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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

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


Notice to Stephenville Members

Qalipu First Nation would like to notify its members of the Stephenville area that there will be a temporary closure of Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Support Specialist office beginning Monday, October 25 through to Friday, November 5, 2021. We would like to apologize for this inconvenience and let you know that you can reach the following NIHB Support Specialist for assistance during this time:

Natasha Lavers
844-207-9718 (Medical Transportation Inquires Only)

Jennifer Dufour

Bonnie White

Howard Thistle
855-675-5743 (NIHB Inquiries)


Election Day Qalipu First Nation

Qalipu First Nation has neared the end of their voting window for the upcoming Chief and Council. Today, Friday, October 22, 2021, at 8:00pm NL Standard Time the voting window will officially close. Members who need assistance or are looking to retrieve their voters PIN can still call into the Election Helpdesk up until 8:00pm at 1-888-281-8683. Results of the 2021 Qalipu Election, under the direction of Electoral Officer, Carol Lahey, will be posted 8:30pm NL Standard Time on October 22, 2021, at, Qalipu First Nation Facebook Page, and @Qalipu2011 Twitter Feed.


Request for Proposals QDC Snow Clearing

Request for Proposals – Snow Clearing

Qalipu Development Corporation (QDC) is seeking proposals for snow clearing from November 15 to April 15, 2021 at the following areas:

  • Corner Brook at 1 & 3 Church Street
  • Grand-Falls Windsor at 28 Hardy Avenue
  • Stephenville at 90 Main Street

Please ensure to confirm your preferred property location in your submission to be received by Friday, October 29, 2021 at 12:30pm NL Standard Time.


photo doc snow clearRequest for Proposals – Snow Clearing (pdf)


Hunting and Trapping Application Extensions Gander + New Location Corner Brook!

In partnership with College of the North Atlantic, Qalipu First Nation is pleased to announce that we will adding another session of the Hunting and Trapping Guide Training to occur in Corner Brook (November 12-17). Hunting and Trapping Application

The session which was scheduled for Gander (October 17-21) has been rescheduled to a later date (TBD) and applications are still being accepted. This opportunity is designed for Qalipu Members or self-identifying Indigenous individuals who are interested in becoming Hunting and Trapping Guides in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Application Form can be found here: Applications are extended until October27th @ 4:00PM NDT and can be submitted either via email to, or hand-delivered/mailed to the St. George’s Office. All spots for the Stephenville session in November have been filled.


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Coming to You – Post Secondary Engagement Sessions!

The Department of Education and Training will be conducting Post-Secondary Engagement Sessions with Qalipu First Nation (QFN) post-secondary students, parents and general community members across the island and in many of our ward areas. These sessions will include engagement around ways to work with student and community feedback to ensure that concerns and aspirations for the Post-Secondary Education Programming are directly reflected in the alternatives developed for the future. Participants will be joined by guest Carol Spicer, owner of Spicer Facilitation and Learning, who will facilitate the engagement sessions and gather feedback.

Engagement sessions will be held in St. John’s, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook, Stephenville and St. George’s. Engagement sessions being held at CNA or MUN campuses will be limited to only post-secondary students due to Covid-19 restrictions. All are welcome to attend the evening community engagement sessions. Each engagement session will provide participants with a brief overview of the current program outlining items such as eligibility requirements, intake dates, and how the reimbursement process is conducted. All those in attendance will by divided into small break-out groups to better address what should start, stop and continue happening with the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP). A facilitated discussion will be held to identify resources needed to support post-secondary student success within the community. Proof of vaccination will be required for these engagement sessions as per provincial regulations.

To register for the Post-Secondary Education Engagement Session and receive updates on the event, follow the link below:

All attendees will be entered for a draw to win an iPad! Your attendance and interest in this event are much appreciated. Hope to see you there!



Workplace Safety Training Initiative

In partnership with College of the North Atlantic (CNA), Qalipu First Nation is pleased to announce we will be conducting a Workplace Safety Training Initiative at CAN Grand Falls-Windsor Campus from November 1st – November 15th. This opportunity is designed for Qalipu Members or self-identifying Indigenous individuals who are interested in completing workplace safety training courses.

The application form can be found here:Workplace Safety Training Initiative Application

Applications are due October 22nd, 2021 @ 4:00PM and can be submitted either via email to, or hand-delivered/mailed to the St. George’s Office.




Election Helpdesk Now Open

The Qalipu Election Helpdesk in now open, October 12th and will run daily from 8:00am NL Standard time to 7:00pm until October 21st! And will open 8:00am October 22nd until 8:00pm.

We encourage members that are looking for their voter information packages that includes your voting PIN to first:

  • Check your Email (if you had a current email listed on your GINU Membership Profile). If you do not see the email Subject “Qalipu First Nation Election, October 14-22, 2021” please proceed to check your junk or spam folders.
  • Check postage mail, arriving week of October 11 to 15th. If you did not have an email listed on your GINU profile but had your current home address listed you will receive your voter information package by postage.
  • If you have no information listed on your GINU membership profile, do not have current information listed, or have not received your package via email or postage by October 15th then please call the helpdesk at 1-888-281-8683.