Notes from UINR’s Executive Director Lisa Young
Welcome to our 5th year of the UINR MARTEN! Our quarterly newsletter has been very successful in getting the word out on our activities at UINR. Not only do we deliver a copy to every household in the five Mi’kmaq communities in Unama’ki, we distribute copies far and wide–to libraries, government departments and, thanks to the Bras d’or Stewardship Society, we are included in the mailing of their newsletter across the country! Even while I was away the last year on maternity leave, I kept up with all the news through the UINR MARTEN!
If you haven’t checked out our new website yet, surf over to www.uinr.ca and take a look…it’s awesome! You can download any of the back issues of the UINR MARTEN, watch videos and stay up-to-date on what is going on with natural resources in Unama’ki.
We are really proud to be an instrumental part of the development of the new Mi’kmaq Moose Guidelines. We have been working on this since the early days at UINR and thanks to our staff member Clifford Paul, we have finally reached this major milestone. Clifford’s tireless efforts working with the Mi’kmaq communities of Nova Scotia have paid off with the publication of these voluntary guidelines.
As you will see in this issue, we have a lot of new projects at UINR, new staff and new developments in our ongoing programs. I am just getting caught up on all of the activities here at UINR while I was away and am looking forward to see what the next 10 years will bring!