Prospective band members’ applications now in jeopardy

Published on April 16, 2013

As many of your readers know, a few months ago thousands of applicants to the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band found out that their applications will probably not be considered.

Consequently, a group of those applicants formed an organization called the Qalipu Watchdogs, and over the past two months this organization has been fighting to have our applications considered by the parties involved, namely the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band.

An agenda at play

In response to questioning in the House of Commons by Liberal MP Gerry Byrne (Humber—St. George’s—St. Barbe) it became clear that neither of these parties want a large membership into the Band, and both parties are changing the criteria to bring about this result.

According to federal government officials Greg Rickford and Chris Alexander, the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nations Band asked for these changes and is a party to this action.

This action will not only result in over 70,000 applicants being in jeopardy, but many existing members will also be in jeopardy with this new criteria.

This demonstrates blatant disrespect for band members and for people who applied in good faith.

Hector Pearce

Vice-chair, Qalipu Watchdogs