Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

September 26, 2011 10:35 ET

Government of Canada Announces the Creation of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2011) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Brendan Sheppard, Chief of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band, today announced the creation of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band.

"The creation of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band is an important step forward for the Mi'kmaq people of Newfoundland," said Minister Duncan. "Today marks the official recognition for all members of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band as Status Indians under the Indian Act."

"I congratulate the efforts of all members of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band," said the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. "Today marks a historic occasion for the Mi'kmaq of Newfoundland, one which will not be forgotten."

With the creation of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band, members of the band will be able to access federal programs and services. As outlined in the Settlement Agreement, there are no lands set aside to create a reserve. An official celebration will take place later this fall with members of the band.

"On behalf of the members of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band, I want to thank all the people who worked so hard in bringing our recognition process to reality," said Brendan Sheppard, Chief, Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band. "Thousands of Mi'kmaq people are finally able to claim their birthright, and while we must not forget our history, we must look forward to the future and do the best we possibly can to develop the tremendous potential that exists among our people."

Please also see:

Backgrounder: Creation of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band

Frequently Asked Questions: Creation of Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band

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Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Moira Wolstenholme
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    819-997-0002

    Media Relations
    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
    819-953-1160

    Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band
    Brendan Sheppard
    Chief
    709-647-3033