Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k June 2018 Newsletter


With summer solstice just around the corner, new buds on the trees and sunny skies, are you as excited as I am about all the opportunities to celebrate the season?

National Indigenous Peoples Day, for many communities, has become a weeklong celebration.  In Corner Brook, the Mi’kmaq Flag will be raised on Monday, July 18th at several locations throughout the city.  Join the circuit on the Majestic lawn at 9:30 AM (in front of the Qalipu office building at 3 Church Street).  The event will begin with the planting of a tree and smudging of the flags which will later be raised at City Hall, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Grenfell Campus and the College of the North Atlantic.  Find all the details for this event on Page 13.

This National day of celebration is observed annually across Canada on June 21 to recognize and celebrate the unique culture and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.   In Newfoundland, there are events across the province.  On Page 1 of this edition of Maw-pemita’jik Qalipu’k, you will find details on those events, and links for further information.  I look forward to the many things happening in my home community, St. George’s, where both the St. George’s Indian Band and the People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre have many wonderful things planned including sunrise ceremony, open doors at the Ktaqmkuk Mi’kmaq Museum, feasts, and a hike up Steel Mountain.  What’s happening in your area? Don’t miss out on the fun.

Also, in this edition, find event schedules for the Exploits Mawio’mi and the Bay St. George Mi’kmaq Powwow, snapshots of community happenings, stories about our young achievers, and some information from the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network on a new program.

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I look forward to hearing from you.



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International Aboriginal Youth Intern Project 2018-2022

Work on diverse projects on environmental and community sustainability, gender equality and Indigenous forest conservation which could be applied in your community. This hands-on program provides in-depth training and education in forest conservation and the industry.

For More information please view the poster here or visit and

Download the Youth Intern Application here.

The First Nations Forestry Council is now seeking expressions of interest from interested individuals to act as mentor to Aboriginal youth interns. If you are interested please download the Mentors Application here and submit your application.


Lobster V-notching Presentation

Department of Fisheries and Oceans will be hosting a v-notching presentation in collaboration with Qalipu First Nation.

We are welcoming new fishers and Indigenous designates as well as local fishers and buyers that are interested in learning more about v-notching.

Locations are as follows;

Corner Brook – GREENWOOD INN – April 25th at 7:00pm
Stephenville – DAYS INN – April 26th at 7:00pm

Qalipu First Nations will be presenting a door prize, a v-notching tool, for both locations in support of this conservation initiative. For more information, please contact Randi Morgan at 709-634-4706 or email


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Coaches Wanted for the 2020 North American Indigenous Games!

The Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle NL are currently seeking applications from coaches that are interested in volunteer positions with Team Indigenous NL taking part in the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). The location and dates of the 2020 of the Games will be announced in May 2018

The sports that Team Indigenous NL require coaches and assistant coaches for are:

  • Athletics-U14, U16, U19 Born 2006 or later, 2004 or later or 2001 or later
  • Badminton-U16, U19 Born 2004 or later and 2001 or later
  • Basketball-U16, U19 Born 2004 or later or 2001 or later (To be determined)
  • Swimming-U14, U16, U19 Born 2006 or later, 2004 or later or 2001 or later
  • Male Volleyball-U19 Born 2001 or later
  • Female Volleyball-U19 Born 2001 or later
  • Wrestling-16-18, 15 can upgrade Born 2002-2004, 2005 can upgrade

The duties of the coach and assistant coaches will be to lead Identification Camps between August 2018 and June 30, 2019 in various Indigenous regions of the Province with final invitation only selection camps to be held in July, 2019 in the regions where the most athletes invited reside. Staff must also commit to travel with and attend the entire NAIG as they will also be providing chaperoning duties. Successful Coaches will also be required to prepare selected athletes/ teams for the 2020 NAIG from August 2019 to June 2020. The NAIG runs for 9 days starting on Saturday ending the following Sunday.

Minimum Requirements:

  • NCCP Making Ethical Decisions
  • Certified in the Aboriginal Coaching Modules (Training will be provided)
  • Sport specific requirements as per NAIG Technical Package (

Resumes must include:

  • Contact information including Sport of Interest
  • Letter explaining interest in position
  • Overview of coaching experience and certifications in sport of interest
  • NCCP Number
  • RCMP Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • 2 References with contact information

Preference may be giving to applicants of Aboriginal Decent.

For any inquiries, please contact Todd Winters at the ASRCNL Main Office 709-896-9218 or

Mike Alexander at the ASRCNL Regional office 709-643-3130

Interested coaches must forward resumes to the ASRCNL by June 30, 2018

By email to

By fax (709)896-9211

 By mail to ASRCNL P.O. Box 338 Stn. C Goose Bay, NL a0p 1c0


Attention Youth Athletes, Your Chance to Participate in the North American Indigenous Games!

The Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle NL are currently seeking Expressions of Interest from Indigenous youth of Newfoundland Labrador that are interested in participating for Team Indigenous NL (TINL) taking part in the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). The location and dates of the 2020 NAIG will be determined by May, 2018.

The athletes that Team Indigenous NL are looking for will be participating in are:

  • Athletics U14, U16, U19 Born 2006 or later, 2004 or later or 2001 or later
  • Badminton U16, U19 Born 2004 or Later or 2001 or later
  • Basketball U16 or U19 Born 2004 or Later or 2001 or later(To be Determined)
  • Swimming U14, U16, U19 Born 2006 or later, 2004 or later or 2001 or later
  • Male Volleyball U19 Born 2001 or later
  • Female Volleyball U19 Born 2001 or later
  • Wrestling 16-18, 15 can upgrade 2004-2002, 2005 can upgrade

If you are interested in participating, please fill out and return this form:

North American Indigenous Games Athlete Expression of Interest

2017 Tom Longboat NL Aboriginal Athlete of the Year Awards


Honouring the Greatest Canadian Aboriginal Athlete

The Awards

Tom Longboat was one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in Canadian history. A member of the Onondaga Nation who resided in Six Nations of the Grand River, Tom Longboat was one of the most gifted long distance runners of all time. In just his third competitive race, he set the world record for the marathon, smashing the previous mark by over five and one-half minutes. In the years prior to the First World War, Tom Longboat won most of the major distance races in North America and Europe, including the Boston Marathon and the Powderhall Marathon in Edinburgh, Scotland. At a time when indoor marathon running attracted sell-out crowds, he was the world’s professional champion. At one point or another, he held every Canadian record from one mile to the marathon.


Throughout his life, Tom Longboat spoke proudly of his First Nations heritage and held his head high in times of great adversity. He was the headline attraction wherever he raced, drawing huge crowds and a widespread following.


In 1999, Maclean’s Magazine voted him the #1 Canadian sports figure of the twentieth century.


Established in 1951, the Tom Longboat Awards serve as a proud national symbol for all Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

(Dr. Bruce Kidd, Olympian and Tom Longboat historian)

Celebrating Aboriginal Excellence in Sport


Who is eligible
Nominations are invited from all levels of sport.

To be eligible, athletes must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be able to prove Indigenous ancestry
  • Must have amateur status.
  • Must be for athletic achievements within the 2017 calendar year.
  • Must submit a completed nomination form on or before the deadline of May 31, 2018.


How do you nominate an athlete? Complete the nomination form and forward it to ASRCNL Main Office

Step #1
Complete a Nomination Form
(provide detailed information on the nominee and nominator, if applicable)

Step #2
Complete a supporting narrative

Send the Nomination Form and Narrative to Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle NL Deadline May 31, 2018

Traditional Healing and Counselling Survey

Qalipu First Nation and Miawpukek First Nation have partnered together to collect information on traditional healing and counselling services across the province. We are asking individuals to complete the following short survey to aid us in gaining a greater understanding of what traditional healing and counselling services mean to you and our communities.
Please complete the survey by clicking the link below:


Update: Elder Advisory Council

A regular meeting of the Qalipu Chief and Council took place on November 18, 2017 at the Community Room in Corner Brook.  Below is a summary of the discussion that took place regarding the establishment of an Elder Advisory Council.

Other Nations, including Miawpukek First Nation, has an Elder Advisory Council.  Qalipu recognizes the value of having such an established group.

A draft Terms of Reference was written and shared with Council prior to the meeting

More than 40 names were submitted when Council put out a call for recommendations.  Ward Councilors submitted names that they had received, and members of the Executive (Chief and Vice Chiefs) submitted names as well.

The Terms of Reference outlines the purpose, mission, values and ways of working for this soon to be established Council.  Membership on the Elder Council will be based on inclusion of “anyone who is sought after and recognized for their wisdom, knowledge, and caring for humanity within their communities.”

Some of the roles of the Elder Council will be to give direction, request full disclosure about matters and issues in order to give informed direction/advice, sit on committees as requested, assist Chief and Council with making important decisions that impact our Mi’kmaq communities and build relationships and exchange knowledge with Elders from other areas.

Chief expressed the desire to make a shortened list of Elders who can make up this Council, and asked Council how they thought this should be structured.

He asked, “How big do you think this group should be, for function?”

One Councilor suggested that we have so much difficulty moving forward with the nine people we have at the table, that establishing this Council may further delay our ability to move forward.

Several Councilors suggested that if we are looking at putting an Elder Council together, we should stick to a guideline of not anymore than five or six people. This can’t be done with 40 + people.

Another Councilor spoke to the fact that there are nine Wards, and all Wards should be represented.  It would make the group larger than ideal, but all areas would be represented.  The Councilor also suggested that the community should determine the person, not Council.

A Councilor responded that this list of names was submitted by the people in our communities.  What the Council is attempting to do is shorten the list.

Another member of Council suggested that we keep the group small, maybe have regional representation.

Most Councilors agreed that keeping the group size small would be best.

Another issue was that for Wards representing several distinct and separate communities, maybe its time to engage an individual from a community that is not typically recognized.

One Councilor said that “in the Newfoundland context, our culture was so underground.  If we look to Nova Scotia and other provinces whose culture has not been underground, their Terms of Reference on Elders would include a lifetime of their culture not being underground.  The kind of Elder you meet in Nova Scotia, we don’t have many people like that here.  Some of the people submitted on this list, are they really Elders?”

A discussion on what defines an Elder in this process followed:

  • Knowledge keeper
  • Acknowledged, and accepted in the community as having wisdom, life experience and understanding of our culture and teachings.
  • Someone that carries the traditional knowledge that has been involved in the Mi’kmaq way of life for many years.
  • Someone who can conduct ceremonies
  • A life-long learning knowledge.
  • A community leader
  • Someone who is giving of their time and gifts


An idea that came forward was how to include the entire group of people whose names were put forward.  Maybe a retreat, and other ways to get together as teaching and learning opportunities.

A member of Council spoke to the seriousness of being an Elder.  It is an important role that comes with self-sacrifice.

Notice - Registration of Children of Founding Members in the Qalipu First Nation

Notice – Registration of Children of Founding Members in the Qalipu First Nation

All requests for registration under the Indian Act in the Qalipu First Nation will be processed by the Winnipeg Processing Unit.  The Winnipeg Processing Unit will review all applications and:

  • Register individuals that are currently entitled as the child of a Founding Member who will retain an entitlement after the new Founding Members list is passed through an Order in Council in the Spring of 2018; and
  • Place on hold any files where entitlement cannot be determined past spring 2018 (where parent may not retain Founding Membership) and notify the applicant as such.

Please note, Charmaine Bath, Qalipu’s Indian Registration Administrator, is on hand to assist with completing the application form and ensuring that all necessary documentation is included in your application package.  For assistance, please contact Charmaine at (709) 679-2142, or toll free (within Newfoundland only) at 1-855-263-6440 or email