Penwaaq Línuík - Benoit First Nation

About Us

Pjila'si. We aree Mi'kmaq originating and living on the West side of the Port au Port Peninsula, Newfoundland.

Elders Advisor Council, Committee Leads, and Band Council

Note: 2020 Band Council Elections:the council members are deemed to be duly elected by acclamation.

Note: Results confirmed and an election was not required on October 22, 2020 in De Grau, NL.:

CEO-Vice-Chief Barbra Benoit

Treasurer Conrad Benoit

Secretary Myra Benoit

Women Director Lee Kerfont

Youth Director Tracy Jesso

Public Relation Director Lory Benoit-Jesso

Acting Elder Director Barbra Benoit

Heritage Park Director George Benoit

The next band elections for Band Council will take place in the fall of 2024.

Members out of province will be able to vote on-line.

The Benoit Nation Mi'kmaq Band regional governance officially includes the area West of Abraham's Cove on the Port au Port Peninsula.

Benoit First Nation territorial area


We have taken control of our destiny. Together we look ahead as a Mi'kmaw community with one voice. WelŠlin.

Historic ties:

Our people united in 1972 under the local leadership of Adolph Benoit, our community The Port au Port Peninsula Indian Band in Cape St George was part of the Bay St. George Regional Indian Band Council and the Native Association of Newfoundland that included the Conne River group, Innu and Innuit of Labrador. A year after that groups went their separate ways. Their regional council included Josephine Simon, Geraldine Costard, Sylvester Benoit and Edna Benoit, who was Secretary. She is mother of our present Chief Jasen Benwah and remained an Elder in our band until her passing into the spirit world on August 14, 2018.

Today we are Benoit First Nation regional governance representing Ship Cove, Lower Cove, Sheaves Cove, Marches Point, Loretto, Red Brook, Degrau, Cape St George, Red Island, Mainland, Three Rock Cove, Clam Bank Cove, Lourdes, Winter Houses, Black Duck Brook, West Bay, Tea Cove, and Piccadilly.

Grand Council Flag

Symbolism of the Benoit clan flag

Lnu'k/Mi'kmaq rules of Protocol

Lnu'k/Mi'kmaq rules of Ethics & Principles

Lnu'k/Benoit First Nation Band Logo

Lnu'k/Meaning of the 8 Pointed Star


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