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The evening of October 24th, 2015 marked the Qalipu Cultural Foundation’s inaugural fundraising gala, the Ke’tipnemk Dinner and Silent Auction. Jennifer’s Restaurant was aglow with candlelight and traditional Mi’kmaq colours, adorned with artwork donated for silent auction by aboriginal artists of the province, and bubbling with the chatter and good spirits of the 120 attendees.

Sherry Dean, Vice-Chair of the Qalipu Cultural Foundation was emcee for the evening. She spoke to the importance of the Foundation’s mandate, and gave personal reflections on growing up as a ‘jackatar’ in western Newfoundland, a term that was often used in reference to French-Mi’kmaw in the region.

She said, “I want to give my children, all our children, back the culture that our generation never got to know. When being called jackatar was shameful. Today I can proudly say we are Mi’kmaq. The funds raised here tonight will help us share this pride.” Dean’s comments were met with applause and nods of acknowledgement from the room.

Mitch Blanchard, Resource Coordinator for the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band, works closely with the Foundation announced today that the final fundraising amount totals $15, 867.00, which surpassed their $10,000 goal. Blanchard said, “I’m humbled by the support and generosity of the community, the businesses and the families and individuals who donated and attended our event.” Proceeds from the gala will be put toward programs including cultural teachings for youth, elder symposiums and outdoor education.

A special thanks to all the artists/craft persons and sponsors who supported the event.

Artists & Craft Persons Sponsorship
Brent Joey Bennett Mountain Level
Dawn Samson Conach Consulting
Debbie Mallard Cox & Palmer
Exploits Native Women’s Association Fougere Menchenton Architecture Inc
Jenna Osmond Valard Construction
Jerry Evans Tree Level
Jim Samms ATCO Structures & Logistics
Joanne Rose BCJ
Kayla Stride Dr. Pamela Elliott
Keith Cormier The Hebron Project
Keith Piercey Nalcor Energy Lower Churchill Project
Mala Tract Consulting Inc
Marcus Gosse River Level
Marilyn Bruce Allen’s Fisheries
Maureen Blanchard Jef Comdon
Melinda Hiller Brad & Jasmine Elliott
Nelson White City Pharmacy
Patsy Cameron Fairway Honda
Pauline Gilley Humber Motors Ford
Scott Butt Michelle Patrick
Wendy Brake Spirit of Newfoundland Productions
Western Lock
Brook Level
Dennis Chevrolet Buick GMC LTD
Deanne Solo
Doris Hicks
Gorveatte Consulting Inc
Joan Green
Joy Howard
Reg Barry
Sherry Dean
West Coast Office Pro
Tiffany Johnson – Butt in loving memory of Kevin Aloyisious Butt