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
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...
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...