Our History

In 1983 a group of people gathered to try and deal with the economic crisis by searching for alternatives to employment in the area.

Culture Craft Co-operative which is now Basket Weavers of PEI was a result of this effort as it offered small-scale, meaningful employment to interested people in the area of Atlantic Canada accustomed to employment in larger, vertically integrated companies.

The ‘co-operative’ alternative offered an opportunity for everyone involved to have a ‘voice’ and provide employment directly to the ‘community’ – a caring community where the history, enviroment and the way of life are highly valued. Where persons who work together using natural materials develop a natural respect for each other and for the earth.

Mission Statement:

The Basket Weavers of PEI Co-operative Ltd. is dedicated to the preservation of the ancient art of traditional ash splint basket-making. We will strive to train another generation in this art form by means of a museum and interpretive centre, so as to increase public awareness of, interest in, and love for natural wood baskets.


To work in a way that has allowed Acadian, Mi’Kmaq and other peoples to make their living in harmony with nature for generations.
To ensure that we shape our culture, customs and beliefs according to the earth, waters, rocks and forests that have sustained our ancestors.
To learn about the harmony and interdependence of all living things.
To act in ways that will foster the continuation of the once thriving tradition of basket weaving in ways that are sustainable and balanced.


To be a non profit historical society with a museum featuring a vast sampling of Acadian and Mi”Kmaq baskets. There will also be an interpreitive centre including a tour that will give visitors a better understanding of the many stages involved in the basket weaving process-from harvesting and processing the raw material to adding the final touches in the creation of a one of a kind art. We will also provide training, education, and basket weaving retreats, workshops and demonstrations. Ethics of harvesting GOAL: The least disruption of the natural ecosystem, to sustain the resource ” for generations yet unborn” To continue the history of basketry for future generation

The programs and services we offer are available Island wide.