Revealing Chignecto — Exhibit
Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site
Revealing Chignecto: The Stories Within
The Isthmus of Chignecto, a narrow strip of land that links mainland Nova Scotia to New Brunswick, is today a quiet landscape of salt marshes and rivers. Parks Canada’s exhibit, “Revealing Chignecto,” looks deeply at the history of this region and focuses on its archaeology: vestiges that represent millennia of Mi’kmaw communities, Acadian villages, and 18th-century forts. Memories live here, across Chignecto’s lands and waters.
In “Revealing Chignecto,” visitors can explore life in Chignecto’s shared Mi’kmaw and Acadian space up to the late 18th century through oral history, archaeology, and written records. Illustrated with beautiful original artworks by Réjean Roy, this exhibit invites visitors to handle high-quality reproductions of archaeological artifacts, listen to oral histories in Mi’kmaw with interpretive text and illustrations to guide them, and explore interactive maps that show changes in the region over time. At the entrance of the exhibit, visitors can choose a historic Mi’kmaw or Acadian character with a direct link to the story, who will guide them as they explore the exhibit’s themes. Visitors find clues and statements from their character to help them build a narrative that encompasses the dramatic and tragic events of Chignecto, leading to the deportation of the Acadians and the displacement of the Mi’kmaw community.
This exhibit lifts the veil of obscured history and empowers the visitor to dig deeper, discover new truths, and question old narratives.
This Parks Canada exhibit is the result of an extensive collaboration between the Agency, the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, in Nova Scotia, and Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Inc. in New Brunswick. Experts, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers shared their experience and insight, guiding the exhibit team to a new vision of what a history exhibit could do and which stories needed to be told. Parks Canada is deeply grateful for the time and energy shared and has endeavoured in this exhibit to honour the results of this collaboration. Any errors or omissions remain Parks Canada’s responsibility.
For more information on the Revealing Chignecto Exhibit and for venues interested in future bookings, please contact:
External Relations Manager
Northern New Brunswick Field Unit, Parks Canada
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