Protest against Qalipu application process planned for Monday

Published on January 17, 2013

Organizers are concerned possible changes will mean unprocessed applications for membership in the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band will be considered differently than those already approved.

A protest calling for a fair and equal process for old and new applicants to the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band is being planned for outside the band’s office in Corner Brook on Monday.

Although it is unclear exactly who is spearheading the protest, messages circulating on social media are saying it is meant to be a peaceful protest and anyone who wants to participate is asked to meet outside the office on Church Street at 12:30 p.m.

There are believed to be as many as 70,000 applications for membership that have yet to be processed and the federal government is considering changing the requirements for those outstanding applicants.

About 25,000 applicants have already been approved under the current rules and regulations.