Mi'kmaw Conservation Group


MCG Staff

Don JulienDr. Donald M. Julien

Executive Director
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Dr. Donald M. Julien is the Executive Director of The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, a position he has held since 1994. Under his leadership, The CMM has grown its programs and services for its member bands through sound management and a meaningful vision for the future.

Dr. Julien’s dedication to the preservation of Mi’kmaw history is evident in everything he does–in his presentations, writings and his passion for the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre Project. Recognition of his efforts and leadership has come in many ways, including the Order of Canada, 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth, his numerous Honorary Doctorates from Acadia and Mount Saint Vincent Universities as well as the Order of Nova Scotia in 2004.

For more information on Dr. Julien, visit: CMM’s website


 

Angie Gillis

Senior Director
The Mi’kmaw Conservation Group
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Angeline Gillis, B.A., LL.B., was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia and was raised in East Bay, N.S.  She is a member of the Eskasoni First Nation and is the granddaughter of the late Andrew J. Stevens, a former Keptin of the Sante’ Mawi’omi. Angeline currently resides in Beaverbank, NS, with her wife, Sonja and daughter, Ella Sophia.

Angeline earned her undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in 2005 and her LL.B from the Schulich School of Law (formerly Dalhousie Law School) in 2009. After completing her articling with Boyne Clarke Barristers and Solicitors, she was called to the Bar in June 2010. She then went on to become a Senior Wills & Estates Planner with Scotia Private Client Group.

Angeline has continued as a practicing lawyer and has worked with The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM) since October 2011. In 2012, she became the Manager of the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group (MCG) and upon successfully growing the program became the Director of MCG and Mi’kmawey Forestry in 2013 – overseeing numerous Environment and Natural Resources files, projects and services offered to seven (7) Mi’kmaw communities in Mainland Nova Scotia.


 

Sana Kavanagh

Research and Education Officer
The Mi’kmaw Conservation Group
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Sana is from Cape Breton and has recently moved to the Truro area.  Sana has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (2005).  She is currently enrolled in a Masters of Environmental Studies and her thesis is on Mi’kmaq traditional ecological knowledge of eels.

Sana’s past employment was as a research assistant for the Integrative Science Program at Cape Breton University involved in bringing together Aboriginal science and Western science.  She helped with research projects and educational activities related to health, environment, and science education.  Sana enjoys working with youth, and in the past co-organized a summer camp for Mi’kmaq youth with science and cultural activities involving Elders, community members and scientists.  Sana also has scientific research experience on local fish species, fresh-water mollusks and species at risk.

As The MCG Research and Education Officer, Sana initiates research activities in collaboration with First Nations, Government agencies, academia and the private sector.  She also develops and updates plans for capacity building within the First Nations targeting youth initiatives by connecting Elders and other resource people to enhance participation in collaborative management.  Sana is also developing proposals for youth initiatives at the community level and public school levels, and assists the Manager with the development and implementation of multi-year MCG initiatives. She is also doing extensive work with Species at Risk such as:  Atlantic Salmon, American Eel, and Striped Bass.


 

Kate Nelson

Communication Officer
Mi’kmaw Conservation Group
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Kate is from Scotsburn, Pictou County. After traveling & working for several years across Canada, Kate made her way back to Pictou County where she now lives with her two children.

As a firm believer in lifelong learning, Kate completed STFX Rural Leadership program. She also has a certification in Project Management from STFX University and Saint Mary’s University.

After working in as a consultant for an employment firm, Kate began her non-profit her at Neptune Theatre as the Theatre School Administrator. Kate also served as a Project Coordinator on several initiatives with the Pictou Regional Development Agency. Including managing a two year collaborative project to highlight Artisans and the landscape that inspires them along the Northumberland Shore. She also developed and wrote strategic action plans for several groups including a Creative Economy initiative which she led. Kate has also published an Economic Impact Studies for Cultural Organizations.

As The Mi’kmaw Conservation Group’s Communications Officer, Kate is responsible for communicating with Mi’kmaq community members, leadership and partners. She also prepares materials such as newsletters, press releases, social media and updating the website. Kate looks forward to hearing from Community Members about what’s happening in their Communities. Kate is also leading the Solid Waste Management Team in an effort to assess the needs of Mi’kmaw Communities in regards to waste disposal and management.


 

Adam-ProfessionalAdam Sherry

GIS Technician
Mi’kmaw Conservation Group
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Adam Sherry is the newest employee to join the team at the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group. He has been hired as a GIS Technician and will be working to build and maintain a GIS database for the Bay of Fundy Watershed area.   Adam will also be working with the MCG Research and Education Officers in producing a report on research that identifies watershed factors that affect aquatic resources habitat quality.

Adam obtained his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Geology, from Saint Mary’s University in 2004. He then went on to complete an Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems at the Centre of Geographic Sciences, Lawrencetown, in 2005. Since that time, Adam has worked in the field in various capacities, from geological field assistant with the Department of Natural Resources to GIS Specialist in the private sector. Adam also worked  in the area of mineral exploration as a GIS Specialist with Acadian Mining Corporation.

Adam lives in Truro, Nova Scotia with his wife, Dawn, their two children, Brandon and Calvin and the two family dogs.

Adam provides mapping and GIS expertise for all the projects at MCG as well as leading the Barriers to Atlantic Salmon Migration Project.


 

Cory-ProfessionalCory Francis

Commercial Fisheries Liaison Coordinator
Mi’kmaw Conservation Group
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Cory is a member of the Acadia First Nation Mi’kmaq Community and was raised off of a reserve, with his three brothers and one sister. Cory graduated from Liverpool Regional High School in 1988 and spent four years working with the N.S. Department of Natural Resources as a Native Conservation Officer in Milton, Queens Co., N.S. From 1994 to November 12, 2012 Cory worked for the Native Council of Nova Scotia in Truro, working with the off reserve Mi’kmaq/Aboriginal People’s in Nova Scotia through the NCNS Netukulimkewe’l Commission’s Harvest Management Regime.

Seeking new challenges and a greater involvement with Mi’kmaw Communities in Nova Scotia, Cory has recently joined the CMM Mi’kmaw Conservation Group Team. Cory is an avid runner, enjoys road races and is known to take on a mountain occasionally with his mountain bike.  He also likes to ski and snow board during the winter months.


 

Kathy McKennaKathryn McKenna

Office Data Entry Clerk
Mi’kmaw Conservation Group
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Kathryn was born and raised in the Truro area and still resides there with her husband and two children. She has a technical degree in Animal Science and a diploma in Office Administration. She has been hired as the MCG Office Data Entry Clerk.

As the Office Data Entry Clerk, Kathryn will be assisting the MCG Commercial Fisheries Liaison Coordinator with developing a successful commercial fishing gear tagging business. She will mainly act as a commercial fishing tag order administrator. She will also work with and compile a variety of commercial fishing data and perform other tasks such as marketing, invoicing and updating databases.

 


 

img_6362-copyAlanna Syliboy

Community Coordinator 
Mi’kmaw Conservation Group
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq
Alanna is from the Sipekne’katik First Nation. She is the proud mother of two children, Mia , and Dominck. She is the daughter of Bernie Syliboy and the late Audrey Syliboy.  Alanna is an avid baseball player (center-field) and is a dedicated team player. She has attended the last four Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Summer Games with the Sipekne’katik team. In her free time Alanna loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also loves to be creative and does bead work. In the summer, you may find Alanna at one of the many pow wows around Mi’kma’ki.

Alanna is responsible for coordinating MCG community outreach and has organized  several successful events and activities including the very popular Fish Friends at the LSK school in Sipekne’katik. Alanna was also part of the Climate Change team and has been a versatile and valuable part of the MCG team, helping out when and where needed.  She will also be coordinating the communications for a Solid Waste Management Project. Alanna looks forward to many more events and activities as MCG continues its outreach, youth mentorship and education initiatives.


 

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Research and Education Officer 
Mi’kmaw Conservation Group
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Alyx MacDonald is from Fort Ellis, Nova Scotia. He attended Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus, where he received a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Applied Science with a specialization in Environmental Science. (2014). He has been working with the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group since October of 2014 as an assistant. In April of 2016 Alyx became a Research and Education Officer.

Alyx has worked on a variety of  projects since joining MCG. These projects have included: Digger log installation and stream restoration, tree planting, Atlantic salmon surveys, Species at Risk conservation, water quality monitoring, trail development, and many other environmental projects. He is currently working on several stream and river restoration projects as well as implementing community conservation plans.


 

dsc_0074Charlie Marshall

Research and Education Officer 
Mi’kmaw Conservation Group
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Raised in Millbrook First Nation, Charlie was taught at a young age the importance of the role of our environment. His love for the outdoors helped him develop a keen interest in aquatic systems; because of this he holds a degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Aquatic Resources and Public Policy and Social Research. Charlie has worked with MCG as a summer student. In those four years he work on a variety of projects such as: climate change and water utilities; habitat and stream restoration; and, Atlantic salmon population monitoring.

He has a great interest in travelling the world, and has the “travel bug” since returning from Asia for three months post graduation. He hopes that his passion for nature, in particular aquatic systems, will bring opportunity to him across the globe in areas of conservation and preservation.

Charlie is excited to be working at MCG in a full time position, restoring habitats, streams and other conservation efforts.


 

dsc_0013Taylor Mason

Research and Education Officer 
Mi’kmaw Conservation Group
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Growing up in Prince Edward Island, Taylor developed an interest in coastal and freshwater resources early in her lifetime. She holds an undergraduate degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Aquatic Resources and Public Policy and Social Research and has recently earned a Masters of Marine Management from Dalhousie University. Throughout her education, she has gained knowledge of scientific research methodologies applicable to oceans and freshwater environments as well as an understanding of community challenges and opportunities related to aquatic resource management. Given the interdisciplinary nature of her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she has gained a holistic approach to environmental conservation and aquatic ecosystem management.
Taylor has professional experience in offshore resource management and fieldwork experience in wetland, stream and lake water quality analysis.
She has worked in a variety of regions, with one of her most recent positions being with the Qikqtani Inuit Association in Iqualuit, Nunavut as part of her Master’s degree. As a lands and Resources Intern, she worked to assess Inuit participation in policy development for offshore oil and gas in Nunavut, providing her with an understanding of political decision-making processes and Inuit influence in natural resource management in the North. Through this experience, she gained a passion for the mobilization of local community and Aboriginal knowledge in the management of aquatic, coastal or offshore environments.

Taylor is extremely excited to have been given the opportunity to work with the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group, and she hopes to support MCG furthering its purpose of promoting sustainability and restoring the concept of Netukulimk within local watersheds. In particular she will be focusing on the Clean Water -Healthy Food initiative that looks at the changes in watersheds due to increased agricultural activity and runoff. This project focuses on the Jijuktu’kwejk (Cornwallis) River in the Annapolis Valley and the Little River in New Brunswick.


 

dsc_0017Lindsay May

Fisheries Biologist
Mi’kmaw Conservation Group
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Lindsay is from Fredericton, NB and earned her Bachelor of Science (Biology) from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 2010. She went back to school at UNB Saint John in 2012 to complete her Master of Science (Biology) degree on the swimming performance and behaviour of shortnose sturgeon.

Lindsay has a wide range of experience from working in numerous research labs. Before going back to school, she worked as a Research Assistant in a virology lab and in a forestry and entomology lab. After completing her MSc, she worked as a Habitat Technician for the Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee and as a Research Assistant in a sturgeon physiology lab.

Lindsay is working with MCG to help monitor the Atlantic sturgeon in the Petitcodiac River and Estuary/Shepody Bay. The goal of this project is to use a DIDSON (Dual Identification Sonar) to collect data that will contribute information on Atlantic sturgeon presence and habitat use in the Petitcodiac River and Estuary/Shepody Bay.


 

jacob-marshall-2016_03_30Jacob Marshall

Fisheries Biologist / Technologist
Mi’kmaw Conservation Group
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Jacob is from Dartmouth NS, and earned his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from NSCC in 2014. He then went on to complete his Advanced Diploma in Oceans Technology from NSCC in 2015.

Jacob has had a wide range of experiences both through his work and education. He has worked for the Canadian Forces as a Combat Engineer Army Reservist since 2010. In 2015 he worked as an intern at Defense Research and Development Canada Atlantic in their marine asset Protection group.

Jacob is working with MCG to help monitor the Atlantic Sturgeon in the Petitcodiac River and Estuary/Shepody Bay. The goal of this project is to use a DIDSON (Dual Identification Sonar) to collect data that will contribute information on Atlantic sturgeon presence and Habitat use in the Petitcodiac River and Estuary/Shepody Bay.  Jacob brings his sonar expertise to this project.


 

dsc_0025Jillian Arany

Fisheries Biologist
Mi’kmaw Conservation Group
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Originally from Barrhaven, Ontario, Jillian earned her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Environmental Science and Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment from Dalhousie University in 2013, and is currently in the process of completing her Masters of Biology at Acadia University. Her Master’s thesis is focused on determining if fish movement is impacted by the placement of an aquatic culvert.

Jillian has a love of the outdoors and grew up travelling and camping every summer. These experiences at a young age are what fostered
Her love for marine life (especially marine mammals) and the environment. During the summers of 2011 and 2012, Jillian worked in St. John’s, Newfoundland with Environment Canada as a Marine Issues Biologist field assistant. She worked with marine sea birds including Atlantic Puffins, Murres, Gannets, Storm Petrels, Herring Gulls, and Greater Black-Backed Gulls. The work was focused in Dartmouth, NS with Environment Canada as a Species at Risk Biologist field assistant. Her work focused on Species at Risk Birds in NS, including Terns and Piping Plovers and their recovery plans. During the summers of 2014 and 2015, Jillian devotes lots of time towards her marathon training, her health and fitness business, volunteering at the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, traveling, and any outdoor related activity. She and her boyfriend currently have two pets, a cat named Oscar and a dog named GP.

Jillian will be working on the Clean Water – Healthy Food project that focuses on the Jijuktu’kwejk (Cornwallis) River in the Annapolis Valley and the Little River in New Brunswick as well as other MCG initiatives.