OTTAWA – The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Brendan Sheppard, President of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI), welcomed the appointment of Mr. Ronald G. Penney as Chair of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Enrolment Committee.
“Mr. Penney is a former Deputy Minister of Justice and has deep roots in the legal community in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Minister Valcourt. “He brings integrity and extensive experience with negotiations of national significance and decades of civic engagement in his home province to this important process, and will be a great asset to the work of the committee.”
“I look forward to working with Mr. Penney to maintain the integrity and credibility of the enrolment process as the enrolment committee reviews the applications received in response to the recognition of our band,” said Qalipu First Nation Chief Brendan Sheppard.
“I am honoured to accept this appointment as Chair of the Enrolment Committee, and to continue to make a contribution to public life in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Mr. Penney.
As outlined in the 2008 Agreement for the Recognition of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band (251 Kb, 111 pp.) and the 2013 Supplemental Agreement agreed to by Canada and the FNI, the Enrolment Committee’s function is to assess whether the applications received (except for those previously rejected) meet the eligibilit ...
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