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Chief’s Message (Published January 31, 2014)
As per my earlier message the deadline to submit documentation to the Enrolment Office in Winnipeg has been extended to February 10, 2014. If you are submitting any additional documentation to your membership file it must be, date stamped by Canada Post or a courier service by February 10, 2014. Also, Qalipu will continue to search FNI membership lists until February 10, 2014. However; please be mindful that if you wait to request a search on the final day, February 10, 2014, there is a real chance you will not receive the results from the requested search to meet the deadline. Therefore, I encourage individuals who were a member of one of the FNI local bands or FNI General Membership list prior to 2008 to call 709-634-0996, then press # (pound), extension numbers 209 or 214 or email email@example.com to have a search conducted. If your name appears on either of the lists, we have in our possession, a letter can be provided. However, letters will only be given out if we have a band list that can be referenced containing your name. I cannot promise that we have all of the lists from all of the FNI local bands since the organization began.
Message from the Chief (Published January 16, 2014)
Happy New Year to all, it’s my hope that everybody will have a year filled with good health and that good health will be with each of you for many years to come.
There have been many calls and emails from concerned applicants regarding the January 31, 2014 deadline date to provide additional supporting documentation to their file for enrolment into the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band. The date for submitting additional documentation has now been extended until February 10, 2014, I realize this is not a huge extension and I sympathize with those who feel more time is required… Read
Chief’s Message (Published December 19, 2013)
For individuals who are providing additional documents to Winnipeg for the Enrolment process of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band, outlined below is a check list to ensure you do not miss submitting any critical information… Read
Message from Chief Sheppard (Published December 9, 2013)
First of all, I extend a sincere thank you to so many people who have called/ emailed to say thank you for my message that contained a number of scenarios. I am very pleased that the scenarios have helped some people to clarify the letter they have received from Ronald Penney(Enrolment Committee Chair). Unfortunately, there are many who are not certain of what they should provide and I realize that the scenarios do not take away the stress of how you will meet the requirements. It has come to my attention that there are people who were members of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (member of one of the FNI local affiliate bands) prior to 2008 who thought they were still on the 2008 membership list and have discovered for some reason they are not on the list when they call for verification at the 1-800-567-9604. This piece of information is extremely important for individuals that need to meet the requirement of Self Identification and or substantial connection. For that reason Qalipu has hired two individuals until January 31, 2014 to search old FNI membership lists. Individuals who were a member of one of the FNI local bands or FNI General membership list prior to 2008 can call 709-634-0996, then press #(pound), Extension Numbers, 209 or 214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have a search conducted. If your name appears on either of the lists a letter can be provided. However; letters will only be given out if we have a band list that can be referenced containing your name. I cannot promise that we have all of the lists from all of the FNI local bands since the organization began. Letters issued after June 23, 2008 from a local band council will not be accepted. It is important to note that not everyone will require a letter verifying their membership. Please review the scenarios of my previous message to determine if you need to meet self-identification and or substantial connection prior to requesting a search.
Chief’s Message (Published November 18, 2013)
It is now evident that the letters, which members and applicants were advised through the Qalipu website in July 2013 would be coming, are now being received. As anticipated, these letters are causing concern among many individuals. We have posted as much helpful information that we could anticipate would respond to various questions under the Enrolment tab of Qalipu’s website site under the Latest News section.
I sympathize with the difficulties and frustrations that you are experiencing; this process is complicated, as legal processes tend to be. In an effort to provide a level of comfort to members and applicants, I will provide a few scenarios that I hope will help explain the process and your next steps. It is important to note that these scenarios are of a general nature; differing circumstances may significantly change the approach required. In these scenarios, ‘Mi’kmaq community’ refers to one of the geographic locations of the Mi’kmaq Group of Indians of Newfoundland listed in Annex ‘B’ to the 2008 Agreement for the Recognition of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band. Read
Message from Chief Brendan Sheppard (Published July 16, 2013)
The Federation of Newfoundland Indians has reached a Supplemental Agreement with the Government of Canada that will allow a fair and equitable review of all valid applications.
As many of you know, in 2008 the Government of Canada and the Federation of the Newfoundland Indians reached an agreement to create the new Qalipu Mi’kmaq Indian First Nation. The Agreement included an enrolment process for founding members. The Agreement was designed to establish a landless Indian Act Band for the Mi’kmaq groups in Newfoundland. Read
Message from the Chief – June 3, 2013
I realize and understand that many people have questions about how and when the process of reviewing the remaining applications for membership in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band will be concluded by the Federation of Newfoundland Indians and the Government of Canada. We are hoping that the negotiations about the review process will be concluded and approved soon. As the parties move forward I will post more information regarding next steps on our website. Again I can only ask for your patience to allow the time that is necessary to get these discussions concluded.
Chief Brendan Sheppard
Message from the Chief – March 22, 2013
Unfortunately I’m not able to give you an update that we, Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI), have an agreement to continue the enrollment process as of today however; we are meeting regularly to address the issues that have arisen in the enrolment process, including the unexpectedly large number of applications received and the fact that the deadline for dealing with applications has expired.
The original intent of the 2008 Agreement for the Recognition of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band was to recognize the Mi’kmaq group of Indians of Newfoundland. This Agreement brought resolution to a court case initiated in 1989 by the Federation of Newfoundland Indians, which represented approximately 7,800 members at the time, seeking eligibility for registration under the Indian Act. When the agreement was signed, both Canada and FNI estimated that the First Nation would be comprised of approximately 8,700 to 12,000 members. It was neither reasonable nor credible to expect more than 100,000 applications to be members of the Qalipu band, given the numbers of individuals who identified themselves as members of the Mi’kmaq group of Indians of Newfoundland when the agreement was signed. In fact, according to the 2006 Census, there were approximately 23,450 residents of Newfoundland and Labrador who identified themselves as Aboriginal. Furthermore, it has become clear that the majority of the more than 100,000 applicants appear to no longer reside in those communities. In fact, FNI and Canada estimate that almost 70 per cent of the applicants do not reside in any of the Mi’kmaq communities targeted for recognition in this initiative, but elsewhere in Canada.
The goal of the current discussions is to find a solution that will treat everyone fairly and equally. At the same time, it is necessary to arrive at a solution that ensures integrity and fairness in the enrollment process and reflects the original intention of the parties. We know that many people have applied in good faith, and wish to be advised of what is happening. The parties hope to be able to arrive at an agreement soon and provide further details. Please be assured that all applications received during the Enrolment Process are and will continue to be stored in access-controlled and secure location. The information provided is protected under, and will be treated in accordance with, the Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act.
Brief Update on Enrollment Process – February 11, 2013
Dear Members and Potential Members,
As mentioned in the January 2013 update on the enrolment process, the FNI implementation committee held several meetings with Mr. Fred Caron and officials of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Both parties met on February 08/13 and are scheduled to meet again on February 18th and 19th to continue discussions on reaching an acceptable resolution regarding the overwhelming number of applications that were not reviewed up to the end of the review process as outlined in the agreement. There is no decision reached at this time and the only information to report on is that further discussions are scheduled to continue with the best intentions of reaching an acceptable process to deal with all remaining applications.
Chief Brendan Sheppard
Gander Bay By-Election
Due to the fact, that no candidate offered themselves for councilor of the Gander Bay Ward during the Qalipu election in the fall of 2012. Qalipu will hold a by-election in this area on March 27th 2013. The successful candidate will be required to attend four council meetings in each fiscal year. The cost of attending council meetings are fully covered by Qalipu, for example travel rate at .53 cents per kilometer, full day meal allowance $71.30, incidental 17.30, hotel accommodation covered or private accommodation at $50.00, if required to overnight, $100 per diem per meeting and a yearly honorarium of $5,000.00.
Therefore; we are asking all members of QMFN in the Gander Bay Ward to visit www.qalipu.ca and update member information into the GINU membership database. Remember, use the Already logged in section if you have previously logged in. For members who have not logged in before you must enter a zero in front of your band registration number. Please provide current email address, street address and mailing address. As you may be aware QMFN has incorporated a mail in ballot option for the election process and without the correct mailing address we will not be able to provide you with this feature. Qalipu can also notify members of election details through an email if members register an email address in the GINU membership database. It is critically important that you continuously manage your own member profiles on our database. I urge you to actively keep your information up to date. As you can imagine with such a large membership, we need you to take responsibility for making sure your information is up to date in order for us to provide you with update information.
Chief Brendan Sheppard
Qalipu was saddened to hear that Ben White, a former Chief of the Indian Head Band Council in Stephenville and a good friend passed away on January 27th, 2013. Ben as he was known by all was a very sincere and strong supporter of the aboriginal movement here in our province. Ben served on the Federation of Newfoundland Indians board of directors for many years and was well respected for his contribution and guidance as an Elder at the FNI board table. Even though his health was causing him problems he always made a call to me from time to time to check on certain things and to pass on words of encouragement as well as to ask about others who were on the board of directors during his time as Chief. Ben will be sadly missed by all who knew him, our most sincere condolences to his wife Barb and family. Here is a link to Ben’s obituary.
Chief Brendan Sheppard
Update on Enrollment Process – January 17, 2013
Dear members and Potential Members,
There is no great change to the information which was provided in my earlier update on the enrolment process other than the fact that the timeline for the review of applications in the second stage has concluded as of December 31, 2012. The enrolment committee is now doing the work which is required of them as per the agreement. The agreement between the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) and the Government of Canada, for the recognition of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band (QMFB) is still at this point in time, scheduled to end March, 2013. The submission date for applications under the enrolment process ended November 30th 2012. There was in excess of 100,000 applications received for the entire process.
As mentioned in the previous update, I wrote Minister John Duncan and requested an extension to the agreement in order to have all applications that were received as of November 30th 2012 reviewed. While the Minister has yet to agree to my request for an extension, he has appointed Mr. Fred Caron as a special representative to advise him on how to deal with the remaining applications. The implementation committee representing Qalipu has had several meetings with Mr. Fred Caron and his colleagues from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in respect to addressing this issue and two other meetings are currently scheduled, one for January 18th and the other for January 31st. To date no decision has been made however both teams are sincerely working towards establishing a resolve to this issue and until a decision is made there is nothing more I can provide in the way of information.
Chief Brendan Sheppard
Message from Chief Sheppard
Merry Christmas to each of you and a wish for a healthy 2013. Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band held its very first meeting with the newly elected counselors on December 10th and 11th 2012. The first day began with a meet and greet breakfast for counselors and all Qalipu staff, this session was important to give counselors and staff an opportunity to get to know each other. All counselors were in attendance and the Oath of Office was taken by each. Council was updated on the current initiatives within QMFN by a number of consultants involved in the different projects as well as presentations from Qalipu’s managers of programs. A couple of weeks prior to the council meeting counselors were provided with all related policies and procedures of Qalipu as well as the minutes of the last meeting of Qalipu’s interim council. It is evident to me that the new elected Qalipu council will be a pleasure to work with on behalf of all members.
Qalipu Council has decided to hold a by-election in the Gander Bay ward prior to March 31, 2013. Mr. Wayne Green, who served as the Chief electoral officer during the recent Qalipu election has advised Qalipu that he is now gone into full retirement and will not be available to serve as Chief Electoral Officer for Qalipu.
The agreement between the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) and the Government of Canada for the recognition of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band (QMFNB) is currently scheduled to end March 21st, 2013. The submission date for applications under the enrolment process ended November 30th 2012 and the review process of these applications is scheduled to end December 30th, 2012, with other necessary work associated with this process to be completed as of March 21, 2013.
As previously mentioned in media interviews over the past year, the number of applications received has surpassed everyone’s expectations. During the second stage of the enrollment process over 70,000 applications were received, bringing the overall total for both the first and second stage to over 100,000 applications.
When it became apparent that all these applications could not be reviewed in the time frame outlined in the agreement, I wrote Minister John Duncan and requested an extension to the agreement to allow for the review of all applications that were received as of November 30th 2012.
While the Minister has yet to respond to my request for an extension, FNI and AANDC have agreed to work together to discuss next steps. To that end, Minister Duncan appointed Mr. Fred Caron as a special representative to work with the leadership of the QMFNB on an approach to address the situation and advise him on how to deal with the remaining applications.
The implementation committee representing QMFNB has had several meetings with Mr. Caron and his colleagues from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to address this issue and further discussions are scheduled. Both parties are making a sincere effort to reach a reasonable resolution that will provide for an assessment and review of all remaining applications. Given the ongoing nature of these discussions it is not possible to predict, at this time, what will be the result of the discussions or when a final decision will be made.
Enrolment offices will be closed effectively January 04, 2013 and the enrolment committee will not be answering any calls or emails they will contact an applicant if the need arises.
Thank you from Chief Brendan Sheppard
I take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of you who supported me for the Chief’s position in Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band’s historic election. I am very pleased to have such an honorable position bestowed upon me. On behalf of Qalipu elected council members, I also extend a thank you to all Qalipu members who exercised their right to vote in this very important first election for Chief and council.
Message from Chief Brendan Sheppard – August 30th, 2012
Post Secondary-Education Funding
Programs being implemented by Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band (QMFN) on behalf of its members, such as Post-Secondary Education (PSE), is not a right as some members believe it to be. QMFN receives a certain amount of funding from Aboroginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) to assist members with their PSE. QMFN can only approve applications based on the amount of funding received. There is no doubt with such a huge membership within Qalipu, there will be applicants who will not receive approval for funding and that has to be expected unless there was an endless amount of funding for this program. In light of the enormous response to this program, the only fair process available in determining application approval is to deal with completed applications on a first- come- first- serve basis with all applications being date stamped. Qalipu sympathizes with those applicants who did not receive funding approval for this fiscal year. We would like to have sufficient funding to deal with each and every applicant, unfortunately the budget for PSE from AANDC does not allow for such consideration. Please understand that we at Qalipu are doing our utmost to be fair and equitable as possible to all members we represent.
Chief Brendan Sheppard
Message from Chief Brendan Sheppard – June 27th, 2012
Amendment to the Order in Council under the Accelerated Process.
As Chief of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation (QMFN) I am happy to report that the final amendment to the Order in Council (OIC) under the accelerated process to deal with all eligible applications submitted for status recognition with QMFN in November 30, 2009 has been pass on June 19, 2012. The amendment included 933 individuals to be added to the founding members list in the first stage of the enrollment process. All 933 individuals will be receiving a temporary confirmation of their registration from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development within the near future.
It was a shock along with the greatest degree of sadness for the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band and the many many people who knew Tony John of Glenwood NL, when we were advised of his sudden passing, while he was away from home working in Fort McMurray. Tony John was one of the original founders of the Native Association of Newfoundland and Labrador which eventually evolved into the Federation of Newfoundland Indians. Tony was attending university at the time the aboriginal movement began in Canada, which quickly caught on here in this province. Since the establishment of the Aboriginal Provincial Organization, Tony held several key positions such vice president, president, board member and Chief of the Glenwood Mi’kmaq First Nation and held these positions with the greatest consideration and respect for the Mi’kmaq living on the island portion of this province. Tony was a great friend and a strong supporter of the landless band concept which would establish official recognition for the Mi’kmaq people whom he advocated for since his involvement. On June 09th 2006 Tony announce to the FNI executive and board of directors that he was resigning as Chief of the Glenwood Mi’kmaq First Nation Band and that even though he was bowing out of aboriginal politics he would always be there for us and that we could call upon him at any time. When the Prime Minister of Canada came to St. George’s in November of 2007 to witness the signing of the agreement –in-principle, Tony was invited to the signing ceremony. Tony accepted the invitation without any hesitation and was very happy to attend. On the day of the ceremony Tony was sitting in a front row seat with a very notable smile of pride and contentment that the goal and objective of the FNI which he was instrumental in starting many decades ago was finally becoming a reality. Tony’s commitment and dedication to the Mi’kmaq movement in this province will remain a legacy and will never be forgotten. Tony was a true friend, one who never went behind your back if he had something to get off his chest. Tony was an up-front person who made his position known regardless of who you were or what position you held. Tony and I didn’t always agree in meetings and sometimes strong words of disagreement were expressed but after the meeting was over Tony was the same friend as if the disagreement had not happened, an excellent quality, a true value of a Mi’kmaq person. On behalf of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians and the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, I express our deepest sympathy and offer our sincere condolences to Tony’s mother, his daughter Toni Marie, his two grandsons and all members of his family.
Message from Chief Brendan Sheppard – April 26th, 2012
Dear members and potential members, as you are aware the band was just recently established in September 2011 and has many challenges to deal with in order to build a firm foundation for the future. I realize that the process of reaching a staff person within Qalipu for any type of assistance either through phone calls ,emails and letters etc is frustrating, however please understand that there is a huge demand for service at this time. There are thousands of individuals seeking information related to their Mi’kmaq ancestry, requesting information on their applications, on their status cards, on their medical prescriptions, dental, along with hundreds of visits to our offices, individuals looking for applications and seeking all types of information, making it very difficult for a staff member to be readily available at the ring of a phone. At this stage in the transition QMFN is incorporating new accountability systems which have placed a huge demand on staff time. However; all of these efforts are necessary to provide service and accountability to the large dispersed membership. Qalipu is now dealing with approximately forty thousand applicants as opposed to eighty-six hundred during the period of time when the Federation of Newfoundland Indians was lobbying for recognition. I trust you will understand there are many agenda items that need attention during this time and they all cannot be addressed at once however; they will be dealt with as best we can during our infancy stage. To assist each of you, we have recently updated our contact list so that you can hopefully reach the appropriate person when trying to make contact with QMFN. In closing, I ask all to remain patient and provide Qalipu sufficient time to deal with all the important matters which need to be completed.
RCMP/Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Summer Student Program – Deadline Extended (Published February 21, 2014)
The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band and the RCMP are working together to build a worthwhile work experience for aboriginal youth who are interested in joining the RCMP. This exciting job opportunity will give you an insightful look at the RCMP and may help you decide if this is a worthwhile career opportunity you wish to pursue. This job opportunity is nine (9) weeks in duration from July-August 2014. For more information, click here. To download and complete the application form, click here. The deadline to submit applications has been extended until 4:00 P.M. on Friday February 28th, 2014.
Qalipu Cultural Foundation Volunteer Youth Representative Opportunity (Published February 10, 2014)
The Qalipu Cultural Foundation is a volunteer organization seeking a Youth Representative for its Board of Directors. The Youth Representative will be expected to attend and actively participate in all Board meetings in Corner Brook with the possibility of required travel to other areas. The Youth Representative must be a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band, be between the ages of 18 and 29 and have an interest in the preservation and promotion of Mi’kmaq culture. Read
Maritime Link Workplace Training Initiative (Published February 6th, 2014)
The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band will deliver training modules in core safety and workplace skills which will benefit our members and provide them with the skills to contribute to employment opportunities such as with the Nova Scotia Power Maritime Link (NSPML). This project will involve partners from EmeraNL and the IBEW 1620… Read
Click Here for application form
Statement by Minister Valcourt and Chief Sheppard on the Deadline for Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Applicants to Submit Supporting Document
OTTAWA, ONTARIO (January 16, 2014) – The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Brendan Sheppard, Chief of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, issued the following joint statement… Read
RCMP/Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Summer Student Program (Published January 9, 2014)
The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band and the RCMP are working together to build a worthwhile work experience for aboriginal youth who are interested in joining the RCMP. This exciting job opportunity will give you an insightful look at the RCMP and may help you decide if this is a worthwhile career opportunity you wish to pursue. This job opportunity is nine (9) weeks in duration from July-August 2014. For more information, click here. To download and complete the application form, click here.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR AUDIT SERVICES (Published December 2, 2013)
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band (QMFNB) is seeking proposals from interested and qualified accounting firms for the provision of external audit services of the band’s annual financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards for the fiscal years 2014-2019 inclusive. Read
Addendum to Request for Proposal for Audit Services Read
Public Notice (Published November 29, 2013)
Councillor Barker, Exploits Ward, and Councillor Skeard, Glenwood Ward, in conjunction with the Central Vice Chief, Randy Drover, will be holding two (2) member meetings to discuss the letter that was recently mailed by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) regarding the enrolment reassessment process. This meeting will focus on the letter from AANDC. Members will be given an overview of the letter and the associated requirements.
This meeting is for current members of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band, and in particular the Exploits and Glenwood Wards.
Glenwood Ward Meeting Details
December 8, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Appleton Town Hall, Appleton
Exploits Ward Meeting Details
December 9, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
Mount Peyton Hotel, Grand Falls-Windsor
ATTENTION APPLICANTS AND MEMBERS OF THE QALIPU MI’KMAQ FIRST NATION (Published November 9, 2013)
This notice is an update to the public notice of July 31, 2013.
More information is now available on www.aandc.gc.ca/qalipu and www.qalipu.ca concerning the process for enrolment in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation and the implementation of the 2008 Agreement for the Recognition of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band and the 2013 Supplemental Agreement.
All applicants, except those whose applications were previously rejected, have been sent one of two letters regarding their applications. Read
UPDATED INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE QALIPU MI’KMAQ FIRST NATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION (Published November 9, 2013)
This document updates the July 31, 2013 bulletin entitled, Important Information for Applicants, and includes general guidelines for applicants who wish to provide documents related to self-identification and/or group acceptance to support their application for enrolment in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. Please read it carefully prior to providing additional documentation in support of your application. Read
First Annual General Meeting (Published November 6th, 2013)
Members of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band were invited to attend the first Annual General Meeting of the Band. The meeting was held at the Albatross Hotel in Gander, NL on Saturday October 26th, 2013. Copies of the Annual Report that were available at the session can be found here.
Chief Sheppard Seeks Analysis of Latest Oil & Gas Recovery Technologies (Published September 18, 2013)
Qalipu First Nation Chief, Brendan Sheppard, is taking a hands-on approach in his investigation of oil and gas extraction technologies that could potentially be utilized in Western Newfoundland. Recently at the 8th International Symposium on Oil and Gas Resources in Western Newfoundland, hosted by the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade, Chief Sheppard met with many key industry stakeholders and attended the various presentations throughout the event. Read
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band and Black Spruce Exploration Sign Letter of Intent (Published September 16, 2013)
Corner Brook, NL – Chief Brendan Sheppard of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Black Spruce Exploration Corp effective September 11, 2013. This agreement will provide Qalipu and Black Spruce an opportunity to work together on a number of important issues around the development of the Oil & Gas sector in Western Newfoundland. Read
Click Here for a copy of the Letter of Intent
Town Hall Information Session – Corner Brook, NL (October 24, 2013)
Corner Brook Councillor Brendan Mitchell in conjunction with Benoit’s Cove Councillor Bern White are holding a Town Hall information session at the Royal Canadian Legion on October 30th at 7:00 P.M. This session will cover the topic of “Hydraulic Fracturing”. Guest Speakers include Mr. Graham Oliver and Dr. Ian Simpson.
All Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band members from the Corner Brook and Benoit’s Cove Wards are encouraged to attend. Please note that members from other Wards are also welcome to attend.
First Annual General Meeting (October 5, 2013)
Members of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band are invited to attend the first Annual General Meeting of the Band. Copies of the Annual Report is available here and will also be available at the session.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Albatross Hotel, Salon F – Gander, NL
2P.M. – 4P.M.
CAMA Youth Panel Contest (September 19, 2013)
Teck invites you to apply for a spot on the youth panel at the 21st annual CAMA Conference. All you have to do is tell us how you are involved in your community and what Community Values and Decisions means to you. Read
Nominate a Young Aboriginal leader for 2013 (August 27, 2013)
Recognizing youth for their achievements is a great way to build self-esteem; and more importantly, establishes role models so others can see that their goals are tangible. Understanding how important this is for our youth, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ National Youth Council (NYC) established this unique awards program to honour and show appreciation to both achievements and efforts. Read
Aboriginal Youth Ambassador (August 21, 2013)
Startup Canada has issued a call for an entrepreneurial Aboriginal youth between the ages of 18-25 to apply for a chance to attend the Global Youth Startup Conference in Malaysia from October 8-11. Read
PUBLIC NOTICE: FOR ALL APPLICANTS AND MEMBERS OF THE
QALIPU MI’KMAQ FIRST NATION (July 4, 2013)
On July 4, 2013, Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI)
announced a Supplemental Agreement that clarifies the process for enrolment in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation and resolves issues that emerged in
the implementation of the 2008 Agreement for the Recognition of the
Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band. Read
Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians Reach Agreement on Resolution of Issues Related to Enrolment in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation
OTTAWA, ONTARIO (July 4, 2013) – The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Brendan Sheppard, President of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI), today announced a Supplemental Agreement that will address shared concerns about the integrity of the enrolment process for membership in the Qalipu Mi`kmaq First Nation. Read
Important Information for Applicants (July 31, 2013)
Applicants are advised that this document is not a substitute for the June 2013 Supplemental Agreement, the June 2013 Directive to the Enrolment Committee, or the 2008 Agreement. This Information Update is intended to provide general guidelines on what information applicants can start to gather to support their application for enrolment in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. Read
Qalipu Business Network (July 23, 2013)
The Qalipu Business Network made its official launch July 12th. In its first two weeks we have had more than 50 member businesses join. This QBN database of business owners is the next progression of Ginu, our membership database. Read
AGNUTMAQAN (May, 2013)
Chief Brendan Sheppard and the Qalipu Mi’Kmaq Band Councillors are committed to transparency and communications on all matters discussed during regular Band Council meetings. Through Agnutmaqan, you receive a summary report of the latest proceedings of your Band Council with news presented on-line after each Council meeting. Read
Qalipu Band Completes Successful Labour Force Project (May 27, 2013)
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation is working with AES, Kiewit Kvaerner Contracting and Emera Newfoundland and Labrador to prepare Band members for upcoming employment opportunities. Qalipu has contacted over 14,000 Band members to update their profiles on Ginu, an interactive labour force database for Band members. Ginu will help Qalipu identify people interested in training and employment. Read
Update your Membership Information and
stay connected with Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band
We are working hard to make sure we develop the best services and programs for you and all of our members. We are working now on updating our Qalipu Membership Database. This will help us build a database of current information on our members. It will provide current contact information for the election process as well as allow you to access training and employment programs, especially for members who are over 18 years of age.
It is critically important that you continuously manage your own member profiles on our database. You are urged to actively keep your information up to date. As of now, we have more than 16,000 registered members over the age of 18 (of the almost 22,000 members in total); it is quite possible that this number will almost double in the next few years. As you can imagine with this large membership we need you to take responsibility for making sure your information is up to date in order for us to maintain communications with you.
Through this database you can now access your individual member files. Please go to the home page of the site and click on the “Update Member Information” button and follow the instructions.
If you are the legal guardian or parent (with legal custody status) of a member who is under 18 years of age, or have the power of attorney over an adult member with a disability, you may update his/her information if you agree to the same terms and conditions for accuracy and legal responsibility to update the information. To be able to enter information on behalf of your charge, you must first sign a Parent/Guardian Consent form and it must be on file with the Indian Registrar Assistant in the QMFN Band office. There is a copy of the form below that you can download and print. Sign it and mail to the QMFN Indian Registrar Assistant. Note: Only once the form has been received will access to the minor member database information be granted.
You should update your personal information anytime something changes.
Legendary Newfoundlander, Mi’kmaq hero Mattie Mitchell comes to the big screen
STEPHENVILLE – The College of the North Atlantic Film and Video program is proud to announce the world premiere of a short film about famous Newfoundland frontiersman Mattie Mitchell.
The film stars Mattie’s own great-grandson, Alonzo Rumbolt, in the title role. The short film chronicles Mitchell’s expedition as a hunting guide to Worcester, a down-and-out American reverend. When disaster strikes in the heart of the forest, Worcester’s fate falls on Mattie’s shoulders.
The world premiere also features a performance by the aboriginal Female Singers and Drummers (“Reclaiming our Voices” CD) and readings by Mattie Mitchell’s biographer Gary Collins. The truly unique evening of stunning and diverse entertainment will be held June 12 at 8 p.m. at the Stephenville Arts & Culture Centre. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Arts & Culture Centre Stephenville. For more info, call box office 643-4553
Aboriginal Awareness Week
The four days following Victoria Day Weekend marks Aboriginal Awareness Week across our great Nation. It was first conceived in 1992 to raise the level of awareness of Aboriginal peoples within Canada and has grown into a week to honour Aboriginal cultures in Canada, including the Métis, the Inuit and First Nations. While we celebrate and showcase our identities on National Aboriginal Day in June, this week affords us a broader opportunity to reflect on the contributions Aboriginal people have made to the Canadian Mosaic. Click Here to continue reading.
ASETS Youth Program – 2013
The Government of Canada is partnering with Aboriginal Communities to provide necessary resources for Aboriginal youth to succeed in the job market and build a bright future for themselves and their families. Under the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS), Aboriginal agreement holders determine the type of youth programs to deliver based on the needs of the Aboriginal youth who are being served.
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation is an ASETS agreement holder and has an ASETS Youth Program that provides aboriginal youth an opportunity to gain employment during the summer months with local employers in their own communities.
For more information Click Here
Aboriginal Art Institute
The College of the North Atlantic’s Visual Arts Faculty at Bay St. George Campus are offering two (1) week Aboriginal Art Institutes. Both institutes will introduce the student to the form and function of traditional and contemporary aboriginal art practice through interaction with guest artists and specialized instructors.
Click here for more information.
RCMP / Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Student Summer Program
The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation and the RCMP are working together to build a worthwhile work experience for those aboriginal youth who are interested in the RCMP program. This job opportunity will give you an insightful look at the RCMP and may help you decide if this is a career opportunity you wish to pursue.
Click here for more information
Fishing Designation Available
The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band (MAMKA program) has one non-core fishing designation available for the 4R area. This license includes Lobster (LFA 13A), Bait, and Herring. Fishing vessel, equipment, and traps will be the responsibility of the selected applicant to supply. Members of Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nations Band living within the region are encouraged to apply by submitting a letter of interest, with their band number, and outline of their experience by 12pm (noon) on April 12th, 2013. All qualified applicants will be entered into a draw for license designation which will be conducted in the presence of two councillors from the region.
Please drop off or mail applications to MAMKA, 3 Church Street, Corner Brook, NL, A2H 2Z4.
Gander Bay By-Election – NOTICE OF ACCLAIMATION
Following the close of nominations on Friday February 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm only one nomination was received for the position of councilor for the Gander Bay Ward. Therefore nominee Calvin Francis was declared elected for the position of councilor.
Gander Bay By Election Information
End of Polls – Election Results – October 23, 2012
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Members – August 30th, 2012
As per section 6.5.2 of the Agreement for the recognition of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation (QMFN) and inclusive of the amendment to the Agreement noted as the accelerated process an election must be called by September 22, 2012 and held by March 22, 2013. Therefore; we are asking all members of QMFN to visit www.qalipu.ca and update member information into the GINU membership database. Remember, use the Already logged in section if you have previously logged in. For members who have not logged in before you must enter a zero in front of your band registration number. Please provide current email address, street address and mailing address. For many people, the street address will determine on which voters list their name will be placed. As you may be aware QMFN has incorporated a mail in ballot option for the election process and without the correct mailing address we will not be able to provide you with this feature. Qalipu can also notify members of an election date through an email if members have registered an email address in the GINU membership database. It is critically important that you continuously manage your own member profiles on our database. I urge you to actively keep your information up to date. As you can imagine with such a large membership, we need you to take responsibility for making sure your information is up to date in order for us to maintain communications with you.
Deputy Ministers’ Recognition Award – June 25th, 2012
We would like to congratulate CEO Annie Randell and Chief Brendan Sheppard on receiving the Deputy Ministers’ Recognition Award for Collaboration/Partnerships.
Update on Enrolment Process – April 26th, 2012
In keeping with the accelerated process an amendment to the Order in Council took place on March 29, 2012. This amendment included 1514 applications which were in the system prior to November 2009. Approval letters for this number of applicants will be sent out from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) soon.
A fourth batch of 921 applications which were also in the system prior to November 2009 was submitted for approval by AANDC on March 23, 2012 for inclusion on the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation founders list. These 921 applications are yet to be approved by an Order in Council.
All other applications submitted after November 30, 2009 will be submitted for inclusion to the founders list after the independent enrolment committee has completed all of their review and other necessary work as specified in the agreement which will be sometime in 2013. Letters from the independent chair Mr. Tom Rideout will continue to go out to applicants periodically.
Update your file and stay connected with Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band – March 15th, 2012
We are working hard to make sure we develop the best services and programs for you and all of our members. We are working now on updating our Qalipu Membership Database. This will help us build a database of current information on our members. It will provide current contact information for the election process as well as allow you to access training and employment programs, especially for members who are over 18 years of age. (A letter was recently sent to all members 18 years of age and older outlining the details of this project.)
It is critically important that you continuously manage your own member profiles on our database. I urge you to actively keep your information up to date. As of now, we have more than 16,000 registered members over the age of 18 (of the almost 22,000 members in total); it is quite possible that this number will almost double in the next few years. As you can imagine with this large membership we need you to take responsibility for making sure your information is up to date in order for us to maintain communications with you.
Our new website will keep you informed about our programs and services. Through the website you can now access your individual member files. Please click on the “Update Member Information” button and follow the instructions.
Corner Brook Aboriginal Women’s Association Inc. Winter Feast(Published February 21, 2014)
All people are welcomed to join us on Saturday, February 22, 2014. 1-4 pm At the Royal Canadian Legion. Come and enjoy aboriginal singing, drumming, dancing, Gift Giveaway, Talking Circle and feast. Read
Aboriginal Health Initiative (Published January 20, 2014)
Are you a student belonging to a First Nations/Inuit/Metis community? Are you thinking about medicine as a possible career choice? If so, this event may be of interest to you. The Aboriginal Health Initiative of Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine will be hosting our fifth Pre-Med Orientation session on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The event will take place on the St. John’s campus at the Bruneau Centre for Innovation and Research. Details for the day are in the agenda.
If you are interested in participating or looking for more information about the Aboriginal Health Initiative, please contact Dr. Carolyn Sturge Sparkes, AHI Program Co-ordinator, by e-mail: carolyn.sturge @med.mun.ca or calling (709) 777-2452. The deadline for registering for the February 1st session is Friday, January 24th. Click here for Event Agenda.
Aboriginal Presentation for 54th Corner Brook Cub Pack (Published November 22, 2013)
Corner Brook Councilor Brendan Mitchell and Western Region Vice Chief Kevin Barnes participated in an aboriginal cultural presentation with the 54th Corner Brook Cub Pack on the evening of November 18th, 2013. Read
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band selects Charities of Choice for 2013 – 2014 (Published October 11, 2013)
Since its formation in 2011, Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation has been dedicated to giving back to the community. Each year, the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band arranges fundraisers to raise money for the selected Charity of Choice. In 2012 – 2013, Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Staff and Council raised $4000.00 for the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation. For 2013 – 2014, two charities have been selected as Charities of Choice. Staff has chosen the Canadian Diabetes Association as its Charity of Choice and the Band Council has chosen the ALS Society. Read
Teachers Influence – Memorial University (Published November 20, 2013)
Are you an Aboriginal student? Are you interested in becoming a teacher?
Please join us for an information session! Read
Muskrat Falls Job Fair (Published November 12, 2013)
Muskrat Falls will be holding jobs fairs at the following locations:
|Gander, Gander Hotel||November 19, 3pm-7pm|
|Corner Brook, Greenwood Inn & Suites||November 20, 3pm-7pm|
|Stephenville, Days Inn||November 21, 3pm-7pm|
Population Growth Strategy Community Workshop Consultations (October 28, 2013)
The Provincial Population Growth Strategy represents the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s efforts to engage in a discussion on these serious demographic challenges that our province faces. Read
Charity of Choice 2012-2013
Chief and Council chose the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation as Qalipu’s charity of choice for 2012-2013. Read
The Fire Circle (Every Sunday @ 7pm)
If you would take part in the Fire Circle at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse in Gros Morne National Park on Sunday evenings starting at 7 pm. Read
Charity Barbeque – Every Thursday during July and August 2013
Every Thursday from July 4th – August 29th, the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band will be sponsoring barbeques on the Majestic Lawn from 11:45 until 1:15, weather permitting. All proceeds from the barbeques will be donated to our staff charity of choice. This year, we have chosen the Canadian Diabetes Association.
The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation is holding member consultations in the west coast region to talk about the Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric project and related Maritime Link project. The Band needs to hear from members about possible business and employment benefits, as well as environmental and traditional land use concerns. Every Band member is encouraged to attend.
Sessions will be held at:
Corner Brook on Monday March 18 at 7:00pm at the Glynmill Inn
St. Georges on Tuesday March 19 at 7:00pm at the K’Taqmkuk Mi’kmaw Historic Museum
Burgeo on Wednesday March 20 at 7:00pm at the Burgeo Community Hall
Gander Bay Indian Band Council Membership Notice
On Tuesday April 9, 2013 the Gander Bay Indian Band Council will hold an Annual General Meeting for its membership. For more information click here.
Sple’tk First Nation Member Notice
Please take notice that on April 4, 2013 the Sple’tk First Nation (SFN) will be holding an Annual General Assembly for its membership. For more information click here.
Corner Brook Ward Town Hall Meeting
Councillor Brendan Mitchell will be holding a Town Hall meeting for the Corner Brook Ward on January 29th from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Pepsi Center in Meeting Room #2. Enter at Box Office entrance.
AFN Student Video Contest
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) invites First Nation students – grade school and high school – to participate in a video contest telling us about your school.
Click here for more information.
Aboriginal Day 2012 – June 27th 2012
Aboriginal Day Celebrations took place in Corner Brook on June 21, 2012 in recognition of National Aboriginal Day. The Great Creator blessed the first annual Qalipu Aboriginal Day Celebration with absolutely beautiful weather. It was very encouraging to see so many people attend the day long celebrations and we do hope that the people who attended enjoyed the day as much as Qalipu representatives enjoyed the day. We have attached a photo gallery of some of the day events. Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band has formed a Cultural Committee and that Committee is committed to holding at least one National Aboriginal Day Celebration in the major regions on the island where we have members residing. We are optimistic that members in each region would like to be part of the Cultural Committee and help support ongoing National Aboriginal Day Celebrations in all regions.
Cultural Foundation Planning Session – October 17th, 2012
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation (QMFN) is seeking input from members on the development of a Cultural Foundation. Click here for more information
Tourism Policy – August 30th, 2012
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation (QMFN) is seeking input from members on the development of a Tourism policy. Click here for more information.