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|
|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|
|Dennis Chevrolet Buick GMC LTD|
|Gorveatte Consulting Inc|
|West Coast Office Pro|
|Tiffany Johnson – Butt in loving memory of Kevin Aloyisious Butt|