Campbellton Learning Centre Makes Black Ash Baskets

Posted: April 14, 2019

ASD-N, through the First Nation Education Team, offered a grant to support increasing Indigenous perspectives in schools and classrooms throughout our district. Several schools and teachers have taken advantage of this great opportunity! Tuesday, March 26, the students at the Campbellton Learning Centre were introduced to the traditional knowledge of black ash basket making, a cultural tradition of the Mi’kmaq people. Students also had the opportunity to create their very own basket, through perseverance and positive attitudes, thirteen baskets were completed and taken home. The basket making session was led by craftsmen Stephen Jerome of Gesgapegiac, Quebec. At a very young age, Stephen was taught how to harvest the black ash trees, prepare the ash and make the baskets by his father. He has been making baskets and perfecting his skills over the last 39 years. Stephen guided the students to the completion of their baskets with a gentle patience and of course, Mi’kmaq humor. A great day was had with a wonderful group of students! Thank you Regan Metallic, Fane Dezan and Leslie Philips for your continued work incorporating Mi’kmaq perspective and cultural knowledge at the Campbellton Learning Centre.