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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


Chiefs Message – March 2016



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

Click here to read our monthly newsletter, Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k

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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:

-Beach Volleyball

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

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
Members are advised that this training will also be offered in each Ward in the future. Stay tuned for dates in your area.

*See Press Release PDF Version >>


Alison White Communications Officer
Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation
Tel. (709) 634-5163


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

Click here to view the newsletter


Exciting Opportunity for Youth at Mawio’mi 2016

The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation is providing an opportunity for a limited number of students to attend this year’s Mawio’mi Annual Business Forum. This will be an opportunity for youth learn about business, innovation, technology, engineering and environment while networking with other youth, Qalipu entrepreneurs, and industry leaders.

This forum will take place from March 9-10th, 2016 in Corner Brook, NL.

Accommodations, meals, and a travel subsidy will be provided to successful applicants. For more information and how to apply, please see attached document.

Note deadline to apply is 4PM, January 29, 2016,

For further details or questions, please contact Mitch Blanchard via email:

For details on how to apply, click here


Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Linkages Employment Program

The Qalipu Linkages Program is a youth employment program funded by the Department of Advanced Education and Skills which will be delivered by the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation.  This year the program will be offered in the Corner Brook area.

The program provides participating youth with a 26-week, career-related, local job placement combined with regular workshops on employment skill-building topics such as job readiness and career planning.  After an initial week of orientation workshops, participants will conduct their own job search to find a placement that suits their skills and interests.  To be eligible for the Linkages program, participants must:

  • Be a registered Qalipu member between the ages of 18 to 30;
  • Be non-EI eligible and have limited work experience
  • Have completed a minimum of level II high school, and have NOT completed post-secondary education/training. If an applicant has not completed high school or equivalent, they must be out of school for a minimum of six months prior to applying to the program.

To apply to the Qalipu Linkages Program, please submit a resume by mail, in person, or by e-mail to:

Work Force Qalipu
Attention: Tara Saunders
3 Church St
Corner Brook, NL
A2H 2Z4

 Deadline Date:  Wednesday, January 20th, 2016


Newsletter – December 2015

Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k December 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

Click here to view the newsletter