Mitch Blanchard

For the past four years Mitch has engaged the Indigenous community in preservation and promotion of the Indigenous culture and heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador as the Resource Coordinator for Qalipu First Nation.

While working with Qalipu, Mitch has been involved in a numerous projects including integrating of cultural content into school curriculum, cultural authenticity, wild edibles and natural herbal medicines, traditional land use studies and aboriginal traditional knowledge, storytelling, place names, arts and crafts.  In the coming year, Mitch will be focusing on an interactive web site that will use the Mi’kmaw language in combination with place names.

Mitch is integral in the day to day management of the Qalipu Cultural Foundation, a registered not-for-profit charity that was formed in 2014 to help support the Mi’kmaq culture in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The Foundation exists to ensure cultural documentation, and promote the involvement of youth and Elders in cultural activities within the Band. It strives to inspire people to proudly embrace their heritage, to empower them to continue the traditions of their ancestors and restore the spirit of Mi’kmaq culture in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mitch holds a BSc in Pure Mathematics from Memorial University of NL. Mitch is a resident of Meadows, on the West Coast of Newfoundland, where he spends a large amount of time exploring, hunting and fishing in the back country with his young family.