About the Qalipu Cultural Foundation
Like other First Nations, the Mi’kmaq people have a long and rich history that includes unique cultural, social, political and spiritual traditions. However, centuries of European contact have caused many of these traditions to be eroded and lost.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Mi`kmaq have experienced this loss of Aboriginal identity by exclusion from recognition as status Indians, which resulted from the province’s Terms of Union with Canada in 1949. The formation of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band in 2011 gave people a new opportunity to self-identify and discover their Mi’kmaq heritage.
The Qalipu Cultural Foundation was formed in 2014 to support Mi’kmaq culture in Newfoundland and Labrador. We are making every effort to reach out to individuals with limited knowledge of their heritage, and providing them with information and experiences that will assist them in the discovery process. We also seek to unite the people who have the experience and knowledge of Mi’kmaq traditions.
The Foundation exists to ensure cultural documentation, and promote the involvement of youth and Elders in cultural activities within the Band. We strive to inspire our people to proudly embrace their heritage, to empower them to continue the traditions of our Ancestors and restore the spirit of Mi’kmaq culture in Newfoundland and Labrador.