Mark wrestles 2 first prizes!

September 6, 2006News

Mark MacPhail, UINR’s forestry guy has a few other talents up his sleeves! Whether those arms are pumped up from his work in the woods or lifting his son, Mark placed first in both the left and right arm competitions in the Canadian Arm Wrestling Championship held in Kelowna, BC. Mark, from River Denys, defeated … Read More

Annual report available

September 6, 2006News, Research

UINR’s Annual Report for the 2005/2006 fiscal year is available for download at our website. Just go to www.uinr.ca/annual report to get a copy. The report highlights some of UINR’s achievements over the last year and includes financial statements for the period. Here’s an excerpt from Charlie Dennis’ introduction: The last twelve months have been … Read More

TEK respect

September 6, 2006Netukulimk, News

Elder Albert Marshall says it best. “Two Eyed Seeing” is what he calls the approach to incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with traditional scientific methods. UINR, Parks Canada, and the Government of Canada want to incorporate both TEK and western science in the pursuit of ecological integrity in the national parks. First Nations are always … Read More

No more boat sewage

September 6, 2006News

Ben Eoin Campground was the site for a formal announcement by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The news conference was held to announce the designation of the Bras d’Or Lakes as a non-discharge zone for pleasure craft. Pitu’paq was instrumental in preparing the application … Read More

Cape Breton plamu getting some help

September 6, 2006News

CSI Cape Breton (Collaborative Salmon Initiative) is a new organization that was endorsed in Wagmatcook at a two-day workshop on Atlantic Salmon in Unama’ki/Cape Breton. Representatives from First Nations, government, conservation groups, scientists, academics, and recreational fishers met at “Dialogue on Plamu/Atlantic Salmon in Cape Breton.” The intensive workshop focused on many of the issues … Read More

Pjila'si – Summer 2006

June 12, 2006News

In older times, nipk (summer) was the time when our families travelled to summer camps along the shores to gather fish, shellfish, roots, and herbs to supplement our summer diet. These traditions are still important to us and, at UINR we continue to work on ensuring that these resources will be there in the future … Read More

Oyster Garden 4

June 9, 2006News

Alfred MacKay: All-around fisherman from Big Harbour Island, Malagawatch I met Alfred back in the 1970s when I was buying oyster from the public fishery in the fall. Alfred lived southeast of what we call Malagawatch Reserve. In order for him to get to his home, he had to drive through the Malagawatch community on … Read More

Traditional Leadership

June 6, 2006News

The Traditional Leadership for Future Generations Conference was held in Antigonish in May, 2006 to educate youth about traditional leadership and to encourage positive thinking and goal achievement. There were both Elder and youth speakers–the Elders sharing their traditional knowledge while youth spoke of everything from traditional dancing to overcoming drugs and alcohol to achieve … Read More

Clifford Paul, UINR Moose Management Initiative Coordinator

June 6, 2006Moose, News

Welcome readers of the UINR Marten to the moose section of our newsletter. I am pleased to let you know that progress is underway in the Moose Management Initiative. A series of meetings with Mi’kmaq communities and their Chief and Councils are planned over the next several months. To facilitate community involvement in this initiative, … Read More

What are we drinking?

June 6, 2006News, Research

Join our student news team as it explores where Unama’ki’s drinking water comes from and how it is monitored. The students interview community experts that work to ensure their drinking water is clean and safe. In this new educational DVD from UINR, we learn what safeguards are in place in Unama’ki Mi’kmaq communities–Eskasoni, Membertou, Potlotek, … Read More

Whats up with our water?

June 6, 2006News, Research

Global warming and its impact on the Bras d’Or Lakes is the issue that led to a project that will see UINR’s Natural Resource Officers documenting salinity, temperature, and oxygen in the Lakes. The Hydrographic Monitoring Program is targeted at areas in the Lakes that are inhabited by oysters, but the project gives us useful … Read More

TEK Workshop

TEK Workshop

June 6, 2006Netukulimk, News

“When I was a kid I walked through eelgrass beds. They are great nurseries. You would see a lot of minnows, pinfish, and eels and watch them swim away. I want to talk to youth to let them know that eelgrass beds are important nurseries. Eelgrass has decreased a lot. It is different today.” Fifty … Read More