Senior Benefit funds fully allocated

Seniors Essential Travel Benefit

Qalipu First Nation wishes to advise Band members that funds under the COVID-19 Seniors Essential Travel Benefit have now been fully allocated.  Processing of electronic funds transfer and checks is ongoing and successful applicants should continue to see their funds arrive within he coming weeks.

Please note, some applications that arrived in May will not be issued payment as funds were exhausted before all applications could be processed.  These and any further applications that are received will be kept in the que and will be processed for payment should additional funds become available.

In total, $251,700 was processed for payment with the Seniors Essential Travel Benefit.  The COVID-19 Support Team responded to approximately 6866 electronic requests for support, and close to 2500 phone inquiries.

The Band thanks all those who applied and looks forward to further opportunities to offer community support.

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Message from the Chief – May 6, 2021

On behalf of the Council and staff at Qalipu First Nation I wish to congratulate the group of youth who were recently elected to the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Youth Council

Co-Chairs Sabrina Muise and Salome Barker will bring the youth voice to our Council table, and we look forward to supporting the initiatives and efforts they will bring forward on behalf of our Youth.

Qalipu First Nation recognizes the significance and contribution that the youth of our communities can make, and our Council is here to provide support and assistance any way that we can.

We wish to thank all those elected, as those who put their names forward for positions and participated in the youth election process.

We look forward to the continued active involvement of our Youth through this newly formed Council.

Chief Brendan Mitchell

In Memory of Bernard White

Message from the Chief – Passing of Ward Councilor Bern White

On behalf of Council and Staff of Qalipu First Nation, I am extremely saddened to announce that Bern White, Benoit’s Cove Ward Councilor, passed away this morning leaving behind a loving family, many friends and a community that has long known Bern for his leadership and community values.

Bern was an active Councilor, having served three terms as Ward Councilor for Qalipu First Nation. In addition to his work with the Band, Bern was also a Municipal Councilor for the Town of Humber Arm South.

Bern actively participated in all Council meetings and was particularly active in the fisheries file. Bern was steadfast in his support of our members and the applicants throughout the enrolment process. A man of principle, Bern stood up for the rights of those fighting for recognition and was helpful to countless applicants in understanding their Indigenous ancestry and navigating the membership application process. Bern will always be remembered as a man of the people and a voice for the membership of Qalipu. He will sadly be missed by Qalipu Council and our staff.

I would like to extend my condolences to Bern’s wife Leona, his son, Ed, daughters Karen, Christina, Pam, and Diane, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. I ask that you pray with me for strength and comfort for Leona and her family as they say goodbye and fondly remember a loving husband, doting father and grandfather as well as a kind and generous person.

–Chief Brendan Mitchell

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Council Meeting – May 15th, 2021

The next regular meeting of Council will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, May 15th, 2021
Due to Covid restrictions, the Community Room at 1 Church remains closed to members of the public at this time.
The meeting will be live-streamed for members and can be accessed by logging into GINU at:

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Ask Chief and Council a question at the upcoming meeting:

Meeting Agenda

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NL Hydro – Vegetation Management

NL Hydro will be conducting a herbicide application program on transmission and distribution line right-of-ways, access roads, penstocks and dams Summer 2021. We would like to hear from members if they have any concerns regarding this proposed work. We welcome you to contact our Manager of Environment & Natural Resources at or call 634-1500.

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Gros Morne National Park – Spruce Budworm

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has asked Parks Canada to include Gros Morne National Park in an early intervention budworm control program starting Summer 2021. We would like to hear from members how they may be affected by this decision to allow, or not allow, spraying of the spruce budworm in the national park. Please contact or call 634-1500.

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Device giveaway

COVID-19 Device Support

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our members have had to adapt to a new virtual world; gatherings, workshops and face-to-face is now often conducted online. To support our membership, the Band will host a random draw to give away 118 Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus (2nd Gen). These devices will enable our members to easily access such things as virtual mental health counselling, virtual cultural programming offered by the Band, online learning for students and youth, as well as provide the convenience of paying bills online.

Here are the details you will need to know to enter the draw for a tablet:

  • Program is open to members in Canada only.
  • Individuals under the age of 16, will require parental consent.
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit proof of residence.
    • Piece of ID with address, mail with name/address, etc.
  • Paper/Mail-in applications will need to be postmarked by May 10th, 2021. Paper/Mailed-in applications will not be accepted after May 17th, 2021.
  • Online application collection will be open for three weeks: April 19th – May 10th, 2021.
  • Limit of one application per member, duplicate applications will be removed or deleted. In event of duplicate applications received, QFN will consider the first application as the valid application all others will be removed or deleted from the draw.
  • All applications will require: Name, Accurate Shipping Address, Physical Address, Band Number, Date of Birth, Phone Number and/or email. Incomplete applications will be removed from the draw.
  • Limit of one device per household.
    • If additional applications are drawn from the same household, they will be ineligible.
  • Random draw will take place on May 21st, 2021.
  • The supplier will ship directly to the successful applicant and all successful applications will be required to sign for the device. In cases where success applicant is near the supplier, home delivery or curbside pick may be an option.
  • QFN is not responsible for any damage, lost, or misplaced devices.
  • Warranty is with the device manufacturer and not supplier or QFN.
  • Only the successful applicants will be contacted.

Complete one of the form options to apply

Click here to apply online or click here to download and print the application.