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Vol. 14 No. 1 (2022): The Acadians and Wəlastəkokewiyik of the Wəlastəq/ Rivière Saint-Jean and other “Shared Spaces”

Revealing the History of the Isthmus of Chignecto: Toward Truth and Reconciliation

June 19, 2022


Chignecto, the border region between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, is a central region of Mi’kma’ki, linking the Atlantic seaboard to the Wulstuk, the St. John River region, the interior of the continent, and beyond. It was also the site of prosperous Acadian communities that became embroiled in colonial wars. In 2017, Parks Canada set out to create a new exhibit to tell the many stories of Chignecto, working in collaboration with Mi’kmaq community partners, and drawing upon Parks Canada’s new “Framework for History.” This exhibit’s collaborative research and development process provides an example of the challenges and the potential of such an approach to public history.