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Qalipu First Nation enrolment controversy reaches ‘pivotal point’ as court challenge begins – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 2023522 Views

Jan 16, 2023

Group wants 2013 supplemental agreement abolished

The long-simmering fight over membership in Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation is entering a new chapter Monday, as a group of people rejected in a controversial enrolment process head to court.

The Friends of Qalipu Advocacy Association is challenging a 2013 supplemental agreement between the federal government and the organization that founded Qalipu First Nation, the Federation of Newfoundland Indians.

That agreement established a points-based system for deciding membership in Qalipu First Nation, leading to the rejection of thousands of applications.

Greg Janes was once a member of Qalipu First Nation, but his membership was revoked because of the 2013 agreement. He says the court challenge marks a pivotal moment in a years-long battle.

“This is about recognition,” he told CBC News. “This is about the true recognition of fairness, really, to be treated equally amongst your brothers and sisters.”

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