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

Fishery officer pilot program

December 23, 2007Guardian Program, News

A new pilot program, a collaboration between UINR and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), has been put in place to train two Mi’kmaq DFO officers, who, upon completion of their training, will be assigned to the Unama’ki region to work with UINR on issues of concern to our Mi’kmaq communities. Training is anticipated … Read More

Monitoring efforts

June 18, 2007Guardian Program, News

UINR has teamed up with Natural Resource Officers (NROs) from Eskasoni, Waycobah, and Membertou to collect data on water temperature, salinity, oxygen, and secchi disk readings around the waters of Unama’ki this spring. These measurements will be taken from many different areas in the Lakes and the Mira River to address a number of concerns … Read More

First Native Conservation Officers

June 16, 2007Guardian Program, News

Three Mi’kmaq have become the NS Department of Natural Resources’ first full-time aboriginal conservation, enforcement, and liaison officers. The positions were established to further promote positive working relationships with the Mi’kmaq community in Nova Scotia and to encourage better co-operation in the management of the province’s natural resources. “I am proud to be the Minister … Read More

Natural Resource Officers

March 6, 2006Guardian Program, News

Eskasoni resident Blair Bernard has joined UINR as coordinator of our Natural Resource Officer (NRO) Program. Blair is responsible for establishing the program’s goals and setting up an aboriginal food fishery. UINR’s goals for the NRO Program are to develop a strong coordination role and regulatory authority, and negotiate strong training agreements while developing meaningful … Read More

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