Tia’muwe’l Netuklimkewe’l–Unama’ki Moose Harvesting According to Netukulimk was created by the Mi’kmaq people of Nova Scotia and is an important step for Mi’kmaq self-governance over our traditional resources.
If you don’t have a copy of the Guidelines yet, you can pick up a copy at the UINR office in Eskasoni, or you can download a copy at our website: www.uinr.ca The UINR website also has background information on the initiative.
Clifford Paul, Co-ordinator of the Moose Management Initiative expresses his thoughts on the guidelines: With these guidelines, Mi’kmaq are maintaining our ancient commitment as stewards of a very valuable resource–the moose. These guidelines are a way to continue this relationship far into our future. It is a Mi’kmaq-led and ancient system of allowing the moose to continue for the benefit of the next seven generations.
Eric Zschelle, negotiator with Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn, explains the guidelines’ significance to Mi’kmaq self-governance: The Assembly saw this as a chance to pursue self-government and self-management. UINR had been exploring joint management with DNR and Parks Canada for a number of years, but governments were not willing to extend discussions into governance issues. The Made-in-Nova Scotia Process presented an opportunity to take this discussion further and expand the role of the Assembly and the governance project, to involve all Mi’kmaq communities of Nova Scotia.