Acadian groups: Chignecto Isthmus should become a national park


Three organizations representing the Acadians in Atlantic Canada propose transforming the Isthmus of Chignecto into a national park.

The proposal is contained in a brief recently submitted to a Senate committee currently considering a bill that, if passed, would make Ottawa responsible for work to protect the narrow land corridor between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Nicole Arseneau-Sluyter, acting president of the Societe de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick, says the national park designation would help protect an area of ​​cultural significance to the Acadians.

Arseneau-Sluyter says it was Acadian settlers who first built levees nearly 400 years ago to support agriculture in the wetland, and her organization believes it is the federal government's job to strengthen current infrastructure against the effects of climate change.

In her opinion, the idea of ​​a national park also makes sense because there are already numerous national historic sites in the area.

Both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick want Ottawa to cover the cost of the infrastructure project, estimated at $650 million. However, the Canadian government has announced that it will only cover half of the cost.

The Federation acadienne de la Nouvelle-Ecosse and the Societe Nationale de l'Acadie were also part of the mandate, which was presented to the Senate's standing committee on transport and communications this month.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2024.

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