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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.

Traditional Healing and Counselling Survey

Qalipu First Nation and Miawpukek First Nation have partnered together to collect information on traditional healing and counselling services across the province. We are asking individuals to complete the following short survey to aid us in gaining a greater understanding of what traditional healing and counselling services mean to you and our communities.
Please complete the survey by clicking the link below:

Jan 17, 2018 Chase the Ace Jackpot winner Eemmanuel Simon
Photo: Barb Benoit McAlinden, Emmanuel Simon, Lory Benoit Jesso, Lee Kerfont, Myra Benoit and Janice Benwah

Benoit First Nation – Chase the Ace Winner

Benoit 1st Nation would like to announce the following information  from last night’s Chase The Ace at the Mi’kmaw Centre in Degrau on January 17, 2017.

The evening’s total ticket sales were $3,814.00. Congratulations to Emmanuel Simon who ticket  #24239 won $762.80 (20% ticket sales). Emmanuel cut the deck of cards hoping for the sneaky Ace of Spades and drew the Ace of spades!!!!The Ace of Spades was worth $1,144.25 (30% ticket sales) plus $10,975.00 which was worth $12,882.00 in total take home winnings. 50% ticket sales $1907.00 goes towards the Mi’kmaw Centre Building upgrades.

The 50/50 Ticket draw winner was Teddy Rouzes who won $503.00. Thanks so much to all the volunteers that helped with this event and also thanks to everyone who came out for this very successful Mi’kmaw Centre Fundraiser.

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The Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women Appointment Opportunities

The Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women performs an important role to the Provincial Government by ensuring that the experiences of women are considered while Government develops new policies and programs, as well as continuing its ongoing work.

The voices of women are essential in informing the actions of government.

Could you, or someone you know, be the next member of this important Advisory Council? Please click here to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of being a member of the Status of Women Advisory Council, and to apply online.

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Aboriginal Youth Athletes, Apply by January 12, 2018 to Participate in the NL Winter Games!

Would you like to join a team of aboriginal youth on Team Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2018 NL Provincial Winter Games? Now is your chance!

The Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Circle Newfoundland and Labrador is now accepting applications.

Please note the Sports Circle requires applications be received at their offices by January 12, 2018.

For more information, please contact:

Mike Alexander
Regional Coordinator
Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle NL
Ph: 709-643-3130

Please click here to complete the Application

Jordans Principle

You are Invited: Presentation on Jordan’s Principle at Appleton Town Hall on December 11 at 7:00 PM

There will be a presentation on the Jordan’s Principle at the Appleton Town Hall in Glenwood this Monday, December 11. The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM.  The presentation will be led by Rocky John of Conne River.

The Jordan’s Principle is in place to support indigenous children living on or off reserve. The intention is to fill the gaps in service from the local care provider(s) and what INAC is willing to fund. For example common types of services approved are: Respite Speech Therapy, Nutritional supplements, Special needs assistants (for pre-school aged children), Intensive behavioral interventions, Specialized diagnostic assessments (psychological Education is the most common), Medical equipment/supplies not covered under NIHB.

This is an important opportunity to for us to gain a greater understand of programs and resources that are available to the indigenous community.  I hope to see you there.

Frank Skeard,

Glenwood Ward Councilor
Qalipu First Nation

For more information on the Jordan’s Principle, please click here: