About CEPI Youth

The Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI) arose in response to a request by the Cape Breton First Nations Chiefs in 2003 to develop an overall environmental management plan for the Bras d’Or lakes and watershed lands.

To date, two successful workshops have been held, with over 250 people attending, to engage government partners from all levels and the broader community of the Bras d’Or Lakes watershed in this process.

The Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR), an organization representing the five First Nations bands in Cape Breton on environmental and natural resource issues, has been endorsed to play a coordination role (Secretariat) for these efforts, with support provided by four levels of government – First Nations, Municipal, Provincial and Federal.

Currently the Bras d’Or Lakes CEPI has a functioning organizational model which includes a Steering Committee that meets quarterly (with federal, provincial, municipal, and Mi’kmaq governments, industry, academia, and NGO representation), a Management Committee which meets monthly, Task Teams (Management Plan, Funding, etc.), a Mi’kmaq Elder Advisor, an Elders Council, and a Senior Council that meets annually (federal Regional Directors General, provincial Deputy Ministers, municipal Mayors and Wardens, and First Nations Chiefs).

Volunteer Information

If you are interested in joining CEPI Youth, we want to hear from you!

Contact us through the contact form on our website and we will get in touch. You can also access our Facebook or Instagram pages @CEPIYouth for information on our group.

If you have an event coming up that the youth of Cape Breton should attend, please contact us and we can reach out to our youth members to get involved!

Our youth care deeply about the environment. We have a great group involved with CEPI Youth that specializes in dump sites – and so if you know of a dump site anywhere in Cape Breton, contact us with a location, GPS or civic address, and we will gather youth to start a clean up!

Membership Benefits

We invite you to become a CEPI Youth member today! Check out all the great benefits of your membership…

  • Networking with environmental organizations around the Bras d’Or Lake
  • Networking with organizations that partner with CEPI & CEPI Youth
  • Networking with youth members around the Bras d’Or Lake
  • Opportunities to be invited to workshops of interest and training events
  • Opportunities to have your voiced concerns brought to management and council members
  • Education on species and environmental concerns of the Bras d'Or Lake