Allison Bernard Memorial High School was host to a “Techsploration goes to school” event on May 3rd.  Techsploration is a program dedicated to the empowerment of young women in the STEM fields.  The goal of Techsploration is to increase the number of women working in science, trades and technology occupations by assisting young women from diverse backgrounds to explore a wide range of career options. 

In the weeks leading up to the event, students in the school’s techsploration group met weekly to study various occupations from each of the STEM fields and to learn more about potential career paths available to them.  During this time the students also familiarized themselves with the work of their Techsploration role model – Eilidh Lindsay-Sinclair, Director of Operations at CloudKettle.

CloudKettle is a Halifax-based consultancy that specializes in helping enterprise software companies with sales and marketing.  Eilidh was CloudKettle’s first employee.  After studying Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University she was brought on by CloudKettle as Marketing Coordinator.  Over the years her passion for process and efficiency led to her transition into her new role as Director of Operations.  Eilidh is passionate about advancing opportunities for women in technology and developing stronger equity for women in STEM fields.  Through her role at CloudKettle, Eilidh founded and now co-chairs Digital Skills for Women, a learning cohort aimed at increasing digital literacy.

The Techsploration goes to school event was a great success.  Organized by ABMHS teacher Carol Ann Jeddore and Techsploration coordinator Margaret Davidson, students attended presentations by local women in leadership roles within the STEM fields and did a presentation of their own about their role model Eilidh Lindsay-Sinclair.  Students got to hear from Eskasoni’s own Gaetanne Stevens about career and education opportunities in the RCMP and about the application of various branches of STEM in everyday police work.  Students also heard from Deanne van Rooyen, Assistant Professor in Geology at Cape Breton University. 

On May 24th, students attended the provincial Techsploration event at Acadia University hearing from and presenting to schools and role models from across the province about their own experiences as part of the Techsploration program. 

Great job to everyone involved in this program!

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Are you/do you know an Indigenous youth that is interested in a career in Health Sciences (Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, etc.)?  Then this program is for you. The Junior University Summer Camp Program is an excellent opportunity for Indigenous Youth to see what kind of Health Careers are available to them. The best part is that the Camps are all free!

2019 Junior University.

The Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine's Indigenous Health Program, in partnership with The Johnson Scholarship foundation, will be hosting THREE health sciences summer camps in Nova Scotia for Indigenous students this summer. As participants in the program, students will be exposed to a variety of healthcare professions and training programs through interactive, hands on programming. The 2018 camps were a huge success.  We were able to put 43 students through the program in 2018 up from 24 in 2017 and the feedback from all involved was extremely positive.  

2019 is looking to be the best year yet with all kinds of new learning opportunities being added to the already stellar lineup of workshops and cultural activities. In addition to the regular programming the 2019 Junior University summer camp will offer 2 students a $1000.00 promise scholarship provided by the AIMS network. We strive to constantly improve the camp experience every year using the feedback from participants and facilitators to inform our efforts.

The Junior University programs are hosted at;

  • Dalhousie University (July 7-11)
  • St. Francis Xavier University (July 16-19)
  • Cape Breton University (July 22-25)

with the collaboration of Nova Scotia Community College. Indigenous Students from grade (8-11) are encouraged to apply.



The International Year of Indigenous Languages is a United Nations observance in 2019 to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous Languages across the world, with an aim to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation.

To bring awareness to this important cause, students at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, Cape Breton recorded Paul McCartney’s Blackbird in their native Mi’kmaq language.


2019 na tujiw muiuatmumkl L’nui’sutipuna'q United Nations wjit kekinua’teketoq teli mtue’k ewanta’suatmumkl L’nui’suti’l msit tami wskitqamu’k.  Ketui kisa’teket siawa’sik L’nuey aq astua’toq apiksiktatimkewey.

ABMHS maljewe’jk ewi’kasik Paul McCartney wktapekiaqnm “Blackbird” Mi’kmawiktuk wjit msit wen wskitqamu’k kjijittow.


Click the link below to see the video:

Emma Stevens - Blackbird by The Beatles (Mi'kmaq Cover)

Congratulations to our ABMHS students for placing at the MKRSF which took place in We'koqma'q on April 11, 2019.  

In the grade 10-12 division, ABMHS students Lainee Johnson and Cameron Denny took home $100 for 1st place for their project on "Short-term memory: Adolescence vs Adulthood".  This regional win qualifies them for the Canada-wide Science Fair that will be taking place May 15-17 in Fredericton, NB.  In addition to their $100 cash prize, they also received $50 from the Nova Scotian Institute of Science.   Each student also earned university scholarships for their efforts; Lainee Johnson received a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 a year, renewable for up to 4 years) from Cape Breton University.  Cameron Denny received a $2,500 scholarship to Cape Breton University in addition to a $1,500 scholarship to Dalhousie University.

Also in the grade 10-12 division, Erin Denny took home $50 for 3rd place for her project "Does colour improve memorization?".  Her placement also qualified her for the Canada-wide Science Fair in Fredericton.  Erin's accomplishments earned her both a $2,000 scholarship to St. Francis Xavier University and a $500 scholarship to Cape Breton University.

In the grade 7-9 division, ABMHS' grade 9 student Chase Denny received $50 for his 3rd place project "Flow State".    

Great job everyone!



Allison Bernard Memorial High School was host to a ‘Music and Drama Day’ event on the theme of Reconciliation that turned out to be as memorable as it was historic.  Over 200 band students from 5 different local area high schools gathered to learn, share, and build friendships together.  The event began in the morning with various workshops that students could attend on music, drama, and culture, followed by a catered lunch, and concluded in the afternoon with a special performance by the orchestra ensemble. 

After welcoming remarks from Chief Leroy Denny, and an empowering speech by esteemed Elder Albert Marshall, the afternoon performances got underway.

The students gathered to play a piece composed by Eskasoni’s own Richard “Gutch” Poulette and the late Alex “Pi’kun” Poulette.  For the performance students were accompanied by members of the National Arts Centre’s orchestra and of Symphony Nova Scotia, and led by distinguished conductor Alexander Shelley of the National Arts Centre.  Together they played a very moving rendition of “Apiksiktuaqn (Forgiveness)”, as arranged by Ian Cusson of the NAC.

Richard “Gutch” Poulette was on site to speak about his music and the theme of reconciliation, and not one to be left out of the musical fun, he performed a Kojua’ that had the whole crowd on their feet.  Select members of the NAC’s orchestra performed compositions both solo and as part of a trio for the audience’s enjoyment.  Eskasoni artist Ursula Johnson led ABMHS students in a dramatic storytelling about Mi’kmaq culture and history, a performance that was organized earlier in the day’s morning workshops. 

The day also featured an amazing performance of “My Unama’ki” by Emma Stevens, accompanied by her fellow ABMHS music students, music teacher Carter Chiasson, Darren Stevens, and local fiddler Colin Grant.  “My Unama’ki” is part of ABMHS’ ongoing relationship with the National Arts Centre as one of our annual song projects which began in 2016 with “Gentle Warrior” from the Rita Joe song project. 

Thank you to everyone who was involved in this memorable day, and a very special thank you to our very own Carter Chiasson for his work in organizing this lovely event.

here is the link to view.

please submit application if you are interested. 

It’s that time of year again, where the ABMHS is celebrating a night of glamour and fun at their Prom 2018 “Mi'kmaq Proud” at High School Gymnasium on Friday, June 8th, 2018, at 7:00 PM (Grand March)

Admission: $10.00 

We hope that you come out to celebrate our night with us!

Note: Local photographer George Paul will be at the GYM at 6pm pm to take photos of the Grads who wish to purchase $5 for digital picture. Great keepsake for memories!


Attention all grads


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