NAFC Congratulates the 2017 Governor General Award Recipients

[June 19, 2017 – Ottawa] The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC), on behalf of its Board of Directors and the entire Friendship Centre Movement would like to congratulate all those who have been honoured by the His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada in recognition of their outstanding Indigenous leadership. Each of the honourees exemplifies the strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples across Canada. The NAFC is particularly pleased that five of these honourees are committed and passionate Indigenous women who in addition to working tirelessly to advocate on behalf of Indigenous people serve or have served as leaders and change makers within the Friendship Centre Movement.

Sylvia B. Maracle, O.C. a social activist and Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres has been appointed as Officer of the Order of Canada;

Mary Richard, O.M. M.S.M. a longtime advocate and former Senator of the NAFC has been posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (civil division) which was accepted by her loving granddaughter Ms. Ashley Richard;

 Pam Glode-Desrochers, Executive Director of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax has been awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers;

Anita Campbell, former Executive Director of the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre in Thompson, Manitoba has been awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers; and

Odelle Pike, President of the Bay St. George Cultural Circle, one of the Friendship Centre Movement’s newest Centres located in Newfoundland has been awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

Upon hearing of the honours, NAFC President Chris Sheppard stated, “women have always held positions of leadership within Indigenous communities and that is a value that has been reflected across the Friendship Centre Movement both in the past and today.”  Sheppard went on to say, “I am proud that our women leaders are being recognized in this way as such honours have the potential to pave the way and inspire the next generation of urban Indigenous women leaders in Canada.”

Recipients were honoured earlier today at a ceremony hosted at Rideau Hall by the His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.  The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, was also in attendance, along with other dignitaries and special guests.

Media Contact:
Erin Corston, Executive Director Email:  ecorston@nafc.ca Telephone:  613-563-4844

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RNC JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY 2017 OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH & VOLUNTEERS

From August 8-11, The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and Qalipu Cultural Foundation are partnering to host the Junior Police Academy at Killdevil Camp.   This camp is designed to create stronger relationships with youth (ages 10-12 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, police investigative techniques and Mi’kmaq cultural awareness.

For youth who attend the camp, transportation will be provided from Corner Brook to Killdevil and return (transportation to and from Corner Brook is the participants responsibility). Transportation can be arranged for pickup and drop off in Deer Lake for those youth and volunteers that are east of Deer Lake (transportation to and from Deer Lake 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.

To facilitate this event, we are currently seeking volunteer chaperons. Volunteers will be responsible for general supervision of youth during the camp. All accommodations and meals will be provided to volunteers while at the camp. Volunteers will be asked to bring their own sleeping bag or bedding and their own clothing.

If you are interested in being a volunteer or are seeking additional information, please contact Mitch Blanchard.

Youth participant click here for the RNC Junior Police Academy 2017 application

Note: Deadline has been extended.

Volunteer Chaperons click here for Volunteer Application

Note: Deadline has been extended.

All participant and volunteer application forms can be submitted to Mitch Blanchard, Resource Coordinator at 3 Church Street Corner Brook, NL or faxed to: 709 639 3997 or via email mblanchard@qalipu.ca

Sponsored by:
United Way Newfoundland and Labrador
Communities Foundation of Canada – Canada 150

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A Taste of the Great Outdoors

We’ve all roasted hot dogs and made smores but, you would be surprised about the culinary delights that can be prepared around an open fire.

Let Executive Chefs Frank Widmer and Alain Bosse be your guide to exploring the possibilities!

Accompanied by songs and storytelling by Mi’kmaq Park Interpreter Kevin Barnes and friends, the Chefs will incorporate Mi’kmaq traditional foods to show you how to create something beautiful in a hands-on, interactive evening around the campfire.

June 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Shallow Bay day use area, Cow Head (Gros Morne National Park)

This event is a partnership between Qalipu First Nation, Parks Canada and the Gros Morne Institute for Sustainable Tourism.  Everyone is Welcome!

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Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Round Table

In partnership with the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, the Qalipu First Nation will host an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Round Table in Corner Brook on July 5, 2017 from 10:00 am- 3:00 pm.

We would like to hear from a broad range of voices including parents, family members, communities, early childhood educators, youth, elders, and experts.  What is your vision for early learning and child care for indigenous children and families?

Food and refreshments will be provided.

Travel subsidy is available for people travelling from outside Corner Brook.

Please register by June 28, 2017 by contacting Vickie MacDonald by email at vmacdonald@qalipu.ca

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Judy White accepts new role as Assistant Deputy Minister of Indigenous Affairs

Qalipu First Nation is pleased to share that Ms. Judy White, a well- known Mi’kmaq leader from the community of Flat Bay, has accepted a position as the new Assistant Deputy Minister of Indigenous Affairs for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ms. White holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie Law School with emphasis on Aboriginal Law.  She has completed the Intensive Program of Lands, Resources and First Nations Government at Osgoode Hall Law School, as well as a certificate in Leading People’s and investing in sustainable communities, an Indigenous program at Harvard Business school.  Ms. White is also a certified board director through completing the Chartered Directors Program at McMaster University.

Her most recent role was Chief Executive Officer of the Assembly of First Nations, and has also worked as the Self Government Advisor for Miawpukek First Nation, and as a partner with the law firm of McDonald White located at Conne River, Newfoundland Labrador, which specializes in aboriginal law.

Ms. White has vast board and governance experience and has served many agencies and in various capacities including the National Centre for First Nations Governance, the First Nations Financial Management Board, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Board of Regents for Memorial University and most recently the Small Departments Audit Committee.

Brendan Mitchell, Chief of the Qalipu First Nation, said, “Ms. White’s education, work experience and involvement with indigenous people, communities and organizations have equipped her with the means to accomplishing much in the position of ADM.  We can all be proud of her achievements and I look forward to working with and assisting her in her new role as Assistant Deputy Minister.  It’s great to have a true indigenous voice in this important position within Government.”

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Attention Women Trained or Working in Trades, or Currently Seeking Employment

Each year the Women’s Policy Office hosts Roundtables on the Economic Status of Women to share information, provide feedback and support, and develop strategies to improve women’s economic well-being. The Roundtables also provide a mechanism for the Women’s Policy Office to consult with stakeholders on the effectiveness of new and existing government policies and programs.

The next Roundtable scheduled for June 8th at the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook.  It will be delivered in partnership with the Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA).

To register, women should call Karen Walsh at 757-5434 Ext. 240 or by email at kwalsh@womenapprentices.ca

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Call for Musicians and Artists- National Aboriginal Day Music and Sharing

National Aboriginal Day festivities will be held at Margaret Bowater Park in Corner Brook, June 21, 2017.  This special day will start with a sunrise ceremony in the Park, followed by a light breakfast at the Qalipu Community Room at 1 Church Street.  There will be a variety of activities for the whole family throughout the day starting at 10:00 AM.  Full schedule events coming soon.

As part of the day, we will host Music and Sharing, an opportunity for musicians, poets and dancers to take the stage and share something with all those gathered in celebration.  Individuals or groups welcome.

Please contact Mitch Blanchard at mblanchard@qalipu.ca or phone 634-8046 to add your name to Music and Sharing. Honorariums will be provided.  Deadline to add your name is June 16, 2017.

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Commercial Space for Lease in Grand Falls – Windsor

Location: 28 Hardy Avenue

Available: July 1, 2017

Approximately 790 square feet is available which is suitable for office or retail space.  Common Kitchen and bathroom areas.  Wheelchair accessible.  Large parking lot.  Centrally located.  Heat and light included.

For more information, please contact Rob Dicks at 634-6895 or email rdicks@qalipu.ca

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Healthy Lifestyles Elder and Youth Workshop

The Exploits Native Women’s Association (ENWA) in partnership with the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network (NAWN) are seeking participants in a six workshop project aimed at Aboriginal seniors in the Central NL area.

Seeking eight seniors (65+) and two youth between (16-20) . The aim of the workshops is to encourage our elders to become involved in our communities and maintain a healthy lifestyle on the four levels important to Aboriginal people: spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional.

Youth are also sought to participate, in encouragement of that necessary connection between our past and our future.  The workshops are open to both female and male participants.

It is the intention of ENWA and NAWN that the participants have a great deal of involvement in deciding the direction of these workshops.  The first workshop is tentatively scheduled to start June 10, 2017, in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Seats are limited and should interest exceed the number allotted, a fair process will determine the participants.

If you are interested in attending please contact Pat Cameron email address newfie46@hotmail.com or Marie Eastman email address marieeastman@hotmail.com  or by phone 290-0675. The deadline for submission of names will be June 1, 2017.