Clifford Paul

Moose Managemant Coordinator

 If you ask Clifford Paul, UINR’s Moose Management Coordinator, what his strongest asset is he won’t skip a beat–communication. Everything he does– from moderator of community sessions to negotiations with government departments to discussion with hunters, Elders and youth–depends on his excellent communication skills.

For ten years, Clifford worked with Micmac News. Starting as staff writer and photographer, he eventually became editor. While there, he shared a National Aboriginal Communications Society Award for best news story for coverage of the Donald Marshall Jr. story. After his stint with MicMac News, he spent the next six years with the Unama’ki Tribal Police as Criminal Records Manager and dispatch trainer. Before joining us at UINR, Clifford worked for the Union of Nova Scotia Indians on the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Clean-up, providing information on proposed technologies to the Mi’kmaq communities affected by the clean-up.

As Coordinator of the Moose Management Initiative, Clifford’s role is to engage the Mi’kmaq community in drafting a management plan for moose in the Cape Breton Highlands. Clifford is passionate about this project. “This initiative is a shining example of Mi’kmaq self-government put to action as it employs Mi’kmaq jurisdiction with a Mi’kmaq natural resource in Mi’kmaq territory.”

When not travelling around the province talking moose, you might find Clifford working on his other passion–BearMan Jewelry and Crafts. You can find him at craft shows, community events and his favourite–the Powwow trail. His necklaces, earrings and bracelets are all handmade using natural stone, bone, horn, metal, crystals, wood, leather and semi-precious gemstones. “This family venture lets us see many people in many places and develop a strong rapport with our customers. It allows us to not only contribute to, but participate in what business people call “the social economy.”

Clifford is father to five grown children and four grandchildren. “I’m still not used to being called “Poppa”–a moniker usually reserved for people of maturity–imagine!”


Clifford: In the News

Moose symposium

September 27, 2008Moose, News

Moose have provided so much to the Mi’kmaq through the years and now they will provide a model for self-government. Clifford Paul, Moose Management Coordinator explains, “The moose symposium is a significant event for Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq as it sets the framework for self-government. By empowering communities to take an active role in management, we … Read More

Ethical hunting

March 24, 2008Moose, News

Organized Youth Hunts There is a lot of work and responsibility involved in a moose harvest, and it takes great effort to ensure our youth are taught these things in a proper way. The Millbrook Youth Hunt has been setting the standard for Mi’kmaq communities with successful harvests in the last several years. Moose meat … Read More

Ancient knowledge returns

December 20, 2007Galleries, Moose, News

While moose provide a fresh supply of meat, historically, the Mi’kmaq depended on moose for many things. Highly-prized moose hides were used for clothing, shelter, and drums, skins were used to make boats, hooves for rattles, and high density shin bones were carved and sharpened as spear tips. To bring some of that ancient knowledge … Read More

Marten matchmaking

December 20, 2007News

The dating pool for American Marten in Unama’ki just took a leap forward with the release in the Highlands of five animals that were recently trapped in northern New Brunswick! Lending a hand in the matchmaking were UINR staff members, Clifford Paul and Blair Bernard, along with representatives from Parks Canada and Nova Scotia Department … Read More

Moose hide preparation workshop

September 18, 2007Moose, News

Bringing back an ancient tradition As Mi’kmaq people become more involved in issues of moose management, benefits of harvesting moose can be looked at in creative, sustainable ways. We now recognize the need to use all parts of the moose to maximize the benefits of our relationship with this very valuable resource. Not only do … Read More

Good Principles and Safe Practices

September 18, 2007Moose, News

UINR’s Moose Management Initiative just published a brochure outlining Good Principles and Safe Practices for Mi’kmaq hunters in the moose hunt. Copies are being distributed throughout the Highlands. They are also available at the UINR office in Eskasoni and your Band office. Here are some of the principles and practices that are included in the … Read More

How bogs kill moose

June 18, 2007Moose, News

Bear sign was plentiful as the three of us struggled, slashed, and made our way through thick alder, spruce and swampy areas deep within the plateau of the Cape Breton Highlands. “That tells us we’re near the bogs we are looking for” noted Tony Nette of NS Dept of Natural Resources. “The bogs are ones … Read More

Tiam update

June 18, 2007Moose, News

Issues of moose management have been discussed amongst community members at sessions in practically all Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia. Sessions with Indianbrook, Glooscap, and Wagmatcook are planned. “Information from these sessions are duly noted” Coordinator Clifford Paul explains, “The ability to successfully facilitate discussions on Mi’kmaq moose management shows that Mi’kmaq people take their … Read More

Lobster: food, social & ceremonial

March 16, 2007News

As a result of the difficulties experienced during the 2006 lobster food fishery, the Unama’ki Chiefs have agreed that a lobster food fishery management plan is required. While Mi’kmaq follow similar regulations as the rest of the industry (with the exception of season), the industry fails to realize this. A documented management plan for the … Read More

Ancient Brother Man

December 9, 2006News, Research

By Clifford Paul Armed with a series of maps, a compass, and a handy GPS device, Mi’kmaq archaeologist Roger Lewis attempts to recreate a 4500-year old story deep in heart of the Cape Breton Highlands. Using investigative techniques, combined with contour maps, Lewis is recreating a scene as to how a Mi’kmaq arrowhead made its … Read More

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