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The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Community Event Fund

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On September 30th, we wear orange to honor the children who survived residential schools and remember those that didn’t. Qalipu First Nation is committed to providing its members and non-members alike the opportunity to participate in these events to remember and honor the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, to celebrate resilience and to uphold the commitment that every child matters. To help support these events, QFN is inviting grassroots Indigenous organizations across the province to submit smalls proposals of up to $2000 per group for funding under the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Community Event Fund. This fund is meant to support events such as a group walk, drumming session, prayer session or all the above followed by refreshments if desired (BBQ or tea & coffee etc.).

For full details, click on the link below.
Community Event Fund Application

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Logo Contest

To recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Qalipu First Nation will be launching a Logo Contest. This contest is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in Grades Kindergarten to Grade 12 within Canada. Contest submissions must be received by September 16th, 2022, 4:00pm NST. The logo contest winner will receive a cheque for $250.00 as prizes including swag, Indigenous books, and cultural supplies. In addition, the winner’s school will be presented a donation of $500.00 towards the breakfast program.

Contest entries and the accompanying media release form signed by a parent/guardian must be received by September 16, 2022 at 4:00pm NST. All entries and media release forms must be scanned and emailed to eastern-sun@qalipu.ca, or mailed to:

Attn: Kristen Pittman
Qalipu First Nation
3 Church Street
Corner Brook NL  A2H 2Z

Click on the link below for full contest details.

Media Release Form
Full Contest Details

Truth and Reconciliation Poster

Council meeting website

Council Meeting – July 28, 2022

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 12:30 pm NDT.

This will be a in-person meeting and will also be live-streamed for members.
You can access the live stream by logging into your GINU Membership Profile at:
Ginu login: qalipu.ca/login-options

To register (for in-person attendance) call 709-634-5111 or email council@qalipu.ca

To offer comments or ask a question for Chief and Council at the upcoming meeting, email
council@qalipu.ca or visit our website form at https://qalipu.ca/leave-a-message-for-chief-and-council/

Chief Brendan Mitchell_edited

Message from the Chief – July 14, 2022

Our new Qalipu Council took office in November and during the past several months there has been extensive engagement by our Councillors within Council and within our communities. Our Standing Committees have been working eagerly to further our programs on behalf of Qalipu, our membership and communities. I thank all on Council for their contributions to date.

The Summer period is an extremely busy time at Qalipu First Nation.

Our staffing usually increases during Summer as we have introduced 104 student job placements in local businesses and have our twelve River Guardians engaged in river monitoring and conservation services. Additional students are participating in a summer program with the RCMP. Further, we have four Qalipu members participating in the Black Bear Program at Camp Gagetown, NB as part of another summer employment initiative.

As I write this message, I reflect on the regional powwows just concluded at Conne River and at Flat Bay, NL. The reintroduction of these powwow events following a two-year hiatus, was welcomed by Indigenous and Non-Indigenous People alike. In conversation with Chief Mi’sel Joe, he indicated that the event at Miawpukek First Nation was a huge success with good attendance. I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank the Bay St. George Cultural Revival Circle and the Flat Bay Band for their work in returning the powwow to the Flat Bay powwow grounds. Despite some rain and lower than usual temperatures, many people turned out to enjoy the singing, dancing, and other events that were scheduled. The community of Flat Bay was welcoming in fostering a strong sense of kinship and friendship. I also extend sincere congratulations to the ten recipients of the Aboriginal Veterans Millennium Medallion. These medals were presented at a special ceremony held on Saturday July 9 conducted by Lieutenant Commander (Retired), Todd LaSaga

Other upcoming events include St. Anne’s Day on July 26, the Burgeo Mawio’mi on August 5-6, the Elmastukwek Mawio’mi scheduled for August 14, the Memorial University Grenfell Campus Mini Powwow planned for September and celebrations surrounding the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. I ask everyone to mark these dates on your calendars and I encourage all to participate in as many events as possible.

I continue to receive inquiries related to enrolment in Qalipu First Nation. The overall process has been ongoing for the past twelve years and I can appreciate that applicants are losing patience with this process. The much-anticipated Agreement for Military Personnel, RCMP and Veterans of both, is now in final draft. We hope to have the Agreement available for review with Qalipu members in preparation for a ratification vote in the coming weeks. I am disappointed to report that Indigenous Services Canada remains unwilling to address the situation for former members of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians until such time as the outstanding court cases related to enrolment are finalized. We continue to exert pressure on the Minister of Indigenous Services Canada to change Canada’s position on this situation.

The past several years, facing a global pandemic have been challenging for everyone. We have been happy to alleviate some of these challenges for our members through our COVID Support Programs including our Home Repair and Accessibility Programs, Residential Home Heat and Energy Rebate program, Senior’s Essential Travel Subsidy, and our Food Relief Fund. These programs have been invaluable for our members to face the challenges of recent years and I am hopeful that we are moving forward to better days ahead.

This Summer, our Province is celebrating Come Home Year 2022. Many events are planned for communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Many people will be visiting our communities. While I encourage everyone to actively participate in Come Home Year festivities, I also remind everyone of the need to be vigilant regarding Covid and new variants.

I wish everyone an enjoyable and safe Summer.

 

Chief Brendan Mitchell

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Indigenous Labour Market Initiative Launch

ILMI Project Flyer Qalipu First Nation

The Indigenous Labour Market Initiative (ILMI) Project began in 2018 and is scheduled to continue through to 2023. Currently, the ILMI project is being carried out in First Nation communities across Canada, including Qalipu First Nation. The project is funded by Employment & Service Development Canada (ESDC) and is maintained and supported by Aboriginal Employment Services Inc. (AES).

The purpose of the ILMI Survey Project is to provide a snapshot of the current labour force in our communities to assist with planning, program development, and identifying issues that need to be addressed.  Qalipu First Nation, Employment and Training is attempting to fill this gap by collecting this vital information, with an overall goal of matching community members to meaningful jobs.

To participate in the survey, click here: https://secure.indigenouslmi.ca/survey/startsurvey.aspx?s=1192004

Questions regarding the ILMI Project can be directed to Project Coordinator, Scott Penney.

Phone: 709-489-6770
Fax:709-489-8417
spenney@qalipu.ca

Summer camps- new

Education & Training Summer Camp 2022 For Kids (St. George’s)

Registration for the Education & Training Summer Camps is now open for Grand Falls-Windsor 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.

All slots for the Grand Falls-Windsor camps are filled and applicants will be waitlisted.

Application can be found here: Qalipu Summer Camp – Qalipu

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Request for Proposals – Enterprise Resource Planning System

Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), The Qalipu First Nation (QFN) invites interested and qualified consultants to submit a proposal for the development and supply of an accounting and ERP system.

Proposals should be submitted by Wednesday, June 29, 2022 by 12:30 p.m.

CONTACT:

Andrew Simmons
3 Church St.
Corner Brook, NL A2H 2Z4

asimmons@qalipu.ca

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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