Call for Nominations 2019

The Qalipu Cultural Foundation Needs Volunteers!

The Qalipu Cultural Foundation is a charitable organization that supports Mi’kmaq culture in our province.  Through the Foundation, and the contributions of their partners and sponsors, QCF helps provide cultural experiences, and provides funding to grassroots community groups to host their own cultural workshops, teachings and events.

Are you or someone you know culturally engaged in the community and committed to learning about Mi’kmaq culture from Elders and knowledge keepers?

The Foundation is currently seeking nominations for its Board of Directors.  Please, click here to learn more and find the application form.

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Notice Self-Identification Reassessment

Letters are being mailed today, January 31st, 2019 regarding applicant re-assessment on the self-identification criterion of the enrolment process.  Here’s what you need to know:
Wells/Wells Court Case Implications

The Wells’ cases challenged the denial of applications for founding membership in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation based on the self-identification criterion of the enrolment process.

As a result of the federal courts’ decision on these cases, if you were denied founding membership with the Band in 2017 based on the original self-id criterion you will be sent a letter providing you with the opportunity to submit additional self-identification documents or indicate that you have previously submitted such documents as part of your application.

You will have approximately 100 days from the letters’ date to complete the form sent with the letter, gather self-identification documents if needed and mail the form and documents back to the Enrolment Committee.

For more on the Wells/Wells court cases, please click here

What is a self-identification document?

We encourage you to visit the Indigenous Services Canada Website to find information on what types of documents satisfy the self-identification criterion, and other information about the self-identification reassessment.

If You’ve Moved or Changed Address

INAC cannot reach you with your letter if you’ve moved or changed address but you did not let them know.

Update your address by calling the Government of Canada’s Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation line1-800-561-2266.

Alternatively, you can 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 the department, if available (found at the upper-right corner of a letter from the Enrolment Committee)
  • Your previous and new mailing addresses
  • The effective date of your address change
  • Your phone number

Any other information you would like to update (e.g. name, gender, marital status, etc.)

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2018 Bernie Hanlon Memorial Scholarship Winner

We are pleased to announce the most recent winner of the Bernie Hanlon Memorial Scholarship, Salome Barker, a fourth-year student at St. Francis Xavier University.   The Bernie Hanlon Memorial Scholarship was created to help an Education and Training client who is attending college or completing an undergraduate degree.  To win the $1000 scholarship prize, applicants write a short essay on how they embody the spirit of Bernie Hanlon.

Barker is a fancy shawl dancer and has participated in several Mi’kmaq language classes.  In her essay she commented on her pride in her Mi’kmaq identity, and her willingness to share and learn with others.  Her educational pursuits include Mi’kmaq language classes, and research in the area of Resilience within Indigenous Communities in Canada.

Barker said, “This program works with Indigenous women from all over Canada in providing them the skills to be leaders within their communities and being able to kick start projects to help benefit their community members.  After my degree, I would like to pursue a career in aboriginal law.”

Bernadette “Bernie” Hanlon dedicated her life to supporting and encouraging the aboriginal people of Newfoundland both culturally and in working with them to meet their educational dreams.   Bernie worked with students throughout her many years with the Federation of Newfoundland Indians and later with the Qalipu First Nation.  She worked tirelessly to help those around her develop personally as well as by supporting and encouraging cultural and spiritual growth.

Central Region Vice Chief Randy Drover was on hand to make the presentation which took place on January 3, 2019 in Grand Falls-Windsor.  Randy said he was proud to represent the nation for this presentation which honours the memory of his late friend, Bernie Hanlon.  He said, “It was my privilege to present Salome Barker with the Bernie Hanlon Memorial Scholarship.  Bernie was a very influential and strong Mi’kmaq women in my life, and I’ll never forget the moments we shared and the teachings she passed on.  She was a kind and gentle spirit, and she instilled in me, like she did with so many others, the importance of our culture and traditions.  Salome very much represents Bernie’s spirit, which is evident in her educational pursuits and her passion to learn and share the Mi’kmaq culture.  This young woman has a great future, and I’m honoured to see her receive the Bernie Hanlon Memorial Scholarship.”


Congratulations Salome and best of luck on your educational pursuits!


Qalipu First Nation would like to announce the availability of two Communal Commercial Fishing Licences.

Details are as follows:

Area 13A – One Licence Available

Groundfish except Lumpfish; Lobster; Herring; Mackerel; Capelin; Scallop; Whelk

Area 13B – One Licence Available

Groundfish; Lobster; Bait; Herring; Mackerel; Capelin; Squid

Successful applicant will be designated to fish this licence by paying an annual administration fee to Qalipu First Nation Band.  The purchase and maintenance of all fishing gear is the responsibility of the designated fisherperson.  This designation may be renewed annually on the basis that the fisherperson remains compliant with QFN’s Fishing Designation Policy and meets the following criteria:

  • Member of Qalipu First Nation Band
  • All regulations of governing agencies of these licences are followed
  • Licences are utilized annually
  • Administration Fees are paid on time

Any member of the Qalipu First Nation Band interested in such a designation is encouraged to print and complete this application and indicate in which opportunity they are interested.  Printed applications are also available at the Corner Brook and St. George’s offices.

Deadline to apply is: Friday, January 25, 2018 @ 4pm

Please submit applications by e-mail, fax, mail, or hand-delivery to:

Fax: (709) 639-3997

Qalipu First Nation
3 Church Street
Corner Brook, NL A2H 2Z4
Attn:  Mabel MacDonald


Prepare for a Career in the Fishing Industry!


In February, 2019, the Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries will offer a program to help prepare individuals for a career in the fishing industry. The program consists of six weeks classroom training, 2 weeks paid on-the-job training and 6 weeks paid work placement.

Participants must be currently unemployed/underemployed, be eligible to work in Canada, able to withstand physically demanding work and interested in working in the fishing industry.

For more information, or to apply, please contact ESAF Project Coordinator Julia Dyke at 709-765-5254 or email

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Two Seats Saved for Indigenous Students, College of Law program at the University of Saskatchewan

In June 2018, the Department of Justice and Public Safety announced that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will partner with Indigenous governments and organizations in NL and the University of Saskatchewan to help send Indigenous students from this province to law school. The trilateral partnership will improve access to legal education and create new employment opportunities for members of Indigenous governments and organizations.

The University of Saskatchewan has committed to reserve two seats in the College of Law program annually for Indigenous students from Newfoundland and Labrador. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will allocate and fund two articling positions with the Department of Justice and Public Safety for those students upon graduation. Indigenous governments and organizations will encourage applicants to apply to law school and fund/identify funding opportunities for educational expenses.

In 2019, will we see the first two Indigenous students enter the program under this partnership?

Applications to the University of Saskatchewan’s law program are being accepted until February 1, 2019. Please click here for more information on admission requirements and deadlines.

Note: The last LSAT test date for applicants is January 2019!

Please help share the word so that Indigenous students have the chance to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.


Black Bear Program, Incredible Opportunity for Youth Aged 16+

Have we got an opportunity for you!

The Black Bear Program is a summer employment program for indigenous youth, age 16+, that combines culture and teachings with basic military training.  The six-week program takes place from early July to mid-August at 5th Canadian Division Training Centre located in Oromocto, NB.

And get this, participants get paid $4,200! That’s a summer job you won’t find anywhere else.  Meals and accommodations are provided while at the camp, and your transportation to and from Oromocto is covered too.

If you’re ready for a challenging experience that develops hands-on skills, encourages teamwork, improves physical fitness and promotes cultural awareness, get in touch with us to register for an upcoming information session.

Please contact Employment Coordinator Vickie MacDonald at

For more information, visit this link


Black Bear Program Information Sessions
Location Date Time
Qalipu Community Room at 1 Church Street, Corner Brook January 21, 2019 6:00-7:00 PM
People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre, 90 Main Street, Stephenville January 22, 2019 6:00-7:00 PM
Ktaqmkuk Mi’kmaq Museum, 183 Main Street, St. George’s January 23, 2019 6:00-7:00 PM
Sinbad Hotel Boardroom, 133 Bennett Drive, Gander January 24, 2019 2:00-3:00 PM
Qalipu Community Room, 28 Hardy Avenue, Grand Falls-Windsor January 24, 2019 6:00-7:00 PM
Student Opportunities

Student Opportunities with the Canadian Coast Guard

Respond to pollution events and contribute your skills to pollution response planning by working with the Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response team this summer! Students who are hired as part of the Environmental Response Student Recruitment could find themselves headed toward full-time employment or participating in an entry level developmental program upon graduation.  Find out more here

Gain real time experience in search and rescue operations and provide assistance to mariners in distress! Every summer, students are hired for the Inshore Rescue Boat Student Program.  Here, students are trained in search and rescue operations, and are assigned as crew members to Inshore Rescue Boat stations.  Find out more here

Find out more about the Canadian Coast Guard and please reference guidelines on How to Apply