Since Spring is the time of new beginnings, I thought I would take an opportunity to recognize some of the people working behind the scenes at UINR–our Board of Directors. The UINR Board has representatives from our five Unama’ki communities. Traditionally, the five Chiefs have formed our Board. Now that I am Chief, I will continue to be involved with UINR’s many projects and initiatives. The UINR Board meets monthly to review progress and plan new projects.Â
Recently, provincial and federal governments signed an agreement with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs that lays out the framework for 10 years of negotiation to improve Mi’kmaq rights and our access to Nova Scotia resources. The “Made-in-Nova Scotia Process” will work towards designing a memorandum of understanding, developing an action plan and final report. We have waited for this for a long time and there are many challenges ahead. For more information go to www. gov.ns.ca/abor/
Have a great spring!