The Union of Nova Scotia Indians (UNSI) is a tribal organization that has been established for 48 years. It held its first meeting on July 12, 1969, and ratified its constitution on September 13, 1969, during its first annual general assembly. It was formally incorporated under the Nova Scotia’s Societies’ Act on July 3, 1970.

UNSI came into existence to provide a unified political voice for the Mi’kmaq people of the province in the face of a proposed federal government policy to assimilate Canada’s First Nations people into mainstream society. The 1969 White Paper was widely viewed by the First Nations’ leadership as the government’s deliberate attempt to introduce a policy of cultural and political genocide.

Faced with the prospect of extinction, a group of Mi’kmaq leaders formed the Union of Nova Scotia Indians to provide political leadership for the Mi’kmaq nation. UNSI operates under its original terms of the Memorandum of Association that was registered in 1970, and its present By-Law that was adopted in July 1992, and later amended during its 28th annual assembly held in Waycobah in July 1997.


Joe B. Marshall, Executive Director


Pjila’sij mset uen. Welta’sultiek pisquetaioq ula Union-ewey Website. Ulaptemoq kisna aluaptemoq; kinua’tuitesnen.

Welcome, everyone. We are happy that you have logged in to the Union’s website.
We will try and present to you the programs being administered by the Union. Our staff will try, as time permits, to update regularly their program’s activities and changes.

As the Union gets more involved with other Mi’kmaq initiatives we will keep you informed of their progress. One of our goals is, “To preserve an enhanced way of life for the Mi’kmaq that is assured by our ancestry and guaranteed by our Mi’kmaw Constitutional rights”.
Through this website we will not only inform you but we will try and involve you in discussion about your interests. we will try and find answers to your questions or direct you to the answers. We will create links to other websites where expertise is available.
If you like our website, or don’t like it, let us know.

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