In this month’s edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k you will find helpful information about the recent Qalipu Enrolment update, some pictures from workshops that were held across the Wards, a beginner Mi’kmaw language lesson, employment assistance for new grads, a sneak peak into a diary from 1857 and much more. Please read on and stay in touch.
Excerpt from the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada website regarding the recent update to the Qalipu Enrolment process
“Applications determined to be invalid: In April 2016, the Government of Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) announced:
- Applicants with an application determined to be invalid have an opportunity to correct their applications for review by the Enrolment Committee.
- The Enrolment Committee will add four members (two from the Government of Canada and two from FNI).
- The deadline for the Enrolment Committee to review applications has been extended to no later than January 31, 2017. The deadline for the completion of the appeals process is now September 30, 2017.
If you have applied for membership and your address has changed since September 2011, please update your contact information.”
For assistance from Qalipu, please contact:
Charmaine Bath (Glenwood Office)
Toll free 1-855-263-6440
Nancy O’Connell (Corner Brook Office)
April 13, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and Brendan Mitchell, Chief of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, provided an update on the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Enrolment Process.
In March, Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) announced they will give individuals the opportunity to correct and provide additional documentation in support of their application for review by the Enrolment Committee.
This decision is a result of collaborative efforts between Canada and the FNI to give a broad application to the Foster and Howse court decisions and provide applicants a fair opportunity to demonstrate they should be founding members of the First Nation.
Would you like to work in with an organization known throughout the world? Parks Canada protects some of the most special places in Canada, including Gros Morne National Park, L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and Port au Choix National Historic Site on the west coast of Newfoundland.
This summer, in partnership with the Qalipu First Nation, Parks Canada is offering unique employment opportunities to Qalipu students and members.
Employment opportunities include Park Attendant, Heritage Presenter, Interpreter and Resource Conservation Technician Student.
*Deadline: All applications must be received by 4:00 P.M. on Friday April 22nd, 2016.
Thank you to all applicants who apply; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
We are pleased to announce that for the month of April Parkway Hyundai in Corner Brook will waive the $500 fee for vehicle delivery to Conne River. This deal has come about as part of a Qalipu First Nation initiative seeking companies that can offer group discounts, promotions and other benefits to our membership.
Dave Feaver, General Manager at Parkway Hyundai, has started a promotion that many of our members will be pleased to hear about. If you buy a new car with Hyundai this month, you won’t have to pay the added cost of having it delivered to the Conne River reserve.
The standard price in Corner Brook to have a dealership transport the vehicle from Corner Brook to Conne River to is $500. This savings, combined with other deals being offered this month including dealer invoice pricing and increasing trade-in values by $500, is a deal we know that our members will want to know about.
Note: The $100.00 administrative fee charged in Conne River is not included in this promotion.
Drug and alcohol addictions affect more than the addicted person; relationships, families and communities all feel the impact of what are often harmful and dangerous addictive behaviors.
Part of the role of the Qalipu Health Services division is to help bring awareness to the programs and services that are available to indigenous communities, and to help individuals receive the care that they need.
If you or someone you know is battling an addiction, you may want to consider exploring Health Canada’s National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP).
The NNADAP community-based programming includes:
- Health promotion
- Early detection and intervention
- Follow-up services
Please click here for more information on NNADAP.
The services available through NNADAP are integrated with a national network of addiction treatment centres which provide culturally relevant in-patient and outpatient programming.To find out more about these treatment centres, click here.
NNADAP can be covered under the NIHB program. If you or someone you known is battling an addiction contact Howard Thistle, Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nation’s NIHB Navigator, at 1-855-675-5743 or 1-709-679-5743 to find out more about NNADAP.
On Sunday, April 3, 2016 Chief Brendan Mitchell, western region Vice-Chief Erica Samms Hurley and central region Vice-Chief Joe Bouzanne, traveled to St. John’s to meet with the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
Chief Mitchell noted that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss some aspects of the Qalipu enrolment file, and economic development in Qalipu territory. He said “this meeting was positive in a number of respects. We will continue to work with this government to improve the overall situation for Qalipu and its members.”
Following their meeting, the group traveled with Minister Bennett and her party to the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre. Chief Mitchell reported that they received a very warm welcome at the Centre, where they spent some time working on a craft, drumming, and were treated to cake and refreshments.
On Sunday, April 3, the Qalipu First Nation organized a walk and reception in St. George’s for Conrad Burns, a young First Nations man who will walk 7000+ km across Canada to raise awareness about violence and abuse. You can follow Conrad’s journey on Twitter @Conradburns #riseup, or on Facebook by searching “Rise UP Saskatchewan”.
Get the full story and more pictures in the April edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k, due out April 22, 2016.