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Our Team

Find out about the people behind the Canadian Seal Industry.

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Chief Jenny Brake, Qalipu First Nation

A proud Mi’kmaq woman from Elmastukwek in the Bay of Islands, Jenny Brake is the Chief of Qalipu First Nation.


Jenny is an alumna of the College of the North Atlantic (CNA), where she studied Textile Studies and Welding Technology. Her early involvement with the seal industry as a dye/process technician at Nutan Furs in 2006/07 laid the foundation for her enduring commitment to Canadian seal products. Despite the challenges faced by the industry, including the closure of Nutan Furs, she remained a steadfast advocate.


An artist at heart, Jenny works in various mediums, including metal, painting, garment, and jewelry construction, often incorporating seal fur. She has been nominated for multiple artistic awards and featured in interviews about community projects.


Jenny is a dedicated member of several committees and organizations, including the Provincial Indigenous Women’s Steering Committee and Diversity NL. A devoted mother, she continues to be a strong spokesperson and advocate for her community, the seal industry, and Canadian Seal Products.

Chief Jenny Brake, Western Vice Chief, Qalipu First Nation Career Development Officer, Trades NL Indigenous Office