Home Heat Rebate Poster 2022

Covid-19 Residential Home Heat & Energy Rebate Program


Due to the overwhelming success of the first random draw in the Fall of 2021, QFN is pleased to offer the Residential Home Heat & Energy Rebate Program for a second time. As a direct result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and multiple stay at home orders, Qalipu First Nation recognizes that its members have endured and continue to experience financial hardship due to the unexpected rise in the cost of heating and running their homes. To support its membership through these unprecedented times, Qalipu First Nation is pleased to host a random draw to disperse a one-time payment of up to $350 to each successful applicant toward their incurred Home Heat & Energy costs. While all applications will be accepted, priority will be given to those who were not selected during the first random draw in the Fall of 2021. Limited funds are available, the draw will extend until funds are exhausted.

Program Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a registered member of Qalipu First Nation.
  • Applicants are required to be a resident of Canada for a minimum of (12) consecutive months prior to date of application.
  • Applicants are required to provide proof of Home Heat and/or Energy costs incurred in the form of receipts or invoices from a Registered Home Heat and/or Energy Provider displaying the following:
    • Applicant’s name and full address. Address on application must match service address listed on receipts/invoices provided.
    • The business # or HST # of registered business or show member’s account #.
    • Receipt/invoice(s) total must show a minimum of $350 in Home Heat or Energy charges.
    • Eligible receipt/invoices are required to be dated from the period of January 1st, 2022 – May 1st, 2022.

*Please Note: If the residential heat or energy account is in the name of a non-member spouse or partner, you may still submit your application with that document. However, it will be necessary to provide further documentation to support that you are a resident of that same household. Acceptable verification sources can include but are not limited to: property tax invoices, poll tax invoices, online shopping receipt or shipping confirmations, pay stubs etc. The secondary sources of proof must state the members/applicants name and an address that matches the home heat or energy receipt/invoice submitted. They must be from a registered business.

Application Process:

  • Online Submissions are Required. Click here for the application
  • If unable to access a computer or internet service, QFN encourages members to have a family member or friend apply on their behalf. Phone support will be provided at 709-634-4577 or 709-393-6777.
  • Online application collection will be open for four (4) weeks: May 4th– June 1st, 2022 @ 4:00 pm.
  • Limit of one application per member. Duplicate applications will be removed from draw. In the event duplicate applications are received, QFN will consider the first application received as the valid submission.
  • All applications will require: Name, Accurate Shipping/Mailing address, Street Address (if different from mailing address), Band #, Phone Number and/or email address. Incomplete applications will be removed from draw.
  • While all member applications will be accepted, only one successful applicant per household is permitted. If additional applications are subsequently drawn from the same household, they will be considered ineligible.
  • Direct deposit is the quickest method of reimbursement. Please upload accurate banking information with your application if possible. A mailed cheque is an option but may cause additional delays.

Draw Date & Successful Applicant Contact Process

  • A Random Draw will take place on: June 6th, 2022.
  • Priority will be given to QFN members who were not selected from the previous random draw.
  • Due to privacy concerns a list of winners will not be posted and only successful applicants will be contacted.
  • Reimbursements will be processed after all eligibility requirements have been met.
  • Please allow up to 8 weeks from draw date to receive your reimbursement.
  • It is the responsibility of the successful applicant to report any benefits received under this program to Canada Revenue Agency. Please refer any tax related questions to CRA.

For inquiries contact the COVID support team by telephone:
Melissa – 709-393-6777
George – 709-634-4577
Or by email: covidsupport@qalipu.ca

Click here for the FAQ

Click here for the online application


Corner Brook Ward Meeting No.2 with Councilor Sherry Dean

Corner Brook Ward Members are welcome to join the second meeting held by Ward Councilor Sherry Dean on Thursday, March 24, 2022 in the Qalipu First Nation Community Room at 1 Church Street, Corner Brook. Meeting will begin 7:00pm and end at 9:00pm.
Door Prizes will be drawn!

If you have any questions regarding the Corner Brook Ward Meeting please contact your
Sherry (White) Dean

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Expression of Interest Indigenous Artists [Mural installation at Deer Lake Regional Airport]

Qalipu First Nation (QFN) is seeking via this Expressions of Interest (EOI) proponents who can design and fabricate a Mural for permanent installation in the Deer Lake Regional Airport.

In November of 2021, Experience Qalipu (EQ) in partnership with Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority (DLRAA) and the Town of Deer Lake released their announcement on ‘Indigenous Tourism Sense of Arrival’ to the airport and through the Humber River Trail System.

Full details on this EOI can be found here and submissions must be submitted by 11:59pm NDT on March 28 2022.

To: Rob Thomas
Qalipu First Nation
3 Church Street

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Pre-register at the link below to join us in the launch of our Community Comprehensive Plan on November 6, 2021 at Grand Falls-Windsor Golf Club! This event is open to 130 guests; if there is an overwhelming response a random draw will occur and guests will be notified by email, If you do not have an email please provide a phone number so you can be reached! Provincial regulations for this public event will require all attendees to provide proof of vaccination upon entry. Click her to register: Comprehensive Community Plan Launch Party Registration Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/27YMBPP


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Qalipu Mi’kmaw Language Revival Program 2021 Wrap up

One hundred and twenty people participated in this year’s Mi’kmaw program which was held for the first time virtually, taught by a Qalipu member and supervised by fluent speakers and writers from Unama’ki (Cape Breton).  The program officially ended June 30th. Mi’kmaw Language Facilitator Dean Simon, says he is very encouraged by the interest shown in language reclamation.  “After living in Unama’ki for about 2 years, I know this level of sustained interest is welcomed”.  103 beginners participated in 3 or more classes, along with 15 Novice students.

When the program resumes there will be 15 graduating up to intermediate, 65 beginners graduating up to Novice, 35 people are choosing to repeat beginners and they will be joined by more than 100 others who have expressed interest on our Facebook page. “When you have well over 200 people in a program, you know there is passion.”

There will also be a “Conversation Only” element to the next offering for those who do not wish to learn to read and write, and just want to know some greetings and small talk.  The previous program aimed to teach people to read and write proficiently so that they could maximize their own self-study using written resources that are available online and in print.  “When you finish the Beginner level you should be able to read a Mi’kmaw word well enough for a fluent speaker to understand AND you should be able to write down words that you hear, accurately enough to go back to them later and pronounce them properly.  We don’t have first language speakers here so we have to depend more heavily on reading a writing… to get us to the speaking level.”

By creating a large group of strong self-learners, these people will be able to ‘teach it forward’ and reach way more people in the long run than one teacher could ever hope to reach. This is just one of the valuable lessons Simon says he learned in a course he just finished from the University of Southern Maine (Passamaquoddy territory), called “Revitalization and Reclamation Methods”.  He has just finished compiling a study guide for participants which will be mailed out in the coming weeks, along with program tshirts, a Mi’kmaw book (or 2), and a couple of other small surprizes.

The program has also reached people through the first ever Language Week leading up to National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21st, a 12 week series on CBC Radio and numerous other media coverage.  “We are being approached by non-indigenous organizations and individuals on a regular basis and even got to do a 90 minute bilingual radio show with Bay of Islands Radio.” People interested in learning a little or a lot of Mi’kmaw are encouraged to visit the language Facebook group by searching for “We are learning to speak Mi’kmaw” or emailing dsimon@qalipu.ca.

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Council Meeting – March 27, 2021

The next regular meeting of Council will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 27, 2021

Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, a live-stream of the meeting will not be available. Members are encouraged to tune into Ginu membership database to view a recording of the meeting.

Ginu login: https://qalipu.ca/login-options/

Agenda for the meeting: Click Here

Ask Chief and Council a question at the upcoming meeting: https://qalipu.ca/leave-a-message-for-chief-and-council/

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Council Meeting – September 26, 2020

The next meeting of Council will be held at 10 am on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Corner Brook Civic Centre.

Members of the Band are invited to pre-register for the meeting if attending in person. Please be advised that attendance is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions and we will be unable to provide refreshments at this event. To pre-register, please call 634-5111 or email council@qalipu.ca

You must pre-register no later than 12 noon on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Members are encouraged to tune in to a live-stream of the meeting which is accessible through the Ginu membership database. If you need help accessing your profile, or have questions about how to view the live-stream, please contact our Indian Registration Administrator (IRA) at 709-634-4010 or 1-855-263-6440

Ginu login: https://qalipu.ca/login-options/

Ask Chief and Council a question at the upcoming meeting: https://qalipu.ca/leave-a-message-for-chief-and-council/

View the meeting agenda here: Meeting Agenda

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People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre Launches New Project for Youth!

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People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre has launched an incredible workshop/discussion series called “Adulting 101: for the Aspiring Leader” starting soon for youth age 15-30. The sessions will focus on developing practical life skills, building confidence and picking up a few professional skills along the way.

Youth can connect with Sabrina Muise, Project Coordinator. She’ll set you up for all the sessions hosted online and keep everyone connected throughout the program which starts next week and runs right into the New Year!

Contact details for Sabrina:
Tel: (709) 643-3902 | Fax: (709) 643-3877
Email: muisesabrina@gmail.com | Website: https://bit.ly/2YDMuIg

“Round Dance” by Nelson White
“Round Dance” by Nelson White

Nelson White’s Art Show Tukien (Awaken) Now Open at Grenfell Gallery


“Knowing” by Nelson White featuring Meagan Musseau
“Knowing” by Nelson White featuring Meagan Musseau

Wouldn’t we all like, in some small way, to be the subject of the artists gaze? To be reimagined through a unique lens and brought to new life as a piece of art or poetry or song?

Nelson White’s new art show Tukien (awaken) brings that lens of reimagining to familiar faces from home, to everyday people we know and love. In this portrait collection, we see locals Dave White, Michelle Cormier, Cal White, Jordan Bennett, Ivan J. White, Gregg White, Melissa Trembley, Aiden Ash Penwaq, John Nick Jeddore, Joanna Barker and Meagan Musseau among the 18 indigenous people represented.

I caught up with Nelson at the St. George’s Community Garden for a chat about Tukien, which is currently on display at Grenfell College in Corner Brook, and about his life as an artist.

“The faces in this collection represent the many ways that strong indigenous people are leading and impacting community” he said, “we are many things and I wanted to reflect all of who we are. These (portraits) are some of the cool, interesting, and intelligent people I know. People in my circle. A circle that continued to widen as the portrait project became a show.”

“Regalia Maker” by Nelson White featuring Michelle Cormier
“Regalia Maker” by Nelson White featuring Michelle Cormier

Nelson also said he wanted to showcase people in a way that defies stereotypes. For instance, the collection includes a portrait of a woman in RCMP officer’s attire. It is titled “Regalia Maker,” turning the stereotype of what a regalia maker should look like on its head.

Tukien opened in Corner Brook on August 14, ahead of other locations in Atlantic Canada, something that was important to Nelson. “Because it’s home. It’s where my family and friends can see it. The people who are in the show can see it and be proud.”

The show will eventually move on to other galleries and locations planned in Atlantic Canada.

The Smithsonian!

“Veteran Elder” by Nelson White featuring Elder Elsworth Oakley
“Veteran Elder” by Nelson White featuring Elder Elsworth Oakley

Nelson is visiting home (Flat Bay) for a few days and will return to St. John’s on Sunday. He’s a bit of a local celebrity here following news of his artwork being placed on permanent display at the Museum of the American Indian in the Smithsonian.

Indeed, a garden neighbour asked me later, “was that the Nelson White?”

Nelson commented on the success of this portrait, “I had no idea this would be such a big deal! It really kind of snowballed,” he added “I’m grateful to have my work accepted at this level.”

Elder Elsworth Oakley, from Massachusetts and living in Eskasoni, is the subject of the piece that has garnered national and international attention. Nelson explained, “Elder Oakley signed up for the marines at 17 years old. He served in Korea and is proud of his service. He’s one indigenous veteran of so many and for me, his face tells a story.”

Nelson hopes that this is just the beginning of greater eastern Canadian indigenous artist representation at the Smithsonian.

On Being an Artist

Nelson White at the St. George’s Community Garden, Friday, August 14, 2020
Nelson White at the St. George’s Community Garden, Friday, August 14, 2020

“I decided a few years ago that it was time to make space for being an artist.” Nelson had always been an artist but explained that he had never really taken it seriously. “It was time to do this professionally and do it right.”

Nelson changed careers to take a job that was less demanding and created less stress in his life. The move opened the door for his creative energy to flow and he has been steadily developing as a known artist. When I asked him what he would recommend to young artists, he had this to say.

“Learn the business side. Learn what they don’t teach you in art school. Being an artist takes more than just making and selling art. Artists should consider grant writing, marketing, online features, artist talks and other ways to be successful as an artist.”

Visit Tukien at Grenfell



10-4, Tuesday to Saturday (by appointment)
Make an appointment online now

To view the portraits from Tukien online, please visit nelsonwhiteart.com



Story by Alison White (awhite@qalipu.ca), on behalf of Qalipu First Nation.