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
Lifetime Achievement Award Presented

Lifetime Achievement Award Presented

On January 28, 2016 Charlie Joe Dennis was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia for his outstanding contributions to the Nova Scotia aquaculture industry, the province of Nova Scotia, the community of Eskasoni, and the Mi’kmaw nation as a whole.   Charlie’s widow Helen Dennis accepted the award that recognized...
Not Just the Facts! :)

Not Just the Facts! :)

UINR just published a series of twelve fact sheets on Unama’ki plants, animals, birds, and fish that are of special importance to Mi’kmaw people. In both Mi’kmaq and English, our fact sheets don’t just give scientific information, they also look at why they are important to Mi’kmaw people and what we have learned from our Elders....
Moose Harvest in National Park Meets Goal

Moose Harvest in National Park Meets Goal

The moose harvest in Cape Breton Highlands National Park is over for this year and, by all accounts, it was successful. Clifford Paul, UINR’s Moose Management Initiative Coordinator helped organize the harvest as part of our work with Parks Canada to reverse the trend of forest loss and begin to restore balance to the boreal...
Netuklimk Around the World

Netuklimk Around the World

UINR and the concept of Netuklimk that we helped make well-known has spread around the world. This week we heard from Carmen Seco Pérez from Barcelona, Spain. Last week she was in Paris, France as an organizer of the International Rights of Nature Tribunal. At the Paris venue was a wooden tree where people wrote...
#Tiam Facts from the Mi'kmaw point of view

#Tiam Facts from the Mi’kmaw point of view

We’ve put together  some facts about the Mi’kmaw harvest in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a partnership with Parks Canada to remove a small number of moose from a small area of the Park in an effort to restore the boreal forest. From the Mi’kmaw point of view, it’s an issue of stewardship, rights and...
Moose Management Plan Underway

Moose Management Plan Underway

The moose population reduction program on North Mountain in Cape Breton Highlands National Park will resume as early as December 2 through December 18, 2015. ‎ Public safety for all involved will continue to remain Parks Canada’s top priority. Parks Canada has worked with the RCMP to put in place a robust plan to ensure...
Mi'kmaq Moose Harvest to Resume

Mi’kmaq Moose Harvest to Resume

Following Wednesday’s confrontation between protesters and Mi’kmaq harvesters, Park’s Canada sanctioned moose harvest was put on temporary hold. Today Mi’kmaq leaders, Parks Canada, and Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources met to plan the project’s resumption. We’koqma’q Chief Roderick Googoo , in charge of Lands, Wildlife, and Forestry with Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, has...
Questions on Mi'kmaq Moose Harvest in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Questions on Mi’kmaq Moose Harvest in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

UINR is working on a project with Parks Canada to reverse forest loss in Cape Breton Highlands National Park by removing a small number of moose from a small area of North Mountain. Since being reintroduced in 1947, moose numbers have drastically increased in the Park and today, moose populations are greater than what the...
Congratulations Lorraine!

Congratulations Lorraine!

Congratulations to Lorraine Marshall, UINR’s Community Drinking Water Quality Monitor. Lorraine was presented with the 2015 First Nations and Inuit Health Branch Assistant Deputy Minister Award of Excellence and Merit. Lorraine was a member of the group that redeveloped the Community Based Water Monitor logbook used across the Atlantic region. Lorraine’s sampling record, data collection,...
A Tribute to Charlie Joe Dennis

A Tribute to Charlie Joe Dennis

Charlie will be remembered by many for his love of the Bras d’Or Lakes and the people who live around it. Much of his work is done through the organization he founded in 1999, Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources, or UINR for short. A special, double edition of UINR MARTEN recognizes some of Charlie’s contributions through photographs and stories from...
UINR's New Research Assistant

UINR’s New Research Assistant

Say hello to Emma Garden, UINR’s latest addition to our research team. Emma holds a Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Guelph, and a BSc in Environmental Studies from Saint Mary’s University. She has an advanced understanding of watersheds and their ecosystems, and has worked at the Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network...
UINR's New Forestry Technician

UINR’s New Forestry Technician

Please join us in welcoming UINR’s new Forestry Technician, Garett MacVicar. Garett has his Forestry Technician diploma from Algonquin College in Pembroke, Ontario where he graduated as a Dean’s List Honour student, as well as being the Captain of the Algonquin College Lumberjack Team. He also has a Natural Resources and Environmental Technology Diploma from...