The Gespe’gewaq Mi’gmaq Resource Council (GMRC) Announces Rebrand
After 16 years of continuous growth, the GMRC will now be known as the Gespe’gewa’gi Institute of Natural Understanding (GINU).
(Listuguj, April 21, 2023)—The Gespe’gewaq Mi’gmaq Resource Council has completed its rebranding with the launch of the Gespe’gewa’gi Institute of Natural Understanding (GINU). As we have continued to grow throughout the years, our organization has gone through many changes. We will continue to work for our membership communities of Listuguj, Ugpi’ganjig and Pabineau, being guided by our mission and vision statements. Ginu’s mission is “to ensure the ecosystems in which we live continue to thrive for the next seven generations”. Our vision states we are “an evolving organization that is a trusted partner to the Mi’gmaq communities it is serving.”
Ginu has grown from five full-time staff members to currently employing 11 staff. We are governed by a Board of Directors who are comprised of Chiefs from our membership communities. Our core activities include habitat management and stewardship, research and collection of Mi’gmaq Ecological Knowledge. Our work is also guided by using a two-eyed seeing approach developed by Dr. Albert Marshall. Two-eyed seeing is using Mi’gmaq Knowledge and Western Science when conducting research. Ginu will also continue with our research endeavours as we move forward with the rebranding. We also look forward to continuing to build partnerships with First Nations governments, organizations, public and private stakeholders.
Gespe’gewa’gi Institute of Natural Understanding (GINU)