Indigenous Pre-Cadet Training Program

INDIGENOUS PRE-CADET TRAINING PROGRAM June 1st-9th, 2020

Are you an Indigenous person, aged 19 to 29, and interested in learning more about a career in policing with the RCMP? You may be eligible to take part in this year’s Indigenous Pre-Cadet Training Program.

Indigenous pre-cadet training at the RCMP Training Academy

The program includes a three-week training session at the RCMP Training Academy (Depot) in Regina, Saskatchewan.

You’ll learn:

  • How to work as part of a policing team
  • An introduction to the Criminal Code and RCMP policy
  • Physical fitness and drill
  • Skills to help prepare you to apply to be a police officer

Open to Indigenous Peoples in Canada

To apply you must be:

  • of Indigenous descent (First Nation, Métis or Inuit)
  • aged 19 to 29
  • a Canadian citizen
  • a graduate of a Canadian secondary school (or equivalent)
  • able to pass an enhanced reliability security check

DEADLINE: February 25th, 2020

Please Contact:

Cst. April Janes
Indigenous & Community Policing B Division
april.janes@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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CALL FOR CANDIDATES THE ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS SECRETARIAT for REGIONAL CHIEF OF NOVA SCOTIA AND NEWFOUNDLAND

Candidate Submission Deadline:

February 26, 2020
4:00 P.M. Atlantic Standard time

On January 16, 2020 the Chiefs of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland (“Chiefs”) made the decision to commence the process to select a new Regional Chief for the Nova Scotia (NS) and Newfoundland (NL) region.

The Chiefs are seeking submissions from qualified and dedicated candidates who would like to be considered to become the NS and NL Regional Chief.

The role of the Regional Chief (RC)to advocate and act as an Ambassador on behalf of the NS and NL Chiefs and the Assembly of First Nations National forum. The RC holds a political office, that is accountable to the Chiefs and AFN.As the Ambassador for our region, our Mi’kmaq Communities expect the highest standards of professional and personal conduct from the Regional Chief and their office.

The term of office the RC will be a three (3) year term. The RC may be re-elected for further terms.

Mission of the Office of the Regional Chief

To restore and enhance the relationship among Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Canada.

  1. Ensure strong representation of the Chiefs whom he/she represents in concert with the AFN Charter and the Regional Chief’s Rules and Procedures, as developed by the Chiefs of the region;
  2. Balance First Nations’ regional and national interests in a manner that supports the NS and NL Chiefs, the AFN Charter and Regional Chief’s Rules and Procedures;
  3. To communicate on an ongoing basis with the Chiefs to keep them informed and to seek instruction and guidance; and
  4. Work in a manner that is consistent with the NS and NL Regional Chief’s Constitution (including Schedules) as developed by the Chiefs of the region, AFN Charter and the vision, mandate and directives of the

The Submission Package must include the following:

  • Letter of interest – this would outline:
    • Why you are interested in becoming the RC;
    • Why you would be the best person to represent the Chiefs
    • How you meet the eligibility criteria and qualifications, skills and abilities (as outlined below); and
    • What experience you have that has prepared you to become the
  • An up-to-date Resume
  • Child Abuse Registry Check
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Two References

Eligibility Criteria

Any person submitting for the position of Regional Chief must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • A Band Member of one of the Nova Scotia or Newfoundland Mi’kmaq communities;
  • Ability to travel, including internationally;
  • Satisfactorily complete a Criminal Record Check;
  • Pass a Child Abuse Registry Check;
  • Demonstrated Leadership skills;
  • Minimum of High school education or equivalent (or higher);
  • Demonstrated connection to and involvement within the member community and/or overall Mi’kmaq Nation;
  • Knowledge of Mi’kmaq communities, governance and government relations (First Nation, Federal, Provincial and Municipal).

Qualifications and Skills and abilities:

  • Experience with Project Management;
  • Financial experience;
  • Strong analytical, public speaking and facilitation skills;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work both independently within a deadline and in a complex multi-issue team environment with competing demands and priorities;
  • Computer competency, including in Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Experience working with Mi’kmaq communities and organizations;
  • Knowledge of Mi’kmaq language is not a requirement but would be considered an

The Process

  • Submissions from Candidates will be accepted until February 26, 2020 at 4pm After which, no further submissions will be accepted or considered.
  • The Interview Committee will review each candidate’s submission Only those candidates meeting the required criteria will be interviewed.
  • We appreciate everyone who takes the time and opportunity to send in a submission package; however, only those candidates selected to be interviewed, will be

If you have any questions, please email Crystal Dorey at crystaldorey@mikmaqrights.com

Please forward your completed submission package in confidence to Crystal Dorey, via email at: crystaldorey@mikmaqrights.com or by fax: (902) 843-3882.

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Qalipu First Nation to Begin Engagement on Development of Comprehensive Community Plan

January 23, 2020 Corner Brook—The Qalipu First Nation is pleased to announce the first of many engagement sessions that will take place across the nine Wards. The purpose of the engagement is to seek community input on the development of a Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP)

The CCP is a process that will allow communities to build a roadmap towards sustainability, self- sufficiency, and improved government capacity. It will allow the community to establish a vision for its future and implement projects to achieve this vision. This process is intended to be inclusive, representing the perspective of all members, from youths to Elders, within or outside the community.

The key planning areas are governance, land and resources, health, infrastructure development, culture, social issues, and the economy. The CCP will be sustainable, meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to thrive.

Sessions are scheduled in the following locations:

Swift Current
February 3, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Kilmory Lodge
Glenwood
February 5, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Glenwood Town Hall

Please, come on out to have your say, and for a chance to win some beautiful swag featuring the CCP logo artwork created by local Mi’kmaq artist Marcus Gosse. For more information please contact CCP Coordinator Samantha Gardiner at sgardiner@qalipu.ca.

To take the CCP Survey, please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K8DCNWV

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Qalipu Budget 2020 Survey

As work continues on our ten-year budget, to include input received during strategic and comprehensive community planning engagement sessions, we want to hear your thoughts about how to balance the budget while creating more opportunities to give back to our communities, and ensuring members continue to have access to the programs and services they need.

Please, take a few moments to complete this Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BJZN7GT

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Qalipu Business Forum 2020: Building Success Together

January 22, 2020 Corner Brook—The Qalipu Business Network (QBN) will host its annual business forum on February 19 at the Greenwood Inn in Corner Brook, opening with a networking social on the evening of the 18th.

The Forum will focus on tips and best practices when working with funders, building successful businesses in rural areas and offering social media solutions for small businesses. Jolene Lasky will address the group as keynote speaker, sharing the story of her journey to creating Wabanki Maple, a 100% Indigenous female-owned business in Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation).

Qalipu Chief Brendan Mitchell noted that small businesses are the life blood of our communities. He said, “Newfoundland and its tradition of hospitality, friendship and good spirit are talked about now more than ever. The potential is there for small business to harness innovation, technology and exposure to consumers from around the world. Our rural communities are the heart of this province.”

Carrying on a tradition of engaging young leaders of the future, there will also be a youth innovation challenge for post-secondary students. The challenge will include presentation of real-life business case that the students will be asked to present solutions.

Business Network members and other participants are invited to showcase their businesses and give forum delegates an opportunity to learn more about the local business community including available products, services and opportunities to partner.

Interested attendees can pre-register for the event by clicking here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/qalipu-business-forum-2020-tickets-90630868367) , or by calling Kellie at 489-2898. To participate in the trade show, please contact Kellie. Please note, tables are limited.

 

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Piping Plover Newsletter 2019-2020

The Piping Plover (Charadruis melodus melodus) is an endangered ground nesting shorebird. It inhabits our shores from late spring until early fall.  Plovers can be found on mostly sandy beaches with some larger grain and smaller rock, as well as in coastal dunes where vegetation is sparse and mostly limited to grasses.

It is important to remember that the same beaches in which piping plover inhabit are one’s that are favorable to recreational activities (riding ATVs, sun bathing, swimming, beach fires, etc.).  This can make things difficult for preventing disturbance of the species during their nesting period. There are some preventative measures we can take when using beaches that have suitable piping plover habitat or are inhabited by piping plovers. The following list of recommendations is collected from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s promotional materials:

  • Between April and August stay away from recognized piping plover breeding and nesting areas. Walk on the wet sand, close to the water’s edge.
  • Keep your pets on a leash. Wandering pets can disturb nesting birds and be significantly harmful to chicks and fledglings
  • Clean up garbage found on the beach and if you pack it in, pack it out. Food wrapping and waste can attract scavenging predators
  • Leave natural debris on the beach as piping plovers rely on these resources for food and cover. These include seaweed, shells, and woody debris
  • Do not operate any vehicles on beaches or coastal dunes. Doing so can disturb nesting plovers, cause chicks to get stuck in tire ruts and separated from their mothers, crush eggs/chicks, and in the case of riding in dunes, accelerate coastal erosion in the area and cause permanent habitat loss.
  • Report the location of piping plovers and their nests to the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) or Qalipu Fisheries Guardians
  • If you see people, or pets disturbing piping plovers or their nests, contact CWS to report the disturbance. It’s a federal offence under the Species at Risk Act to harass species at risk.
  • Join a local stewardship group or volunteer organization to help protect species at risk and talk to others about these best practices to help protect our species at risk. You can contact CWS for more information on Piping Plover groups in your local area

This year, Qalipu continued its monitoring of the Piping Plover in the Bay St. George region.  We returned once again to the same sites which we have been surveying for a number of years; Sandy Point, Flat Bay Peninsula, Stephenville Crossing, and Black Bank.

During the 2019-2020 field season a grand total of 13 individuals were spotted, with a total of 3 individuals spotted at Flat Bay and Sandy Point combined including one breeding pair and one individual.  We would also like to note that at these locations there was an increase in human traffic this year as well as many as five foxes seen on the island which could affect the population.

At Black Bank a total of four individuals were spotted consisting of 1 breeding pair and two individuals. There were two adult pairs and two chicks which were only observed once this year, while 3 chicks were observed in total.  It is possible that the increase in recreational vehicle use in the area could have affected the population.

In Flat Bay Peninsula there was a total of three individuals spotted which included 1 breeding pair and on individual. And in Stephenville Crossing there were no sightings this year.

There were twelve eggs spotted this year, four at Sandy Point/Flat Island and eight at Flat Bay Peninsula. We could only confirm that five of the eight eggs at Flat Bay Peninsula hatched, three of which fledged.  There were also three hatchlings at Black Bank observed. However, the eggs and nest had not been previously observed.

For more information on this program, contact Stephen Rose at srose@qalipu.ca or 709-634-5053. For more information about piping plover or to make a report, contact CWS at 1-800-668-6767, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement at 1-877-820-0999, or Crimestoppers via phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or via text to “CRIMES” (274637) by texting TIP190 plus your message.

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Take the Comprehensive Community Plan Survey for your Chance to Win!

The Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) is a process that will allow our community to build a roadmap towards sustainability, self-sufficiency, and improved government capacity. It will allow the community to establish a vision for its future and implement projects to achieve this vision. This process is intended to be inclusive, representing the perspective of all members, from youths to Elders, within or outside the community.

The key planning areas are governance, land and resources, health, infrastructure development, culture, social issues, and the economy. The CCP will be sustainable, meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to thrive.

Qalipu First Nation looks forward to working with the community to develop the CCP via meetings, presentations, surveys and a variety of community engagement.

Click here to take the Survey!

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Commemorative Installment to Honour Lives of Missing and Murdered

January 13, 2020 Corner Brook— Qalipu First Nation is pleased to announce its commitment to honouring the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) through the installation of a dedicatory space outside our head office in Corner Brook.   This initiative is being made possible through a commemorative fund provided by the Department of Women and Gender Equality, and the generosity of the City of Corner Brook, an integral partner in the development of this shared city space.

The project will culminate in a shared space for surrounding communities, for cultural and ceremonial gatherings.  The Band envisions annual gatherings on October 4th, a day set aside specifically to honour lost women and girls and they hope to see community groups use the space all through the year.

Preliminary design concepts focus on incorporating elements of the medicine wheel, in a circular gathering space that could accommodate around 100 people.  However, Band Chief Brendan Mitchell noted that plans will not be finalized until consultation has been completed.

“This is a significant and important project to honour missing and murdered women and girls, and their loved ones,” noted Qalipu Band Chief Brendan Mitchell, “we have letters of support from surrounding municipalities, we’ve met with the Indigenous women’s groups in this area, and we’re about to host public consultation.  It’s important that our community people tell us what they would like to see, and how they envision using this space.  Particularly, we want to hear from those impacted by the loss of a loved one.”

Glenda Buckle is a member-at-large on the project’s planning committee.  She said that this project, for her, will offer healing.  “The design concepts are absolutely beautiful.  For me, it’s healing and closure to see that a space as special as this will be developed in honour of women like my sister whose lives were taken.”

Mayor Jim Parsons is pleased that the City of Corner Brook is a partner in this initiative.  He said, “As a community, we are pleased to collaborate in providing the land for ceremony, healing, and an important space to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.  We hope this will become one of many community gathering areas to support health and wellness that is grounded in cultural principles and practices. We are looking forward to the public consultation to help us shape this fundamental project.”

All those interested in learning more about the development plans for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commemorative Installment are encouraged to attend a public meeting on January 27th at 7:00 PM at the Qalipu Community Room in Corner Brook.  Individuals may also provide feedback via an online survey

For more information, please contact project lead Tara Saunders at 634-5972 or email tsaunders@qalipu.ca

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Qalipu Staffer Participates in Indigenous Women in Community Leadership Program

In October 2019 Jasmine Collis, Non-Insured Health Benefits Support Specialist with Qalipu, attended a three-week residency at Coady International Institute in Antigonish, NS, as a part of the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership (IWCL) program. Each year Indigenous women leaders from across the country are awarded a full scholarship to complete the IWCL program, which focuses on designing a community project that will have a positive impact on their communities. The program covers Indigenous Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), which filters the concept of ABCD through a cultural lens. Each morning began with a smudge, followed by teachings provided by an Elder.

The first group task demonstrated the ABCD concept quite clearly. The group of 19 women leaders were assigned the task of assembling a Tipi with no help from instructors or staff. The group had to work together to use each woman’s knowledge and/or skills to raise the tipi poles and wrap the canvas. Using innovative and creative techniques, the tipi was raised and stood tall. Each woman then had the opportunity to paint on the tipi, alongside many other women who had previously completed the program.

Jasmine noted, “Hearing about the projects that the other women are developing and getting to know them, and their backgrounds, was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget. The three weeks were full of inspiration and I felt very empowered as an Indigenous woman. I have come to realize how unique our Nation’s history is in Newfoundland, compared to other First Nations across Canada. Our story is one that we need to keep telling, as we reclaim our culture.”

This year was the first time Coady hosted an IWCL Gathering of the past cohorts. The three-day conference included over 100 Indigenous women leaders from across the country, with keynote speaker Dr. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku of New Zealand delivering an account of the struggles, barriers, and strengths of Indigenous people from her home country.

Jasmine said that the presentation on the Māori people was powerful.   She said, “Following her presentation, the auditorium sang the Strong Women’s Song to her while one woman drummed. It was an incredibly moving experience.”

Since her return home Jasmine has begun working on her community project, which will focus on supporting Indigenous youth in her community, by creating the opportunity for youth to speak for themselves and to conduct their own ABCD approach to the needs of the youth.