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Kids Safety Event

In honour of Safe Kids Week 2016-Preventing Injuries At Home, At Play and On the Road, Qalipu First Nation will partner with Western Health (Corner Brook and Bay of Islands Primary Health Care Team) and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Corner Brook division, to offer a safety event for our children and their caregivers.  The event will include interactive activities geared toward learning more about injury prevention, such as bicycle/helmet safety, playground safety, and safe practices at home.  The event will take place this coming Thursday, June 16, 6:00-8:00 PM at the Majestic Park in Corner Brook.  Light refreshments will be served.

Renée Dyer, Manager of the Qalipu Health Services division references a startling fact provided by Parachute, the organization responsible for initiating Safe Kids Week.  She said, “Many Canadians are surprised to learn that preventable injuries kill more children every year than any other disease.  Worst of all, a child dies every nine hours due to a preventable injury.  We hope that this event will make a small contribution toward improving awareness of preventable injuries.”

In the event of rain, the event will go ahead in the Qalipu Community Room, 1 Church St. (upper level).

For more information, please contact Renée Dyer at 634-5041 or email rdyer@qalipu.ca

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2015-2016 Audited Financial Statements

Qalipu First Nation recently completed our annual review for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Chartered Accountants Bonnell Cole Janes have audited our financial operations and provided a report on their findings.

You can access the report here: 2015-2016 Audited Financial Statements

The details of the audited report, along with an overview of all QFN activities for the year, will be presented in full at Qalipu’s upcoming Annual General Assembly (AGA). The AGA will take place on June 25th at the Mount Peyton Hotel in Grand Falls-Windsor, 1:30-4:00.  The auditor will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have.

For members who have questions about the Financial Statements but are not able to attend the AGA, please feel free to contact Jodie Wells, Finance Manager, by email at jwells@qalipu.ca

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2015-2016 Annual Report

The Qalipu First Nation is pleased to share its Annual Report for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  This report contains the audited financial statement, gives an overview of all activities from the three Departments of Qalipu, as well as provides insight into our Strategic Plan, and the 2015 Election.  It also includes messages from the Chief and CEO, a report from the Federation of Newfoundland Indians, and the Qalipu Business Trust.

The content of this report, and more, will be presented at the upcoming Annual General Assembly.  This meeting, open to all members of the Band, will take place on June 25th, 2016, 1:30-4:00 at the Mount Peyton in Grand Falls-Windsor.  Copies of the report will be available at the meeting.  Members are reminded to bring their Secure Card of Indian Status to register upon arrival.

Click Here to view the 2015-2016 Annual Report

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Elver Abundance Study Summary Report 2014

Anguilla rostrata has two juvenile stages, the elver and the glass eel. The glass eels migrate northward from the Sargasso Sea every year to reside in the fresh groundwater systems or the estuarine/brackish areas and return after maturation for breeding. The time at which it takes for eels to mature is dependent on both size and environmental conditions. This project was deigned to track temporal variance in abundance to indicate start, finish, and peak migration times of elvers and glass eels in Harry’s River, NL.

 

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Commercial Eel Harvest Monitoring 2014

Monitoring of the commercial eel harvest is an opportunistic practice that has been employed by Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nation Band for a number of years to collect, document or to track temporal variation/changes in the population dynamics of population information of the American eel (Anguilla rostrata). This includes individual weight, length, life stage ratio, and abnormalities such as red mouth and skin lesions. The American eel is a very culturally significant species for the Mi’kmaq people of Newfoundland. Along with being an important food source the American eel is also used for ceremonial and medicinal purposes. It is for these reasons that we are studying the local population in Muddy Hole, Western Newfoundland, and Little Horwood Brook, Central Newfoundland.

This project involves cooperating with local fish harvester’s in Western and Central Newfoundland and recording a number of biological characteristics of the eels captured by the harvester. Work was done through collaborating with local fish harvesters as to satisfy the community engagement portion of our Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy agreement. This opportunistic monitoring was beneficial to Qalipu, local harvesters and the eel population as additional nets were not set in the study areas. This reduced the amount of working hours required to complete the study, competition for catch with local harvesters, and stress on the eel population. Parks Canada employees also took part in monitoring at the western field site.

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Atlantic Salmon Redd Surveys 2014 – 2015

Salmon Redd surveys are part of the atalantic salmon monitoring activities that Qalipu
conducts annually, alternating between the Western and Central portions of Newfoundland.
These redd surveys are completed to analyse recruitment and return of resident populations to
areas previously unaccessible due to freshwater obstructions (i.e. inactive beaver dams and log
jams). Salmon Redd surveys were completed during the month of November for Coal Brook,
Sheep Brook and Dribble Brook. These surveys have been ongoing for several years and have
included over 20 study areas within Western and Central Newfoundland. Throughout this time
the Guardians have become quite experienced in completing the surveys and have been able to
complete them efficiently and effectively.

 

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Eelgrass 2014-2015

Spatial variation in the abundance of eelgrass (Zostera marina) at eight sites in western Newfoundland, Canada

The abundance of eelgrass (Zostera marina) was quantified at eight sites along the west coast of Newfoundland (NL), Canada. Two video procedures were employed to generate preliminary data on the percent cover of eelgrass. A GoPro high definition camera was mounted on a two meter 1.3cm diameter PVC pipe and attached 30 cm above a 19 x 19 cm quadrat. Still images were generated of quadrats or of the benthos during free swims. A 3 x 3 grid was added to the center of each image and the mean percent cover was calculated from these grids. The percent cover of eelgrass ranged between 5.89 and 69.27 %. Eelgrass abundance increased between June/July and September at sites 2, 4, and 7, before decreasing again in October at site 7. Overall, the percent cover of eelgrass peaked at 81.18% in September at site 4. Globally, sea grasses are declining in response to multiple stressors, including eutrophication, shoreline development, climate change, and aquatic invasive species. Eelgrass provides critical ecosystem services to coastal environments by stabilizing shorelines, contributing organic biomass to coastal food webs, and by increasing habitat heterogeneity along shallow subtidal shores. The degradation and loss of this highly productive habitat can have dire consequences for the stability and integrity of coastal environments in Atlantic Canada. Efforts to conserve this habitat will have long term benefits for populations of commercially, recreationally, and culturally important coastal species.

 

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Tunicates

Distribution and abundance of golden star tunicate (Botryllus schlosseri) and Botrylloides sp. on artificial and natural substrates at twelve sites in western Newfoundland, Canada.

The distribution and abundance of invasive colonial tunicates were documented at twelve sites along a ~270-km latitudinal gradient in western Newfoundland (NL), Canada. A combination of 10×10 and 15×15 cm polyvinyl chloride (PVC) panels were deployed on fixed and/or floating docks at each site between June and November 2014. The presence and abundance of invasive colonial tunicates were documented in September and November. Similar to patterns observed in 2013 (Caines personal observation), Botryllus schlosseri was found at Sites 1, 2 and 5, while Botrylloides sp. was observed at Site 2. Monthly sampling of 15×15 cm PVC panels, eelgrass (Zostera marina), rockweed (Fucus sp.), and kelp (Saccharina latissima) was conducted between September and November at Sites 1, 2 and 5 to determine spatial and temporal variation in the abundance of invasive colonial tunicates on artificial and natural substrates. Mean colony cover of B. schlosseri was 14.1 and 19.5% for panels sampled from floating docks in September for Sites 2 and 5, respectively, while mean cover of Botrylloides sp. was 3.7% on panels sampled from the fixed dock at Site 2. Interestingly, the frequency of occurrence for B. schlosseri colonies on rockweed increased from 20% in September to 100% in October at Site 2, while it decreased from 100% in September to 80% in October at Site 5. The frequency of Botrylloides sp. peaked at 50% and 70% on rockweed and kelp, respectively, in October at Site 2. The frequency of B. schlosseri on kelp specimens at Site 1 peaked at 40% in October, while kelp specimens from Site 2 had a peak colony frequency of 100% in September. Overall, the abundance of B. schlosseri on artificial and natural substrates was substantially lower at Site 1, which may be related to cooler sea temperature and increased wave exposure at this site.

Click here to read more about this report

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Prayer for Alberta

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Today I invite all of you to take a moment to pray and reflect on the dire situation in Alberta where wildfires persist in several communities. It is during life’s difficult moments, when we are faced with the crisis of entire communities being evacuated, of fellow Canadians fleeing for their lives, that we realize what is truly important – our health and safety, and our ability to love and support one another.   Please pray with me.

Kisu’lk (Creator) thank you for today and the good things we have in our lives.

Our hearts are with the people of those communities in Alberta where wildfires continue, in particular Fort McMurray where many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, including members of the Qalipu First Nation, have settled and made their lives.   There is a tremendous sense of loss, fear and anxiety there, as homes and communities continue to be victimized by one of the most devastating fires in Canadian history.

We ask you for support and strength for the people, Kisu’lk.   Ensure the safety of those on the ground fighting fires and responding to the situation, give comfort to those directly impacted by loss, and also to those whose hearts are heavy with thoughts of those friends and family members impacted by this crisis.

While we struggle to understand such disaster, Kisu’lk, let us remember to have hope and faith.  While we cannot undo the destruction that has happened, we can carry the light of hope and rebirth.   Remind us that it is during times like these that we are given the opportunity to stand together as one people, giving our support, courage and love to those who need it most.

Kisu’lk bring an end to these fires.  Bring rain.  Remove the fear and despair that has crept into the hearts and spirits of the people.  When it’s over Kisu’lk, bring us together as individuals, communities, organizations and governments to aid in rebuilding homes and communities.  Let us all do what we can to help carry the burden so that no one is left behind.

Msit No’kmaq (All my relations)

Chief Brendan Mitchell

Green Crab

Abundance , Distribution, and Mitigation of Green Crab

The European green crab (Carcinus maenas) has successfully invaded estauries and protected harbours from Port aux Basques to Port au Choix, along the west coast of Newfoundland (NL). Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nations (Qalipu) and Mi’kmaq Alsumk Mowimsikik Koqoey Association (MAMKA) have been studying and mitigating green crab in Bay St. George and Bay of Islands since 2009. We conducted rapid assessments and focused removal along a ~270 km latitudinal range from late July to early October to determine the abundance and distribution of green crab in western NL. We successfully removed 8050 green crab from all sites, with 3867 crab removed from Penguin Arm, Bay of Islands, over three nights. This year was the first step towards meaningful reductions of green crab in western NL and has set the framework for upcoming studies investigating the effects of green crab on eelgrass communities. The protection of this significant habitat is essential for maintaining healthy coastal ecosystems and conserving commercially, culturally, and recreationally important species.

Click here to read more about the Green Crab Report