In this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k we’ve put together all available enrolment related information in a three-page spread that includes links to more information. If you can’t find the answer to a question you’ve got in mind, you’re encouraged to get in touch.
Have you heard that Qalipu has hired a new Band Manager? Randy Drover has a variety of employment experience, a long history of involvement with the aboriginal movement in Newfoundland, and an excellent education to boot. Find the story Qalipu Welcomes Band Manager on page 4.
“We are English speaking Mi’kmaq people… what difference does it make if we express ourselves, our Mi’kmaq spirit, in English? After all, my ancestors learned French and English and spoke these new languages with a strong spirit of survival and forward momentum. Why now go back?” A secret thought I carried as I enrolled in the Grenfell Mi’kmaw Teaching and Learning course. However, I was soon given a valuable lesson on the true importance of language, and how to Learn with Nijaqmij (my spirit). Find the story in my editorial Rethinking Language on page 5.
Bernie Hanlon was a dedicated Qalipu employee and member of the Band who committed her life to working with, supporting and encouraging aboriginal students to achieve their dreams. Each year, in memory of Bernie Hanlon, the Band presents a scholarship to one deserving student. Read all about this year’s winner, and find out how you can apply to be the next recipient, on page 6.
Finally, you’ll find information on upcoming events, the latest Council Meeting Report and a few snapshots from our communities on pages 7-9.
Please enjoy the newsletter and as always, keep in touch.