You have probably noticed that UINR has been very quiet these past few months. For those of you who have not heard, our Director of Communications, Weldon Bona, had taken a leave in the fall due to illness. He passed away peacefully on January 19th. Weldon was with UINR for nearly 15 years. Saying good-bye … Read More
The date is set. The feast is ready. Please join us at the Blair J. Bernard Memorial Annual FEAST in the HIGHLANDS. Thursday October 5 , 2017 from 12:30–2:00 PM Th At the paved airstrip 13 km from Hunter’s Mountain entrance(watch for signs) N 46.220834 W -60.811577 The Feast will include a campfire, outdoor cooking, … Read More
If you or someone you know is 15 to 18 years old, is in school, and interested in the environment, you might want to join us on August 8–15 for our annual Nikani Awtiken summer camp. Check out the poster for details and contact Emma-Anne Keough at Emma-Anne@uinr.ca or Tommy Sylliboy at Tommy@uinr.ca or call … Read More
We are! We are finding sick and dying eagles in the Highlands and elsewhere and there is no secret to the cause. Eagles are being exposed to highly toxic lead by eating shotgun pellets, bullet fragments or lead fishing tackle. Eagles ingest lead when fishing or scavenging dead animals. Dangers of lead are well-known and … Read More
TIA’M: Mese’k / The Whole Moose UINR with sponsorship from Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey just published a large poster and fact sheet that looks at how the Mi’kmaw have used moose for everything from food to clothing. Every part of the moose can be used–bones, teeth, hide, antlers–for everything from needles and knives to shoes and game … Read More
We are looking for a Camp Coordinator for our Nikani Awtiken camp this summer. The position lasts for 15 weeks, from May 15, 2017 – August 25, 2017. The Camp Coordinator participates in planning all aspects of the camp, and will be a camp counsellor for the camp itself. Application deadline is Tuesday April 4, … Read More
The latest issue of UINR MARTEN (our 44th issue!) is now available as a free download. In this issue we cover the release of our two new books on oysters in the cover story, Oyster2 and give information on how you can get free copies. In the News section we look at the recent People … Read More
John Couture is UINR’s Commercial Fisheries Liaison Coordinator and in this column he discusses some of the species and issues of importance to the Unama’ki commercial fishery. In this article he focuses on the proposed Marine Protected Area off the coast of Unama’ki. Think of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) as a park in the ocean. … Read More
Salmon returns remain critically low in most of Nova Scotia. Kelt fishing is only permitted in the Margaree River. Please refrain from fishing and/or keeping kelts (slinks, black salmon) in any other river. For more information please contact your local fisheries office. Here’s a printable version of our poster.
Please report the river, date, and number of salmon kept between June and December, 2016 to your local fishery department by January 31, 2017. Please indicate whether retained salmon were large (63 cm or larger, 24 inches or larger) or small (less than 63 cm or 24 inches.) It’s our responsibility to report our catches … Read More
Here is a couple of photos of an American Marten taken by one of the wildlife cameras in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. UINR’s Unama’ki Guardian Coordinator Keith Christmas, with Unama’ki guardians, helped Parks Canada with this project last year. In March 2016 we set out eight trail cameras at various locations across the … Read More
UINR’s annual calendar goes out every year to our partners, friends, and supporters of the work we do at Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources. The calendar takes you through the Mi’kmaw year, plotting moon cycles, Mi’kmaw celebrations, and other holidays. Each page includes a photograph that gives a snapshot of that month in Unama’ki. Here’s a link to a printable version.