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Netukulimk, Harvesting, Sustainable Ways of Living, and Seven Generations
June 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
With Clifford Paul
All activities between L’nu and the natural world are governed by netukulimk. Netukulimk is based in respect for the land, waters, plants, animals, and fish. There are laws of nature within netukulimk that dictate when it is appropriate to hunt, fish, or harvest. Harvesting practices have changed from those that were employed before European arrival, and there has been a gradual evolution of how L’nu hunt and fish as a result. Mi’kmaw harvesters use modern equipment; however, the interaction with nature remains the same. They continue to employ lessons learned from their Elders, offer ceremonies, prayers and medicines, and teach the younger generations the rights and responsibilities required to harvest with respect. Netukulimk and Mi’kmaw natural law play a significant role in how L’nu approach sustainability.
Moose Management Coordinator, Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources
Clifford Paul is the Coordinator of the Moose Management Initiative at the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources. Clifford’s role is to engage the Mi’kmaq community in drafting a management plan for moose in the Cape Breton Highlands. Clifford is passionate about this project. When not travelling around the province talking moose, you might find Clifford working on his other passion–BearMan Jewelry and Crafts. You can find him at craft shows, community events and his favourite–the Powwow trail. His necklaces, earrings and bracelets are all handmade using natural stone, bone, horn, metal, crystals, wood, leather and semi-precious gemstones. Clifford is father to five grown children and eleven grandchildren.