Serving our Mi'kmaq Communities since 1969

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The Union of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq is a tribal council created in 1969 to provide a unified political voice for the Mi’kmaq people of Nova Scotia. Over the last 50 years, "the union" has grown - expanding our capacity and our scope of involvement in supporting Mi'kmaq communities. We now offer services in Capacity Development, Health and Wellness, Information Governance & Data Protection, and more!

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Developing, Strengthening & Maintaining Capacity...

UNSM recognizes the importance of developing and strengthening our communities by supporting and building capacity within our leadership - united we'll stand together as our communities grow and prosper!

At its core, Capacity Development exists to help UNSM Mi'kmaq communities achieve success while upholding their cultural values and community spirit. Here are some areas we work with local leadership to accomplish that: 

  • Assisting member First Nations in developing, strengthening and maintain their capacity. This includes, but not limited to, the core functions of First Nations governments (such as leadership, membership, law-making, community involvement, financial management, and much more)
  • Supporting the facilitation of knowledge transfer and/or expertise by: providing training or workshops around core functions and other areas; providing tools and other supports; and by supporting policy development & research.
  • Supporting member First Nations in setting and achieving their own development objectives by: conducting needs assessments, support setting up development priorities; and by supporting the development of a strategic, community plan, and other sorts of planning.
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Investing in Mi'kmaq Health & Wellness...

The Union of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq offers several health-related services and programs, aimed at creating and maintaining a healthy and vibrant Mi’kmaq nation.

We're proud to be involved in a number of programs and services including:

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Expanding Our Information Governance & Data Projects

The Union of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq is responsible for the administration of the Nova Scotia sector of the First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey (RHS).  Working with all 13 First Nations communities across Nova Scotia, the Program Manager coordinates research activities pertinent to the RHS. The Program Manager also works with Abeqweit and Lennox Island, Prince Edward Island, and Miawpukek in Conne River, Newfoundland.

Designed by and for First Nations people, the RHS is a First Nations-specific survey that applies to on-reserve participants only. The study looks into the determinants of health such as housing, income levels, food security, mental health, family structure, residential school history, community wellness, health care access, injury, smoking, alcohol, drugs, suicide, physical activity, languages, education, water quality, social activities, and other factors over several cycles, or phases.

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Contact Us:

Phone: (902) 539-4107

Fax: (902) 564-2137

Email: info@unsm.org

Mailing Address: 

201 Churchill Drive – Suite 304
Membertou, Nova Scotia
Canada  B1S 0H1

"UNSM has a long history of advocating and litigating for Aboriginal and treaty rights and now we've added focus on providing innovative governance capacity services to member bands."

- Doug Brown, Executive Director