Kesik: Winter, and the circle is complete.

It was a gratifying moment to achieve the unity of the five Unama’ki Chiefs, the Mayors, and Wardens of Cape Breton, provincial and federal departments, all joining together to develop and implement a management plan for the Bras d’Or Lakes and watershed. An historic moment! As secretariat for the initiative, UINR provides staff, services, and resources to the project and I am proud to be the Chair at our monthly meetings in Eskasoni. What a great way to begin a new year!

In November, I was honoured by the people of Eskasoni when I was elected as their Chief. With the strong team we have at UINR, I will continue to work on the many initiatives at UINR and will work towards strenghtening and expanding the role of our organization. Watch for some exciting projects in the new year.

I want to congratulate Blair Bernard, our Natural Resource Officer Coordinator, on successfully completing the Christopher Leadership course. We can look forward to many interesting public presentations from Blair in the coming months.

Looking back at the last year, I am very happy with the progress we have made at UINR in strengthening our position regarding natural resources and their sustainability. Over the coming months we will continue to represent the rights of species that cannot speak for themselves and to protect and preserve their environment.

Through our unique mix of science and traditional knowledge, we look forward to continued success for the communities of Unama’ki.

From UINR Marten – Vol.2. Issue.4 – Winter 2006