Guardian Liaison & Coordination

UINR’s Guardian Program Liaison Coordinator works with Eskasoni, Membertou, Potlotek, Wagmatcook, and We'koqma'q First Nations to promote a coordinated and collaborative effort to protect natural resources in the Mi’kmaw traditional territory of Unama’ki.

Each of the five Unama’ki communities maintain an agreement with Fisheries and Oceans Canada for the delivery of their Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy (AFS) program which outlines their community's access to fisheries resources for Food, Social, and Ceremonial use. The AFS program also provides resources for the delivery of community guardian programs.

UINR’s Guardian Program Liaison Coordinator works to facilitate discussions between guardians and Federal and Provincial governments to assist communities in broadening their AFS programs to enable them to take a more wholistic approach to natural resource management.

Related News

What is Killing the Eagles?

What is Killing the Eagles?

May 10, 2017Guardian Program, News

We are! We are finding sick and dying eagles in the Highlands and elsewhere and there is no secret to the cause. Eagles are being exposed to highly toxic lead by eating shotgun pellets, bullet fragments or lead fishing tackle. Eagles ingest lead when fishing or scavenging dead animals. Dangers of lead are well-known and … Read More

Look what we found! 

Look what we found! 

January 11, 2017Guardian Program, News

Here is a couple of photos of an American Marten taken by one of the wildlife cameras in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. UINR’s Unama’ki Guardian Coordinator Keith Christmas, with Unama’ki guardians, helped Parks Canada with this project last year. In March 2016 we set out eight trail cameras at various locations across the … Read More

Get the LEAD OUT of the Highlands

Get the LEAD OUT of the Highlands

October 3, 2016Guardian Program, Moose

A free exchange of lead ammunition and fishing tackle will be held during UINR’s annual Blair J. Bernard Memorial Feast in the Highlands on Hunter’s Mountain on Thursday, October 6, 2016 on the Hunter’s Mountain. Bring your dangerous lead bullets and fishing gear and exchange for copper ammunition and eco friendly fishing tackle. Clifford Paul, … Read More

Culvert Remediation

Culvert Remediation

April 21, 2016Guardian Program, News

UINR’s Keith Christmas shows some students our work on culvert remediation. The high school students are in the Options and Opportunities program which offers students more hands-on learning experiences with a career focus, and prepares them for successful transitions from high school to work, a career path, or a post-secondary program.   keith@uinr.ca

How Old is That Moose?

How Old is That Moose?

March 24, 2016Guardian Program, Moose, News

Guardians from Unama’ki gathered at a day-long workshop in Baddeck to learn how to determine a moose’s age based on a close examination of its jaw bones. Jeremy Smith, Wildlife Technician with Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, conducted the workshop using material from the recent Parks Canada moose harvest in the Highlands. keith@uinr.ca

Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box

March 12, 2016Guardian Program, News

Tom Howe, Fisheries & Oceans Canada; Tom Johnson, Eskasoni Fish and Wildlife; Joyce Patel, Fisheries & Oceans Canada; Derek Quann, Parks Canada; Annie Johnson, UINR; Norman Basque, Potlotek Guardians, Darryl Murrant, Nova Scotia Fisheries & Aquaculture; Marlene Doyle, Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada; Hubert Nicholas, Membertou Fisheries; Keith Christmas, UINR; Lisa Young, UINR; Charles Doucette, … Read More

Welcome Keith Christmas

Welcome Keith Christmas

February 7, 2012Guardian Program, News, People

UINR is pleased to announce that Keith Christmas is joining our staff as Unama’ki Guardian Coordinator. With a wealth of experience in natural resource management, Keith has been a Guardian in Membertou for almost 10 years. Here’s what Keith has to say: “I am very excited to work with such a highly-respected organization as the … Read More

Fisheries Officers

March 24, 2008Guardian Program, News

Here are two guys that you can’t miss seeing walking around the Coast Guard College in Point Edward! Phillip Prosper, 33 and Tim Cremo, 32 are the first Unama’ki Mi’kmaq Natural Resources Officers to be accepted in a new pilot program, a collaboration between UINR and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). The new … Read More

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