A new book has been published by the First Nations Forestry Program of Nova Scotia in cooperation with The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq. Awakening: Living with today’s forest is a comprehensive look at forestry in Nova Scotia from a uniquely Mi’kmaq perspective.

62It is a phenomenal achievement that has taken over three years to produce. Photographs, illustrations, and easy-to-understand diagrams complement the comprehensive text that takes you through the history, science, and tradition of the forest in Nova Scota and how it has been used and continues to be managed by the Mi’kmaq people of Nova Scotia.

The title was chosen to reflect a traditional perspective that can become a reality in today’s forest sector. A blend of traditional ways with new technology, a balance between economy and sustainability, all leading to what the authors hope will be a new beginning for the people who live and work in Nova Scotia forests.

Wholistic forestry is a term that rises again and again throughout Awakening. This philosophy includes humans and our interaction with the forest, and it balances our interests equally with the other parts of the forest ecosystem.

UINR’s Director of Forestry, Mark MacPhail, was involved in the writing and production of Awakening. Copies will be available for sale in January.