Chief Allison M. Bernard Memorial High School is located in Eskasoni First Nation, Nova Scotia, Canada, along the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes. First opened in 1998 as Eskasoni High School, Allison Bernard Memorial High School (or just ABMHS) proudly displays graphic Mi’kmaq artwork throughout the building. ABMHS currently services about 200 students from Grades 10 to 12. ABMHS supplements the Nova Scotia Curriculum Guide with courses in Mi’kmaq language and culture.
In addition, students have the opportunity to enrol in a wide variety of courses. In all respects, however, a strong emphasis is placed on Mi’kmaq culture and traditions, as well as Mi’kmaq language. The staff and students of ABMHS take pride in the Mi’kmaq culture and language by sponsoring an annual “Role Model of the Year Award” and by hosting an annual ABMHS Pow-wow.
Over the past 19 years, the high school has received tremendous support from the community of Eskasoni, Eskasoni Band Council, Eskasoni School Board, UINR, NADACA, Mi’kmaq Family & Children’s Services, Eskasoni RCMP and many others. Students are at the heart of ABMHS. Over the years, students have experienced tremendous success in many education events, including Science Fair, Mi’kmaq Speech Festival, Fine Arts Festival, Envirothon, eSpirit, We Act, Safe Grad, various NSSAF sports teams, and, in 2015, Hero Holiday.