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 productivity of our environment.

As Mi’kmaq we have an inherent right to access and use our resources and we have have a responsibility to use those resources in a sustainable way. The Mi’kmaq way of resource management includes a spiritual element that ties together people, plants, animals, and the environment. UINR’s strength is in our ability to integrate scientific research with Mi’kmaq knowledge acquisition, utilization, and storage.

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Netuklimk Around the World

Netuklimk Around the World

December 15, 2015Netukulimk, News

UINR and the concept of Netuklimk that we helped make well-known has spread around the world. This week we heard from Carmen Seco Pérez from Barcelona, Spain. Last week she was in Paris, France as an organizer of the International Rights of Nature Tribunal. At the Paris venue was a wooden tree where people wrote … Read More

Two Videos on Moose

Two Videos on Moose

June 4, 2014Moose, Netukulimk, News

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 … Read More

A Giant Leap

A Giant Leap

November 15, 2009Moose, Netukulimk, News

A giant leap After years of consultation, research and planning, Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs released Mi’kmaq guidelines for moose hunting in Cape Breton. Tia’muwe’l Netuklimkewe’l–Unama’ki Moose Harvesting According to Netukulimk was created by the Mi’kmaq people of Nova Scotia and is an important step for Mi’kmaq self-governance over our traditional resources. If you … Read More

Guidelines for Cape Breton Moose Hunting released

September 16, 2009Moose, Netukulimk, News, Partnerships

The Cape Breton Highlands have always been known as traditional Mi’kmaq hunting grounds. In fact, a Mi’kmaq hunter recently found a 4500 year-old arrowhead there, evidence that Mi’kmaq hunted there for thousands of years. However, in the 1800s, moose disappeared from Unama’ki and this ancient relationship came to an abrupt end that lasted for almost … Read More

Two countries one forest

Two countries one forest

December 20, 2007Forestry, Netukulimk, News

The following is from a speech delivered by Elder Albert Marshall in Montreal in November at the conference: Two Countries, One Forest. The forests of the earth can be viewed from two different perspectives; one being an acknowledgment and celebration of the life given to the forests through the hard labour of the living earth, … Read More

Bras d’Or Lakes

Bras d’Or Lakes

December 9, 2006Netukulimk, News

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Workshop Proceedings For a taste of some of our findings, here are some quotes from the workshop. If the Elders before us were asked these questions about 50 years ago, they would have had all the answers. When they died, their knowledge died with them. We used to take home remedies from … 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

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

Tui'knek

June 6, 2006Netukulimk, News

by Albert Marshall On a bright sunny afternoon in June of 1955, the Canso Causeway opened to the general public.  There were hundreds of people applauding on both sides of the Strait. The Strait was known to the Mi’kmaq as Tui’knek. The pomp and festivities were deafening.  Among the group were some Mi’kmaq, huddled together … Read More

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