The Union of Nova Scotia Indians (UNSI) is a tribal organization that has been established for 49 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.


Douglas Brown, Executive Director


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, Douglas Brown, as the Executive Director of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians (UNSI). I am deeply honoured to step into this important role in leading an organization that successfully meets the needs, and addresses the concerns of our six member bands.

UNSI has a long history of advocating and litigating for Aboriginal and treaty rights, and now adds focus on providing innovative governance capacity services to member bands.

One of my roles is ensuring that the extensive records of UNSI’s treaty rights advocacy are preserved, organized, and archived for future reference for students, researchers, and historians. It is an important part of the legacy that is left to us, and our children, in order to understand the Union’s struggles and successes since 1969.

UNSI’s works to provide member bands with modern governance knowledge and best practices. Our goal is that each community can further shape these governance templates and concepts towards their own unique needs.

It is exciting and fast moving times for the Union of Nova Scotia Indians and I am up to the challenges ahead ,and have complete faith that UNSI staff, and myself, are up to the task.

Wela’lio’q, and thank you. If you have any questions, comments, concerns or recommendations for UNSI, or the website, please contact us at any time.

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