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Wabanaki Collection launched to educate about Maritime Indigenous peoples | CBC News

Wabanaki Collection launched to educate about Maritime Indigenous peoples | CBC News

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‘We are all treaty people,’ says curator of a portal aimed at better mutual understanding.

David Perley is the ‘visionary’ First Nations education specialist and Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre director behind the inception of the Wabanaki Collection, a web portal of Indigenous educational resources. (University of New Brunswick)

The Wabanaki were New Brunswick’s first peoples, but David Perley says many students in the province are graduating from high school without knowing much about them.

“My ancestors identify themselves as Wabanaki people,” Perley said.

“In my language, that means people of the dawn.”

The Wabanaki Confederacy was around long before contact with European settlers, said Perley.

“They were dealing with other Indigenous nations, such as the Mohawks and so on. It was always discussing boundary lines, for example, or the need to have alliances against a common threat, political discussions on what they had to do in terms of internal governance and so on.”

After contact, said Perley, “It became a strong confederacy because of the need to have unity in terms of dealing with settler society.”

One of the resources in the Wabanaki Collection is an interactive map with legends about the formation of various geographical features. It was contributed by the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine. (The Abbe Museum)

The director of the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton said textbooks make barely a reference to Wabanaki history, let alone the culture and traditions that have been passed down for thousands of years.

The centre has launched a new online resource to try to rectify that.

It’s available to anyone looking for information about Indigenous peoples of the Maritimes.

Perley said the project was spawned by the many requests he used to get — dating back to the 1990s — from students and teachers looking for reliable reference material.

At the time, there was little to be found.

“And especially not any resource that was written by or produced by Wabanaki people — the Wolostoqiyik, the Mi’kmaq, the Passamaquoddy and the Abenakis,” Perley said during an interview with Information Morning Fredericton . . .

Read on . . .

Source: Wabanaki Collection launched to improve education about Maritime Indigenous peoples | CBC News


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Incredible journeys of Loyalist settlers given new life in digital map. | CBC News

Incredible journeys of Loyalist settlers given new life in digital map. | CBC News

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A digital mapping project created by librarians and students at the University of New Brunswick lets you follow the lives of Loyalist men and women, revealing the fascinating journeys of some of New Brunswick’s earliest settlers.

 

New Brunswick Loyalist Journeys is the result of two years of research using historical documents in the Harriet Irving Library.

 

Using geographic information system (GIS) mapping technology with archival material, the site tells the stories of ordinary Loyalists who settled in York County after the American Revolution.

Leah Grandy, a library assistant in the microforms department, spearheaded the project. She said it started off as a biographical project.

As the research progressed, it became clear there was a significant geographic component to each Loyalist’s story because they’d been all over the world, she said.

“We thought using maps would be a great way to show how wide-ranging they were and the variety of their experience,” said Grandy.

The map blends GIS-mapping technology with archival material, such as this copy of the determination of Abraham Vanderbeck’s Loyalist Claim by the British Crown, dated March 6, 1787. (New Brunswick Loyalist Journeys/University of New Brunswick )

Each Loyalist’s biography has its own map and is divided into sections depending on where they were at the time.

“It really shows that life journey that they went through, first through American colonies throughout the war, and then resettlement in York County,” Grandy said.

The project showcases Loyalists from a variety of backgrounds, including Moses Simpson, a black man who escaped slavery and earned his freedom after enlisting in the British army.

Read on . . .

 

Source: Incredible journeys of Loyalist settlers given new life in digital map – New Brunswick – CBC News


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