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The Deadline to Request Mail-in Ballots is Fast Approaching!

If you intend to vote by mail-in ballot in the upcoming election, request your ballot now!

The latest date by which you can request the ballot is October 9, and you must have your ballot mailed back and received by the Electoral Officer by 4:00 PM on October 21 in order to have your vote counted.

We have made it easier than ever to request your mail-in ballot. Simply click this link to access the application, complete all the required fields and then click send. Your mail-in ballot will then arrive in the mail at the address you have provided.

For more on the Qalipu Election 2018, including details on the Amendment Vote, Polling Locations and Candidates, please visit our website www.qalipu.ca and explore the menu item called “Election 2018”.

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The Choice is Yours: Members asked to Vote Yes or No on Amendment Vote 2018

Amended Custom Rules Governing Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Elections Now Online

The amended Custom Rules Governing Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Elections are now available on our website. Members will be asked to vote Yes or No to accept these changes via Mail-in Ballots, at the polls October 23 and at the Advance Poll on October 16. Please click here to view the amended Custom Rules.

To view a summary of what this Amendment Vote means, please check out the Amendment Vote Q & A by clicking here.

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Mi’kmaq Matters to Host Debate, Electoral Candidates for Chief of the Qalipu First Nation

Mi’kmaq Matters hosts a debate of the three candidates for chief of the Qalipu First Nation this Thursday (October 4) at 6 pm in the main floor lecture room of the College of the North Atlantic on O’Connell Drive in Corner Brook.

Brendan Mitchell, Clyde Russell and Hayward Young will take questions from Mi’kmaq Matters host Glenn Wheeler and from a live audience.

Media plug-ins will be available.

Glenn Wheeler can be reached at 647-280-7968.

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Candidates for the Qalipu 2018 Election

Qalipu First Nation Band Election 2018
Position Candidates
Chief Mitchell, Brendan
Russell, Clyde Thomas
Young, Hayward George
Vice-Chief (Western) Cormier, Keith
Ford, Blain
Greene, Gary
Jesseau, Ron
Miller, Edith
Tobin, Andrew (Andy)
Vice-Chief (Central) Bouzanne, Joe
Drover, Randolph (Randy)
Benoit’s Cove Ward Councilor Greene, Darren
White, Bernard
Corner Brook Ward Councilor Dicks, Brian
McDonald, Bob
Soper, Jeff
Sparkes, Geoffrey
Exploits Ward Councilor Barker, Andrew (Andy)
Bennett, Rod (Blackie)
Flat Bay Ward Councilor

ELECTED BY ACCLAMATION

White, Ivan
Gander Bay Ward Councilor

ELECTED BY ACCLAMATION

Francis, Calvin
Glenwood Ward Councilor

ELECTED BY ACCLAMATION

Skeard, Francis (Frank)
Port au Port Ward Councilor Alexander, Michael Gordon
Benwah, Jasen
Stephenville Ward Councilor Pike (nee Muise), Odelle Marie
White, Gerald (Joe)
Young, Stefan Brennan
St. George’s Ward Councilor Lee, Kenneth
White, Ivan
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Updated Electors’ List with Wards now Online

Please be advised that we have now published an updated version of the Elector’s List to include Electoral Wards.

Please check the list and ensure that you are listed in the correct Electoral Ward as this determines at which polling station you will be eligible to cast your vote, and the candidates for which you will be eligible to vote.

To request a change to the Electors List, please contact Electoral Officer Carol Lahey at election@qalipu.ca or call 709-634-7823.

Remember, you may be listed in an incorrect Ward because you have moved and have not updated your mailing address. To update your mailing address, please contact our Indian Registration Administrator Charmaine Bath at cbath@qalipu.ca or call 709-679-2142 or toll free (NL only) at 1-855-263-6440.

Please click here to view the Electors’ List

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Important Notice Regarding Category Amendments

2,742 individuals who were notified they were not eligible for Founding Membership have maintained registration via an automatic category amendment if they were card holders with a parent on the updated Founding Members list. The letter dated August 31, 2018 confirms you have retained your registered Indian Status under a different category of the Indian Act, you remain eligible for services and benefits and your SCIS card remains valid.

If this situation applies to you, but you did not receive an automatic category amendment, and your card was deactivated, please contact the INAC Qalipu phone line at 1-800-561-2266 and notify the call centre agent of the situation. The agent will create a call back ticket for the Winnipeg Processing Unit and your file will be reviewed.

Please note, this notice does not apply to children of the 5,096 new Founding Members. While children of new Founding Members are eligible for Indian Status under their parent, they will have to apply to INAC in order to be registered.

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Mi’kmaq Matters to Host Live Debate of Candidates for Qalipu Western Vice-Chief

Mi’kmaq Matters will host a public debate of candidates for Western Vice-Chief this Thursday (September 13) in the Hutchings Room at Corner Brook City Hall from 6 to 7 pm.

Host Glenn Wheeler will quiz the candidates on their policies, positions and vision for the second largest First Nation in Canada. This free, public event will be aired live on Facebook.

Mi’kmaq Matters is an independent weekly podcast and radio program about the Mi’kmaq people and the Qalipu First Nation.

Glenn Wheeler can be reached at 647-280-7968.

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Qalipu Chief and Council: Roles and Responsibilities

Nominations are now being accepted for the positions of Chief, Central Vice Chief, Western Vice Chief and Councilor for each of Qalipu’s nine electoral Wards (Flat Bay, St. George’s, Stephenville, Port au Port, Benoit’s Cove, Corner Brook, Exploits, Glenwood and Gander Bay)

Have you thought about representing your community, region or maybe the entire nation as Chief? Working on the Qalipu Council is an important job and we hope that many good candidates will present themselves before the nomination period ends at 4:00 PM on Wednesday September 12.

If you’re thinking about it, and wondering what’s involved, take a look at the roles and responsibilities associated with each of the Council positions:

Information for Chief

Information for Vice-Chief

Information for Councilor

For information on nominations, including a link to the required form, please go to:
http://qalipu.ca/notice-of-call-for-nominations-qalipu-first-nation-band-election/

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ANNOUNCEMENT: QALIPU UPDATED MEMBERSHIP

New Membership List

We wish to advise our membership that the updated Membership List has now been provided to us by INAC.  There are 22,251 members on this list which reflects the current membership in the Qalipu First Nation.

Removals from Indian Register

On August 31, 2018 individuals who did not meet the criteria for founding membership had their names deleted from the Indian Register.

Of the 10,400 individuals who were removed from the Founding Members list:

  • 7,658 individuals have been removed from the Indian Register

If you were removed, a letter from the Indian Register dated August 31, 2018 was sent to you advising of the deletion of your name from the Indian Register, which means:

  • You have lost your Indian Status
  • You are no longer eligible for services and benefits available to registered Indians
  • Your Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) card is no longer valid

Category Amendments in the Indian Register

2,742 individuals who were notified they were not eligible for Founding Membership have maintained registration via an automatic category amendment if they were card holders with a parent on the updated Founding Members list.   The letter dated August 31, 2018 confirms:

  • You have retained your registered Indian Status under a different provision of the Indian Act
  • You remain eligible for services and benefits available to registered Indians
  • Your Secure Certificate of Indian Status card remains valid

Letters Mailed on August 31, 2018

Letters regarding removals from the register and category amendments were mailed on August 31, 2018.  Individuals who remained on the updated Founding Members List will not receive confirmation in writing of such.

If you do not receive your letter by September 14, please contact the INAC Qalipu line at 1-800-561-2266 and let them know.

Protesting the Decision

If you do not agree with the decision rendered in your letter, you can submit a protest.  Protests must be submitted within three (3) years of the date of your decision letter.  The notice of protest must be submitted in writing to the Indian Registrar:

Protest Unit
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
10, rue Wellington
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0H4

It is the responsibility of the protester to firmly establish the grounds on which their protest is based and must clearly indicate how they believe the Indian Act was misinterpreted, or what evidence they believe the Registrar overlooked in reaching the decision.

The Registrar will not consider protests if there is no clear indication that the registration provisions of the Indian Act were incorrectly applied or interpreted.

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

Address Change-Instructions

If your address has changed, please call the INAC Qalipu 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 registration number or 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 (e.g., name, gender, marital status, typos etc.)

New Members-Additions to the Indian Register

5,096 new Founding Members were added to the Indian Registry.  Letters regarding new membership were mailed on July 31, 2018.

All new members will be added to the ginu membership database in the near future. We will notify you when this has been completed.

Please see below for information on applying for you Secure Certificate of Indian Status.

Children of Founding Members

Children of Founding Members are eligible to apply for Indian Status under the Indian Act.

Please note, if you were registered previously and your parent remains a Founding Member, you will not have to reapply.  You will automatically receive a category amendment and maintain your active Indian Status under a different provision of the Indian Act.  Letters regarding category amendments were mailed on August 31, 2018.

Applying for your Card (Secure Certificate of Indian Status, or SCIS)

The application forms can be found on the INAC website 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, toll free (NL only) 1-855-263-6440

Jody Davis: jdavis@qalipu.ca or call (709) 634-4010

Please Note: We are experiencing a high demand for the application of SCIS cards.  For instance, appointment times in Corner Brook, Stephenville and St. George’s are booked up through September, and we are making appointments for October.

We kindly ask that callers not leave more than one voicemail and be patient as Charmaine and Jody make their way through hundreds of voicemails and return your call.

Remember, you do not need your card to access services and benefits.  Your letter confirming registration can be used for up to 12 months from the date that it was issued.

Electors List

We have used the updated membership list to generate our electors list for the upcoming Qalipu election.  If you are or will be 18 on the date of the election (October 23, 2018), you are a new member, a member who received a category amendment or a continuing Founding Member, you are eligible to vote in the election.

It is possible that some errors could have occurred with a large membership list, and with category amendments.  Please let us know if you feel your name should be on the voters list but isn’t.

We are working on adding Wards to the Electors List so that members can confirm they are listed in the correct Electoral Ward.  If you are not listed in the correct Electoral Ward, we can update that before the election.  We will post the Electors List with Wards added in the near future.

Email the Electoral Officer at election@qalipu.ca

Find the Elector’s List here: http://qalipu.ca/qalipu/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Voters-List.pdf