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Update on the Review of Applications Previously Determined to be Invalid in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Enrolment Process

April 13, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and Brendan Mitchell, Chief of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, provided an update on the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Enrolment Process.

In March, Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) announced they will give individuals the opportunity to correct and provide additional documentation in support of their application for review by the Enrolment Committee.

This decision is a result of collaborative efforts between Canada and the FNI to give a broad application to the Foster and Howse court decisions and provide applicants a fair opportunity to demonstrate they should be founding members of the First Nation.

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Notice for Mi’kmaq Athletes 14-16 Years of Age who are Interested in Tryouts for a Spot on Team Mi’kmaq in the NL Summer Games


(Published March 18, 2016)
The Newfoundland and Labrador Winter and Summer Games will now include Aboriginal Teams from each Aboriginal Nation beginning at the Summer Games, to be held in August, 2016, in CBS, NL. Therefore, in the 2016 NL Summer Games we have the opportunity to enter a Team Mi’kmaq.

The Aboriginal Sports Circle intends to enter teams in the following sports: Swimming, Golf, Track and Field and beach volleyball.

To identify our Mi’kmaq athletes, the Aboriginal Sports Circle would like to know where your children attend school, their name, age and grade, and which of the 4 sports for the 2016 Games they would like to try out for. Your child can try out for all 4 if they wish, but can only compete in one sport. The NL Summer Games will be very competitive. All athletes who compete will be trying to do their best and be noticed as a candidate for the 2017 NL Canada Games Team. We will be assessing the aboriginal athletes and coaches for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games to be held in Toronto.

For full details, and to complete the questionnaire identifying our student athletes, please click here.

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Wanted: Aboriginal Coaches for 2016 NL Games

(Published March 15, 2016)

In preparation for the 2016 NL Summer Games, the Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle is pleased to accept applications for coaching positions for Aboriginal Teams at these upcoming Games. We will be accepting applications for coaching in the following sports:

-Beach Volleyball

If this opportunity interests you, please provide a written expression of interest, outlining certification and/or relevant experience and qualifications, to either of the ASRCNL staff listed below by March 31, 2016:

Mike Alexander BSG Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle
129 Montana Drive
2nd Floor, Rm 228
Stephenville, NL A2N 2T4
Ph: (709) 643-3130
Fax: (709) 643-3150

Qalipu and Red Cross Partner to Prepare First Nation Communities

(Published March 4, 2016)

Corner Brook, NL—Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation will partner with the Canadian Red Cross to offer Disaster Management training to members in First Nation communities within the Qalipu Wards. This will be the first time that this program will be offered in partnership with a First Nation in Atlantic Canada.

Judy Bond, Red Cross Coordinator for the Western Newfoundland and Labrador Service Centre, notes that disasters can happen at any time, often without warning and it’s important to be prepared. “Flooding, fires, serious storms and other emergency situations can leave you and your family without electricity or access to the supplies you need. The Disaster management and emergency preparedness training we will offer in partnership with Qalipu will raise awareness of those risks and how to plan to function for 72 hours independently if help is unavailable.”

Brendan Mitchell, Chief of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, is pleased to work with the Canadian Red Cross to offer this training to members. “Our mandate is to support our people in every way possible. Providing membership with an opportunity for this kind of training, to be ready for some of the difficult moments in life that are sure to arise, we are so thankful that the Red Cross has approached our Nation to work together on this.”
The first of these two sessions will be launched on March 18th in St. George’s at the K’taqmkuk Mi’kmaw Museum, and in Flat Bay on March 19th at the Flat Bay Band Office. Training for both sessions will be from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Registration for this session is free, space is limited.

For more information, or to register, please contact Judy Bond at (709) 634-4626 or by email at
Members are advised that this training will also be offered in each Ward in the future. Stay tuned for dates in your area.

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Alison White Communications Officer
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation
Tel. (709) 634-5163