A Canadian History Lesson

Impressive, Lloyd. This is the Canada I immigrated to and wished my kids grow up in but alas!

Lloyd Fournier : Lloyd is the founder of Thunderbird Rising (Thunderbird rising.com) and the recent recipient of a Humanitarian Award, an author (novels) and a freelance writer. His drill down style of writing is a throw back to classic journalism - completely objective and well researched. His work presents the reader opportunity to rethink issues.


[As we approach the 150th Birthday of Canada]


History reminds us that between 1755 and 1763 approximately 10,000 Acadians were exiled from the land now known as Canada. The “Du Grand derangement” commenced shortly following the siege and defeat by British forces of the French fortress at Louisbourg (now a national historic site on the south shores of Nova Scotia).

To the direct descendants of Guillaume Fournier who arrived as  a French soldier in the “New World”, in 1652 , his wisdom through marriage into the (now) First Nations family (Mi’kmaq)one hundred years earlier assisted in aiding his great grandson and family in avoiding the massive deportations.   While the family lost the substantial farm and community they had helped form at a thriving and prosperous Acadian community along the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River in St-Thomas-de-la-Pointe-à-la-Caille (present day St. Thomas Montmagy ).

Instead of being swept…

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