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The Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq (UNSM, formerly UNSI) is a tribal council, created in 1969, to provide a unified political voice for the Mi’kmaq people of Nova Scotia.

Our proud 50-year history dates back to when the federal government introduced the White Paper Policy under then Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, UNSM was involved in several landmark legal cases that changed the lives of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq.

Today, UNSM provides its member communities with advocacy, programming, and opportunities. It is also an active planner of the annual Treaty Day celebrations, held every October 1st.

The Marshall Decision
In August of 1993, the authorities arrested Donald Marshall Junior and the Crown prosecuted him on three charges...

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News & Events

Legal Aid Outreach in Membertou

Presented by Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq’s Capacity Development and  Mi’kmaq Mental Wellness departments and Legal Read More…

Cancer 101: Community discussions

All community members are invited to join the UNSM Mi’kmaq Cancer Care Strategy team to Read More…

Office closure: Thanksgiving Day

All Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq offices are closed on Monday, October 14, 2019, for Read More…

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