Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Enrolment Process
On July 4, 2013, the Government of Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) announced a Supplemental Agreement that clarifies the process for enrolment in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation and resolves issues that emerged from the implementation of the 2008 Agreement for the Recognition of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band. This Supplemental Agreement also addresses the surge in applications received for membership in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, which had prevented the parties from reviewing all applications submitted prior to the November 30, 2012 application deadline.
As a result of the 2008 Agreement and the 2013 Supplemental Agreement, all applications for membership in the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation submitted between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2012, except those previously rejected, are being reviewed to ensure that applicants meet the criteria for eligibility set out in the 2008 Agreement. This includes the applications of all those who have gained Indian status as members of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation. No new applications will be accepted.
Through the 2008 Agreement and the 2013 Supplemental Agreement, the Government of Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians will ensure integrity in the enrollment process, while also ensuring that all applicants are treated fairly and equitably.
In early November 2013, all applicants, except those whose applications were previously rejected, were sent one of two letters:
- Where an application is invalid, the letter advises the applicant that his or her application has been denied.
- Where an application is valid, the letter advises the applicant that he or she has the opportunity to provide additional documentation in support of his or her application relating to self-identification and group acceptance, pursuant to the June 2013 Supplemental Agreement.
Applicants who are eligible to provide additional documentation relating to self-identification and group acceptance must ensure their submissions are postmarked or received by January 31, 2014. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use courier service or registered delivery and to retain proof that their documents were sent.
It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to determine what additional documentation relating to self-identification and group acceptance, if any, he or she wishes to provide in support of his or her application.
For important information and details on where to send additional documentation, read the bulletin, November 2013 – Updated Information for Applicants for Membership in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation.
If you are an applicant whose application was not previously rejected and you have not received a letter by November 15, 2013, please phone: 1-800-561-2266. TTY: 1-800-465-7735.
Every applicant will be advised of the Enrolment Committee’s determination of his or her eligibility only after the assessments or reassessments of all applications have been completed. In accordance with the Agreement, the Enrolment Committee’s review of applications has been extended until August 31, 2015.
What Information is Available?
- November 2013 - Updated Information for Applicants for Membership in the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Obtaining Census Information for Applicants to the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation – Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions
- July 4, 2013 – News Release: Canada and FNI Reach Supplemental Agreement
- June 2013 Supplemental Agreement
- June 2013 Directive to the Enrolment Committee
- 2008 Agreement
- Backgrounder: 2013 Supplemental Agreement
- Chronology: Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation
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