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  • Supporter
    October 17, 2012 - 13:36

    Wow..what a difference..have read the story under in the comments about education as well...It would seem the current chief wants more of the same..and less change..time for fresh face, new ideas...and a new fresh outlook..Best Wishes hope you win and indeed do make a change!!

  • M. OB
    October 13, 2012 - 20:11

    To the members and young adults who will be voting…something you should consider in your vote. When making decisions regarding post secondary education many things need to be considered. What degree will I do? Where will I go to school? How will I afford my education? All of these questions are important. The most important decision for me in 2001 when I finished high school was how I would aff ord to go to university. My ultimate goal was to be a physician; but how was I going to get there? After a great deal of consideration I decided to apply for nursing. I was accepted, and knowing this would be an expensive investment in my future I started to think of strategies of how to pay for school. So I worked. I worked part time positions during school. I worked multiple jobs every summer. I worked every Christmas Eve, every Christmas Day, every New Year’s Day. I took that special time away from my family to ensure I was securing my future. I knew at the time that medical school would be a far greater financial burden and one I would need even further help with. So I elected at the time to wait to apply for funding through the Federation of Newfoundland Indians. During nursing school I worked hard and sacrificed a great deal to make it through. And I did! In 2006 I was accepted into medical school at McMaster University. A great feat if you consider the fact that only 15 of the 150 seats are for students from outside of Ontario. I knew that going away for medical school would be very expensive, but it would be worth it in the end. It was then I decided to seek financial assistance from the Federation of Newfoundland Indians. I applied for funding. I had letters of support and I was an active member of the Native Students Health Science Office. My application was declined. So, I appealed. The Chief at the time, Mr. Brendan Sheppard responded with a letter, noting my appeal was reviewed “at a luncheon meeting” and “the committee was firm on their previous decision not to fund applicants who already have the necessary skills to enter the labor market, thus I regret to inform you that you are not entitled to receive funding under the FNI employment & training program.” A direct statement from the letter I received on September 27, 2007. However, when I applied for funding the mandate of funding was: - To improve employability of individuals and ensure their entry or RE-ENTRY into the labour market in adequate jobs: - To support the creation of LOCAL opportunities in the labour market: - To help communities develop and implement measures likely to SOLVE THEIR LABOUR MARKET PROBLEMS. The FNI was “established in 1972 to promote the social, cultural, economic and educational well being of the Mi’kmaq people of Newfoundland.” I could not secure a full time position in Corner Brook as a nurse in 2005 when I completed my degree and I had to move out of Newfoundland in order to do so. Why then if the focus of the funding was as noted above was I denied assistance? I meet all the criteria. I would like to also highlight that on August 30th, 2012 current Chief Brendan Sheppard informs the members of our band that programs such as post-secondary education “is NOT a right.” You can read this message for yourself on the website. Mr. Sheppard, notes in his message that this is due to “such a huge membership within Qalipu.” I beg to differ Mr. Sheppard. It was a problem in 2007 as well, when you also took that right away from me. And the number of members in the band was not the issue at that time. How many other young people were declined assistance? How many others was the right of education taken away from because of financial issues? When I requested a copy of the policies and procedures used to govern the decision made by the AHRDA Committee, Mr. Sheppard informed me in writing that the “policies and procedures manual is an internal control mechanism for AHRDA committee purposes only, and is not intended for interpretation or distribution.” Again I beg to differ! If you use policies and procedures to govern your decisions they should be available to your members. They should be transparent, not private. I suggest that the members of our band and the young adults consider very carefully of whom the most qualified and best-suited candidate is. I request you consider Ms. Mousseau’s education and experience. It is obvious education is important aspect to her. Ms. Mousseau will work at making education OUR RIGHT, as it should be. She will focus on “growth through empowerment” as her campaign platform states. Mr. Sheppard has been Chief for a long time. It’s time for a positive change. It’s time to move our people forward. It’s time for empowerment! Ms. Mousseau will focus on empowerment. Education is empowerment!!! Thank you for reading about my experience.

  • Kit Zampi nee Connolly
    October 09, 2012 - 18:44

    You have all the qualities it takes to be a good leader! Wishing you success.

  • Tracy
    October 07, 2012 - 07:32

    Bert Alexander is by far the most qualified candidate running in this election. He has over 40 years experience in business, accounting, finance, human resources..., and he is a very tough negotiator. He is the former chief of what was the largest band in all of Newfoundland and understands our culture and knows the issues facing our people. Mr. Alexander has the skillset and expertise that is need for this position, and he will fight tooth & nail for our rights.

    • Proudly Aboriginal
      October 10, 2012 - 15:50

      Do we want more of the same or change? A young (middle aged) lady from Corner Brook - Ms Mousseau has a business background, including: human resource management, marketing and accounting as well as contract negotiations. She is also a health care professional and has two other degrees. She is a skilled negotiator and her rebuttal techniques are what is needed in dealing with the government going forward to bring us at least on par with the rest of Canada. Ms. Mousseau has the energy, poise and sound judgement necessary to create a professional approach when managing or negotiating for the members of our Band with the likes of our multiple levels of government. No more of the same, it is time for change. Mr. Alexander was chief of a large band, that's true and has lots to offer as a mentor and consultant. It's time we utilize all our resources, perhaps progressive change will include, mentoring and consulting the highly skilled and qualified younger generation. who are willing to make an investment in our Band and it's people. It seem all of the old guard are/were in it from themselves. Mr. Alexander is retired and should stay that way with the exception of mentoring and consulting services to those who have a long life and career to better our band and it's members and the west coast of the province in general. By the way...after a careful review of the economic development plan purchased by the current Qalipu administration; it is evident that the plan financial investment and strategy side strongly favors the east coast of the province. Go figure!

    • Proudly Aboriginal
      October 10, 2012 - 15:54

      Do we want more of the same or change? A young (middle aged) lady from Corner Brook - Ms Mousseau has a business background, including: human resource management, marketing and accounting as well as contract negotiations. She is also a health care professional and has two other degrees. She is a skilled negotiator and her rebuttal techniques are what is needed in dealing with the government going forward to bring us at least on par with the rest of Canada. Ms. Mousseau has the energy, poise and sound judgement necessary to create a professional approach when managing or negotiating for the members of our Band with the likes of our multiple levels of government. No more of the same, it is time for change. Mr. Alexander was chief of a large band, that's true and has lots to offer as a mentor and consultant. It's time we utilize all our resources, perhaps progressive change will include, mentoring and consulting the highly skilled and qualified younger generation. who are willing to make an investment in our Band and it's people. It seem all of the old guard are/were in it from themselves. Mr. Alexander is retired and should stay that way with the exception of mentoring and consulting services to those who have a long life and career to better our band and it's members and the west coast of the province in general. By the way...after a careful review of the economic development plan purchased by the current Qalipu administration; it is evident that the plan financial investment and strategy side strongly favors the east coast of the province. Go figure!

  • Glen Hewlin
    October 05, 2012 - 14:35

    Sounds like a great leader.I hope she does well and wins!

  • Johnny from the valley
    October 05, 2012 - 14:18

    The very best of luck to you Ms. Mousseau, it's time women started to exert their influence and upgrade the ststus of first nations across the country.

  • Joe
    October 05, 2012 - 09:55

    We need professional people at the helm. The present chief lacks professionalism.