Byelection results

Byelection Results Exploits Ward Councilor

With a 25.3% voter turn out for the Byelection of the Qalipu First Nation Mi’kmaq Band Exploits Ward your newly elected Councilor has been decided. Please welcome, Charlene Combdon , Exploits Ward Councilor to the 2021-2024 term of Chief and Council Following a 30-day appeal period, per the Custom Rules governing Qalipu elections, the new Councilor of Exploits Ward will be sworn in and take office.

Electoral Officer
Carol Lahey



Logo Contest – Ages 11 and under (Grade 5 and below)

Qalipu First Nation has opened a Logo Contest for their new upcoming program Eastern Sun Mi’kmaq Early Childhood Education Program! This contest is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous children under the age of 11 (Grades 5 and below) within Canada. Contest submissions must be received by December 31st, 2021, 11:59pm NDT. The winner will be announced January 21st, 2022. The contest winner will receive a children’s Indigenous Education Bundle (books, smudge kit, medicine pouch kit, leather rattle kit, etc.).

The Eastern Sun Mi’kmaq Early Childhood Education Program is a new program being launched by the Education and Training Department of Qalipu First Nation. The Eastern Sun Program will be available to registered daycare centers within Qalipu Ward Areas across Western and Central Newfoundland and will provide valuable Indigenous education to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and families.

Eastern Sun Logo Contest Details

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Expression of Interest for Member-at-Large

Qalipu First Nation is currently seeking a Member-at-Large to join their Education and Training Committee. This unique opportunity will give hands-on access and input into the current structure of our Education and Training Department and future outreach to help guide the work for our Post-Secondary Students through programs, training, and engagements.

The ideal candidate is a Band member living in the province with a background in an education related field and teaching of five years’ experience. If you are committed and want to contribute your knowledge as a volunteer on this committee, please see below for an Expression of Interest.

Application deadline for interest Friday, December 3, 2021 at 12:00pm NST.

Click here for details


HelpLine for Byelection (Exploits Ward) Now Open

The Byelection for the Exploits Ward Councilor HelpLine is now open from November 24 until December 2. Its daily hours are 9:00am NST until 5:00pm with the exception of the last day on December 2 the hours will extend until 8:00pm. HelpLine: 1-888-281-8683

Voting can occur at anytime (24hrs) beginning 9:00am today, Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Voting will end 8:00pm Thursday, December 2.

Voters of Exploits Ward are reminded voting can be accessed by telephone or through the online website listed in your voter information package. This package would have been sent to you via postage mail or your email if you had the information listed with us here at Qalipu First Nation under your GINU Membership Profile. Please call the HelpLine at 1-888-281-8683 if you have any questions regarding your voter information package or how to complete your vote.

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Virtual Post-Secondary Education Engagement Session

Last opportunity to have a say in the future of Post-Secondary Education Programing and Supports for Qalipu First Nation Members!

WHO: Qalipu First Nation Post-Secondary Students, Parents and Band Members
WHAT: Post-Secondary Education Engagement Session
WHERE: Virtually using Microsoft Teams (see registration link below)
WHEN: December 2nd, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm



nov 16 wait time update

Update on Wait Times

A huge thank you to our members for their questions and feedback surrounding our wait time increases of 8-12 weeks for medical and travel reimbursements. Your patience and concerns have not gone unnoticed. Original Notice

The Department of Health and Wellness would like to provide an update on the measures taken to reduce wait times:

  • Additional external support has been provided for our Qalipu First Nation (QFN) NIHB Support Specialist Team to aid in relief of the ongoing wait times for member reimbursement.
  • The process flow for member claims is repeatedly updated at minimum on a quarterly basis under Quality Management System Auditing ISO 19011: 2018 and ISO 9001:2015 standards. However, the Qalipu Health and Wellness Team and Qalipu Finance Department are continually reflecting on improvements and changes to help meet the needs of our members more efficiently.
  • The seasonal fluctuations of claim trends and member health needs as it impacts volumes and processing times continues to be monitored.

Here are additional best practices for submitting your claim to help improve efficiencies and reduce delays in processing:

  • It is important to have a conversation with one of our NIHB Support Specialists to discuss your medical needs for your claim. This allows our Specialists to ensure that you are aware of all benefit coverage options which can be offered to you on a case-by-case basis.
  • Please submit your claims frequently as soon as you have your supporting documents available. This can help reduce the influx of new large claims toward the end of the calendar year.
  • Please ensure that all forms and required documents are included in your claim and that they are fully completed, reviewed, and signed. This can help prevent errors or incomplete claims which may result in your claim being returned with a request for document updates or additional information.

Natasha Lavers
844-207-9718 (Medical Transportation Inquires Only)

Jennifer Dufour

Bonnie White

Susan Bryan

Howard Thistle
855-675-5743 (NIHB Inquiries)

dlraa press release

Experience Qalipu Partnership with Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority

Experience Qalipu (EQ) of Qalipu First Nation (QFN) in partnership with Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority (DLRAA) and the Town of Deer Lake are pleased to announce and provide Indigenous Tourism Sense of Arrival to the airport and through the Humber River Trail System.

With $65,000 received in combination from Provincial and Federal Governments to support the incorporation of Indigenous awareness and tourism marketing at the Deer Lake Airport, funding will be purposed for:

  • Phase one of a trail development project, which includes the design work for an Indigenous themed trail on airport property. This trail will connect into the great Deer Lake trail system
  • The installation of an 8X20 mural painted by an Indigenous artist inside the airport
  • Incorporation of Experience Qalipu marketing inside and outside the airport, including pole flags, wall posters, digital marketing, and targeted digital ads

“The partnership between Qalipu First Nation and DLRAA has been longstanding, and this project is another outcome of how working together can achieve great things”, said Tammy Priddle, President and CEO Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority. “The announcement today will provide an opportunity for travellers and people of this region to experience the strong Indigenous Tourism offering in our area every time they visit our regional airport,” said Ms. Priddle. She further commented, “In addition, the walking trail expansion will allow travellers, employees, tenants and people of the region to learn more about the Qalipu culture, connect with the beautiful surroundings and walk along the mighty Humber River.”

Band Manager of Qalipu First Nation, Keith Goulding concluded, “This partnership project provides us with an excellent opportunity to showcase our membership and welcome people to our traditional territory, Ktaqmkuk – Newfoundland.”

Media Advisory


Media Advisory

Media Advisory
Released by Qalipu November 10, 2021

Qalipu First Nation, along with the Deer Lake Airport Authority will be providing a funding and partnership announcement regarding Indigenous Tourism Sense of Arrival initiative that will be implemented at the facility.

At 9:30am Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at the Deer Lake Regional Airport.

Supports have been provided for the installation of a Mi’kmaq art piece and Experience Qalipu marketing within the airport, as well as design work for the development of an Indigenous themed trail and outdoor space on Airport Authority Land. This trail will connect with the greater Deer Lake trail system, and the Town of Deer Lake who have been an integral partner in making this project happen.

Media Contact:

Reisha Knott
Communications Manager | Qalipu First Nation
709-634-5163 |

Chief and council swear in

Swearing-In Ceremony

Pre-registration is now open for the Swearing-in Ceremony of the 2021-2024 Chief and Council being held Sunday, November 21st beginning 1:00pm at the Greenwood Inn and Suites in Corner Brook.

Attendance in-person requires PRE-REGISTRATION: Friends and family who will be attending together can pre-register as a group for the purpose of capacity restrictions and social distanced assigned seating.

To pre-register you can call 709-634-5111 or email before deadline of November 19th at 12:00pm. You must state your name and phone number for your pre-registration in your email or in the event you are sent to telephone voicemail.

The ceremony venue requires PROOF OF VACCINATION to be presented upon entry.

The ceremony will also be streamed live via Qalipu First Nation Facebook Page: