Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources is Unama’ki’s Mi’kmaq voice on natural resources and the environment.

By integrating Netukulimk (traditional Mi’kmaq management) with traditional and conventional ways of understanding, known as Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing), UINR takes the lead on best-management practices in Unama’ki. We work closely with government and First Nations organizations toward equal participation in natural resource management.

UINR is responsible for aquatic research and stewardship, species management, traditional Mi’kmaq knowledge, conserved and protected areas, water quality monitoring and environmental partnerships.

UINR represents the five Mi’kmaq communities in Unama’ki/Cape Breton, (Eskasoni, Membertou, Potlotek, Wagmatcook, We’koqma’q) on natural resources issues, contributing to an understanding and protection of Unama’ki’s ecosystem through research, monitoring, education, and management. Established in 1999, our Board of Directors is made up of the five Unama’ki Chiefs.


Our 3 Goals:

    To provide resources for Mi’kmaq equal participation in natural resource management in Unama’ki and its traditional territory.
    To strengthen Mi’kmaw research and natural resource management while maintaining our traditions and world views.
    To partner with other groups sharing the same desire to protect and preserve our resources for future generations.

Contact Us

Our mailing address 4102 Shore Road, Eskasoni, NS  B1W 1M4

You can also reach us by phone at 902-379-2163 or by email at