Lisa Young

Executive Director

If someone had told Lisa Young fifteen years ago that she would be the Executive Director of UINR, she might have thrown you out of the helicopter that she was in, doing a survey of the moose population in the Cape Breton Highlands!

In those days, UINR hadn’t even started and Lisa was a young biologist fresh from her studies at York University. She was working as a field technician doing research with Parks Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources on moose in the Highlands. As a biologist at Eskasoni Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2001, Lisa was in the right place at the right time when Charlie Dennis was looking for a manager for a new organization that he was working on–Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources.

Little did she know at the time that UINR would grow into a leader in Mi’kmaq natural resources and environmental issues. This did not happen overnight and, from the beginning, Lisa was involved in writing and developing proposals for initiatives such as the Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management program, hardwood forest management, the Natural Resource Officer program and Mi’kmaq Natural Resource Mapping project.

For six years, Lisa was UINR’s General Manager and Director of Administration before becoming Executive Director in 2006. One of the highlights in Lisa’s training was participating in Aboriginal Leadership and Management Development training at the Banff Centre. As Executive Director, Lisa’s job includes assisting staff in project development and management, as well as participating in developing UINR’s overall objectives and direction.

When Lisa is not wearing her UINR hat, she enjoys family time with her husband Buddy Young and their two young children, Maria and Spencer.

The most rewarding part of working at UINR has been having the opportunity to be involved in such a wide range of environmental issues. It’s quite an experience to be able to work with so many different facets of government, industry and community.

Lisa: In the News

Mi’kmaq legends come to life 

Mi’kmaq legends come to life 

May 28, 2015Forestry, News

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 released a new book and video that look at the Marten’s role as it relates to the health of our forests. This week UINR, with … Read More

New Book and Video on Marten and the Forest

New Book and Video on Marten and the Forest

May 19, 2015Forestry, News

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 … Read More

Two New Books on Moose

Two New Books on Moose

May 30, 2014Moose, News

UINR   released two new books on the importance of moose to the Mi’kmaq people at Membertou’s Heritage Park on Tuesday May 27. “Tiam:This is our Story” is a children’s book written in English and Mi’kmaq that tells the story of moose in Unama’ki from the appearance of the first “spirit” moose to the present … Read More

Did Eels Change the Course of History?

Did Eels Change the Course of History?

October 17, 2013Media, News, People, Research

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 … Read More

Everything You Wanted to Know About Eels…

Everything You Wanted to Know About Eels…

April 16, 2013News

UINR is releasing a series of ten short videos on the American eel. Together, the series tells everything we know about the American eel in Cape Breton. Produced in cooperation with Parks Canada,scientists from UINR, Parks Canada and Cape Breton University, fishers, cooks and Elders from around Cape Breton tell stories of the eel’s fascinating … Read More

Kina’matnewey na klikn

Kina’matnewey na klikn

January 11, 2012News, Partnerships

In recognition of Mi’kmaq History Month, UINR joined Cape Breton University’s Unama’ki College in its dedication of Kina’matnewey Na Klinkn (Strengthening Knowledge) in the University’s courtyard. UINR’s Executive Director Lisa Young, Elder Advisor Albert Marshall and his son Albert J, joined CBU President Dr. John Harker in a ceremonial planting of culturally significant Mi’kmaq plants. … Read More

The Spirit of the Lakes Speaks launched

The Spirit of the Lakes Speaks launched

October 18, 2011News, Partnerships

As the chant of the Friendship song drifted across the Bras d’Or Lakes on a rare sunny July afternoon, people shook hands in congratulations on the release of  The Spirit of the Lakes Speaks, a document created by the Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI). With a vision for the protection and sustainability … Read More

One salmon, two salmon, three salmon…more

One salmon, two salmon, three salmon…more

May 2, 2011News

This spring if you happen to be fishing or canoeing in the Middle River in Victoria County you might encounter a strange looking contraption floating on the water. Resembling a giant funnel on its side, it’s a smolt wheel, also known by the technical term–”rotary screw trap”. The smolt wheel belongs to UINR, Unama’ki Institute … Read More

Special Mi'kmaq plants

Special Mi'kmaq plants

March 9, 2011News

Plants have always been an important part of Mi’kmaq tradition, not just for food but as cures and prevention for many common ailments. Today it is not unusual to see Mi’kmaq Elders picking sweetgrass for ceremonies and other plants as cures for everything from stomach cramps to relieving the symptoms of the common cold. UINR … Read More

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