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Qalipu Covid Relief Fund

In a recent meeting of Council, $75,000 were set aside for the providing support to community based Indigenous groups to better support members of the Qalipu First Nation during this difficult time.

The Qalipu COVID Relief Funds will provide Indigenous groups on the island of Newfoundland with a means to help Qalipu members with COVID-19 initiatives. The fund will allocate a maximum of $7,500 per organization for initiatives that will directly benefit the health and well being of vulnerable populations within our membership in this difficult time.

These funds provide a mechanism for grassroots Indigenous organizations on the ground in their communities to target and support vulnerable populations by aiding:

  1. mental health and wellness programs,
  2. personal protective equipment,
  3. personal hygiene products,
  4. food and
  5. vulnerable population essential transportation.

Qalipu First Nation is currently accepting proposals, from organizations interested in receiving up to $7,500 per funding year in grant funding from the Qalipu COVID Relief Fund for projects that are up to 6 months in duration. Funding is limited so interested groups are encouraged to apply early.

The proposal must be submitted by an eligible organization. To qualify your organization must be an established Indigenous organization on the island of Newfoundland, in good standing with the provincial Registry of Companies, and servicing the needs of the members of the Qalipu First Nation in their area.

Proposal Assessment
Proposals will be assessed on the following criteria to determine overall quality and merit.

1. Objectives
What is the purpose of the project? Organizations will need to clearly identify the goal of the project and provide a rationale as to how it will address the identified need highlighted above.

2. Vulnerable Populations
How will projects benefit seniors, youth, or other vulnerable populations in our communities?

3. Cost effectiveness
A budget outlining the project costs must accompany the proposal which supports the project activities and does not exceed the maximum allowed.

The proposal for funding must be received no later than Friday, August 21st, at 12:00 pm NST via mail or email.

Apply by email

Apply by Mail
Qalipu COVID Relief Fund
3 Church Street
Corner Brook, NL A2H 2Z4

Contact us
If you require any further information please feel free to contact Keith Goulding, Band Manager at or via telephone (709) 634-1147.

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Qalipu to Deliver COVID-19 Support Programs

Qalipu First Nation is pleased to share details on funds received through the Government of Canada’s Indigenous Community Support Fund following a call for proposals to address the impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous communities.  Of the $90 million available to regional, urban, and off-reserve Indigenous organizations, the Band will receive $678, 311 to implement its proposed project.

Band Manager Keith Goulding noted that this project will have a many faceted and positive impact on communities the Band represents.

“We cast our net wide to meet the objectives of this fund and provide the maximum support to our communities.  Seniors and vulnerable people, food security, education, mental health, and COVID-19 preparedness measures were the cornerstones of this fund, and our project endeavours to provide support in all of these areas.”

Specifically, support from the Band will be delivered in the form of care kits for vulnerable community members, providing for essential transportation of vulnerable populations, wellness and prevention kits for youth, and a childcare expense support fund for essential workers.

Further details on eligibility and delivery of these funds will be shared with membership as project components are implemented.

For more information on the Indigenous Community Support Fund, including allocations across Canada, please click here

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COVID-19 Precautionary Safety Measures at Qalipu First Nation

Qalipu First Nation wishes to inform its membership and other stakeholders that we will be postponing several scheduled events and restricting out of province travel for our staff until further notice to avoid unnecessary contact or possible spread of COVID-19.

Band Manager Keith Goulding noted that the Band is taking measures to raise awareness and maintain a high quality of service. He said, “We are taking this seriously and we want people to feel safe. To minimize any potential impact on member services, we are reviewing our emergency preparedness plan, as well as increasing awareness among staff about safe practices.”

Qalipu First Nation calls on community members to support our efforts by ensuring they take the safety protocols and COVID-19 recommendations seriously as well. More information, including updates, travel advice, preparedness and prevention, can be found here: (

Please be advised, the following events will be postponed until a later date:

  • Community Engagement: Post Secondary Education Funding, St. John’s Memorial University, Monday March 16
  • Community Engagement: Post Secondary Education Funding, St. John’s Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland, Monday March 16
  • Community Engagement: Post-Secondary Education Funding, St. John’s College of the North Atlantic, Wednesday March 18
  • CCP Community Engagement, Bishop’s Falls Lion’s Club, Thursday March 19
  • CCP Community Engagement, Meadows Town Hall, Tuesday March 24
  • CCP Community Engagement, Lark Harbour Town Hall, Wednesday March 25


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WellAhead Workshop

QFN’s Education and Training department, alongside facilitators from Physical Health Education Canada, hosted a two day workshop on October 28 and 29 for students and educators. The workshop focused on school health from an Indigenous perspective, and was intended to provide information and create feedback toward the development of a social and emotional toolkit for school age youth. This toolkit is a project that QFN continues to work on through the WellAhead Initiative, with a grant provided by the McConnell Foundation.

With newly formed friendships, a better understanding of the community resources available to Western District schools, and a renewed commitment to inclusiveness and continued partnerships, the workshop was a great success. This success was a further testament to the fantastic partnership that has been built between QFN and the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, whose ongoing support is instrumental in our ability to reach youth.

Many thanks are extended to our facilitators Tricia Zakaria and Ryan Fahey from PHE Canada, our wonderful partners Dr. Antony Card, Dean of Education Mount Saint Vincent University, the Newfoundland and Labradors Teachers Association Special Health Council, Western Health, and our friends at The People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Center in Stephenville. Special thanks to Chief Brendan Mitchell and Stephenville Ward Councillor Odelle Pike for sharing your wisdom and welcoming everyone with open arms.

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Eye and Vision Care Benefit

Upcoming Changes to NIHB Eyewear Coverage

Did you know that you may be eligible for NIHB coverage for corrective eyewear (glasses and contact lenses)?  NIHB has made changes to the program. You will now have more choices/coverage with the purchase of any type of prescription eyewear.  These rates will be in effect for eyewear ordered on or after June 29, 2019:

Standard Coverage Amount $275 For prescriptions that are less than ±7.0 (minimum prescription strength will continue to apply). This is the most common rate.
High Index Coverage Amount $415 For prescriptions that are ±7.00 or higher.


How often is prescription eyewear covered?

  • How often you are covered for eyewear will not change.
    • Children 0-17 years are eligible once a year;
    • individuals 18 years and older are eligible once every two years;
  • individuals whose prescription changes a lot may be eligible for early replacement of the lenses. However, frequency periods will be changed to a calendar year basis.
  • no change to the policy on exceptions.

Individual in the Atlantic region can contact their regional office for information on applicable rates and about these changes.  Toll-free: 1-800-565-3294, or for more information please visit:

For full details on NIHB eye and vision care benefit please visit:

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Qalipu to Deliver Mental Health Counselling Service

November 1, 2018, Corner Brook—The Qalipu First Nation is pleased to announce an expansion to our Health Division and our health services delivery.  Effective November 1, 2018, Qalipu will take on administration of the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Mental Health Counselling benefit for members of the Band living in Atlantic Canada.

The NIHB Mental Health Counselling benefit is intended to provide coverage for mental health counselling to complement other mental wellness services that may be available. This service provides for up to 22 hours of counselling annually (with extensions if needed) for individuals, children, families and groups.

There are numerous providers across the Atlantic Region that deliver this service (updated: June 22, 2021) who are ready to set appointments with clients.  To access counselling, members of the Band can choose a counsellor from the list, call to make an appointment and, after the appointment, the counsellor will send a request for approval to Qalipu for processing and the member bears no cost.

If a Band member needs to travel outside of their community to access their counsellor, they may also be eligible to receive support under the medical transportation benefit.

Mitch Blanchard, Manager of the Health Service Division said, “There are times in all of our lives when counselling could make a difference, and we encourage all those who are eligible to take advantage of the help that is available.  You don’t have to go through it alone.”

Those experiencing emotional distress and wishing to talk can also contact the toll- free Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310, or the online chat at, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mental health counselling is the second NIHB benefit for which Qalipu has taken over the administration on behalf of members living in Atlantic Canada.  The Band began administering the medical transportation benefit last year and plans to pursue management of other programs and services to grow the Band’s ability to serve its own membership, create employment opportunities for our people, and generate own source revenue that can be re-invested into our communities.

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Notice: Please Sign up For Electronic Fund Transfer Before New Year

All Medical Transportation Reimbursements are being converted from paper cheques to Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) on January 1, 2019.  All Band members are asked to get ready for this change, and avoid any delay in payment, by completing the  following form:

Please return your completed form to the Band office:

By e-mail to:


Mail to:

Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band
ATTN: NIHB Intake Clerk
3 Church St. Corner Brook, NL
A2H 2Z4

For more information about your Non-Insured Health Benefits, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook for information, tips and upcoming events.

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Non-Insured Health Benefits Program update: Orthodontic Policy

Important Notice to All Qalipu members, there has been a Non-Insured Health Benefits Program update relating to: Orthodontic Policy!

If you’re a client who did not receive approval for orthodontic coverage between March 24, 2016 and July 31, 2018 you can have your claim reviewed.

Step 1: Provide a signed letter from the client, parent or legal guardian requesting a reconsideration base on the updated orthodontic policy,

Step 2: Provide the original request for coverage,

Step 3: Provide pre-treatment orthodontic diagnostic records (i.e., models, radiographs and photographs) which can be obtained through your orthodontist.

If you have questions or concerns about your specific case or request for coverage (including appeals) we encourage you to call the NIHB Dental Predetermination Centre – Orthodontic Services line at 1-866-227-0943.

For additional information please visit: (Section 8.8)

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Notice of Rate Increase, Non-Insured Health Benefits

The Health division wishes to advise members that Indigenous Services Canada has initiated a rate increase for mobility and self-care aids, effective June 18, 2018.  Please see below for a table representing these changes.

For more information on your Non-Insured Health Benefits, eligibility, and to find the forms you need to make a claim for reimbursement, please visit our website at

Please remember, Qalipu is only processing claims related to the Medical Transportation Benefit.  All other claims must be sent to Health Canada.

Item Description Item Code Recommended

Replacement Guideline


(Up to)

Bath Chair 99400295 5 years $90.00
Commode, Standard 99400296 5 years $115.00
Elevated toilet seat, standard 99400298 3 years $52.84
Elevated Toilet Seat with


99400299 3 years $90.00
Floor to Ceiling Pole 99400321 Lifetime $330.00
Grab Bar Tub (non-


99400649 3 years $66.00
Grab Bar-Bed Purchase 99400322 10 years $110.00
Mat, tub, non-slip 99400301 2 years $25.61
Safety Frame for Toilet 99400302 5 years $67.00
Tub Transfer Bench 99400304 5 years $165.00
Walker Standard Purchase 99400338 5 years $121.80
Walker Wheeled Purchase 99400340 5 years $350.00
Wheel Chair Manual Purchase 99200349 5 years $850.00