Language Revival v3

Qalipu Launches Mi’kmaw Language Revival Project

Qalipu First Nation is pleased to announce the launch of a new project focused on the revival of the Mi’kmaw language among our membership.  The project, set to begin in February, will take place via virtual workshops, will be available to beginner, novice and intermediate levels and will aim to create opportunities for learners to speak with fluent speakers of the language.

Band Manager Keith Goulding noted, “This is an exciting project for the Band and a positive step forward in reviving our heritage. This language initiative gives us an opportunity to deepen our connection to culture and provide our members with meaningful learning opportunities.”

The language project will be coordinated by newly hired Project Coordinator Dean Simon who has just returned from a two-year Mi’kmaw immersion program in Eskasoni.

“The Mentor-Apprentice Mi’kmaw Program with Mi’kmaw Kinamatnewey has provided me with a solid understanding and comfort with the language and I’m so excited to share what I’ve learned.  Right now, to get an understanding of where people are with their level of learning, I am asking everyone who is interested to complete the pre-registration”, Simon said.

The pre-registration can be completed here:

For more information, please contact Dean at or call 643-4593

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Canadian Navigable Waters Act – Proposed Changes

Randy Green is a Marine Planner with MAMKA at Miawpukek First Nation and is currently working on gathering and consolidating input from Indigenous people on amendments to the Navigable Waters Act. Specifically, proposed changes to the Act related to ‘minor works’.

Please see below for information provided by Mr. Green and contact him with any questions or feedback that you may have.

Please send any comments, questions, concerns via mail or e-mail, to:

Randy Green, MAMKA South, Miawpukek First Nation, Conne River, NL, A0H 1J0

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Free webinar for Indigenous Peoples: Register to learn about benefits and credits

The Canada Revenue Agency is pleased to host a live and interactive webinar for Indigenous Peoples in Canada on benefits and credits available to them. An audio-only option will also be available. Some of the topics that will be covered include:

* Canada child benefit
* GST/HST credit
* Disability tax credit
* Emergency response benefits
* Northern residents deductions
* Community Volunteer Income Tax Program
* Helpful tools and tips

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and get answers throughout the webinar.

If you are an organization that offers services to Indigenous Peoples, you can register for the webinar and are encouraged to share the registration information with your clients.

English session: Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 2 pm, Eastern time

French session: Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 11 am, Eastern time

Duration: About 45 minutes

Register now! (

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Second Draft of Qalipu/Marathon Gold Socio Economic Agreement, Members Invited to Review and Attend Virtual Community Meeting

Marathon Gold is a gold resource development company focused on a gold reserve located in our territory in central Newfoundland. In 2019, representatives from the company expressed a desire to share plans and consult with our membership and attended several regular meetings of the Band Council to share presentations and answer questions.  Subsequently, a joint working committee was established to continue discussions and better serve our members’ interests around environmental stewardship and economic opportunities.

A draft Socio-Economic Agreement (SEA) was established between Qalipu and Marathon Gold and in September, the Band hosted a virtual community meeting to review the draft and seek feedback.  The Band collected additional feedback through posting the SEA on the website and inviting responses.  All information collected was consolidated and presented to the Chief and Council and edits were made to the initial draft.

The Band would now like to present the second draft SEA and invite membership review and participation at an upcoming Virtual Community Meeting.

Please join Band Manager Keith Goulding for this meeting via Zoom on January 25 at 7:30 PM

Please pre-register for this meeting by emailing

Draft Strategic Plan

Qalipu First Nation Presents Draft Strategic Plan, Seeking Membership Review and Approval

The Qalipu First Nation (QFN) is working toward approval and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan that fully addresses the needs of members, using the financial and human resources that it has available.

This draft Strategic Plan was developed with input from key informants, consultation sessions with Staff and with Chief and Council, and from the member feedback gathered through the on-line survey and community consultations.

We would now like to invite our membership to review the draft Strategic Plan and give members the opportunity to provide additional feedback prior to adoption.

Please Click Here to review the draft Strategic Plan and send your comments, questions and concerns to Band Manager Keith Goulding at

Please provide feedback by January 22, 2021.