Message from the Chief – May 3 2024

Last week I had the honour of attending my good friend, Noel Joe’s documentary, “The Forgotten Warriors,” which tells the courageous story of the nine-day hunger strike led by retired Miawpukek Chief Mi’sel Joe, alongside his brothers — Andy Joe, Billy Joe, Ches Joe, and Cousin Aubrey Joe and friends Wilfred Drew, George Drew, and Rick Jeddore and Noel’s uncle, Mike Benoit.

In 1983, the provincial government, led by Premier Brian Peckford, withheld over $800,000 of federal funding from their community for a year. Despite repeated negotiations led by Marylin Johnn and Jerry Wetzell, there was no resolution. In response, the brave protesters journeyed to St. John’s, locking themselves inside the office of Joe Goudie, then-Minister of Rural, Agricultural, and Northern Development.

After nine days their resilience paid off, and an agreement was reached, leading to the release of the much-needed funds to the community. This week, Noel’s documentary will be featured at the Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador conference, where its important message will reach a broader audience. It can also be viewed on CBC Gem.

We offer our congratulations and gratitude the film team for telling this important story. Noel was joined by Roger Maunder from Up Sky Down Films along with cinematographers Dave Howell and Dru Kennedy who is also a member of Qalipu First Nation.

As we reflect on the sacrifices made by the Forgotten Warriors, let us ensure that their legacy lives on. Let us honor their bravery by sharing their story far and wide, ensuring that future generations never forget the struggles and triumphs of our ancestors.

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Message From the Chief – March 27 2024


I hope that this message finds you well and enjoying some sunshine as we celebrate the arrival of spring.  At this time for new beginnings, and as the Interim Chief of Qalipu First Nation, I feel compelled to address a pressing concern that affects not only our community but countless others: the negative impact of social media lateral violence. In recent times, we’ve witnessed an alarming rise in online behaviours that cause division, perpetuate harm, and threaten our interconnectedness.

It is disheartening to observe how social media platforms, designed to foster communication and unity, have become breeding grounds for toxicity and negativity. This careless behaviour especially impacts vulnerable populations; our youth, elders, and those already marginalized, bear the brunt of this virtual onslaught. Lateral violence, in all its forms – be it cyberbullying, character assassination, or spreading false information – takes a heavy toll on mental health, self-esteem, and the bonds that bind us as a community.

I ask that each of us pause and reflect: Is this the best use of our time? Are we utilizing the power of our digital platforms to uplift, empower, and advocate for one another? Or are we allowing ourselves to be consumed by petty disputes that ultimately serve no purpose but to hurt?

It is time to prioritize compassion, empathy, and solidarity in our online interactions. Let us use our voices not to tear each other down but to build each other up. Let us leverage the vast potential of social media to amplify underrepresented voices, celebrate diversity, and foster a culture of inclusivity.

Furthermore, our time could be better spent engaging in meaningful dialogue, advocating for social justice, and addressing the pressing issues that affect our communities. By channelling our energies into constructive endeavours, we can effect real change and create a brighter, more equitable future for generations to come.

Together, we have the power to shape a world where every individual feels valued, heard, and respected. We must strive to leave behind words that we are proud of, that lift each other, for our children and grandchildren to remember us by.



Interim Chief Jenny Brake

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Council Meeting Report – March 23 2024

Meeting of Chief and Council

The Qalipu Chief and Council met on Saturday, March 23 for their regular meeting.  Originally scheduled for Corner Brook, the meeting went ahead virtually due to winter storm warnings on the west coast of Newfoundland.

All members of the Council were in attendance except for Jasen Benwah, Ward Councilor for Port au Port and Bobby White, Ward Councilor for Flat Bay.

2024-25 Budget Approval

The main objective of this meeting was to review and approve Annual Operating Plans (AOPs) for all Departments and associated prepared budgets for the upcoming 2024-25 fiscal year.  Council approved the budgets with the condition that typos be corrected, and more specific details be provided on the allocated spending for two new projects in the Health and Wellness Department.

Band members can listen to the discussion around the new budget and its particulars on spending by logging in to their KINU membership profile (recordings of meetings can be found under the “Communications” tab and clicking on “Previous Live Streams”)

Highlights from QFN Annual Operating Plans:

Health and Wellness Department

  • Increase staffing and resources required to deliver Non-Insured Health Benefits.
  • Marketing and outreach to increase awareness of mental health counselling services that are available to Band members.
  • Finalize the five-year strategic plan.
  • Grow the Housing division and pursue additional housing support for Band members.

Education and Training Department

  • Continue delivery of funding programs for students.
  • Develop a Youth Strategy focused on assisting young people with career exploration opportunities, finding jobs, creating businesses, and gaining workplace skills.
  • Pursue partnerships and targeted training opportunities that help Band members gain employment.
  • Support small businesses hiring Indigenous students through the Youth Summer Employment Program.

Environment and Natural Resources

  • Patrols on St. George’s Bay, Bay of Islands, Glenwood and Gand Bay areas under the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy program.
  • Participate in consultation related to Environmental Impact Assessments.
  • Continue research and monitoring around several species at risk including piping plover, pine marten and little brown bats.
  • Work with provincial working groups focused on species and habitat conservation.

Culture, Tourism and Community Development Department

  • Support tourism businesses entering the industry.
  • Explore potential retail and wholesale opportunities for Indigenous artisans.
  • Develop a digital resource manual for Entrepreneurial Support Program.
  • Host a Qalipu Business Forum.


  • Implement new payroll software.
  • Work with staff to train on new policies under Financial Administration Law.
  • Regular meetings with the Finance and Audit Committee to provide financial reports on all QFN expenditures.
  • Identify budget and funding to develop and issue a Request for Proposals for a salary review.

Operations Department

  • Cybersecurity training plan for staff at QFN.
  • Work with the infrastructure team to map out needs for 2024-25.
  • Provide in-person assistance in key locations to help assist members with SCIS applications and renewals.
  • Provide passport-style photo service for SCIS applications and renewals.

Change to Finance Policy – Credit Card for the Chief

Management, including all the Directors and the Band Manager, at Qalipu First Nation have band-issued credit cards to cover the costs associated with business expenses or travel on band business.   Directors have a limit of $5000 while the Band Manager has a $25,000 credit cap.

Band-issued cards eliminate the need for the individual to bear a burden on their personal credit cards and make it easier for the Finance Department to reconcile expenses and match charges to appropriate budgets.

The Finance and Audit Committee brought forward a recommendation to amend the finance policy to improve efficiencies and remove unnecessary barriers by also making a credit card available to the Chief at the Senior Management level.

A committee member explained, “Sometimes there are multiple nights stay at a place where the band doesn’t have direct billing, and it’s all going on her own card.  Charges like this along with taxis, meals and incidentals…before an expense claim can be made and settled to recoup the costs…these charges can add up to a large sum very quickly.  It’s inefficient and unnecessary.”

The Council voted to accept the recommendation of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Election Update

2024 is an election year for Qalipu First Nation and in October, Band members will have the opportunity to vote for their leaders for the next four years.

A tentative schedule for the election was tabled.

The call for nomination of candidates will occur on September 27 and close on October 4.  The voting window is expected to open on October 19 and close on October 25.

Voting will be conducted online or over the phone and members should be sure to list their email with the Band to receive their secure voter PIN.

The details and dates surrounding the election will officially be announced and set into motion with the appointment of an Elector Officer later this year.

Next Meeting of Council

The next regularly scheduled meeting of Chief and Council will be on May 25, 2024.

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Be There to Win!

The central region AGA will take place on November 20, 2022, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Albatross Hotel in Gander.

This meeting will focus on activities of the Band for the 2021-22 fiscal year and will feature a networking event with opportunities to chat with staff about programs, services, and activities over the past year. There will also be a few prize giveaways!

2:00 Welcome and Greetings from Chief Brendan Mitchell
2:20 – 3:30 Trade show and networking event with prize giveaways
3:30 – 4:00 Finance and Audit presentation
4:00 Closing song/prayer

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RCMP/Qalipu First Nation Summer Student Program 2023

Job Description: The First Nation Band and the RCMP are working together to build a worthwhile work experience for aboriginal youth who are interested in a career in policing and/or justice. This exciting 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. This job opportunity is nine (9) weeks in duration from June-August 2023. Successful applicants will attend a one-week training session at the RCMP Headquarters in St. John’s, (all expenses paid) prior to being placed at the RCMP detachment closest to their location. This program is a great stepping tone for individuals interested in pursuing a career with the RCMP.

Location of Position: For the Summer of 2023, successful applicants are placed in locations near their hometown within the RCMP jurisdictions of Grand Falls, Stephenville, Deer Lake, Corner Brook, Gander, Bay Roberts and Harbour Grace.

Eligibility Criteria:   Interested   applicants   must   meet   the   following   eligibility   criteria:

  • Have completed high school
  • Be a member of the Qalipu First Nation Band or Self-Identified Person (students are asked to indicate on their cover letter their Indigenous Ancestry)
  • Be between the ages of 19-29 as of June 30, 2023
  • Not have a criminal record
  • Currently registered as a full-time student
  • Be planning to attend full-time studies in September
  • Valid drivers’ licence

Salary Scale: $ 16.00 per hour which includes 4% vacation pay @ 40 hours per week for 9 weeks.

Apply: Please apply with resume, covering letter, a completed RCMP/Qalipu First Nation Summer Student Program Employment Application, Confirmation of Enrollment into full-time studies and a current Certificate of Conduct by mail or email:

Education & Training RCMP Summer Student Program
Attention: Yvonne MacDonald
PO Box 460, St. George’s, NL A0N 1Z0

Or email to

Deadline:  All applications must be received by 4:00 P.M. on Friday, January 20, 2023.

Thank you to all applicants who apply; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Please click here to view our application

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Education & Training Summer Camp 2022 For Kids

Registration for the Education & Training Summer Camps is now open for the Corner Brook and St. George’s locations! Please note that space is very limited. Approvals will be made on a first come, first serve basis and preference will be given to Qalipu First Nation members. Those who are successful will be contacted in the coming weeks via email.

If interested, please complete the application in its entirety in order to be considered.

Application can be found here: Qalipu Summer Camp – Qalipu


Byelection – Call for Nominations Exploits Ward Councilor

In accordance with the Custom Rules Governing Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Elections and at the request of Electoral Officer, Carol Lahey, nominations are invited for the position of Councilor in the Electoral Ward of Exploits for the byelection to be held December 2, 2021.

Nomination forms are available for download beginning 9:00am on Monday, November 1st at<> or pick-up at Grand Falls-Windsor Office at 28 Hardy Avenue. Nominations will close at 4:00pm Tuesday, November 9th.

Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Corner Brook office, 3 Church Street, A2H 2Z4 either by postage mail or hand delivered. A non-refundable fee of $25.00 shall be submitted with the nomination papers in the form of money order, bank draft, certified cheque, or cash. Nominations are to be received no later than 4:00PM on November 9, 2021 and will be considered as filed with the Electoral Officer for the purpose of the Band byelection to be held on December 2, 2021.
Click here to view the application

The byelection voting period will begin November 24th and end December 2nd.

Members of the Exploits Ward are encouraged to call 709-634-5163 or email<> to ensure they receive their voter information package by confirming their home address and/or email on file at Qalipu First Nation. Please ensure to leave your name and number if you go to voicemail.

Carol Lahey
Electoral Officer


Notice: Wait Times on Medical Reimbursements

We would like to notify our members that wait times for medical/transportation claims for reimbursement have increased from 8 to 12 weeks. To avoid unnecessary delays, please submit your reimbursement forms directly to any of our Qalipu Offices (Corner Brook, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, St. Georges, and Stephenville).

Calling one of our support specialists to inquire about your claim repayment will not change the previous stated process wait time of 8 to 12 weeks. Further updates will be released and communicated as soon as they are available! Claims and payments are continuously being issued and we are making every effort to keep wait times from rising further for you, our membership.

We would like to thank members for their continued support, patience, and understanding as our department of Health and Wellness processing a higher-than-normal volumes of medical transportation claims at this time

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Election Results for Qalipu Chief and Council 2021-2024

With the largest voter participation turn-out to date, 8,384 members of the Qalipu First Nation Mi’kmaq Band signed in to the electronic voting system via online or telephone access to cast their ballots. Welcome your Chief and Council 2021-2024.

Click here to view the 2021 Election End of Polls – Signed by Electoral Officer

Click here to view the 2021 Election End of Polls

Click here to view the 2021 Election End of Polls – Detailed Vote Count

Quick Summary of Chief and Council 2021-2024:

Chief – Brendan Mitchell

Western Vice Chief – Jennifer (Jenny) Brake

Benoit’s Cove Ward – Terri V. Greene

Exploits – No Nominations [ By-election Date TBD ]

Flat Bay – Robert (Bobby) White

Port au Port – Jasen Benwah

Stephenville – Hayward George Young

St. George’s – Ivan J. White

Won by Acclamation:

Central Vice Chief – Andrew (Andy) Barker

Corner Brook Ward – Sharren (Sherry) Dean

Gander Bay Ward – Calvin Francis

Glenwood Ward – Francis (Frank) Skeard

Referendum: Yes

The majority vote is “yes,” to change to a four-year term. These changes will come into effect during the next election in 2024. Which we will then see the 2024 Chief and Council hold a term until 2028.

Following a 30-day appeal period, per the Custom Rules governing Qalipu elections, the new Chief and Council will be sworn in and take office.

Electoral Officer, Carol Lahey 709-630-7678 or