Our Team

MAPS draws upon over eighty (80) years of experience to offer a variety of services to meet your distinct needs. We take a team approach and can draw upon an extensive network of resources to offer solutions that work for you.

James Michael

Senior Associate

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jim@mikmaki.ca

James Michael is a Senior Associate of Mi’kma’ki All Points Services (MAPS) with the portfolio of Manager of Advisory Services and Public Relations.

James is a Mi’kmaq from the Shubenacadie First Nations in Nova Scotia. He holds a degree in Political Science from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and graduated from Dalhousie Law School and articled at a large Halifax Law Firm that practiced in many areas of the law. The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society honoured him as the First Mi’kmaq called to the Bar in the province by placing a portrait of him at the Law Courts in Halifax and hosting a gathering to commemorate the occasion that was attended by members from the Judiciary, as well as families and friends.
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Jennifer Copage

Senior Associate

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jennifer@mikmaki.ca

Jennifer Copage is a Senior Associate of Mi’kma’ki All Points Services (MAPS) with the portfolio of Administrative and Operations Manager.

Over the past 25 years, Jennifer has been working with First Nation organizations, government and private agencies. She has worked for the Aboriginal Title Project (ATP), a joint initiative of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians and the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq on the Traditional Use Study (TUS) and for the Treaty & Aboriginal Rights Research Centre of Nova Scotia as research assistant, archival assistant, office assistant, archivist and office manager.

Through these roles Jennifer has gained experience in managing work flow, human resource management, business administration management, project management, claims research, historical research, land use and occupation research studies, transcribing, oral histories, presenting and reporting to relevant players, providing access to and preservation of archival collections. Jennifer works independently and as a team player.

Jennifer believes that our rich Canadian heritage is an asset and it needs to be preserved for future generations to come.

Michael H. Weiler, MA

Senior Associate

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mh.weiler@mikmaki.ca

Michael H. Weiler, M.A. is a Senior Associate of Mi’kma’ki All Points Services with the portfolio of Research Coordinator and GIS Manager. His current research fields at MAPS are primarily land and resource-related issues, ATK (Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge), and Species at Risk.

An anthropologist/geographer with an M.A. degree in Cultural Anthropology (Bonn 1982), he has studied in Bonn (Germany), in Lima (Peru), and at McGill University in Montreal. He has also received training in GIS (Geographic Information System) at the College of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown, NS.

Since 1985 he has been working with, and for, First Nation communities and organizations such as the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Quebec, the Naskapi First Nation in northern Quebec, the Innu Nation in Labrador, the Mushkegowuk Cree First Nations in northern Ontario, and the James Bay Cree. He has also carried out research projects for Parks Canada and the Ministère de Loisir, Chasse & Pêche (Quebec).

Michael has been recognized by the Provincial Court in Newfoundland as an expert witness in issues relating to Naskapi First Nation land use in a case in which he testified on behalf of Naskapi defendants.

Between 1998 and 2009, Michael had been working for the TARR Centre (Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Centre) in Indian Brook, Nova Scotia, in the capacity of traditional land use researcher and GIS manager.

Michael has also been active in capacity building by teaching basic GIS and traditional use interview techniques at various First Nation organizations.

Services

Partnerships and Capacity Building

  • Proposal Writing, Training
  • Project Management
  • Cultural Awareness Workshops
  • Strategic Communications
  • Band governance

Mediation and Dispute Resolution

  • Negotiation of Land and Claims Related Matters
  • Advisory Services on Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Corporate Services
  • Consultation Support

Aboriginal Land Use Research

  • Land Use Mapping
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ATK, MEKS) Studies
  • Social / Cultural Impact Assessments
  • Species at Risk Research
  • Geographic Information Systems

Building Bridges Through Partnerships

Mi’kma’ki is the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq Nation. Mi’kmaki All Points Services (MAPS) is a new and innovative company that reflects Mi’kmaq values and is active in Building Bridges Through Partnerships within our territory and beyond.