Welcome To CEPI Youth

Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI) strives to empower our youth to follow their dreams and build a future in Unama’ki.

CEPI Youth is a group of youth from all over Unamaki (Cape Breton) that care about Cape Breton Island, especially the Bras d’Or Lake. In a time when many are leaving the Island for employment, we want to show our youth how they can excel here with their talents, whatever they may be, without having to move away from home. We are a group of youth who want to make our Island thrive.

We are continuously working on projects for the youth of Unama’ki that relate to the environment, the climate crisis, and the economy. We hope to encourage and guide our youth to remain in Cape Breton. Please follow our social media pages for up-to-date event notices.




Tracy Marshall

Ever since I joined CEPI Youth, I have found a true love for the place I have called home for my entire life. I dreamed of staying in Cape Breton, but I thought the only way I could make a living for myself and my family, was to move away. Luckily, I know better now, and have found so many opportunities in my life here on the Island I will always call home thanks to CEPI Youth and what the group is becoming.


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Changing Climates, Changing Economies – recap

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1 week ago

CEPI Youth

UPDATE: Wow- chi-miigwech for the amazing response and enormous amount of interest in this project! We’ve already received over 100 applications and are closing applications early. Keep an eye on your email- we’ll be reaching out to those chosen in the next few weeks!

If you’d like us to keep you in mind for future project opportunities like this or if you have any questions, please send us an email at: comms@canadianroots.ca


Are you a speedy beader? Can you keep a secret? We are looking to hire 4 beaders to make 20 pins each, the project is TOP SECRET 🤫🤫🤫

If you'd like to be considered, check out the application form in bio, and leave any questions below!


Apply by June 23rd, we will contact you to confirm you're in and brief you on the project. You will then have until October to complete the pins and mail them to us at CRE.
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4 weeks ago

CEPI Youth

We have had lots of Job Postings up lately, many for summer jobs, but this is for a YEAR-long contract, with possibility of extension. Do not miss out on this one!

UINR and the Community-Engaged CoLab at Dalhousie University are seeking a Research Coordinator to oversee two projects focusing on community engagement:

1) Using culturally appropriate approaches to mitigate impacts
to species at risk from interactions from the Mikmaw lobster fishery in Unama'ki, and 2) Jiksitatulti'kw: listening to each other.

It's ONE full time position working 50/50 on the two projects. Should be very interesting and a lot of fun!

Deadline is May 22nd. Apply ASAP!
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