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Update Regarding Accommodations and NIHB Medical Travel

Due to hotel shortages in St. John’s, Non Insured Health Benefits staff may not be able to book accommodations for medical travel. Members travelling for medical reasons may be required to book their own accommodations with other short-term accommodation providers and seek reimbursement later. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Find medical travel reimbursement forms and guidelines here:

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NIHB Benefit Update

The Qalipu First Nation Health and Wellness Department wishes to advise membership that high volumes of claims and pre-approval requests for medical travel along with other extenuating circumstances have resulted in claim processing times that exceed 10 weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your continued patience as we work towards remedying this situation. During this time we ask the membership to avoid contacting the office to inquire on the status of claims, as staff are currently addressing the high work volumes in order to expedite the processing of claims and pre-approval requests.

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New Funds Available through I’tesnen “We are Staying” Emergency Housing Support Fund

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Qalipu First Nation is pleased to announce the availability of funds through the “I’tesnen (we are staying) Emergency Housing Support Fund.  This program provides funding for eligible projects that will help eliminate or reduce homelessness.

Eligible applications must fit into one of the following categories: Emergency Repairs, Housing Set-up or Short-Term Accommodations.  Specifically

  • Emergency Housing Repair provides financial assistance at a maximum of $5000 per household. The repair must be essential, that if not completed could cause the homeowner to have to leave their home.
  • Housing Set-Up provides financial assistance at a maximum of $2000 per application. This could include housing or rental start-up such as first and/or last month’s rent as required, damage deposit, and/or utility assistance.
  • Emergency Short-Term Accommodations can provide for hotel placement at a maximum of 10 nights.


If your application does not fall within the program’s scope of eliminating or reducing homelessness, it will not be approved for funding.

To apply, please click here for the application form and guidelines.

Housing Contacts

Travis Hulan

Jason Park

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Stephenville Ward Members – Qalipu Food Relief Fund Applications Still Open

Local Service Group, Indian Head First Nation listed under the location of Stephenville Ward for the Qalipu Food & Essential Supplies Relief Fund would like to notify:

Food Cost Relief Applications are still open and being accepted. Qalipu members of the Stephenville Ward living in Newfoundland can access the form here (page 2 only requirement):

Or for further questions you can email

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Expression of Interest Member at Large for Health & Housing Committee

Qalipu First Nation is currently seeking a Member-at-Large to join their Health and Housing Standing Committee (HHSC). This unique opportunity will give hands-on access and input into the current operational plans of our Health and Wellness Department. The Department of Health and Wellness is responsible for the identification, development, advancement of the health and social wellness of members, families, and the community. The Department has four operational pillars: Non-Insured Health Benefits, Mental Wellness, Child Youth and Family Services, and Housing

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, April 1, 2022 at 12:00pm NST.

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Food & Essential Supplies Relief Fund

Update February 11, 2022
Please click here for announcement of Local Service Groups Providing Food & Essential Supplies


Update February 9, 2022
Action Required from Local Service Groups who put forward Proposals for Qalipu Food & Essential Supplies Relief Fund – Please check your email or voicemails, (as listed in your proposal contact information) if you have not already done so – some Local Service Groups still have not returned correspondence to accept funds being offered by Qalipu First Nation.

Update February 4, 2022

Proposals from local service groups ended January 31, 2022 for Qalipu First Nation (QFN) Food & Essential Supplies Relief Fund. The fund of $135,000 granted through Indigenous Services Canada is to provide a mechanism for grassroots Indigenous organizations and local service groups who are on the ground in their communities to support QFN Members by aiding in local needs of first priority food security and following essential cleaning and preventative protection supplies.


With an evident need across our communities, eighteen (18) proposals were put forward, covering all nine (9) wards of QFN (Stephenville, St. George’s, Port au Port, Flat bay, Corner Brook, Benoit’s Cove, Gander Bay, Glenwood, Exploits). We apologize to our members for a slight delay in the announcement of successful local service groups – the groups must formally confirm their acceptance before their information can be provided publicly.


An announcement of all local service groups will be made next week, where members can then reach out to the service group closest to them and place requests for food and/or essential supply need.

The Qalipu Department of Health and Wellness is pleased to announce a Food & Essential Supplies Relief Fund (FESRF)and invite proposals from local service groups. These local service groups will be amongst the nine (9) wards of Qalipu First Nation (QFN) to address food security and essential supply needs for QFN Members:

  1. Food Security and Food Care Baskets (Priority One)
  2. Cleaning and Sanitation Supplies (Secondary & Compliment Service)
  3. Protective and Preventative Supplies (Secondary & Compliment Service)

Application deadline date is Jan 31, 2022, for grant funding from the Qalipu Food and Essential Supplies Relief Fund program. All services, support, and reports are required to be completed and summited by March 31, 2022. Funding is limited so interested groups are encouraged to apply early.

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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


Random Draw Process for Residential Home Heat & Energy Rebate Ended

Following the closure of applications for the Residential Home Heat and Energy Rebate that was announced August 11, 2021 and ended on September 1, 2021 a total, near 1100 applications, were submitted by members.

Our Health and Wellness department would now like to let our members know that the Rebate Draw for the Program that occurred September 8th has neared the end of its process review. Successful applicants are beginning to be contacted and will continue throughout the upcoming week.

An extended thank you to all members who took the time to apply and we look forward to delivering further support programs to our members as they become available.


Notice for Medical Transportation

Notice for Medical Transportation As our staff continues to support clients with their medical transportation and reimbursement:

Please understand that in the event clients may have an emergency transportation situation that the process for the medical transportation program still falls under a notice of 3 to 7 business days. In the event of an emergency, claims and reimbursements still need to go through the process of approval under the same timeline of 3 to 7 business days.

Note that not all medical transportation is guaranteed to be approved under NIHB. Thank you for your understanding!