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Notice of Referendum Vote to Change the Custom Rules Governing Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Elections

Per Section 34 of the Custom Rules Governing Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Elections, we wish to advise our members that a referendum vote to amend the Custom Rules will be held on October 23, 2018 at polling locations in each of our nine Wards, and at an advance poll to be held on October 17.  Amendment voting ballots will also be included in mail-out voting packages provided in the 2018 Qalipu general election.

A summary of the proposed changes can be found below in the Q & A

A full copy of the Custom Rules with amendments will be available to membership upon request at such time that the voters list has been finalized.  We expect to have this list by August 31, 2018.

Referendum Vote Q & A

Is Qalipu having a referendum vote to change the way it runs elections?

Yes.  To change the Custom Rules that govern our elections, the Council may direct that a referendum (amendment vote) be held to obtain the consent of membership.

Council has indicated that a referendum will occur in harmony with the 2018 election.  Meaning, with mail-in ballots, at the advance poll, and on polling day, membership will have an additional question included in their ballot package to change the way we administer elections.

The referendum will take place by advance poll on October 17 and at polling stations throughout the nine Wards on October 23, 2018.

Why does Qalipu want to change the way we do elections?

Following the election in 2015, Qalipu realized several issues that need to be resolved to make our elections more effective in the future.

  • Some voters reported arriving at their polling station to find that they had been incorrectly listed in a different voting location.
  • Others found that the distance they had to travel to their designated poll was unreasonable, which is not surprising considering Qalipu is made up of 67 geographically spread out communities in nine different Wards.
  • In some areas where there is a high concentration of voters, some voters were stuck waiting in line for several hours just to cast their vote.
  • Most people agreed that the time frame on returning mail-in ballots was too short. The 2015 election also saw a low voter turnout (approximately 23%) and this is something else that we can do better.
  • The polling station election format is expensive, time consuming and inaccessible.

 So, what election change will voters be asked to decide on?

Membership will be asked whether they are in favour of moving to a mail, telephone and internet voting solution.

What does that mean?

It means that every eligible voter will receive voting details in the mail without having to request it.  Voters will be given a personal identification number to cast their vote using either the internet, wireless devices and mobile or landline telephones.  A helpline would be available for anyone who has trouble with the process, and Qalipu is looking at making several polling stations available regionally to provide in-person support should voters feel they need to vote in person.

Why would we change to this way of voting?

There are many benefits to this voting method:

  • Every eligible voter will be engaged in the election. They will receive a Personal Identification Number and Voter Instruction Letter in the mail via Canada Post.
  • Voters will be given a 5-10-day period to vote from the comfort of their home via the internet, wireless devices OR mobile or landline telephones. Voters may also choose to visit one of several regional polling stations to receive in person voting support.
  • Voters will be provided with the contact number for a Voter HelpLine so that they have someone to contact if they have any trouble casting their vote.
  • Inclusion: ability for everyone to vote regardless of their mobility or location.
  • Automatic: voters will not have to request their ballot. All voters will receive everything they need to vote in the mail through Canada Post.
  • Greater participation: Since every voter will receive their voting details in the mail, and they can vote from the comfort of their own home, we expect a much higher engagement from our membership during election time.
  • Voting is private, secure and anonymous. PIN security and event auditability are paramount in the design and delivery of this voting solution which is delivered by an experienced and trusted company.
  • Financial savings. E-voting will cost less than half of our current method of voting, money that can be put back into community development, and cultural initiatives.
  • Results will be clear and timely.

Can we trust a company to deliver our election?

Intelivote Systems Inc. (ISI), the company with whom we have been working, is a recognized leader in the successful implementation of this type of election.  The company has extensive subject matter expertise in Union voting events, Municipal elections, Aboriginal voting events, Leadership Elections and Association Elections.

All the election services are provided through Intelivote software are secured by encryption, digital certificates and login IDs and passwords.

Voter anonymity, PIN security and event auditability are paramount in the design and delivery of the eVoting solutions they provide.

ISI maintains a hosted data centre environment in Halifax through Bell Canada, which also hosts some of the most sensitive government and financial applications running in Atlantic Canada.

ISI delivers elections with a team of information systems professionals and electronic voting experts.

Who will be eligible to vote to change the Custom Rules Governing Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band elections?

Only those members 18 years of age or over on the date of the Qalipu election, whether Founding Members on the updated list, former Founding Members who have remained members through a category change or have become members through an application seeking registration under the Indian Act, will be eligible to vote.

An updated Founding Members list has been passed through Order in Council and came into effect on June 25, 2018.   Qalipu expects to have a copy of this list on August 31, 2018.

Won’t the recent court rulings change this?

With the recent court rulings, regarding the right to appeal for applicants denied on the self-identification criterion, for instance, we could see more people added to the Band.   At this time however, we can only work with what’s in front of us.  We expect to have an established Band list by August 31, and this will determine not only who our eligible voters are but also, who can run for Council.

If the membership accepts these proposed changes to the Custom Rules, when will the changes come into effect?

Changes to the Custom Rules would come into effect for the next general election in 2021.

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Family Day Fun

On Saturday, July 7, the Qalipu First Nation partnered with the Norpen Aboriginal Women’s Circle to share Mi’kmaq culture at Parks Canada’s Family Day in Shallow Bay.

Tourism Development Officer Tara Saunders said that taking the opportunity to celebrate culture with others, and make positive connections, is very valuable to the Band.

She said, “The Band set up a wigwam, provided the kits for a drum making demonstration, and assisted in a rattle making craft with the children.  Hundreds of children were given the opportunity to learn about drum making and make their own rattles.  Norpen, as always, was an excellent partner.  They led a drumming circle and shared songs throughout the day.  We are always thankful for opportunities like these to get outside and make positive connections.”

Qalipu has been involved in several initiatives with their partner, Parks Canada, including development and delivery of the Taste of the Great Outdoors program, interpretation training for Qalipu member businesses, and knowledge sharing in tourism development.  The Band is also exploring ways of working with the Eastern Field Unit on future initiatives.

On July 21st Qalipu, Norpen and Parks Canada will work together to deliver the Learn to Camp program at Port aux Choix National Historic Site.  The site has seen continual habitation for over 5000 years and has been home to several distinct indigenous populations including today’s Mi’kmaq.  Tara noted that elements of Mi’kmaq culture will be brought into the program including a sunrise ceremony and craft making.  She also noted that registration for this program has been very successful.

“All spots have now been filled! We can’t wait to meet with families and help provide a fun camping experience at this special location.”

For more information, please contact Tara at tsaunders@qalipu.ca

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Trade Fair Camp for Grades 10-12

From August 6-10, 2018, the Qalipu First Nation and Miawpukek First Nation are partnering with the Operating Engineering College, UA Local 740 Training Center, Bricklayers College, Iron Workers Training Center and the Carpenter Millwright College. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a week-long camp in St. John’s that will expose them to a variety of industry driven trades such as Heavy Equipment, plumbing/pipefitting, bricklayers, ironworkers, carpentry, and millwright. The camp is for students attending Grades 10-12 in the Fall of 2018. For youth who attend the Camp, transportation, accommodations and meals will be provided.

Qalipu First Nations and the various partners are inviting interested Indigenous youth from all wards to submit application forms by Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Applications to be submitted to and for additional detals:

Yvonne MacDonald, Administrative Assistant
Qalipu First Nation
183 Main Street, P.O. Box 460
St. George’s, NL
A0N 1Z0
Email: ymacdonald@qalipu.ca
Phone: (709) 647-3514
Fax: (709) 647-3068

Prospector

Mineral Prospecting Career Awareness Workshops

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador has a rich history of mining and mineral exploration. What most people
do not realize is that historically, prospectors have been the first boots on the ground and have actually discovered
most mineral deposits. The Newfoundland and Labrador Prospectors Association in partnership with the College of
the North Atlantic is offering a series of one – day Career Awareness Workshops on Mineral Prospecting. Funding for
these workshops is provided by the Government of NL’s Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour.
Do you like working in the outdoors? Do you enjoy camping and hiking? Have you ever wanted to find a gold nugget,
or a gold mine? This one –day workshop will introduce you to the world of mineral prospecting, as a career choice.
High school students in Levels 1, 2 and 3, along with other adults are eligible to register and take part in the workshop
in their region.

Topics include:
• Introduction to Prospecting • Job of a Prospector • Self Employment
• Option Agreements • Working with Mineral Exploration Companies
• Other Resources and Supports • Further Education Opportunities!

Upcoming Dates & Locations

Workshops will be offered at College of the North Atlantic’s campuses at the following locations from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

St. Anthony, July 7, 2018
Baie Verte, July 14, 2018
Labrador City, Fall 2018
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Fall 2018

Registration cost is $20.00, payable at the start of the workshop. This fee will provide participants with a one-year
membership in the NL Prospectors Association.
Pre-registration is required 5 days in advance of the workshop.
For further information, or to register for the workshop, please contact:

Darrin Fitzpatrick
College of the North Atlantic
Tel: 709 744 6845
darrin.fitzpatrick@cna.nl.ca
Norm Mercer
NL Prospectors Association
Tel: 709 740 6000 or 709 364 7029
normmercer@gmail.com
Language Camp Schedule

CENTRAL NL MI’KMAW LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CAMP

Registration Deadline August 31, 2018

Facilitated by Dr. Bernie Francis and Mr. Curtis Michaels
The whole family is welcome, and encouraged, to learn the basics of our precious Mi’kmaq language.
Participants must pre-register and attend all course days. Cost of the camp is FREE

Camp Dates 2018
October 11th to 15th
6:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. (Thurs. & Fri.) * snack provided; pre-registrants only
9:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. (Sat. & Sun.) * lunch, snack and supper provided; pre-registrants only
7:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M. (Sat. & Sun.) *evenings of teachings, music and conversation; open to the general public
9:30 A.M – 3:30 P.M. (Mon.) * lunch, snack, and course certificate; pre-registrants only

Creative Culture Symposium

Creative Culture Symposium

Shining the light on French and Mi’kmaq Craftspeople

Are you a French or Mi’kmaq craftsperson?

If so, this symposium is for you!

This day will include craft demonstrations, networking opportunities & cultural presentations

9:00AM-1:00PM Experimental Learning: helping participants to develop their craft
  How to price your product

How to offer classes to visitors to make their own keepsake
Lunch provided for participants

1:00PM-4:00PM Doors open to public
  Demonstrations from craft participants

Traditional music and dance from Mi’kmaq and French performers


Saturday August 11, 2018, 9:00AM- 4:00PM

Located at the French Centre in Cape St. George

Registration Deadline: July 23, 2018. To register, contact Wendy at 642-5155 or by email ouest@rdeetnl.ca  or Tara at 634-5972 or by email tsaunders@qalipu.ca

Junior Police Academy

Junior Police Academy Summer Camp Open to all Wards, Register Now!

From August 7-10, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and Qalipu First Nation are partnering to host the Junior Police Academy at Killdevil Camp.  This camp is designed to create stronger relationships with youth (ages 9-12 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 and Mi’kmaq culture as well as police investigative techniques.

For youth who attend the camp, transportation will be provided from Corner Brook to Killdevil and return (transportation to Corner Brook 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.

Qalipu First Nation and The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary are inviting interested youth members from all Wards to submit application forms by July 20, 2018 to:

Megan Newman
Administrative Assistant | Community Development
3 Church Street
Corner Brook, NL
A2H 2Z4
Email mnewman@qalipu.ca
Fax: 709-634-3997

Click here for the Camper Application Form and Waiver

Click here for the Volunteer Application Form

For additional details please contact Megan Newman at the email above or call (709) 634-5479

Wigwam

Ktaqmkuk Mi’kmaq Museum Now Open!

The Ktaqmkuk Mi’kmaq Museum And craft shop in St. George’s is now open daily from 10-5 , seven days a week. Come in and enjoy the various exhibits including Spruceroot baskets, Mi’kmaq Language table, Medicine Wheel teachings, the Waltes Game and a youth craft table .

The story of our people, is showcased in an exhibit titled , Across the Water”.

The craft shop showcases many beautiful Aboriginal crafts made by local artisans. Mi’kmaq flags, and pins, are available. Our student tour guides are waiting to share our museum with you.

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New! Enrolment Questions and Answers

  1. What is the current status of the enrolment process?

The Appeal Process was concluded in February 2018 as the independent appeal masters finished reviewing all of the appeal notices that were submitted.

Approximately 13,000 appeals were reviewed by the independent Chief Appeal Master Mr. Geoffrey Brown, who was jointly selected by Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI).  A legal firm, McInnes Cooper was chosen by both parties and hired by the FNI to provide Appeal Masters to work under the oversight of the Chief Appeal Master and address the volume of appeals received.

Now that the enrolment and appeal processes have ended, the next step is finalizing the Order-in-Council containing the updated Founding Members List. Should it receive final approval, the Founding Members List will then be given to the Indian Registrar for its implementation.

Applicants whose names are added or removed from the Founding Members List will be contacted with further information regarding registration status and benefits in the summer of 2018.

  1. What is the pre-publication in the Canada Gazette and why is it necessary?

This is a standard process that allows interested groups, individuals, and all Canadians the chance to review and comment on the proposed regulation before it’s enacted.

  • The proposed Order-in-Council was pre-published in the Canada Gazette on Saturday May 19, 2018 and will remain online until June 2, 2018. After which, it will be returned to Cabinet to request final approval.
  1. Where is the proposed Order-in-Council posted and how do I provide comments on it during the pre-publication period?

You can find the proposed Order-in-Council on the following website:

Contact information can be found at the bottom of the page if you wish to provide comments.

  1. What are you going to do with the comments submitted during the pre-publication period?

After the pre-publication period of May 19 – June 2, 2018, a summary of the comments received will be included in the final version of the Order-in-Council which will be returned to cabinet to request final approval.

  1. Why are the names of the Founding Members not included in the pre-publication document?

The names of the Founding Members will not be published in order to protect the privacy of individuals on the List and to address the recommendations brought forward by the Privacy Commissioner after previous complaints.

  1. What does the new Founding Members List look like?

The updated Founding Members list includes 18,575 people.

  1. How many people (new Founding Members) will be added to the Founding Members List?

Approximately 5,000 individuals will be added to the Founding Members List.

  1. How many people will be removed from the Founding Members List?

Approximately 10,400 individuals will be removed from the Founding Members List.  Some may lose their Indian status, while others will remain a member of the Qalipu First Nation through a category amendment.

*please see question 11 for details on the letter from the registrar that is being sent to the approximately 10,400 individuals who have been notified that they are losing status.

  1. How many people were added due to appeals and administrative review processes?

531 people were added to the Founding Members List due to the appeal and administrative review processes.

  1. When will I be registered or deregistered?

While we cannot confirm the date on which the Founding Members List will be fully implemented, several steps must first take place, such as the approval of the Order-in-Council.

If you are no longer eligible, you will be provided with advanced notice at the beginning of June 2018 regarding the impact and effective date of changes to your registration and benefits.  Applicants who will be added will be notified in summer 2018 of the effective date of registration.

  1. I received a letter from the Indian Registrar at the beginning of June regarding my loss of registration status. What does it mean?

The letter you received from the Indian Registrar provides the effective date of your deregistration from the Indian Register, unless you are entitled for registration as a child (even an adult child) of a Founding Member.

If neither parent is on the Founding Members List, and subject to the approval of the Order-in-Council, you will no longer be entitled to registration under the Indian Act nor eligible for registration-based federal benefits programs (including Non-Insured Health Benefits and post-secondary education benefits).

Eligibility for these benefits will not be affected until the date provided in your letter.

  1. I’ve been notified that I will lose my status but, my parent is going to remain a Founding Member, or will be a new Founding Member. What does this mean for me?

If you are a current Founding Member:

If the name of one of your parents is on the updated Founding Members List, you will remain registered as a Status Indian and as a band member, but not as a Founding Member. This means that you will retain your registered Indian status, you will remain eligible for benefits and your Secure Certificate of Indian Status (Status Card) will remain valid. You will receive a confirmation letter stating that, as a child of a Founding Member you will remain registered as a Status Indian, but under a different provision of the Indian Act, and you will remain a member of the Band.

If you are not a current Founding Member:

Individuals who are not yet registered will have to make a separate application seeking registration under the Indian Act AFTER the updated Founding Members List is approved.  The application forms can be found on the INAC website by clicking here:

https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1462806841047/1462806896945

You may also seek assistance at any of our office locations by calling the Indian Registration Administrator Charmaine Bath (appointments in Glenwood and Grand Falls-Windsor offices), or SCIS Clerk Jody Davis (Corner Brook, St. George’s and Stephenville offices).

Charmaine Bath: cbath@qalipu.ca or call (709) 679-2142
Jody Davis: jdavis@qalipu.ca or call (709) 634-4010

  1. I am going to be added to the updated Founding Members List. When will I begin to receive my program services and benefits?

Subject to the approval of the Order-in-Council, you will receive a notification from the Registrar, expected in early August, regarding the date on which you will gain access to program services and benefits which are available to registered individuals.

  1. I am going to be added to the Founding Members List. How do I get a Secure Certificate of Indian Status?

After the Founding Members list has been updated, you will be notified.  You can then apply for the SCIS card by contacting the Indian Registration Administrator Charmaine Bath (appointments in Glenwood and Grand Falls-Windsor offices), or SCIS Clerk Jody Davis (Corner Brook, St. George’s and Stephenville offices).

Charmaine Bath: cbath@qalipu.ca or call (709) 679-2142
Jody Davis: jdavis@qalipu.ca or call (709) 634-4010

Alternatively, you can consult the INAC website for the form and documentary requirements.

  1. I’m losing my status. What does this mean for my post-secondary education funding?

Given that this program is for registered First Nation members, you are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and to take steps to explore and secure alternative post-secondary funding options prior to August 31, 2018.

If you are an actively funded client or have submitted an application for funding for the upcoming school year, please contact the Education and Training Department to discuss your file, and student funding options for non-status Indigenous people.

Click the link below for a list of contacts:

http://qalipu.ca/about/office-and-e-mail-addresses/

  1. I’m losing my status. What will happen to my SCIS card?

If you are being deregistered from the Indian Register, your card (Secure Certificate of Indian Status) will no longer be valid as of the date of your deregistration. You should have received a letter from the Indian Registrar around the beginning of June regarding the effective date (end of August).

  1. I’m losing my status. Do I have a right to protest the decisions to deregister me from the Indian Register?

Yes. As per the Indian Act, additions, removals or changes made to the Indian Register are subject to protest. However, you will not be able to submit a protest until the date of your deregistration, which is expected to take place on August 31, 2018.

Please see the protest page on the INAC department website for more information.

  1. How will the updated Founding Members List affect the Qalipu election in October 2018?

Qalipu Band elections are governed by a custom code that outlines that an election is to take place every three years.  We are approaching the three-year mark and will go ahead with an election in October 2018.

You will be eligible to vote if on the date of the Qalipu election, you are 18 years of age or over and you are one of the following:

  • A Founding Member on the updated list;
  • A former Founding Member who has remained a member through a category change; or,
  • A member through an application seeking registration under the Indian Act

We will communicate more information about the 2018 election in the near future.

  1. What about the Wells/Wells case? Doesn’t that change things?

Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians respect the Court’s decision and have decided not to appeal.

The Court’s ruling does not impact the current enrolment process and we are still on track to finalize the Founding Members List in spring of 2018. Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians are assessing the anticipated effects of the Federal Court’s decision and will announce next steps in the process in the fall of 2018. Please ensure your address on file is up-to-date and notify us of any changes.

For more information about the Wells/Wells case outcome, please click here:
http://qalipu.ca/wellswells-court-ruling-and-next-steps/

  1. What is the Indemnification Agreement I have heard about in the media?

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.

Please click the link below to read “Indemnity Agreement Explained”:
http://qalipu.ca/indemnity-agreement-explained/

  1. I have moved, how do I update my address?

If your address has changed since you submitted your original application, please call the INAC Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Line at 1-800-561-2266.  You can also send a signed letter by fax to 1-204-984-3032.  Make sure to include:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your file number from INAC, if available (found at the upper-right corner of a letter from the Enrolment Committee)
  • Your previous and new mailing address
  • The effective date of your address change
  • Phone number
  • Any other information you would like to update (eg. Name, gender, marital status, typos etc.)
  1. I need a copy of a document (appeal decision letter, Enrolment Committee decision letter, copy of application, other)

Please call the INAC Qalipu line at 1-800-561-2266 to request a copy of the document you are looking for. Make sure to include:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your file number from INAC, if available (found at the upper-right corner of a letter from the Enrolment Committee)
  • Your previous and new mailing address (if changed)
  • The effective date of your address change (if changed)
  • Phone number
  • Any other information you would like to update (eg. Name, gender, marital status, typos etc.)
  • The document you are requesting