William P. Duggan of Corner Brook supplied the name Qalipu (pronounced hal-lay-boo) which is the Mi’kmaq word for caribou. He says:
“The caribou were a staple of the Mi’kmaq people and were essential to their survival in Newfoundland. They were used for food, tools, clothing, wigwam covering and floor blankets, caribou skin canoes, moccasins, snowshoes, and caribou hide packsacks. Mi’kmaq used looms to make caribou hair wool, which was used in straps for the packsacks. So the Mi’kmaq used the caribou for food, clothing, shelter, and transportation.
The caribou were always available for the use of the Mi’kmaq, who knew their migratory paths and followed the caribou through the seasons. Using a name that is linked to wandering and migration makes sense for a landless band, because the native people lived a lifestyle similar to the caribou. They were not tied down to surveyed and fenced-in land and they travelled the length and breadth of Newfoundland in their wanderings.
The caribou, even in early times, were considered noble and dignified. Their uses are woven into the lifestyle and history of Newfoundland Mi’kmaq.”
The Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nation Band logo incorporates the caribou, the letter Q, the name of the band and an eagle feather. These aspects all relate to traditional aboriginal and Mi’Kmaq culture and history. The contemporary look and colours of the logo reflect the progressive forward-looking attitude of the Band’s membership and leadership.
The logo is intended to have special meaning for the Band and is not intended for use aside from official Band functions. The logo is being trademark protected and cannot be used without the express consent of the Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nation Band.