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New Scholarships Valued at $1000

Marathon Gold and Qalipu First Nation are pleased to share that they will be offering 5 scholarships valued at $1,000.00 annually over the next 5 years.

The Marathon Gold – Qalipu First Nation Scholarship is designed to encourage and support Qalipu band members with their career development and growth as they attend post-secondary education institutions.

Please click here for further details and to complete the application.

Applications are due by January 31, 2023.

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Message from the Chief – November 10, 2022 – Lest We Forget

Kwe’

This week, on November 8th, we celebrated Indigenous Veterans Day, honouring the Indigenous veterans of Canada who have served in missions across our country and around the world in times of war, conflict, and peace.  The military service of First Nations, Inuit and Metis in Canada has deep roots and its important that we recognize and remember their contributions and sacrifices.

Beginning with the War of 1812, Indigenous soldiers have been enlisted and this involvement continues in modern times in Afghanistan, in Europe and other places around the world.  Indigenous people in times of war and peace been involved in service for more than 200 years.

On Indigenous Veterans Day and tomorrow, Remembrance Day, we honour the service, the courage, and sacrifices of those in service today, all veterans, and those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

It is my pleasure to share with you today a new project at Qalipu First Nation to honour and remember our Indigenous Veterans.  The Indigenous Veterans Memorial Wall was put together with the help of our community members who sent in pictures, names and other details of their family members and loved ones, Indigenous veterans who are no longer with us.  This wall of remembering will be maintained on our website and added to each year for Remembrance Day.

I encourage everyone to take a moment to view the Memorial Wall and reflect on the sacrifices that have been made.  Likewise, I encourage you all to participate in activities taking place in your communities for Remembrance Day such as parades and ceremonies, and to lay a wreath where possible.

 

Wela’lin

Chief Brendan

 

Click Here to View the Indigenous Veterans Memorial Wall

 

Rock Your Mocs

Rock Your Mocs!

 

Email a picture, or comment on our social media post using the hashtag #rockyourmocs!

Participate anytime during the week of November 13-19 with a picture of you (or you and some friends or colleagues) wearing your moccasins for the Rock Your Mocs Event! All photo submissions will be entered into a prize draw.

Let’s have some fun in honour of National Native American History Month!

Pictures can be emailed to communications@qalipu.ca or by leaving a comment when you see the Rock Your Mocs poster on our Facebook Page which will be pinned to the top all week.

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Upcoming Council Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Chief and Council will take place on November 20th at 9:00 am at the Albatross Hotel in Gander.

Members are invited to view the meeting by logging into their ginu membership profile where the meeting will be live-streamed.

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Qalipu Band Member Paul Glavine of Grand Falls-Windsor Inducted into NL Hockey Hall of Fame!

Paul Glavine & Dr. Jared Butler (President of Hockey NL)
Paul Glavine & Dr. Jared Butler (President of Hockey NL)

It was a humbling and proud moment for Paul Glavine when he received a phone call from Hockey NL notifying him that he was selected for induction into the Provincial Hockey Hall of Fame.  This acknowledgement by Hockey NL is the pinnacle of recognition for extraordinary achievement within the game of hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“I was humbled but I was also proud.  I’ve been playing hockey since I was six years old and involved in many ways over the years. I love the game.” Paul noted.

Paul Glavine has been a hockey player for over 45 years, a volunteer and coach in his home community of Grand Falls-Windsor.  However, it was his instrumental role in resurrecting senior hockey in the community that earned him induction into the Hall of Fame’s Builder category at a ceremony this past Saturday at the Civic Centre in Corner Brook.

In 2001, Paul was instrumental in the rebirth of the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts Hockey Club. He was the founding member and served as the President for ten years. He then moved into the Director of Operations of the club for six years having several stints as both an assistant and head coach.

Craig Tulk, Executive Director at Hockey NL, grew up with Paul and noted that he was well worthy of the recognition.

“Paul helped build a senior hockey team that went on to play in four Allan Cup Canadian senior hockey semi-final games, eventually winning the Canadian championship in 2017.  The Allan Cup has only been won by two other teams in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Paul with children Jacob and Hilaree
Paul with children Jacob and Hilaree

Paul also led the Cataracts to an astonishing five Herder Memorial Championships.  His coaching record with the team was 106 wins, 44 losses and 9 overtime losses.

Tulk noted that Paul was largely responsible for attracting quality players to the team and making the game an experience for the whole family to enjoy.

“The quality of players that joined the team in his twenty-year tenure was a true testament to his ability to attract and build great hockey teams.  Fan attendance, partnerships, sponsorships… going to a Cataracts game in Grand Falls-Windsor was more than just a game, it was a community event, entertainment like no other.”

Congratulations to Paul Glavine on his dedication to sport, and community.

Job Watch

Your Employment Advantage

As Employment Coordinator, Yvonne helps to connect members with employment opportunities, and assists with access to programs such as Self-Employment Assistance, Wage Subsidies, Skills Parachute, Targeted Training, Grad Incentive Program, and Youth Summer Employment.

Chat with Yvonne on the Education and Training Facebook group, and see all the latest news and job opportunities.

Join Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/824185305047002

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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!

Agenda
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 ymacdonald@qalipu.ca

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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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST INDIGENOUS ARTISTS MURAL OF THE EAST BLOCK LOBBY OF CONFEDERATION BUILDING

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (GNL) is interested in acquiring murals created by Indigenous artist(s) for the East Block Lobby of Confederation Building. To assist with that possible acquisition in relation to Qalipu First Nation (QFN), the QFN is seeking via this Expressions of Interest (EOI) proponents who can design and fabricate a Mural for permanent installation in the East Block Lobby of Confederation Building, depicting Mi’kmaq of QFN; and that the QFN may recommend, as a result of this EOI, to GNL for that purpose.

Each EOI will be evaluated as outlined below:
Each EOI must describe in detail how the scope of work/deliverables will be achieved.

QFN reserves the right to engage with proponents to rectify, verify, clarify and supplement any information submitted in an EOI.

The proponent submitting the most suitable EOI may subsequently be invited to enter into a contract for the work described herein by GNL. However, there is no obligation on GNL to enter any such contract.

 

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Award Presentation at Corner Brook Intermediate 2022-1 (1)

Chief Mitchell Presents Awards to Kali Gill, National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Logo Contest Winner

"My artwork can be interpreted in different ways. It could show a mother remembering when her child was taken from her, or it could be a memory of herself as a survivor of the residential school. It represents the sadness and loss of so many innocent lives, like this little girl walking into the school with false hope. I drew the lady as an elder because even though time passes and we age, our teardrops hold memories that will never be forgotten."
“My artwork can be interpreted in different ways. It could show a mother remembering when her child was taken from her, or it could be a memory of herself as a survivor of the residential school. It represents the sadness and loss of so many innocent lives, like this little girl walking into the school with false hope. I drew the lady as an elder because even though time passes and we age, our teardrops hold memories that will never be forgotten.”

On Friday, October 21 Chief Brendan Mitchell and representatives from the Qalipu First Nation visited Corner Brook Intermediate to present awards to miss Kali Gill, a grade 9 student who was the winner of this years’ logo contest for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.  This day, observed on September 30, is a day to recognize the terrible legacy of Canada’s residential school system, commemorate residential school Survivors, and remember the thousands of Indigenous children lost to this system.

The logo contest was open to children from kindergarten to grade 12 and invited students to create artwork that represents what Truth and Reconciliation means to them.  Kali’s winning design, which will be featured on orange shirts sold at Qalipu offices in advance of the next National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, won her the top prize of $250, a swag bag filled with cultural items and a $500 donation to her school’s breakfast program.

Chief Mitchell remarked that these events are particularly significant to youth, who will be instrumental in forging the path forward toward reconciliation by fostering, “…. the spirit of mutual respect and positive change.”

At the event, Principal Peter Burt announced the school has plans to immortalize Kali’s design on the school’s wall as a part of their commitment to diversity, inclusion, and acceptance.

Congratulations to Kali and gratitude all those who entered this year’s competition.