Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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NAT118 - (Qalipu-Membership) SUMMERSIDE, N.L. x-14s. Fewer than a fifth of people who applied to become founding members of a unique Newfoundland aboriginal band have been accepted, raising anger about the many who were rejected. The Qalipu (HAH'-lee-boo) First Nation Band comes out of a 2008 agreement between Ottawa and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians to establish a landless band for Mi'kmaq in the province. Barry Wheeler of Summerside, Newfoundland, says he was accepted as a founding member of the band, but he feels torn because a sister living in Ontario was rejected. ("..as a people.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: The Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada says the main reason applicants were rejected was because they did not live in Newfoundland and could not demonstrate they still have a connection to Mi'kmaq communities. …

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