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
New Book and Video on Marten and the Forest

New Book and Video on Marten and the Forest

Mi’kmaq legends come to life The American Marten has played an important role in the legends of the Mi’kmaq people and continues that role today as an indicator of forest health. UINR–Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources– is releasing a new book and video that look at the Marten’s role as it relates to the health...
NOTICE: Boaters Using Middle River

NOTICE: Boaters Using Middle River

Between May 11 and June 30, 2015 there will be a Rotary Screw Trap (smolt wheel) on Middle River. UINR uses the wheel to catch Atlantic salmon smolt to estimate their abundance and monitor fish populations.
Scholarships for Unama'ki Students

Scholarships for Unama’ki Students

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...
Youth Employment Opportunity

Youth Employment Opportunity

Summer may seem far off now, but we are looking to employ an Assistant Camp Coordinator for our 2015 Nikani Awtiken summer camp. This intern position, through the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps, is open to youth in full-time university or college who are intending to return to study this fall. The deadline to apply...
It REALLY has been 15 years!

It REALLY has been 15 years!

UINR was formed fifteen years ago, in 1999 when the five chiefs at the time signed the official papers to set up an organization to represent Unama’ki Mi’kmaq communities on natural resources and the environment. The signatory Chiefs were Allison Bernard (Eskasoni), Lindsay Marshall (Potlotek), Terry Paul (Membertou), Morley Googoo (We’koqma’q), and Mary L. Bernard (Wagmatcook). To commemorate...
UINR is Making Tracks

UINR is Making Tracks

Please join us at 6 pm for dessert and discussion to share UINR’s vision and your ideas for a sustainable environment in Unama’ki. ESKASONI                 Tuesday January 27 Crane Cove Boardroom POTLOTEK               Thursday January 29 Community Hall WAGMATCOOK      Tuesday February...
Invitation to public information session

Invitation to public information session

UINR’s Moose Management Initiative & Parks Canada Invite you to a public information session on forest health and the over-abundant population of moose in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Thursday November 6, Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre, 6:00–8:00pm If you are unable to attend the meeting in Wagmatcook, please join us at one of our...
Media at the Feast

Media at the Feast

Every year UINR’s Annual Feast in the Highlands has been growing and this year, our ninth, was the biggest yet! In case you missed it, or if you want to relive some of the highlights, here are some links to media stories and video from the day’s event! UINR’s Facebook page for some photos:  facebook.com/UINRpage...
Summer Issue of UINR MARTEN available now

Summer Issue of UINR MARTEN available now

The summer issue of UINR MARTEN is chock full of stories, photos and information on UINR’s activities over the summer. In this issue you can read all about the monument that was recently unveiled in Mala and the story behind how it got there. Our featured partner is the Moose Management Initiative and it’s timely...
Come for the feast (and exchange your lead bullets)

Come for the feast (and exchange your lead bullets)

We would like to invite you to our annual Feast in the Highlands to celebrate work on developing a management plan for moose in Unama’ki.   For the past nine years the Moose Working Group and UINR have hosted Feast in the Highlands. What started as an opportunity for the people involved in moose management...
Malikewe’j: Understanding the Mi’kmaq Way

Malikewe’j: Understanding the Mi’kmaq Way

Visiting Malikewe’j (Malagawatch) for the first time, people often describe a sense of peace and well-being that comes over them as they enter the Mi’kmaq community on the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes. Mala, as it is affectionately known to the Cape Breton Mi’kmaq who share it, is off the beaten track, and its...
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...