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Qalipu First Nation is a vibrant Mi’kmaq First Nation Band established in 2011 under the Indian Act. With membership of 24,000 spread throughout 67 traditional Newfoundland Mi’kmaq communities and abroad, we are among the largest First Nation Bands in Canada.

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WASPU is the Mi’kmaq word for Seal

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Why Seal Oil?

Seal oil contains "healthy fats" known as Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids in seal oil include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and docosapentaenoic acid (DPA). 

Omega-3 fatty acids are a family of polyunsaturated fats that are needed to maintain good health.  Our bodies are unable to produce these essential fatty acids, even though they are critical for its proper functioning!  Thus, omega-3s must be consumed through food or supplements.

Health benefits associated with Omega-3’s include:

- Decrease risk of heart disease and cardiovascular disease

- Lower blood pressure

- Reduce or prevent inflammatory diseases i.e. arthritis, hypertension, Crohn’s disease, cancer, skin diseases,depression

- Promote nerve regeneration in patients with type 1 diabetes

- Promote fetal and infant visual and brain development

Research suggests that because seals are mammals, as are humans, seal oil is more easily processed and absorbed by our bodies than Omega-3 fish oils or plant-based omega-3 supplements.

Additionally, seal oil contains a very unique omega-3, DPA, which is not found in fish oil or plant-based supplements.  DPA naturally occurs in mother’s breast milk and is proven to have powerful health benefits.  DPA is also responsible for increasing the amount of EPA and DHA that the body absorbs.

We do not inherit the Earth from our parents. We borrow it from our children - Ancient Native Proverb

Sustainable

Harp seals are sustainably and humanely harvested from the cold waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The nutrient rich seal oil is rendered here in Newfoundland, and is further refined to remove any contaminants (trace metals, oxidation values, PCBs, dioxins and furons). 

Waspu oil capsules are bottled and packaged in Newfoundland.

Healthy

WASPU Omega-3 Seal oil meets or exceeds all Canadian and World Health Organization standards.  WASPU Seal Oil brings the healthy goodness of the ocean to you while promoting environmental stewardship and balance within our marine ecosystem.

Quality

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and/or Health Canada certify all facilities used in the production chain. Waspu Oil capsules are produced with GMP Certification

One of the guiding principles of Indigenous people is environmental stewardship and the promotion of a balanced ecosystem. As an indigenous group whose members and communities are directly affected, we take the position of having a moral responsibly to protect, promote, and celebrate our oceans and the life they sustain.

Where does the profit go?

Seal oil is a natural by-product of a humanely harvested marine food source.

Seals are impacting the survivability of other marine species. The limited harvest off the coasts of Newfoundland has virtually no impact on overall seal populations.

Seals have been harvested by indigenous peoples who have populated Newfoundland and Labrador for thousands of years. The hunting, consumption and diversified usage of seals is interwoven into First Nation people’s heritage, traditions and culture.

All proceeds derived from Waspu Oil are directed back to support our communities and culture.