It is my pleasure to bring greetings once again with this monthly message. It is a privilege to be Chief of this Nation. I ask Kisu’lk (Creator) today, and every day, for guidance to best serve the people I represent. I pray too that this message finds each of you in good health and looking forward to more sun and warmer temperatures with the near arrival of spring.
There are many reasons to be proud when I look back on the past few weeks. Qalipu staff did an excellent job in the organization and delivery of our annual business forum, Mawio’mi. I personally attended this event and was pleased to see a high number of indigenous businesses participating, and presentations from local development leaders. The youth element of the event was perhaps the best part. For the first time our Mawio’mi Business Forum included students from around Atlantic Canada who actively participated in the Forum. The students also participated in break out groups to analyze a business scenario and come up with a solution. The professionalism and the well put together presentations from these young people gives me confidence in the future.
Another highlight this past month was the opportunity to visit the Miawpukek First Nation along with several of the Qalipu Councilors. We met at their headquarters, learned about their governance and activities and had a tour around Conne River. We also met with Qalipu members that are living in that area. This was a great opportunity to get to know each other better, and to build on the relationship between our two Nations, both Mi’kmaq with shared history. We anticipate that Chief Mise’l Joe and some of the Miawpukek Councilors will be visiting Qalipu territory in May. We look forward to the opportunity to connect and build on this important relationship.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to point out several Town Hall Meetings that are coming up in our Wards in the near future. April 3-Grand Falls-Windsor, April 4-Gander, April 16-St. George’s and April 17-Flat Bay. You will find the particulars of these meetings in our monthly newsletter, attached. It is important that members take the opportunity to come out to these meetings and connect with their Ward Councilors.
Wela’lioq (Thank you to all of you)
Chief Brendan Mitchell