Caribou Legs Makes his Way Through Qalipu (Caribou) Territory

Brad Firth, AKA Caribou Legs, has been making his way through Qalipu territory since arriving in Newfoundland on November 5th.  A large crowd came out to meet him in St. George’s at the Bay St. George Cultural Circle, and after his stop at the Qalipu Community Room in Corner Brook today, he will go on to meet groups in Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander before moving on to his final destination, St. John’s.  More than 50 individuals gathered for today’s meet and greet hosted by Qalipu First Nation in partnership with the Corner Brook Aboriginal Women’s Association.

Brad is an ultra-marathon runner who has become a message carrier in the style of the traditional Gwich’in message runners. He’s currently in the midst of a cross-country run promoting three main points: to increase support for the issue of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG); end violent measures & reactions (Warriors Against Violence); and to promote health in body, mind and spirit.

He began his journey in Vancouver, B.C. on May 8th, 2016 (Mother’s Day).  He intends to reach St. John’s by November 20th for a total distance travelled of 7,420 km.  His daily average is 60-75 km but, he has been known to run up to 100 km in one day. Brad is running alone, without any on-road support. It’s just him, a backpack and his hand drum.  He receives support from his “quarterback”, Robyn Lawson, in B.C. who helps work out details on speaking engagements and gatherings along the way.

Brad was personally motivated to do this run to raise awareness about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls after the loss of his sister to domestic violence. He wanted to honour her in the best way he knows how; talking about his experiences and sharing his story of overcoming adversities.

Further Details:

All funding for Brad’s running, surviving and educating needs are provided for via donations, speaking honoraria and a crowd-funding page:

We are marking the Newfoundland leg of Brad’s journey on our events calendar.
Find out where he will be next:

If you want to host Brad in your community before his journey ends, please contact Robyn Lawson by email at

Caribou Legs on Facebook:

Pictured here are researchers Mary Elsa Young and Madonna Louvelle at work in Qalipu’s Stephenville office along with interviewee Rodney Bennett. Rodney is one of many members of the Band who are contributing their knowledge of woodland caribou species. Rodney is also one of Qalipu’s River Guardians.

Two Weeks Left to Participate: Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Research on Woodland Caribou in Newfoundland

The purpose of the Woodland Caribou Study according to Melissa Brake, Project Manager,  is to “formally collect and document Traditional Knowledge on the woodland caribou species including such topics as historical population trends, distribution and behavior in the Bay St. George area.”

Jonathan Strickland, Manager of the Qalipu Natural Resource Division added, “Sometimes researchers might overlook the value of our elders’ traditional knowledge and oral history.  As an indigenous organization we understand the value.  Through this project we hope not only to collect and preserve this valuable knowledge, but also build on it by following up with collecting scientific data in the field that supports what our elders have told us.”

If you haven’t scheduled your interview yet, please do so.  This project will end on November 25th.  Please contact Madonna or Mary Elsa at 649-0593.

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Wanted: Chaperones and Coaches for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games

Purpose: To provide, in a volunteer capacity, support to Team Indigenous Newfoundland Labrador Athletes in preparation, training and participation in the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto, Ontario – July 16-23, 2017. All Coaches will assist and support the Chef de Mission and Assistant Chef de Mission in a variety of aspects affecting Team NL prior to and during the Games, and are accountable on these matters to the Chef de Mission.

Major Duties of Coaches/Chaperones

  • Being responsible for the athletes of their sport throughout the full duration of the Games and prior training from July 12th, 2017 till athletes return home from the games on July 24st , 2017
  • Promote a safe, harassment-free environment where team members are treated with respect so that their experience can be a positive and memorable one
  • Ensuring that all of their athletes are aware of and understand the Team NL code of conduct and disciplinary code
  • Residing in the assigned accommodation with their Athletes throughout the games
  • Agreeing to and signing the Team NL Code of Conduct
  • Abiding by and enforcing Team NL’s Dress Code
  • Coaching in a fair and respectful manner
  • Administering discipline for minor infractions
  • Reporting all incidents of harassment to Mission Staff
  • Being responsible for competitor’s preparation, performance and conduct prior to, during and after the Games
  • Assisting with administrative tasks for the team, including registration, uniform allocation, and transportation
  • Assisting Mission Staff and the Host Society with accreditation and accommodation procedures
  • Being familiar with the roles and responsibilities of Mission staff
  • Attending all required Team NL official functions and ceremonies when requested by the Mission Staff
  • Providing input and feedback to your respective Mission Staff or Assistant Chef de Mission regarding the Games

Mandatory Qualifications for Coaches/ Chaperones

– At least 21 years of age
– A resident of Newfoundland Labrador for at least two years prior to the actual Games
– Able to take time off from work to properly prepare for and attend the Games
– Possess very strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, ability to work well with others
– Must demonstrate good moral character
– Must submit Police Criminal Record Check not dated earlier than February 2016

Preferred Qualifications for Coaches/ Chaperones

– Past/current involvement and experience in the Newfoundland Labrador sporting/cultural community
– Acquisition of basic certification from the National Coaching Certification Program in your sport if available, coaching experience will also be considered


If you are interested in this opportunity please check out the application which can be found here.
Instructions on how to apply and deadline are found within the application.


Vice Chief Erica Samms Hurley appointed to Canadian Institutes of Health Research Advisory Committee

October 31, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased with the recent appointment of Erica Samms-Hurley, a Mi’kmaq woman from Newfoundland and a member of the Qalipu First Nation, to the Institute Advisory Board (IAB) on Chronic Conditions at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).” –

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Benoit 1st Nation Annual Assembly and Mi’kmaw Centre Grand Opening

Band Members, general public and invited guests attended the Benoit 1st nation Annual Assembly and Mi’kmaw Centre Grand opening which was a cultural gathering and celebration that took place on Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Mi’kmaw Centre in Degrau, NL

The event began with a Smudging/ Blessing of the building and the attendees with sage and sweet grass by our Spiritual Advisor Terry Muise.

This was followed by the blessing of the Spirit Wind Community Drum and then the Welcoming song and the Gathering Song.

Rev Patry of the RC Parish of Our Lady of the Cape said read a statement and blessed for the Centre and this was followed by the cutting of the red ribbon signifying the Official opening of the Centre along with the carrying of the Community flag and the Mi’kmaq Nation Flag by Elders Godfrey Benoit and Jerome Benoit.

This event marks the 1st Mi’kmaw Cultural Centre for this region and was very much needed to help the local Mi’kmaq population immerse themselves in traditions, heritage, cultural activities, drumming and language.

Then drumming of the Feast Song followed by a feast, cake cutting and more feasting with snacks, treats and finger foods.

The Benoit 1st Nation Annual Financial Report was handed out to all band members.

The event closed off with the Travellers song followed by a group photo.

The event was hosted by the Benoit 1st Nation Women’s Council who did a beautiful job with the celebrations.


Office and Retail Space for Rent in Stephenville

Office and Retail Space for Rent in Stephenville

Location: 90 Main Street

You won’t find another place like this!  Centrally located near all local amenities on Stephenville’s bustling Main Street, our fairly-priced rental space is full of possibilities for the setup of your office or small business.   A total of 3,700-square feet is available which can be subdivided to meet your space requirements and there are also move-in ready spaces available.


  • 22 offices
  • Common area
  • Kitchen
  • Flexible lease options
  • Lessor can renovate to suit your needs
  • On-site facility manager

For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Rob Dicks at 643-6895 (9:00 AM-4:00 PM) or 660-4691 (after business hours).

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Qalipu Linkages Employment Program

Program Description

The Qalipu Linkages Program is a youth employment program funded by the Department of Advanced Education and Skills.  The program provides participating youth with a 26-week career-related local job placement combined with regular workshops on employment skill-building topics.  After a week of orientation, participants will conduct their own job search to find a placement that suits their skills and interests.  Upon completion of the program, participants will earn a “completion bonus” to support their future career and education goals.


To be eligible for the Linkages program, participants must:

  • Be a registered member of the QMFNB between the ages of 18 to 30;
  • Be able to provide own transportation for employment and workshops in the Corner Brook area;
  • Be non-EI eligible and have limited work experience (currently not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and have not received EI benefits within the last 3 years; or have not received EI maternity/parental benefits within the last five years);
  • Have completed a minimum of level II high school, and have NOT completed post-secondary training. If an applicant has not completed high school or equivalent, they must be out of school for a minimum of six months prior to applying to the program.

How to apply

To apply to the Qalipu Linkages Program, please submit a resume or cover letter by mail, in person, or via e-mail to:

Work Force Qalipu
Attention: Vickie MacDonald
3 Church St
Corner Brook, NL
A2H 2Z4

Deadline to apply:  November 10th, 2016

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Regular Meeting of Council

A regular meeting of the Qalipu Chief and Council will take place on December 3, 2016 starting at 10:00 am in the Qalipu Community Room at 1 Church Street, Corner Brook.  This meeting is open to all members of the Qalipu First Nation.  We request that members preregister if possible to allow us to plan for seating and refreshments.  Please note that you will be asked to sign in at the meeting and present your registration card or letter.

To preregister please contact Mabel MacDonald at 634-5111 or email by November 30.

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L-R Marcuss Gosse, Mitch Blanchard and Nona Matthews Gosse

Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Donations pour in for Ke’tipnemk Fundraiser

Floating About is the title of the latest donation of artwork received by the Qalipu Cultural Foundation in support of their upcoming Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction set to take place this October 22 at Jennifer’s Restaurant in Corner Brook.  The donation was made by local Mi’kmaw artist Marcus Gosse who said that this original piece, in acrylic and oil, is part of “The Mi’kmaq Utopia Collection.”

“What I’m getting at in this collection is the iceberg analogy as it relates to culture.  The tip of the iceberg represents that small bit of a person that is apparent at the surface.  What people see.  Under the surface however, there’s much more than meets the eye.”

Gosse was referring to the habits, assumptions, understandings, values and the depth that makes up who we are as the Mi’kmaq people of the province.  He said “you have to dig deeper to get to know a person and their culture.”

Marcus, and his wife Nona Matthews Gosse, plan on attending the Ke’tipnemk fundraiser and hope that the painting, along with several other donations made by Gosse, will bring in a good price to put towards the mandate of the Qalipu Cultural Foundation.

The Qalipu Cultural Foundation was formed in 2014 to support Mi’kmaq culture in Newfoundland and Labrador.  It exists to ensure cultural documentation, and promote the involvement of youth and elders in cultural activities within the band.   They strive to inspire the people to proudly embrace their heritage, to empower them to continue the traditions of the ancestors and restore the spirit of Mi’kmaq culture in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tickets for the Ke’tipnemk Fundraiser are now on sale.  Please contact reception at Qalipu’s main office in Corner Brook at 634-0996 to get yours.


Note: Also coming up in October for Mi’kmaq Heritage Month, artists Marcus Gosse and Scott Butt will prepare an exhibition at the Arts and Culture Centre in Stephenville titled “Expressions of Qalipu Land”.  The show opens on October 1 at 7:00 PM.  The first 25 visitors will receive a print from The Mi’kmaq Utopia Collection titled Finding my Way.