Pjila'si

Pjila’si

Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources represents the five Mi’kmaq communities of Unama’ki and was formed to address concerns regarding natural resources and their sustainability.
Commercial Fisheries

Commercial Fisheries

Management of our commercial fisheries involves a complex range of techniques and strategies including scientific, resource, commercial, and market information. The main mechanism for communication between governments and industry is through advisory and various other fisheries committees and groups. Attendance at these meetings is critical to full participation in co-management...
Forestry

Forestry

The UINR forestry division strives for an environmentally sound way to use our natural resources while creating employment for members of our communities and further strengthening relationships between local industry and Mi'kmaq people.
Moose

Moose

Moose have provided much to the Mi'kmaq through the years. The Mi'kmaq way of resource management includes a spiritual element that ties the people to the plants, animals and the environment as a whole. A Moose Management Plan will put into practice the responsibilities that accompany Mi'kmaq treaty rights.
Netukulimk

Netukulimk

At the soul of everything we do at UINR is Netukulimk. Netukulimk is the use of the natural bounty provided by the Creator for the self-support and well-being of the individual and the community. Netukulimk is achieving adequate standards of community nutrition and economic well-being without jeopardizing the integrity, diversity, or...
Natural Resource Officers

Natural Resource Officers

UINR's Natural Resource Officer (NRO) program began in 2006, evolving out of the 1990 Unama'ki Guardian Program. The original Guardian Program is managed by the individual bands. UINR's NRO project will allow coordinated work plans and targeted training under our NRO Coordinator to ensure our enforcement and conservation goals succeed.
Opportunities

Opportunities

Check back to this section on a regular basis to see if there are job opportunities, scholarships or other opportunities. Whenever there is an opening at UINR or if there is a new project that is looking for staff, we post it here!
Partnerships

Partnerships

UINR's partnerships with other organizations are an important part of what we do and the successes we have achieved. Our lead role in organizations such as Pitu'paq and the Bras d'Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative have resulted in important accomplishments in achieving our environmental and management goals. Through our partnerships UINR...
Research

Research

UINR's research is guided by our communities and the advice and guidance of our community's Elders. Our emphasis is research on species of concern to Mi'kmaq such as oyster, lobster, eel, gaspereau and other food fishing species. Species at Risk and invasive species are also of great concern at UINR....
Unama'KIDS

Unama’KIDS

Unama'KIDS looks a natural resources and the environment from the point-of-view of youth in Unama'ki. One of our goals at UINR is to reach the youth in our communities and work with them to determine what information they need, and to develop innovative ways to get that information to them that...
Latest News
Managing for Seven Generations

Managing for Seven Generations

UINR’s Shelley Denny, Angela Denny and Tyson Paul are attending the 2014 Annual Conference of the American Fisheries Society in Quebec City on August 17 to 21. They are presenting our poster Managing for Seven Generations: Mi’kmaq Knowledge, Eels and the Bras d’Or Lakes during the poster presentation reception on Monday from 6:00 to 8:30...
Mi'kmaq Youth in the Great Outdoors

Mi’kmaq Youth in the Great Outdoors

If you were a Mi’kmaq teenager, what could be better than to spend a week this summer on the Bras d’Or Lakes? How about reconnecting with nature, learning all about natural resources and traditional Mi’kmaq values and practices? For the next week that is exactly what is happening at Nikani Awtiken, a summer camp for...
Chapel Island Mission and Climate Change

Chapel Island Mission and Climate Change

Charlie Dennis’ Oyster Garden–Chapel Island Mission Last August I received a call from my close friend Noel J. Gould saying he had a story he wanted to share with me. I think it’s very important to share it now because of events that have taken place. Noel had grave concerns about the conditions on Chapel...
Say Hello to Pie’l Lalo Paul

Say Hello to Pie’l Lalo Paul

UINR welcomes Pie’l Lalo Paul as Project Coordinator for our new Climate Change Adaptation Project. Pie’l is working with our communities to help develop a modeling tool to assess the vulnerability of community lands and infrastructure to the impacts of climate change such as sea level rise and increased storm surge events.  “I’m grateful for the...
New issue of UINR MARTEN now available

New issue of UINR MARTEN now available

The Spring issue of UINR Marten is available now as a free download. It’s been a busy year so far and we have a lot of new projects on the go. It’s the Year of the Moose at UINR and this issue features information on two new videos and two new books that we just...
Mala Clean-up on Tuesday June 10

Mala Clean-up on Tuesday June 10

Two Videos on Moose

Two Videos on Moose

Join us on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:00 am at Membertou Heritage Park  as we premiere two new videos on moose. Our Rightful Place is a documentary on the efforts to establish traditional Mi’kmaq management of moose in Unama’ki. Tiam’s Promise is a new video on the Mi’kmaq legend of the first moose. Featuring illustrations...
Two New Books on Moose

Two New Books on Moose

UINR   released two new books on the importance of moose to the Mi’kmaq people at Membertou’s Heritage Park on Tuesday May 27. “Tiam:This is our Story” is a children’s book written in English and Mi’kmaq that tells the story of moose in Unama’ki from the appearance of the first “spirit” moose to the present...
Photos From UINR's Moose Book Launch

Photos From UINR’s Moose Book Launch

Three Scholarship Opportunities

Three Scholarship Opportunities

It’s Scholarship Season! Five Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to five members of the Unama’ki community to promote and encourage education and careers in the field of Science and/or Technology within the Unama’ki Mi’kmaq Communities–UINR/Georgia Pacific Scholarship Five Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to five members of the Unama’ki community to promote and...
Return of the UINR Smolt Wheel

Return of the UINR Smolt Wheel

Many people use the first sighting of a crocus or the sound of spring peepers as their first sign of Spring. At UINR it’s the return of our smolt wheel to Middle River! UINR is continuing our research on Atlantic salmon populations. The smolt wheel, which looks like a giant funnel on its side, collects...
Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

There is one employment opportunity at UINR. For information please download the pdfs below. Employment Opportunity: Summer Student Research Assistant