Notice to Stephenville Members

We would like to thank members during this time while we continue to redirect NIHB Support for the Stephenville Area to the previous listed Specialist contacts below. Qalipu Health and Wellness Department continues to retrieve members NIHB drop offs from the Stephenville Office.

Members are encouraged to send their drops offs by postage if possible, to 3 Church Street, Corner Brook, NL A2H 2Z4 until an announcement of its Support Specialist Office reopening.

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

Susan Bryan

Howard Thistle
855-675-5743 (NIHB Inquiries)


Byelection – Call for Nominations Exploits Ward Councilor

In accordance with the Custom Rules Governing Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Elections and at the request of Electoral Officer, Carol Lahey, nominations are invited for the position of Councilor in the Electoral Ward of Exploits for the byelection to be held December 2, 2021.

Nomination forms are available for download beginning 9:00am on Monday, November 1st at<> or pick-up at Grand Falls-Windsor Office at 28 Hardy Avenue. Nominations will close at 4:00pm Tuesday, November 9th.

Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Corner Brook office, 3 Church Street, A2H 2Z4 either by postage mail or hand delivered. A non-refundable fee of $25.00 shall be submitted with the nomination papers in the form of money order, bank draft, certified cheque, or cash. Nominations are to be received no later than 4:00PM on November 9, 2021 and will be considered as filed with the Electoral Officer for the purpose of the Band byelection to be held on December 2, 2021.
Click here to view the application

The byelection voting period will begin November 24th and end December 2nd.

Members of the Exploits Ward are encouraged to call 709-634-5163 or email<> to ensure they receive their voter information package by confirming their home address and/or email on file at Qalipu First Nation. Please ensure to leave your name and number if you go to voicemail.

Carol Lahey
Electoral Officer


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


RCMP Summer Student Program Opportunity

Qalipu First Nation Band and the RCMP are continuing their work together to provide work experiences for Indigenous youth who are interested in a career in policing and/or justice. This employment opportunity will give you an insightful view of the RCMP and may help you decide if this is a career opportunity you wish to pursue. This youth opportunity is an eight (8) week duration, paid program from June-August 2022 at your local RCMP detachment. 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 steppingstone for individuals interested in pursuing a career with the RCMP.

Location of Position: For the Summer of 2022, 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, 2022
  • Not have a criminal record
  • Currently registered as a full-time student
  • Be planning to attend full-time studies in September 2022
  • Valid drivers’ licence

Salary Scale: $ 16.00 per hour which includes 4% vacation pay @ 40 hours per week for 9 weeks.
Deadline to Apply: January 21, 2022 – Please apply with:

  1. Resume
  2. Covering letter
  3. A completed RCMP/Qalipu First Nation Summer Student Program Employment Application
  4. 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

Please click here to view RCMP/Qalipu First Nation Summer Student Program Application


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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 – Signed by Electoral Officer

Click here to view the 2021 Election End of Polls

Click here to view the 2021 Election End of Polls – Detailed Vote Count

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


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!