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Emergency Housing Repair Funds Available to Band Members Impacted by Hurricane Fiona

In the days following one of the worst storms to hit our shores, we are reflecting on the struggles now faced by individuals and families who have lost their homes and belongings.  It is a difficult moment to be sure, and our thoughts and prayers are with those facing these challenges.

At this time, we would like to take the opportunity to remind Band members, specifically those most severely impacted along the south coast, about our Emergency Housing Repair Program and invite them to get in touch to discuss options under this program, and other supports available through Qalipu’s Housing Division.

For more on housing support programs, click here

To reach out and discuss what we can do to help, please contact Jason at 709-634-0411.

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Hunting and Trapping Guide Training in Stephenville, Corner Brook and Grand Falls-Windsor

Qalipu First Nation is pleased to announce we will be conducting a Hunting and Trapping Guide Training courses November 19-26 in Grand Falls-Windsor, November 20-24 in Stephenville and November 28 to December 3 in Corner Brook. 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.

Upon course completion, students will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Hunting and Trapping Guide training and ultimately be prepared to apply to become certified licensed Hunting and Trapping Guides in Newfoundland and Labrador through the Wildlife Division.

Applications can be submitted either via email to ymacdonald@qalipu.ca, or hand-delivered/mailed to the St. George’s Office.

Please see below for links to the application forms.

Application for Corner Brook / Stephenville

Application for Grand Falls-Windsor


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Indigenous Labour Market Initiative Launch

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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


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