Commercial Space for Lease in Grand Falls – Windsor

Location: 28 Hardy Avenue

Available: July 1, 2017

Approximately 790 square feet is available which is suitable for office or retail space.  Common Kitchen and bathroom areas.  Wheelchair accessible.  Large parking lot.  Centrally located.  Heat and light included.

For more information, please contact Rob Dicks at 634-6895 or email

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Improving Health: My Way

Qalipu First Nation is looking for members to become trained leaders for the Improving Health: My Way program. Our goal is to have trained members to help with a new pilot of the Improving Health: My Way program. The pilot aims to take a more cultural approach than the standard program offers.

The Improving Health: My Way program is a chronic disease self-management program that is offered in each region of the province. Research confirms that self-management programs, such as this one, are making a real difference in the lives of people living with chronic health conditions by empowering individuals with skills and tools to better manage their conditions.

To become an Improving Health: My Way leader you are required to participate in a FREE 4-day leader training offered by Western Health and will become a registered volunteer with the organization. Once you complete the training, you will be qualified to facilitate the Improving Health My Way program to any of the referred clients or to any closed groups who are interested. Workshops will be arranged around your schedule and will not interfere with work time.

The next leader training is coming up soon from October 17th to October 20th, 2017.

If you are interested in becoming a leader, please register by contacting Alison Dower, Regional CDPM Manager at (709) 637-5000 ext. 6698 or email

We hope to see you there!

Click here to view information for Improving Health program
Click here to view the Improving Health Brochure

Jenna Osmond,
Manager of Health Services
Qalipu First Nation

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Mental Health & Addictions Focus Group

Part of Western Health’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan is to improve health outcomes by enhancing mental health promotion and addictions prevention. As a result, Mental Health & Addiction Services is hosting a Focus Group in Corner Brook and are seeking individuals (or family members) from the Western Region with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions. Participants will help inform the development and implementation of mental health and addiction actions to support this strategic issue. Individuals participating in the focus group will be asked to discuss how their lived experience could shape and support Western Health’s action plan.

The Focus Group will be held on October 23, 2017 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. To register, email or call 634-4171. The deadline for registration is October 13, 2017.

Teleconference and/or videoconference services will be available to participants who live outside the Corner Brook area.

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New Band Council elected for Benoit 1st nation

Benoit 1st Nation would like to announce that the following people have been nominated for the Band Council:

Jasen Benwah aka Penwa Jes’n – Chief
Barbra Benoit McAlinden – Vice Chief
Conrad Benoit – Treasurer
Secretary – Myra Benoit
Womens Director – Lee Kerfont
Elders Director – Mary Phyllis Benoit Young
Youth Director – Tracy Jesso

Since only one person was nominated for each position each are Elected by Acclamation for the 3 year term and no election is required. Congratulations everyone.

The following people have been nominated as Band Council Committee Directors:

Public Works Director – Stephen Benoit
Heritage Park Director – George Benoit,
Program Director – Delina Petit Pas
Public Relations Director – Lory Benoit Jesso
Elders Council – Godfrey Benoit,
Elders Council – Jerome Benoit,
Elders Council – Wallace Cornect,
Elders Council – Edna M Benoit..

Congratulations everyone. Thanks to Edna Wheeler for being our Nomination Officer. Thanks to all those who came out to nominate people and for all the support from the membership. Thanks to all those who have volunteered to serve on the Band Council and on our Committees. Together we can do even more great things in the coming years.

Swearing -in will take place at the next Band Council Meeting.

Photo: Band member witnesses on hand for the nomination announcement.

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Orange Shirt Day, Every Child Matters – Show your Support by Wearing an Orange Shirt on Friday, September 29

In 1884 the Canadian government amended the Indian Act to support the creation of Residential schools. Over 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children were forced to attend these schools in an effort to westernize them. Throughout their time at residential school many indigenous students faced widespread abuse and neglect.  It was until 1996 that the last residential school closed its doors.

In an article titled September 30: Orange Shirt Day in Canada, author Lorise Simon says, “Orange shirt day is a national movement that officially began in 2013.  In actuality this movement began in 1973, when a six-year-old Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School, outside of Williams Lake, British Columbia.  Phyllis’ grandmother had taken her to buy a new outfit for her first day of residential school, part of her outfit was an orange shirt, and on the first day of school she wore the shirt with pride.  Phyllis’ shirt was taken from her.  Children who attended residential school were stripped of their clothing and made to wear school uniforms.  During Phyllis’ experience in residential school she did not believe that her feelings mattered or that anyone cared for her or other children that went to school with her.  Phyllis now feels strongly that her feelings do matter and people do care because of what the colour orange symbolized.”

Show support for those who attended residential schools across Canada. As September 30th falls on a Saturday this year, organizations are encouraged to show their support on Friday, September 29th. I encourage everyone who wishes to participate to wear orange next Friday and show your support! For more information visit

Simon, Lorise “September 30: Orange Shirt Day in Canada” Mi’kmaq Maliseet Nations News, August 2016, pg. 5

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Patient Advisory Council

To improve our healthcare system, NL SUPPORT is seeking 4 young adults ages 19 to 30 to sit on their Patient Advisory Council. This Council consists of a group of people from across the province that help NL SUPPORT make informed decisions about healthcare research. No work or volunteer experience is necessary. This is a great opportunity for any indigenous young adults to get their voices heard and help make a change to the healthcare system.

The Patient Advisory Council meets four times a year, and all accommodation and travel costs are covered if you do not live in St. John’s. Orientation for new Council members will be Thursday November 2nd, 2017, and the next Council meeting will be Friday November 3rd, 2017.  For more details about the Council, what to expect, and what will be expected of you click the following link:

If you are interested in joining the Patient Advisory Council please contact Eva Vat at 709-864-6654 or before the deadline: October 6th, 2017.


2016-17 Annual Report now Online

The Annual General Assembly for the Qalipu First Nation will take place on September 30, 2017 at 1:30 PM at the Holiday Inn Express in Deer Lake.  All members are invited to attend and are reminded that their registration number will be required to sign in.

The 2016-2017 Annual Report is now available to view on our website.  Please click here to view.

Note: Print copies will be available at the AGA.


Corner Brook Aboriginal Youth Group

The Corner Brook Aboriginal Youth Group invites all aboriginal and non-aboriginal people ages 9-17 to attend our weekly meetings on Thursday nights, starting September 14,  from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.  Meetings are held at the Qalipu Community Room, 1 Church Street, Corner Brook.

Anyone interested in learning about all aspects of our traditional Mi’kmaq culture and to have fun please register.  For additional information please contact Lorraine Stone at 634-2221 or email or

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Qalipu to Hold Annual General Assembly

Please be advised that the Qalipu First Nation will hold its Annual General Assembly (AGA) to discuss the activities of the Band for the fiscal year of 2016-2017.  The AGA will be held on September 30 at 1:30 pm in Deer Lake at the Holiday Inn Express.  All members are invited to attend and are reminded that their registration number will be required to sign in.  The Annual Report will be published on our website on September 15 and copies of the report will also be made available at the meeting.

Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended March 31, 2017 are now online.  Please click here to view.

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RNC Corner Brook Region Receives Donation for Junior Police Academy

(CORNER BROOK, NL) – August 24, 2017 – The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is pleased to announce a three year financial commitment by Crosbie Group Limited towards the Corner Brook Region Junior Police Academy.

For over a decade, the RNC Corner Brook Region Junior Police Academy has provided a unique camping experience for children aged 9-12 years old through a four day/three night camp held in Gros Morne National Park.  Through the Junior Police Academy, the RNC has fostered stronger and healthier relationships between the participants and the police by breaking down historical barriers with youth from the Crestview Community and the Qalipu First Nation.

Today Crosbie Group Limited presented the RNC with a cheque for $11,000 for the 2018 Junior Police Academy.  Furthermore they have generously committed to providing financial contributions for the 2019 and 2020 Junior Police Academy.  This contribution by Crosbie Group Limited provides the financial security to ensure the continuation of the Junior Police Academy for the next three years in the Corner Brook Region.


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Annual Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is currently seeking nominations for its Annual Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards.  Recognizing youth for their achievements is a great way to build self-esteem; and more importantly, it establishes role models so others can see that their goals are tangible.


Please click here for the Award Application Form which outlines the criteria and selection process.