August already! This will be the last newsletter until October as we prepare for the upcoming Annual General Assembly and publication of the Annual Report. Details on this meeting will be advertised in the near future and I hope that many of you will come out for a chance to meet face-to-face and hear about the good work the Band has been doing in the past year.
You will be able to tell from this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k how inspired I am by Eastern Owl, an all female group of musicians that is helping to shape Mi’kmaq culture in Newfoundland today. I met them at the Miawpukek First Nation 22nd Annual Powwow in Conne River where they performed on Friday night. Five of the seven ladies in this group are from Conne River and I have to say, it was heartwarming to see the community pride when they took the stage. The Conne River community was very warm and welcoming and I will definitely go back again! Some of the kind people that I met are featured on page 5.
Have you heard that Qalipu is working toward the establishment of an Elders Advisory Council? Chief and Council are eager to hear your thoughts on the initiative (page 3) so please, submit your thoughts and spread the word around your community for people who are not online to get all the news. You can also share that Qalipu offers an Elders Mailout for members of the Band over the age of 65 who would like to get their communications by mail. Signing up for this service is as simple as giving me a call (709) 634-5163.
In this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k find out who won medals at the North American Indigenous Games, get news from the Health Division, learn more about our new branch, Experience Qalipu, get the scoop on the establishment of a new Friendship Centre, an initiative led by the Bay St. George Cultural Circle, and so much more. Please read on and stay in touch.