At the recent Qalipu AGA in St. George’s, attendees met our Regional Chief and representative in the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Saqmaw (Chief) Morley Googoo. Originally from Whycocomagh, Unama’ki (Cape Breton), Chief Morley learned during his time here that Googoo ancestors of his had previously lived in Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland) and he was happy to bring the Googoos back.
Before leaving, he was kind enough to don his headdress and allow a few people to get pictures with him, including our own Chief Hayward Young.
It’s a big week ahead, starting with a parade in Stephenville on Thursday, July 12 at 6PM. Organized by the Stephenville Historical Society, this is a first: created to help celebrate not only the Friendly Invasion and the Stephenville Theatre Festival, but also the local Indigenous population as we celebrate our annual powwow!
Then on Friday July 13, the powwow itself will start and run until Sunday, July 15. This special mawio’mi (gathering) is a great opportunity to see old friends, make new friends and enjoy dancing, drumming, teachings and more.
Chief Hayward Young welcomed a small but interested crowd to the June meeting for IHFN. After Vice-Chief Tianna Butler and Secretary Jarrett Brumsey reviewed the minutes from previous meetings, Chief Hayward discussed a variety of topics including the court cases that may affect Qalipu First Nation applicants and members, the present status of the band’s incorporation and the state of the band’s office at the Boyd & Bungay building.
Then he introduced Shane Snook, who has been hired under a JCP, which was made possible by the efforts of Chief Liz from No’kmaq Village. Shane will focus his time on building the membership of IHFN over the next year and in applying for program and project grants. Once a phoneline has been installed at the office, that contact information will be made available on this site, but for the present, you can send emails to IndianHeadFNgmail.com.
Additionally, Treasurer Gwen Lomond provided the present status of the band’s finances, after which the floor was opened for discussion. Soon, the final meeting before the summer break was concluded, with a mention of our next meeting, which will be on Thursday, September 27 at 7:00pm in the lecture theatre of the College of the North Atlantic.
At 10:30PM on Sunday, June 24th, catch the premier of The Country on the CBC Documentary Channel. On Bell it’s channel 346, with the HD version being 517. On Eastlink, it’s 121 or for HD it’s channel 793. There will also be repeat airings later the same night, and again at 1:00PM on July 1.
One extraordinary man and a handful of compelling Newfoundland Mi’kmaq, champion an inspiring story of recognition and a remarkable community of people reviving their nation. The backdrop is a Federal Enrolment program aiming to grant status, under the Indian Act, after 50 years of denying their existence. With 103,000 people caught in the process, the fate of thousands across Canada is at stake. With the twists and turns of a Shakespearean play, The Country is a complex film of a forgotten but resilient people, in search of their own truth, legitimacy and reconciliation.
This film features a number of people you may know, and is well worth you time watching. Stay tuned for further news on how you may be able to see this movie.
You can also check out details on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheCountryFilm
Paul Pike, from the Friendship Centre, shared this info:
Register early for this great opportunity with the National Arts Centre. At the conclusion of the weekend, participants finished work will be showcased on the federal website for everyone to see and appreciate. Location for this workshop will be 329 Main St., St. George’s. Poster is attached. There are no fees.
Please share this info with any youth you think might be interested.
On May 31st, band members met with Chief Hayward and members of council to discuss recent news and to review minutes from previous monthly meetings. This included the reading of a letter from former Chief Gerard Alexander, as well as the revelation that our band will soon have an office located in the Boyd & Bungay building at 139 Carolina Ave, Stephenville.
Chief Hayward also reminded attendees that the next monthly meeting will by the last until later in the summer. This meeting will occur on Thursday, June 28 at 7:00pm and will be held in the lecture theatre at the DSB Fowlow Building, College of the North Atlantic. IHFN members are asked to pass along this information to all interested parties.
Kindale Library in Stephenville presently has a display of books related to Mi’kmaq people and our culture. There are books for all ages, and include stories written in the Mi’kmaw language—a perfect opportunity to learn more about where we come from, and to regain some of the knowledge we have lost. This display has been put together in anticipation of Aboriginal Day, which is on June 21st. Check them out!
If you’d like to purchase any of these books, you can find many of them online at sites like Amazon and Indigo. Alternatively, check out the selection on the website of author Dorothy Stewart. She provides links to where you can purchase books, and a portion of each sale will go to her. Some books may even be freely available for downloading Finally, you can also check out Nimbus Publishing, which has a section on Mi’kmaq books.