What climate change could mean to the future of Mi’kmaw artisanship – CBC

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What climate change could mean to the future of Mi’kmaw artisanship – CBC

by pmnationtalk on August 2, 202152 Views

Black ash used in basket making is already threatened, while harvesters say birch bark becoming brittle

Aug 02, 2021

Some Mi’kmaw artisans in Nova Scotia have found it particularly hard this year to source traditional materials, such as birch bark for building canoes and wood from the black ash tree used to create baskets.

A big reason for this, according to Mi’kmaw harvesters, is climate change.

The black ash is a threatened species in Nova Scotia due in part to habitat loss, historic overlogging and current forestry practices. But the plan established by the province to help the black ash recover notes that climate change is also a current and future factor, particularly droughts that can lead to “severe dieback.”

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/mi-kmaw-artisans-future-traditional-practices-climate-change-1.6119739

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