Message from GINU Executive Director John Murvin Vicaire

Message from GINU Executive Director John Murvin Vicaire

With great pleasure and excitement, we announce that the Gespe’gewag Mi’gmaq Resource Council (GMRC) is now known as the Gespe’gewa’gi Institute of Natural Understanding (GINU). We chose a name that better reflects who we are today and a name that reflects the people who allow us to work on their behalf.

Since 2006, GMRC has worked diligently in the areas of research, Mi gmaw knowledge, as well as outreach and education. Since then, the organization has evolved into what it is today; a leading research organization that also happens to be Indigenous.

We wouldn’t be where we are today without the hard work and dedication of those who formed the GMRC. Without the leadership of our member communities (Ugpi’ganjig, Pabineau, Listuguj) and Mark Sark, we would likely not be here today.

I would also like to highlight the strong leadership of my predecessors. We still feel the effects of their commitment, professionalism, and integrity. And to all previous employees, you have left your imprint on this organization and will forever be a part of our legacy.

While this may signal the end of an era, I assure you that the best is yet to come. Our member communities, our people, and the natural world drive us to be better and more effective in ensuring that the ecosystems in which we live continue to thrive for the next seven generations.

John Murvin Vicaire
Executive Director