Shubenacadie River Beading Project description


Kin River Collective

Shubenacadie River Beading Project description



The Shubenacadie River Beading Project is the first project orchestrated by Kin River Collective. This community collaborative project is meant to activate notions of kinship, allyship, and stewardship; it is an act of standing in solidarity with the Stop Alton Gas group. Beading is a gesture of honouring and building community through making.

The aim of this project is for participants, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to come together and collectively honour the space of the Shubenacadie River. The Shubenacadie River cuts through the center of Nova Scotia and has served as a lifeline for Mi’kmaq peoples since time immemorial. This community-based project stands in solidarity with water protectors and the Stop Alton Gas group; who are actively occupying space along the Shubenacadie River to protest the destruction of the rivers’ ecosystem by the environmental threat Alton Gas poses. To find out more about Stop Alton Gas please press here.

This beading project is an honouring of the space of the river. Many hands will join together and bead the space of the river, culminating in a forty-foot beading of the Shubenacadie River. Indigenous participants are encouraged to embellish using their ancestral knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation. Non-Indigenous participants are encouraged to keep in mind settler responsibility and issues of cultural appropriation. This is an exercise in building treaty relations between settlers and Indigenous nations and humans to mother earth.


Beading kits will include everything you will need to bead your portion of the river. In the beading kits you will find: two needles, string, beading felt with your segment of the river pattern drawn on it, beads and an envelope with a return address. Once you have completed your portion of the river you will carefully fold the beading into the envelope and send back to me.



The beading kits are organized at 3 levels of difficulty of: Beginner, Intermediate, and Master/Advanced

Beginners will have the opportunity to learn to bead; each kit will contain guidelines and YouTube links that will give you a step-by-step account of how to start beading one simple section of the river pattern.

Intermediate beaders have beaded before, but would like the opportunity to work on a more complex part of the river pattern.

A Master or Advanced beader has beaded a lot and would love a more challenging section of the river pattern. This can mean being responsible for a larger mass of the river pattern, e.g. a lake).