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A symposium exploring the cultural and regional histories of migrants to Cape Breton

Time and Location

August 27, 2021, 9:00am–4:00pm and August 28, 2021, 9:00am-5:00pm ADT
Cheticamp Seniors' Hall, 15108 Cabot Trail Road
15108 Cabot Trail Road
Chéticamp, NS B0E 1H0

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This symposium explores the lives and experiences of Scottish and Acadian settlers in the coastal regions of Britain and North America, underlining the ways in which the physical environments and cultural geographies shaped the history of the communities. How do we create stories of place, and whose stories do we decide to tell?

Sponsored by the Royal Society of Canada (Atlantic), an Open Academy on Saturday afternoon reflects on the contexts and legacies of settler colonialism, including panel discussions on the Scottish and Acadian diasporas, public memory, and racialized identity.

Join us for one or both days of public talks by scholars from Canada and Scotland addressing this theme through a broad range of topics. Speakers include David Worthington, S. Karly Kehoe, Clint Bruce, Lyn Bennett, Gregory Kennedy, John Reid, Rohini Bannerjee, Nicole Gilhuis, Thomas Peace, and Michael Dardar.

This event is free and open to the public.

Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided. If you have any allergies or other dietary restrictions, please contact the organizers at

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