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On October 22th, 2016 Qalipu Cultural Foundation (QCF) hosted its second annual fundraising gala, the Ke’tipnemk Dinner and Silent Auction. Jennifer’s Restaurant was radiating with the soft light of the candles, as the tables were dressed with the traditional Mi’kmaq colours of the medicine wheel; red, white, black and yellow. In addition to an elegant three course dinner, guests enjoyed a warm atmosphere that included story telling, songs, and over 40 pieces of art and craft donated by local indigenous peoples for auction at the event.

Sherry Dean, Chairperson of the Foundation, was pleased to report that again this year, the Foundation surpassed its fundraising goal.  She said, “Through individual and business sponsorship, sale of the beautiful works of art and craft donated by local indigenous artists and craft people, and ticket sales, we raised over $17,000!”

The event attracted more than 100 guests from throughout Qalipu territory, including Frank Skeard, Ward Councilor for Glenwood.  He said he was more than happy to travel in for the event which he and his wife Deneka had been looking forward to for some time.

“We are all on our own journey,” he said. “While I was pleased to attend to represent the people of the Glenwood Ward, I also attended for the cultural discovery that is part of my own personal journey.  This event was a great balance of social get together, and cultural sharing.  I’m so glad I got to be a part of it.”

With the funds raised at this event the Cultural Foundation will able to advance their mandate and continue to support the following:

  • Outdoor Education Program, and other cultural events
  • Provide workshops and cultural teachings on: tobacco ties, medicine bundles and pouches, talking sticks, rattles, moccasins, medicine walks and drum making.
  • Provide cultural teachings and sharing within the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District.
  • Host Mini Powwows
  • Provide cultural teachings and sharing for seniors.

On behalf of the Qalipu Cultural Foundation Board of Directors, and the Qalipu Chief and Council, Thank You to all the artists/craft persons and sponsors who supported the event, and to the hard-working volunteers who Chairperson Sherry Dean said “brought the event to life.”

Artists & Craft Persons Sponsorship
Audrey Wells Mountain Level
Brian Gillam Cox & Palmer
Brian LaSaga Tract Consulting Inc
Dru Kennedy Tree Level
Georgina Payne Bonnell Cole Janes Chartered Accountants
Golden Gifts Plus Dr. Pamela Elliott
Harry Skinner Fougere Menchenton Architecture Inc
Jenna Osmond H.J. O’Connell LTD
Joanne Brake Bennett The Hebron Project
June Farnsworth River Level
Kelly Anne Butler Areco limited
Mala Barnes Sporting Goods
Marcus Gosse Dr. Mervyn & Sherry Dean
Marie Eastman Humber Motors Ford
Marilyn Bruce Marblewood Village Resort
Marilyn Matthews Western Lock Industries
Marlene Farrell Yield Communications
Melinda Hiller
Melissa Tremblett Joint Sponsorship: Broad Reach Strategies Ltd & Conach Consulting Ltd.
Mildred & Mac Lavers Brook Level
Nicole Travers Accurate Construction Ltd
Pauline Gilley Doris Hicks
Ralph and Blain Ford Michelle Patrick
Ralph Eldridge Mike & Jennifer Broadbent
Reg Barry State of the Arts
Ruth Travers
Trudy Campbell


Did you miss the Gala? Search #QCFgala on social media, and experience the amazing event through the eyes of dinner guest!

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Artist Paul Pike sharing the “Gathering Song”

 Matching Butterfly earrings and necklace by Marilyn Matthews.

One of the beautiful items up for auction

Foundation Director Kevin Barnes sharing a story at the Gala