Friday, March 12, 2021

Weekend Roundup

 Welcome to The Weekend Roundup...hosted by Tom The Back Roads Traveler

1. Starts with "K"  
2. A Favorite
3. KOOKY chosen by Tom

Starts with "K"
Taking a road trip this round.

British Columbia

KOUCHIBOUGUAC National Park New Brunswick

The park was founded by in 1969 in order to set aside sensitive sand dunes and bogs. The rules of the time dictated that all permanent residents had to be removed for a park to be created. These residents were mostly Acadians, whose ancestors had been deported. As a result, Parks Canada encountered great difficulty expropriating land from numerous land owners who lived in seven communities (approximately 215 families, including over 1200 individuals). These seven communities were Claire-Fontaine, Fontaine, Rivière au Portage, Kouchibouguac, Guimond Village, Cap St-Louis, and Saint-Olivier. The residents were generally seen as so poor that government officials believed they would benefit from having to start their lives again elsewhere. The government created courses with the intent that people might lead more productive lives. Government officials believed that they were rehabilitating the people by evicting them. The residents resisted this eviction, shutting down the park on several occasions. The most notable of these was Jackie Vautour, whose home was bulldozed in 1976, but who returned to squat there two years later, where he remained until his death on February 7, 2021.Vautour's decades-long struggle has turned him into a folk hero.

The park has a Mi'kmaq name which is reflected in the name of the Kouchibouguac River. The river's name means "river of the long tides" in Mi'kmaq. The decision to name the park in this manner did not sit well with many local residents, Acadians who wanted a name that better reflected their identity. Many wanted the park to be called Claire-Fontaine, after one of the communities that was destroyed.

As a result of the resistance to the park, Parks Canada changed its rules, so no one would ever again experience forced removal.

KOOKY spelling in St. Jacob's ON

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  1. I'm more interested in the fresh cheese, wonder what kinds they have?

  2. It's so good that white people know what is best for the native people of the land. We still know best and control those annoying native people.

  3. Fresh cheese... and step over for a pic of a real Aussie pie (OK, that was spinach-cheese, but YUM, too).

  4. I didn't know that background to the national park.

  5. I like those green signs that you post. My driver seldom slows down for me to take them. Kanga rings a bell, is it a Canadian company franchising? The Acadians who came to our Louisiana are called Cajuns. They are proud of being one, but it is almost an insult to call Mrs. Jim one. Her Louisiana ancestors came here directly from France.
    Jackie, this was such a nice post, thank you.

  6. Hi Jackie,
    I love meat pies, and I'd like to think I make a pretty good one. I use hamburger and ground pork in mine, along with potato and other veggies and spices. What's in an Aussie meat pie? Have a good weekend.

  7. I love all kinds of cheese so that is where you wil find me - in that shop Jackie. Stay safe and have a great weekend.

  8. ...Jackie, you pulled off KOOKY with style and you found Damn Good Coffee in your travels. Thanks for sharing, take care.


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