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...
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Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

There are two employment opportunities at UINR. For information please download the two pdfs below.   Employment Opportunity Climate Change Employment Opportunity CEPI AA      
Lynx tracking

Lynx tracking

Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) are endangered in Nova Scotia and are found in only three areas in Unama’ki. One area where they are found is in the East Bay Hills, the site of a proposed wind power project that would see 31 generators constructed. UINR has been conducting a lynx monitoring program to determine if...
Latest Issue of UINR Marten Now Available

Latest Issue of UINR Marten Now Available

Check out our latest issue of UINR Marten available now as a free download. It’s been a long winter, and although it is technically spring, a look out the window would tell you otherwise! This issue features some tips on ice safety and looks at a recent workshop we held for Unama’ki Guardians to make...
Malikewe’j research assistant needed

Malikewe’j research assistant needed

Do you have excellent research and writing skills? Interested in working with professionals in the heritage field? Like to earn 3 to 6 credits toward your CBU degree and get paid? Are you knowledgeable about Mi’kmaw history?  Then this position may be right for you! The Louisbourg Institute at Cape Breton University, in partnership with...
Wli Nipi Alasutma aqq Pusu’l Puna’ne!

Wli Nipi Alasutma aqq Pusu’l Puna’ne!

UINR will close for the holidays starting Friday December 20 and will reopen Monday January 6 Wli Nipi Alasutma aqq Pusu’l Puna’ne!
Elder Albert Marshall presents eel video at Wagmatcook Lecture Series

Elder Albert Marshall presents eel video at Wagmatcook Lecture Series

Elder Albert Marshall will be on hand to answer the question–Did eels change the course of history? at the next Wagmatcook Lecture Series on Thursday November 28 at 10:00 am. He will be presenting the UINR / Parks Canada video that makes the historical connection between the Mi’kmaq and French. Through storytelling and original drawings...
What to Do with a Tagged Salmon

What to Do with a Tagged Salmon

 UINR is Asking for Your Cooperation. If you catch a tagged salmon during the fall harvest, please report it to us. If possible, please release any tagged fish and report the tag number. If you keep a tagged fish, please report it and return the tag to UINR or a guardian. You can also...
Did Eels Change the Course of History?

Did Eels Change the Course of History?

As part of the Louisbourg300 celebrations, Parks Canada and Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources are pleased to share a remarkable Mi’kmaq legend. Join us for some baked eel at the Membertou Heritage Park on Thursday, October 24 at 1:00 pm when we will officially launch a new video which retells the Mi’kmaq eel legend and...
Fish-WIKS comes to Unama'ki!

Fish-WIKS comes to Unama’ki!

Lenita Dominique Denny, a 14 year old grade 8 student from Eskasoni, is the winner of the Fish-WIKS logo contest for the East Coast region. Her design, along with designs from three other regions across Canada, will form the Fish-WIKS logo. She was presented with a $500 award by UINR/Fish-WIKS Community Liaison Coordinator Tyson Paul,...
Mi'kmaq Youth in the Great Outdoors

Mi’kmaq Youth in the Great Outdoors

UINR is proud to support this year’s Nikani Awtiken camp in St. Peter’s. 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...
Plamu UPDATE

Plamu UPDATE

On Wednesday July 10 UINR is hosting a meeting with salmon scientists and fishers to give an update on Atlantic Salmon populations. DFO will provide information on the current status of salmon populations in Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia. Two sessions will be held at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, from 1–4 pm and...
Help Us Help Malikewe'j

Help Us Help Malikewe’j

There’s a BIG weekend coming up for the community of Malikewe’j. On Friday and Saturday June 7 and 8, UINR will be hosting our annual Spring Cleaning and Community Ditch Clean-up. Help us help Malikewe’j by putting out large items that you want to have disposed of on the main road and Cemetery Road. Please...