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Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k November 2017 Newsletter

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This newsletter is bursting at the seams with news from the Band and the indigenous community, pictures, information on upcoming opportunities and a few updates.

On page 2, find an announcement from Band Manager regarding changes to the departmental structure of the Qalipu administrative body in a piece called Departmental Changes.

Something you won’t want to miss are details on the recent Blanket Gifting Ceremony.  This tradition of the Dakota Tipi First Nation was brought to us by a community member who gifted the Qalipu Chief a beautiful star blanket.  Find this story on page 8.

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.  The Bernie Hanlon Memorial Scholarship was created to help a Qalipu funded student attending college or completing an undergraduate degree to continue to pursue those dreams.   This year’s winner of the scholarship is Alison Bennett.  You’ll find her story and other student success stories on page 10.

The Ke’tipnemk Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction for the Qalipu Cultural Foundation was a great success this year.  The food, the music, the artwork! This is a wonderful event, year after year.  On page 13-14, we share a few pictures, thank our sponsors, and announce the fundraising total dollars raised!

Please enjoy this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k.  Remember to send your stories, pictures, and feedback to Alison at awhite@qalipu.ca

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Wela’lin,
Alison White

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Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k August 2017 Newsletter

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August already! This will be the last newsletter until October as we prepare for the upcoming Annual General Assembly and publication of the Annual Report.  Details on this meeting will be advertised in the near future and I hope that many of you will come out for a chance to meet face-to-face and hear about the good work the Band has been doing in the past year.

You will be able to tell from this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k how inspired I am by Eastern Owl, an all female group of musicians that is helping to shape Mi’kmaq culture in Newfoundland today.  I met them at the Miawpukek First Nation 22nd Annual Powwow in Conne River where they performed on Friday night.  Five of the seven ladies in this group are from Conne River and I have to say, it was heartwarming to see the community pride when they took the stage.  The Conne River community was very warm and welcoming and I will definitely go back again! Some of the kind people that I met are featured on page 5.

Have you heard that Qalipu is working toward the establishment of an Elders Advisory Council? Chief and Council are eager to hear your thoughts on the initiative (page 3) so please, submit your thoughts and spread the word around your community for people who are not online to get all the news.  You can also share that Qalipu offers an Elders Mailout for members of the Band over the age of 65 who would like to get their communications by mail.  Signing up for this service is as simple as giving me a call (709) 634-5163. 

In this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k find out who won medals at the North American Indigenous Games, get news from the Health Division, learn more about our new branch, Experience Qalipu, get the scoop on the establishment of a new Friendship Centre, an initiative led by the Bay St. George Cultural Circle, and so much more.  Please read on and stay in touch.

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Thanks,

Alison

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Newsletter June 2017

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Happy National Aboriginal Day! I can’t wait to meet some of you out around the sunrise ceremony and community breakfast tomorrow morning, and a full day of gathering and celebration around my home community, St. George’s.  I’m thankful to my own community leaders, and all the volunteers across the province who plan such nice days for us all to enjoy.  Wela’lin!

Want to know what’s happening near you tomorrow for Aboriginal Day, and all summer long? Please check our events calendar at www.qalipu.ca/events.  Personally, I’m looking forward to cooking around the fire with gourmet chefs who will show visitors how to use simple, traditional ingredients to make something beautiful.  This event takes place in Cow Head on June 28, 7:00 PM.

In this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k we share successes of quite a few outstanding individuals.  Elder Calvin White, Cst. Shawna Park, Paula Hall, Michael Brake, and Judy White.  Each of these proud Mi’kmaq have much to offer to their communities.  Find their stories inside.

Find a few of Qalipu’s news updates including a message from the Chief, an update on the Outdoor Education Program, World Ocean’s Day success and all the information you need to know about the RNC Junior Police Academy as a youth participant or as a volunteer chaperone.

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As always, I encourage you to share your news, pictures and events in our newsletter.  You can reach me at awhite@qalipu.ca

Please read on, and stay in touch.

Alison

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Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k April 2017 Newsletter

Well it’s April, spring is finally here, and I’m happy to say there is still much good news to report on.

In this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k, I’m really excited to share that Qalipu will be hosting an Indigenous Tourism Forum on May 4th at Marble Inn in Steady Brook.   The forum will feature guest speakers from the Gros Morne Institute for Sustainable Tourism, Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador, and there will be an exciting tourism announcement by Qalipu Chief Brendan Mitchell and Parks Canada Superintendent Geoff Hancock.  Finally, delegates will benefit from an afternoon of specialized training with Cal Martin of Frog in the Pocket.   Find more details and a link to apply on page 7.

Did you hear that we have a new Band Manager? Keith Goulding has been a dedicated and strong leader as a Director at Qalipu for the past six years.  This April, he stepped up to take on the prominent position of Band Manager, leading staff and working with the Chief and Council.  Find the press release on page 2.

On page 3, find out about upcoming workshops and training opportunities happening soon with Qalipu and the Cultural Foundation.  Here, you’ll also find links to the latest Council Meeting Report, and reports on all the End of Enrolment Community Tours.

On page 8, we finally get around to congratulating one of our own community leaders, Judy White, who recently became the CEO for the Assembly of First Nations.  Ben Bennett, Ward Councilor for her home community of Flat Bay, wanted to make sure congratulations was announced by the Band.  Congratulations Judy!

How about a good Mi’kmaq ghost story? Check page 5.  Try page 9 for the point of view of one of our members, Brenda Paul, on the Daniels Symposium she recently attended with Chief and Council.

Find all this and lots more in Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k.

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All the best,

Alison

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Monthly Newsletter – January 2017

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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.

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Alison

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Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k November 2016 Newsletter

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In this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k discover a new take on medicine wheel teachings through the wise words of our friend Brad Firth, aka Caribou Legs, in my editorial “God Shots”.

On page three, check out some great snapshots of some of the work that has been keeping our Chief and Council busy for the past month, and learn about the Seniors Mentoring and Leadership Project recently held at Kildevil Lodge.

Have you heard about the important appointment of our Western Region Vice Chief, Erica Samms-Hurley, to the Canadian Institute Health Research Advisory Board? Find the story on page four.

On page five we’ve got the popular Mi’kmaw language lesson from Dean Simon and on page six our Tourism Development Officer Tara Saunders explores the question ‘What is authentic indigenous art?’ through her discussion with local artist Jordan Bennett.  If you’re an artist who has a different opinion on the subject, get in touch with Tara for a new perspective in a future newsletter.  Reach her by email at tsaunders@qalipu.ca or by phone at (709) 634-5972.

You won’t believe the success of the Qalipu Cultural Foundation at this year’s Ke’tipnemk Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction.  Get the scoop from Chairperson Sherry Dean on page seven, along with a link to a photo gallery on our Band’s Facebook page.

Find all this, and a little more in this edition of our monthly newsletter.  Please enjoy and remember, you’re encouraged to get in touch with your thoughts or contributions to the next edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k (The Caribou are Travelling Together).

Thanks,

Alison

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Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k October Newsletter

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In this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k you will want to pay attention to an important announcement regarding the Medical Transportation Benefit.  There are changes to how members living in Atlantic Canada will access this benefit, and we want to make sure you are aware of all the details.  Find this on page 1.

You also won’t want to miss out on the Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge project featured on page 4, right next to Natural Resource Manager Jonathan Strickland’s guidance for a safe and sustainable harvest this fall.

Also in this issue, a throwback to the warm days of July with a beautiful excerpt from the sermon from Father Donald Leonard of Sacred Heart Parish, the site of this years’ St. Anne’s Day Celebration.  Special thanks to Service Qalipu Director Ralph Eldridge for organizing the event and all the volunteers who worked together to make it possible.

Do you remember hearing about the end of the grade 5 Outdoor Education Program last spring? Well, its back on and we’re proud to share that we played a hand in making it happen.  Get the scoop on page 6.

Over the past month or so I was lucky enough to get around to meet a lot of fantastic people and see some special places including the Mi’kmaq Language and Culture Camp in De Grau, The Drop-in Addiction Recovery Centre in Stephenville, and a Sweat Lodge in Stephenville Crossing.  I’ve shared some recollections, interviews and photos of these special places and people.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter, and I encourage you to get in touch with your thoughts or contributions to the next edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k.

Thanks,
Alison

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Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k August Newsletter

If you didn’t make it to this year’s Bay St. George Powwow, this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qlaipu’k is for you.  In it, we share a vibrant photo collage, stories, and an interview with a Sacred Fire Keeper.  Along with a focus on the powwow, we also share the story of a touching donation made to Qalipu by Parks Canada, and details on the upcoming Qalipu Cultural Foundation Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction.  On page 6, take your imagination on a tour of the Ktaqmkuk Mi’kmaq Museum and on page 9 celebrate the accomplishments of our young athletes and the first ever indigenous teams at the Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games.  Please read on and stay in touch.

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Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k Summer 2016 Newsletter Now Online

In this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k we invite you to share in the successes of a few of our members who recently received awards for their hard work, connect with the power of prayer with this month’s editorial, check out some great photos of National Aboriginal Day celebrations across the province, get all the details on this weekend’s Bay St. George 10th Annual Powwow, and so much more.  Read on, and stay in touch.

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Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k April Newsletter

In this month’s edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k you will find helpful information about the recent Qalipu Enrolment update, some pictures from workshops that were held across the Wards, a beginner Mi’kmaw language lesson, employment assistance for new grads, a sneak peak into a diary from 1857 and much more.  Please read on and stay in touch.

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