Ward councillor holding town hall meeting

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Brendan Mitchell

CORNER BROOK — Brendan Mitchell is making good on a promise.

The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band ward councillor is holding a town hall meeting for the Corner Brook ward on Jan. 29 at the Pepsi Centre.

“I promised people when we did this election campaign that there would be regular communication with what’s going on,” said Mitchell of the platform he ran on to represent the ward.

“One of the complaints that people had was that we needed more communication, so I said ‘OK, fine we’ll do what we can.’”

Mitchell said the town hall, the first of its kind in the province for a ward in the band, is his way of doing that.

He has the agenda planned for the meeting, and said one of the big things that will happen is the introduction of a new ward advisory committee.

Mitchell said the Corner Brook ward is a large one with some 12,000 people included in it right now and adding in the applicants awaiting approval will make it huge.

He said the committee will be able to help with planning and offering events for ward members.

“Maybe in the summer we’ll have our own powwow here like they do in Bay St. George.”

He’s already recruited some members for the committee and wants to have representation from all areas of the ward.

“I’m trying to build a good committee around me, with people who can help us get stuff done,” he said.

Mitchell also plans to have some of the resource people from the band office at the meeting to talk about the enrolment process and the current review, and about the structure of the organization in terms of the departments and the work they do.

“Because when I got involved I realized there was so much more in terms of pertinent infrastructure and organizational structure within Qalipu that can really lead us in the long-term. And I just want to tell all the members just what we are doing on their behalf.”

He said people will also be updated on the education and medical programs offered by the band.

But Mitchell said he and the band staff won’t be doing all the talking and there will be opportunities for questions from those who attend.

“To give people a chance to tell us what’s on their mind,” Mitchell said.

The town hall will run from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. in meeting room two at the centre.

Mitchell said he’s also looking at holding another event on the north shore of the Bay of Islands to reach more members.

Organizations: Pepsi Centre

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Bay of Islands

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  • charlie webb
    January 22, 2013 - 19:25

    in this world not everyone is gonna like everyone,hey fred.brendan mitchell is the kind of person we need to get the native situation on the ball.he is an honest and good man.best of luck.i support you all the way.god bless

  • catherine webb-hathaway
    January 22, 2013 - 16:19

    Why would Fred make such a childish comment. about Brendan. Unfortunately everyone has a opinion but some opinions are just not worth listening to. Fred and people like him should appreciate that they have such a amazing guy like Brendan trying to do some good for us. Brendan is smart, well educated, honest and from his interview I would say he has our best interest at heart. Brendan, keep up the great work! Catherine Webb-Hathaway

  • Rod
    January 21, 2013 - 21:15

    This is a fantastic development, and great to hear that council is hearing the concerns of members. Is there any thought to extending the opportunities to connect remotely to the meeting through something like Skype? I live on the mainland andwould love to stay connected to what's going on, but that's a bit challenging for obvious reasons.

  • Henry
    January 21, 2013 - 19:04

    Brendan, Great idea . Will persons with applications currently before the band be alloud to attend the town hall. meeting? Please respond.

  • Edward Smith
    January 21, 2013 - 09:59

    Too bad Corner Brook City Council doesn't go back to the ward system as was the case many years ago...Sounds like Brendan is doing it right by listening to the people he represents...

  • Rod Lyver
    January 21, 2013 - 09:05

    Brendan Mitchell is the right person to hold this meeting. I have known Brendan all my life. He is an honest, caring and forthright person with the best interests of current and future Qalipu members.

  • Fred
    January 21, 2013 - 07:20

    Everyone who attends...enjoy the show because Mitchel loves to hear himself talk!!

    • Dave Doucette
      January 22, 2013 - 01:30

      Fred, sounds like a small minded comment from a small minded person! If you don't have anything good to say then don't say anything at all. Brendan is a good man who is trying to do some good for the Qalipu people in western Newfoundland. If Brendan were to run for Mayor of CB I would support him 100%.