or faxed to: 709-639-4706 or via email ntravers@qalipu.ca

Sponsored by:
United Way Newfoundland and Labrador
Communities Foundation of Canada – Canada 150

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Eye and Vision Care Benefit

Upcoming Changes to NIHB Eyewear Coverage

Did you know that you may be eligible for NIHB coverage for corrective eyewear (glasses and contact lenses)?  NIHB has made changes to the program. You will now have more choices/coverage with the purchase of any type of prescription eyewear.  These rates will be in effect for eyewear ordered on or after June 29, 2019:

Standard Coverage Amount $275 For prescriptions that are less than ±7.0 (minimum prescription strength will continue to apply). This is the most common rate.
High Index Coverage Amount $415 For prescriptions that are ±7.00 or higher.

 

How often is prescription eyewear covered?

  • How often you are covered for eyewear will not change.
    • Children 0-17 years are eligible once a year;
    • individuals 18 years and older are eligible once every two years;
  • individuals whose prescription changes a lot may be eligible for early replacement of the lenses. However, frequency periods will be changed to a calendar year basis.
  • no change to the policy on exceptions.

Individual in the Atlantic region can contact their regional office for information on applicable rates and about these changes.  Toll-free: 1-800-565-3294, or for more information please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/indigenous-services-canada/services/first-nations-inuit-health/non-insured-health-benefits/benefits-information/non-insured-health-benefits-program-update-first-nations-inuit-health-canada.html#s19-06-1

For full details on NIHB eye and vision care benefit please visit:

https://www.canada.ca/en/indigenous-services-canada/services/first-nations-inuit-health/non-insured-health-benefits/benefits-information/vision-care-benefits-information.html

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Join our Community Mailing List

You don’t have to be a member of the Band to stay in touch and participate in the many activities happening within our communities. Qalipu welcomes status, non-status, and non-Indigenous people to connect and get involved!

Click here to join our Community Mailing List

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Update your Profile in the Qalipu Membership Database

Our membership database, ginu, is an essential tool for all members of the Band.  It allows QFN to stay in touch with its members for elections, email voting that may take place between elections, and to share general communications like special offers, newsletters and Messages from the Chief.  The database also allows members to complete their employment profile and opt to receive notice of employment opportunities and lets them identify if they’d like to be contacted regarding volunteer opportunities.

LOGGING IN

Logging in is easy.  From the top of our website, Qalipu.ca, click on GINU MEMBER LOGIN.  You will then see options:

  • logging in for the first time (new members) After agreeing to the terms and conditions, new members will be asked for their 10-digit status number (034xxxxxxx), their date of birth and will have to *create a password.
  • or already logged in once. If you’ve logged in once before, use your 10-digit status number and your password.

If a password is forgotten, or you have trouble logging in, please click forgot your password or call the support line 1-855-263-6440.

*Note: new passwords must be a minimum of 8 characters in length, contain an uppercase letter, contain a lowercase letter and contain a number.

Once you have logged in, you will see that your profile is organized into three parts: My Profile, My Employment Advantage and Communication Preferences.

MY PROFILE

We ask all members to fill out as much information as possible here, however there are several essential items we will need for all members of the Band.  All of these can be updated under the “My Profile” tab:

  • Email – we may email important information as often as once a week.
    • Message from the Chief
    • Email voting
    • Newsletter
    • Special offers
    • Events
    • Benefit, service and program updates
  • Mailing Address
    • Your voter information package will be sent through the mail
    • Your Electoral Ward is determined by your current mailing address if living in and around the Wards
    • Your Electoral Ward is determined by your Substantive Community Connection if you live outside the Wards.
  • Phone number
    • Telephone campaigns may be used to contact you regarding important issues and/or opportunities

MY EMPLOYMENT ADVANTAGE

Are you looking for employment? Qalipu First Nation is often in contact with employers and would like to help you find a job! One way that we do this is through the Employment Advantage feature in our database.

  • Sign up for the Employment Advantage Mailing List. If you would like to have Qalipu First Nation contact you on behalf of potential employers, agents, contracting individuals or entities regarding any new employment, business, or contractual opportunities, go to the Communication Preferences Tab and select that option.
  • Your Employee Profile contains resume information like education, training, certifications, and other information to help Qalipu understand the needs of our members from an employment point of view. We encourage you to complete as much of this information as possible whether you are currently seeking employment or not.  This information can be used to help guide our programs, services and program delivery.

COMMUNICATION PREFERENCES

  • Communication Consent Preferences. Add an email address and choose how you would like to be contacted.
    • First option = send me everything (programs, services, newsletters, events, announcements)
    • Second option = send me the essentials only! Sign up to receive emails regarding elections, e-voting, enrolment and important notices regarding your benefits
    • Third option = Employment Advantage: sign up to be contacted about jobs and training opportunities
    • Fourth option = Volunteer: sign up to receive notice about opportunities to volunteer
  • Member Live Stream. We are working toward making Council Meetings available by livestream.  Signing in to your ginu membership profile will be your access to these, and other members only viewing opportunities.
  • News from Qalipu.ca. All the Latest News is streamed here.

Questions? Please contact profile@qalipu.ca or call 1-855-263-6440

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Health & Social Division at Qalipu First Nation

The Health and Social Division at Qalipu strives to improve the lives and wellbeing of our members and communities.  We promote health education, active living, mental health, and spiritual and cultural practices in all our programs and services.  We take a holistic approach; the health and wellbeing of our members is important to us.

Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program

Currently Qalipu coordinates and oversees the administration of the Medical Transportation Benefit, and the Mental Health Counselling Benefit.  The division continues to set goals that will see the transfer of additional Non-Insured Health Benefits from Indigenous Services Canada to the Band.  This continued growth will allow for greater capacity and expertise within the Band, our province, more employment opportunities, and improved response times.

We have staff in various office locations to help you navigate and understand your health benefits.  Please contact us.

NIHB Support Specialists: Ensure membership reimbursements are screened, scanned and directed in timely and effective manner.  Prepare preapprovals for Mental Health and Medical Transportation Benefit. Coordination of travel and accommodations for medical appointments, assess and process reimbursements. 

Grand Falls – Windsor Office
Susan Bryan
709-393-7770
sbryan@qalipu.ca
Glenwood Office
Jasmine Collis
709-679-2238
jcollis@qalipu.ca
Stephenville Office (rear entrance)
Melissa Sullivan
709-643-2456
msullivan@qalipu.ca
Corner Brook Office
Megan Blanchard
709-634-5078
mablanchard@qalipu.ca
Corner Brook Office
Natasha Lavers
709-634-5042
nlavers@qalipu.ca

NIHB Navigator: Ensures broadest possible access and understanding of the NIHB program, educates membership and communities on their benefits, advocates and liaise on behalf of membership  with respect to health benefits.

Howard Thistle
709-679-5743 or 855-675-5743
hthistle@qalipu.ca


Manager of Health Services:
Provides leadership to the Health and Social Division, builds partnerships and collaborations, increases capacities and addresses concerns.

Mitch Blanchard
709-634-8046
mblanchard@qalipu.ca

Piping Clover

Piping Plover 2018-2019 Update from the Natural Resources Department

The piping plover is an endangered ground nesting shorebird that inhabits our shores from late spring until early fall. Plovers can be found on mostly sandy beaches (with some larger grain and smaller rock) and in coastal dunes where vegetation is sparse and mostly limited to grasses. This year, Qalipu continued its monitoring of the Piping plover (Charadrius melodus melodus) in the Bay St. George region. We returned to the same sites which we have been surveying the past number of years; Sandy Point, Flat Bay Peninsula, Stephenville Crossing, and Black Bank.

During the 2018-2019 field season a total of twelve individuals were spotted at Flat Bay and Sandy Point combined including seven chicks, and seven adults, four of which made up two breeding pairs. At Black Bank, a total of ten individuals were spotted consisting of four chicks and six adults, four of which made up two breeding pairs. The piping plover chicks and two breeding pairs that were spotted at Black bank were only seen once. The fate of the chicks could not be confirmed at any of the locations.

It is important to remember that the same beaches in which piping plover inhabit are one’s that are favorable to recreational activities (riding ATVs, sun bathing, swimming, beach fires, etc.).  This can make things difficult for preventing disturbance of the species during their nesting period. There are some preventative measures we can take when using beaches that have suitable piping plover habitat or are inhabited by piping plovers. The following list of recommendations is collected from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s promotional materials:

  • Between April and August stay away from recognized piping plover breeding and nesting areas. Walk on the wet sand, close to the water’s edge.
  • Keep your pets on a leash. Wandering pets can disturb nesting birds and be significantly harmful to chicks and fledglings
  • Clean up garbage found on the beach and if you pack it in, pack it out. Food wrapping and waste can attract scavenging predators
  • Leave natural debris on the beach as piping plovers rely on these resources for food and cover. These include seaweed, shells, and woody debris
  • Do not operate any vehicles on beaches or coastal dunes. Doing so can disturb nesting plovers, cause chicks to get stuck in tire ruts and separated from their mothers, crush eggs/chicks, and in the case of riding in dunes, accelerate coastal erosion in the area and cause permanent habitat loss.
  • Report the location of piping plovers and their nests to the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) or Qalipu Fisheries Guardians
  • If you see people, or pets disturbing piping plovers or their nests, contact CWS to report the disturbance. It’s a federal offence under the Species at Risk Act to harass species at risk.

Join a local stewardship group or volunteer organization to help protect species at risk and talk to others about these best practices to help protect our species at risk.  You can contact CWS for more information on Piping Plover groups in your local area

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Successful Businesses for the Youth Summer Employment Program 2019

The Youth Summer Employment Program provides wage support to community organizations who, in turn, provide indigenous youth with meaningful employment and skills.

Businesses are selected from each of the nine Wards, and one recipient is chosen from locations outside the Wards as well.

Indigenous youth can apply directly to these businesses who are successful recipients of the Youth Summer Employment Program.