Ralph Eldridge, Director of Service Qalipu, with Dave Feaver, General Manager at Parkway Hyundai

Qalipu Members Receive $500 off Vehicle Purchase

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.

Visit the Parkway Hyundai website here

Note: The $100.00 administrative fee charged in Conne River is not included in this promotion.

Addiction way out problem sign. Prevention and cure addiction problem concept.

Dealing with Addictions

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:

  • Prevention
  • Health promotion
  • Early detection and intervention
  • Referral
  • Aftercare
  • 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.

PS Yvonne Jones Qalipu Vice Chief Joe Bouzanne Qalipu Chief Brendan Mitchell Minister Carolyn Bennett and Qalipu Vice Chief Erica Samms Hurley

Qalipu Council Executive meet with Minister Carolyn Bennett

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.

Rise Up Walk

Qalipu Supports Rise Up Walk to End Violence

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.

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Chiefs Message – March 2016

 

Kwe’,

It is my pleasure to bring greetings once again with this monthly message.  It is a privilege to be Chief of this Nation.  I ask Kisu’lk (Creator) today, and every day, for guidance to best serve the people I represent.  I pray too that this message finds each of you in good health and looking forward to more sun and warmer temperatures with the near arrival of spring.

There are many reasons to be proud when I look back on the past few weeks.  Qalipu staff did an excellent job in the organization and delivery of our annual business forum, Mawio’mi.  I personally attended this event and was pleased to see a high number of indigenous businesses participating, and presentations from local development leaders.  The youth element of the event was perhaps the best part.  For the first time our Mawio’mi Business Forum included students from around Atlantic Canada who actively participated in the Forum.  The students also participated in break out groups to analyze a business scenario and come up with a solution.  The professionalism and the well put together presentations from these young people gives me confidence in the future.

Another highlight this past month was the opportunity to visit the Miawpukek First Nation along with several of the Qalipu Councilors.  We met at their headquarters, learned about their governance and activities and had a tour around Conne River.  We also met with Qalipu members that are living in that area.  This was a great opportunity to get to know each other better, and to build on the relationship between our two Nations, both Mi’kmaq with shared history.  We anticipate that Chief Mise’l Joe and some of the Miawpukek Councilors will be visiting Qalipu territory in May.  We look forward to the opportunity to connect and build on this important relationship.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to point out several Town Hall Meetings that are coming up in our Wards in the near future.  April 3-Grand Falls-Windsor, April 4-Gander, April 16-St. George’s and April 17-Flat Bay.  You will find the particulars of these meetings in our monthly newsletter, attached.  It is important that members take the opportunity to come out to these meetings and connect with their Ward Councilors.

Wela’lioq (Thank you to all of you)

Chief Brendan Mitchell

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Notice for Mi’kmaq Athletes 14-16 Years of Age who are Interested in Tryouts for a Spot on Team Mi’kmaq in the NL Summer Games

 

(Published March 18, 2016)
The Newfoundland and Labrador Winter and Summer Games will now include Aboriginal Teams from each Aboriginal Nation beginning at the Summer Games, to be held in August, 2016, in CBS, NL. Therefore, in the 2016 NL Summer Games we have the opportunity to enter a Team Mi’kmaq.

The Aboriginal Sports Circle intends to enter teams in the following sports: Swimming, Golf, Track and Field and beach volleyball.

To identify our Mi’kmaq athletes, the Aboriginal Sports Circle would like to know where your children attend school, their name, age and grade, and which of the 4 sports for the 2016 Games they would like to try out for. Your child can try out for all 4 if they wish, but can only compete in one sport. The NL Summer Games will be very competitive. All athletes who compete will be trying to do their best and be noticed as a candidate for the 2017 NL Canada Games Team. We will be assessing the aboriginal athletes and coaches for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games to be held in Toronto.

For full details, and to complete the questionnaire identifying our student athletes, please click here.

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Wanted: Aboriginal Coaches for 2016 NL Games

(Published March 15, 2016)

In preparation for the 2016 NL Summer Games, the Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle is pleased to accept applications for coaching positions for Aboriginal Teams at these upcoming Games. We will be accepting applications for coaching in the following sports:

-Athletics
-Beach Volleyball
-Golf
-Swimming.

If this opportunity interests you, please provide a written expression of interest, outlining certification and/or relevant experience and qualifications, to either of the ASRCNL staff listed below by March 31, 2016:

Mike Alexander BSG Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle
129 Montana Drive
2nd Floor, Rm 228
Stephenville, NL A2N 2T4
Ph: (709) 643-3130
Fax: (709) 643-3150
e-mail bsgasrc@nf.aibn.com

Qalipu and Red Cross Partner to Prepare First Nation Communities

(Published March 4, 2016)

Corner Brook, NL—Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation will partner with the Canadian Red Cross to offer Disaster Management training to members in First Nation communities within the Qalipu Wards. This will be the first time that this program will be offered in partnership with a First Nation in Atlantic Canada.

Judy Bond, Red Cross Coordinator for the Western Newfoundland and Labrador Service Centre, notes that disasters can happen at any time, often without warning and it’s important to be prepared. “Flooding, fires, serious storms and other emergency situations can leave you and your family without electricity or access to the supplies you need. The Disaster management and emergency preparedness training we will offer in partnership with Qalipu will raise awareness of those risks and how to plan to function for 72 hours independently if help is unavailable.”

Brendan Mitchell, Chief of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, is pleased to work with the Canadian Red Cross to offer this training to members. “Our mandate is to support our people in every way possible. Providing membership with an opportunity for this kind of training, to be ready for some of the difficult moments in life that are sure to arise, we are so thankful that the Red Cross has approached our Nation to work together on this.”
The first of these two sessions will be launched on March 18th in St. George’s at the K’taqmkuk Mi’kmaw Museum, and in Flat Bay on March 19th at the Flat Bay Band Office. Training for both sessions will be from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Registration for this session is free, space is limited.

For more information, or to register, please contact Judy Bond at (709) 634-4626 or by email at judy.bond@redcross.ca
Members are advised that this training will also be offered in each Ward in the future. Stay tuned for dates in your area.

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Media:
Alison White Communications Officer
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation
Tel. (709) 634-5163
awhite@qalipu.ca

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Newsletter – March 2016

Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k March 2016 Newsletter Now Online

Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k is a monthly newsletter. In it, we aim to share not only the happenings of the Band but also, to help connect our dispersed communities. If you would like to give your thoughts on what you’ve read here, or share an upcoming community event, achievement, news item, or anything else that may be of interest to our aboriginal community, please get in touch:

Alison White
Communications Officer
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation
Tel. 709-634-5163
Email awhite@qalipu.ca

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