An initial Traditional Use Study (TUS) was conducted in 2002 when membership of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians was approximately 5000 people. The study collected specific information about the traditional land use of members, focusing on hunting, trapping, fishing, gathering and harvesting areas, as well as spiritual and cultural sites. The information was combined and mapped to show the traditional land use of the Mi’Kmaq Indian Bands in three regions of Newfoundland.
Since the formation of the Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nation Band (QMFN) membership has increased to nearly 24,000 members. Qalipu felt it was essential to continue to update the TUS. In the winter of 2014, a new TUS was conducted to include updated information. A project coordinator and five interview staff completed interviews over a five-week period to gather information from members in the Bay St. George and Burgeo areas.
There were many positive responses from participants about how pleased they were to see Qalipu actively documenting history and information for future uses. Qalipu will continue to perform further research and updates in order to preserve the cultural significance of traditional land use in each ward.