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Nouveau Regard on the Acadian Deportation

October 30, 2006


New Brunswick historian, Fidelle Theriault, will be the guest speaker at the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room.

Theriault's discourse will be delivered in French and the public is invited.

The event is sponsored jointly by the Club Français and the Arts and Humanities Division of UMFK.

The title of Theriault's presentation is "Un Noveau Regard sur la Déportation." More specifically, he will focus on the role of Admiral Boscawen in the Acadian diaspora. Boscawen provided a naval escort for the vessels that deported the Acadian people from Nova Scotia, in 1755. He has also a major responsibility for the deportation from Ile Royale (Cape Breton Island) and Isle Saint-Jean (Prince Edward Island) in 1758.

Theriault is the founder of the Société historique Nicolas-Denys. In 2005, he published an article on the Acadian deportation long of 102 pages. Theriault shares UMFK Professor Roger Paradis' conclusion that the deportation was a "crime d' état."

Theriault was for many years, until his recent retirement, a history consultant for the Provenience of New Brunswick. Recently he was informed that Justice Michelle Bastarach of the Supreme Court of Canada has requested the law faculty of the University of Moncton and Dalhousie University to conduct a constitutional study of the deportation.