At the February monthly membership meeting, a number of announcements were made by Chief Hayward. While Council Member Charlie White took the minutes in lieu of Secretary Jarrett, who could not be in attendance, a small crowd of members listened attentively. First discussed were the on-going issues related to the Qalipu enrolment process, and more specifically, the recent letters regarding self-identification.
Following this, a number of handouts were provided, including some information regarding IHFN’s involvement with the recently-announced Seven Shores Nation Network initiative. Additionally, information regarding possible staff for IHFN was discussed.
The third and final major topic was the announcement of this year’s elections for the Band Council. Anyone wishing to nominate a member for a council position must do so at the next meeting, which will be held on Thursday, March 21st, 2019. At this meeting, the final dates and voting locations will be announced, likely occuring over two days with one location in Stephenville and another in Stephenville Crossing.
Please share this information with any other members and encourage all who may be interested in running for council to attend the next meeting. Come Out. Be Heard. Take Part.
Update: The above was edited to include the correct date for the next meeting, which is March 21st, not March 28th as originally written.
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.