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Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada

Parks Canada Offers Pass to Kouchibouguac National Park for Expropriated People

KOUCHIBOUGUAC, NEW BRUNSWICK, June 13, 2011 - Following an August 2010 announcement, from this point forward, Parks Canada will offer free access to families who were expropriated during the creation of Kouchibouguac National Park.

Those who owned property within the current park boundaries who are first, second or third generation of expropriated persons, including spouses, are invited to communicate with Kouchibouguac National Park. The distribution of passes begins immediately. Eligibility will be determined based on existing historic records or evaluated on a case by case basis. Eligible persons: expropriates, their children and grandchildren can obtain their pass by presenting themselves at the park administration building.

Later this year a new permanent theme exhibit will open at Kouchibouguac National Park including the human and natural history of the park. The human history exhibits will include the history of former communities inside the park boundaries, from the Mi’kmaq to present day, including former residents of Kouchibouguac National Park. It will tell the stories of the families that lived in the seven original communities before the park was created.

The entry pass and new exhibit are important steps towards healing community relations and keeping the memory of these communities alive.

For more information on pass eligibility and distribution, please contact Kouchibouguac National Park at 506-876-2443.