UNSI’s Environmental Department is responsible for the following initiatives:
- Assist communities to access funding for environmental-based projects and activities
- Provide housing environmental assessments
- Evaluates off-reserve environment projects (e.g. wind turbine projects, waste management facilities, etc.) that impact First Nation communities
- Contact for communities and individuals with environmental concerns (environmental emergencies, illegal activity reports, etc.)
2007 Potlotek Watershed Source Plan
UNSI facilitated and authored the first watershed plan for a First Nations community in Canada. Potlotek’s watershed area is in close proximity to the highway and there are many community-based activities that occur around the lake. The plan identified these and other threats to the watershed and developed a plan to minimize such threats. The planning process involved extensive community consultation.
Eskasoni Watershed Source Plan
Currently, UNSI is working with Eskasoni First Nation on a watershed source plan. Again, the project involves extensive community consultation as well as stakeholder consultation with UINR, the local planning committee, Nova Scotia Department of Environment, Health Canada and INAC. The plan is anticipated for release in 2011.
Kim has worked with UNSI since February 1995. She has a Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Health from Cape Breton University (1999).
Kim was nominated for the 2009 EnviroCareers for Aboriginal People from BEAHR. The Aboriginal EnviroCareers product has been developed as the pillar of BEAHR’s career awareness activities. Its purpose is to provide both educators and students with a resource to explore environmental careers and gain a greater understanding of the breadth of the environment sector.
In addition to her busy career, Kim is the Mother of two children (ages 20 and 10) and owns and operates a retail store in the community of Membertou - Mi’kmaq Gifts and Collectables. Kim is a gifted artisan, making beautiful heritage crafts and jewelry.