Rita Joe Literacy Day will be on Friday April 21st.

A dynamic leadership program for Mi’kmaw high school youth at the national environmental learning conference at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

The Mi’kmaw Conservation Group is offering all expense paid scholarships for this three day conference to students interested in learning about environment and sustainability and indegenous education. It will include…

• Special experiences learning about and in the natural world

• Meeting and getting to know like-minded youth from across the country

• Exploring the world of environmental science and technology

• Music, spoken word, singing, storytelling drumming and dance

• Hands-on leadership opportunities

If you are interested, please contact your teacher or principal.
You can learn about the conference at:


SUBJECT: A music video to honor elders and ancestors is being made on Wednesday April 12, 2017

Dear parents and guardians of EEMS, TEC, EIS and ABMHS students:

On April 12th (this Wednesday) a team of teachers and students from ABMHS will be shooting a follow up video to the song and video we created last year - Gentle Warrior. This year, the theme of our song and video is youth honoring their elders and ancestors. The team behind this project would like to pass along the following information to you, your families and your neighbors.

• The video shoot will take place behind the Eskasoni Middle School between 1:20 and 2:20, on Wednesday, April 12th. That’s this Wednesday. Our rain day is Thursday April 13, same time and place.

• All residents of Eskasoni are invited to attend and are asked, if possible, to wear clothing that reflects their Mi’kmaq pride. For example, school t-shirts, regalia, ribbon shirts, etc. Also, please feel free to bring a drum or other culturally significant belongings such as Mi’kmaq flags, etc.

• Anyone who would like to appear in close-up in the video is encouraged to bring a photograph of an ancestor or relative who has passed on. We are hoping to include clips of people, young and old, holding their photos in honor of their deceased relatives throughout the video.

• If you are a drummer or would like to take part in a large round dance come prepared to drum or dance


Carter Chiasson (music teacher)

Newell Johnson (principal)


Please Bring an official copy of your transcript. Refreshments will be served. Wednesday Aptil 12, 5-7pm at ABMHS  Conference Room. 

Most of you probably have heard the BUZZ that this BIG SHOW is coming to Eskasoni. Well it’s true!
On May 3, 2017 the National Art Center Orchestra will be “Bringing Home-I Lost My” to Eskasoni and it will be held at Dan K. Stevens Memorial Arena. Showtime is 12:30.
The sad thing is we have to put a limit on the seating capacity at the rink because of safety issues, so we have only a limited amount of FREE TICKETS.
YES, the show is FREE and you could pick up your ticket at Sarah Denny Cultural Center at Lisa’s Office starting this Monday, April 10. THIS MONDAY!
So imagine a 70 piece orchestra performing in our own community. The show is an hour long and there are will be some great classical performances but the great part will be when they perform the 22 minute musical piece title, “I Lost My Talk.” A poem made famous by Rita Joe. This musical piece will include a giant screen in the background with video of a native dance group accompanying the “I Lost My Talk,” musical piece.
And it that wasn’t enough, the encore with be none other than Kalolin Johnson premiering a new song called “We Shall Remain.” Kalo with be accompanied by the 70 piece orchestra when she sings the new song.
We have term this, “Once in a lifetime event,” so get your tickets!
Limit of 2 tickets per person and we are sorry but no children under 12 will be allowed. Meskay.

We are delighted to invite you to join community leaders, young artists, activists and visionaries, to pay tribute to young Indigenous Nova Scotian changemakers striving to bring peace to Nova Scotia. Together, we will celebrate their transformative work and explore community action-driven solutions around Indigenous Rights & Reconciliation. Guest speakers and artists will be announced soon!                                                                       

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, from 9:10am to 12:10pm 

Allison Bernard Memorial High School

4673 Shore Rd                                                                       

Eskasoni, NS                                                                       

Refreshments will be served.                                                                      

Please RSVP at before 6pm on April 16th, 2017.                                                                       

The 2017 Peace Forums are part of the Justice, Arts and Youth in Action Initiative, which is canvassing the province to gather suggestions for an action plan that will support youth of all backgrounds using arts to promote peace and justice in their communities.                                                                      

For more information about the Initiative, please visit

Bring  $2

Bringing Home I Lost My Talk

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 12:00 pmDAN K STEVENS MEMORIAL ARENA  |  Eskasoni, Nova Scotia, Canada

Introduction to Physical Theatre

 In this workshop, participants will explore their own self-expression through improvisation, games, and mime. They will learn techniques that actors use to develop believable characters and honest interactions, and apply their new skills to short scenes and ensemble work. The workshop will be engaging, creatively physical and lead students toward honesty, vulnerability and utterly captivating performances. This workshop is designed to be an inclusive experience for indigenous and non-indigenous students and community members. And of course, it will be fun! For all levels – no experience necessary.

 SATURDAYS, APRIL 1 & 8, 11 AM - 5 PM

 Location: To be confirmed.

 Eight of the sixteen spots will be reserved for members of the indigenous community.

 Participants will receive a $100 honorarium for attending both sessions. Snacks will be provided.

 To apply for the workshop, please send an email expressing why you would like to participate to Artistic Director Andrea Boyd,

 Workshop leader: Christian Murray

 Christian is an actor /physical comedian, writer and director based in Halifax Nova Scotia.  He is a founding member of Jest in Time Theatre and a protégé of physical theatre and mime master/director Tony Montanaro. For 20 years he traveled throughout the world, performing Jest in Time’s original style physical comedy.  Highlights include performances at the Sydney Opera House, a tour of Japan, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Just for Laughs in Montreal, a performance for Queen Elizabeth and three national CBC specials.

 After Jest in Times conclusion in 2003, Christian founded Frankie Productions with Mary Colin Chisholm and Mary Ellen Maclean and produced numerous show’s including Lauchie Liza and Rory, that played at the NAC studio, Underneath the Lintel, Olympic Arts Festival in Vancouver and Fool School: a physical theatre primer for TYA. 

 Christian continues his work as a freelance actor, writer and teacher, he is a Crake Fellow (Mount Allison University, Sackville N.B.) and the recipient of the Merrit Award for Lifetime Achievement from Theatre Nova Scotia. In 2012 he was a member of the National Arts Center’s Theatrical Company, and is a frequent performer with Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre.

 Made possible by a special grant from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.


The Graduate to Opportunity program provides an incentive to Nova Scotia employers to hire recent graduates for permanent, full-time jobs paying at least $30,000 a year.  The incentive is 25% of the first year’s salary and 12.5% of the second year’s salary and it’s available to small businesses, social enterprises and non-profit organizations.  Now, employers who hire Aboriginal Canadians, people who identify as racially visible, persons with a disability, or women in occupations in which they’re under-represented or international graduates will receive an additional 10%, for a total of 35%, of the first year’s salary.  This “diversity bonus” will provide incentives to encourage employers to take a closer look at Aboriginal graduates and discover what tremendous benefits diversity can bring to a workplace.  Feel free to make this known throughout your networks and, especially, to employers.  I’m attaching, for your reference, both the government news release, a Fact Sheet and a postcard that Labour and Advanced Education has created to promote the program.  If you would like to receive copies of any of the materials, please give Rick Alexander a call at 902-722-1088, or send him an email at


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