The Miawpukek Band Reserve (Conne River) is located on the South East Shore of Newfoundland. The Reserve covers an area of some 14 square miles. It lies 560 km from St. John's and 180 km from Grand Falls-Windsor.
The Miawpukek Band was recognized as an official Indian Act Band in 1984 and has since taken on the mandate of turning the community into an economically self-sufficient community guided by traditional native values. The Council pursues economic development rather than being dependent on Social Programs. A number of initiatives have contributed to this goal, for example, approximately 90% of all administrative staff are community members with a significant number having attended training and educational institutions outside the reserve.
Over the past several years the Miawpukek Band has placed increasing emphasis on its culture and traditional heritage. Each year Conne River hosts a Powwow that brings together people from across the world. The Powwow is a community celebration characterized by chanting, drumming, dancing, and displays of Native and Traditional Regalia. Powwows originated from Traditional and Spiritual celebrations and are sacred in the eyes of the Mi'kmaq people and other First Nations. In addition, Mi'kmaq Crafts are produced and sold at the Band's Craft store.
The Miawpukek Band own and operate the Jipujij'kuei Kuespem Nature Park providing camping and dumping services, kayak/canoe rentals, walking trail and float plane charters. In addition, a cultural village has been created providing visitors with a glimpse into their unique culture.