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.

Notice

Absence from Office for Corner Brook Ward

The Qalipu First Nation wishes to advise its membership that effective April 18, 2019 the Ward Councilor for the Corner Brook Ward, Brian Dicks, has been granted a thirty day leave of absence and will not be available for regular duties of the Ward Councilor.

A Corner Brook Ward meeting took place on March 5, 2019 and will occur again as usual in the Fall.

The Corner Brook Membership Orientation session will go ahead as planned 7:00 PM on April 24 at Bennett Hall-Masonic Hall with the support of staff and other members of the Council in the western region.

This leave of absence is supported by the Chief and Council.

Members from the Corner Brook Ward are encouraged to contact their Vice Chief Keith Cormier or Chief Brendan Mitchell if they have questions, concerns, or wish to connect during this absence from office for the Corner Brook Ward Councilor.

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The Canadian Navigable Waters Act Engagement Opportunity

In 2012, Parliament approved changes to Navigable Waters Protection Act and changed its name to the Navigation Protection Act. The changes came into force in 2014. The Government of Canada promised to review these changes, as well as restore protections and introduce modern safeguards.

In February 2018, the Government of Canada introduced proposed legislation Bill C-69. The proposed changes to the Navigation Protection Act in Bill C-69 would create a new Canadian Navigable Waters Act (CNWA).

This new Act aims to better protect the public right to travel on all navigable waters in Canada by:

  • expanding the Act to regulate major works (for example, dams and bridges) and obstructions on all navigable waters
  • introducing a fuller definition of “navigable water”
  • creating a more inclusive process to add navigable waters to the list – known as the Schedule
  • considering cumulative effects on navigation of multiple projects in a navigable water
  • introducing a new public resolution process to address Canadians’ navigation concerns before a work is built

It will also allow Transport Canada to engage more closely with Indigenous peoples to:

  • create new agreements and arrangements for how we administer the Act (monitoring, enforcement)
  • ensure Indigenous knowledge is considered and protected
  • explicitly include transport or travel to exercise Indigenous rights in the definition of “navigable water”
  • ensure that potential adverse impacts on Indigenous rights are considered before making a decision under the Act

Lastly, the new Act aims to create more accessible and transparent processes, including:

  • a new online registry with information about projects and regulatory approvals
  • a requirement for owners to provide advance notification for works on any navigable water
  • a requirement that owners provide opportunities for early engagement for works on any navigable water

Qalipu First Nation is working with Transport Canada to engage Indigenous peoples in the consultation process to strengthen awareness and gather views related to the proposed changes to the Act.

For more information on the Canadian Navigable Waters Act, the handbook can be viewed at: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/themes/environment/conservation/environmental-reviews/nav-handbook-e.pdf

If you have any questions or comments, contact Alyssa Hunter at Qalipu’s Natural Resources Department. Email: ahunter@qalipu.ca Phone: 634-1500

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Membership Orientation Sessions: Everything you need to know about your Benefits, Programs and Services!

All members of the Band are invited to attend an upcoming Orientation Session, particularly new members who may have a lot of questions about what it means to be a member of the Qalipu First Nation.

Orientation Sessions will feature a general overview of all programs, services and benefits, and we will have subject matter experts available to answer questions on Education, Health, Indian Registration, and to share plans on the upcoming Community Planning that will take place across all Wards. Ward Councilors and the Central Vice Chief will be on hand to meet with you as well.

Members in Central Newfoundland attending this session will be the first to receive their copy of the new Membership Information Guide—a colorful and easy to read quick reference guide to every program, service and benefit that is available to you as a member of the Band.

We hope to see you there!

Sunday March 17

Grand Falls, Mount Peyton Hotel, 2:00:-4:00 PM
Gander, Lions Club, 6:30-8:30 PM

Monday March 18

Gander Bay Community Centre 6:00-8:00 PM

Western Newfoundland members please keep an eye out for an announcement regarding the western leg of the tour! Coming soon.

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Self-Identification Reassessment Support Available at Locations across the Province

Qalipu First Nation is pleased to announce that we now have support in place to assist applicants with understanding, and responding to, the self-identification reassessment letters that were recently sent out to applicants previously denied on the self-identification criterion.

This reassessment is the outcome of a court case, Wells et al. v. Canada, the result of which was a change to the timeframe within which self-identification documents had to be dated, and addition of the right to an appeal for applicants denied on the self-identification criterion.   Recipients of these letters which were mailed on January 31, 2019 now have the opportunity to submit additional self-identification documents or indicate the documents on their file that fit within the new timeframe.

The deadline to respond to the reassessment letters is May 13, 2019.

Did you receive a letter? Are you wondering if you should have? Are you confused about what the letter means and how to respond?

Our support team is now in place to help.  Please reach a member of the team to set an appointment in an office near you, or to talk through your questions over the phone.  Please see below for team contact information:

Office Location Support Team Member Telephone Number Email Address
Corner Brook (Band office, 3 Church Street) Nancy O’Connell 709-634-4010 noconnell@qalipu.ca
Flat Bay (Band office, 10 Band Rd.) Kim Long 709-647-1370 klong@qalipu.ca
Grand Falls-Windsor (Band office, 29 Hardy Avenue) Nellie Power 709-489-2898 npower@qalipu.ca
Port au Port (Mi’kmaq Centre, 811 Oceanview Drive, Cape St. George) Myra Benoit

Barbra Benoit McAlinden

709-757-9444 mbenoit@qalipu.ca

bbmcalinden@qalipu.ca

Stephenville (90 Main Street) Helena Reardon 709-643-4593 hreardon@qalipu.ca
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Council Meeting – March 9 2019

The next meeting of Council will be held at 9 am on Saturday, March 9, 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 #.