Commemoration ceremony remembers the Acadian people who helped shape the culture of the Island
This deportation of the French and Acadian people marks what has been called the most significant documented human tragedy in the history of
An estimated 1,400 to 1,500 islanders were able to evade deportation during this tragic time and were forced to go into hiding for their own protection. Some hid on the Island, and many others found refuge elsewhere. Once peace returned to the island, many deportees returned to start over, joining those who were able to escape deportation and who were already re-establishing themselves.
The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque commemorating the Deportation of inhabitants of Île Saint-Jean plaque will be on display at Port-La-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site, which played an integral role in the settlement of
•Le ComitÉ historique Soeur-Antoinette-DesRoches was the proponent for the application to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. The goal of the committee is to research, promote and share Acadian history, and protect Acadian heritage. •Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site was recognized and designated by the Government of Canada on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 1958, due to the part it played as an imperial outpost during the Franco-British struggle for control in
"Through these commemorations, Canadians continue to have an opportunity to learn more about the narrative of this country. The deportation of the Acadians was a devastating chapter in Canada's human history. Through reflection on these events, we learn about our collective past and move towards a united future that embraces diversity."
"Despite the tragedy suffered as a result of the deportation, the determination, perseverance and resolve of the Acadian people has endured and strengthened over the years. Today, the Acadian community on
•Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site
www.parkscanada.gc.ca/portlajoye•Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada :
About the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of the Environment regarding the national historic significance of places, people and events that have marked Canada's history.
For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.
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