The Atlantic Canada Virtual Archives (ACVA) released its newest digital collection, "Contested Terrain: Aboriginal Land Petitions in New Brunswick, 1786-1878" [http://atlanticportal.hil.unb.ca/acva/contestedterrain] on 26 March 2010. This website features 90 petitions relating to Aboriginal land issues in colonial New Brunswick.
In addition to the digitized petitions, which are transcribed and searchable by name, place, and date, the website also features learning activities for teachers and students, contextual materials to help users of the site explore the complexities of the topic, a gallery of contemporary images, and a comprehensive bibliography.
ACVA is a joint initiative of Dr. Margaret Conrad, Honorary Research Professor, and the Electronic Text Centre, both based at the University of New Brunswick. Its projects have been made possible with the financial support of the Canadian Culture Online Program, a division of the Canadian Department of Heritage. ACVA’s other collections include: The Edward Winslow Letters, 1783-1785; The McQueen Family Letters, 1866-1930; Loyalist Women in New Brunswick, 1783-1827; Black Loyalists in New Brunswick, 1783-1854; and MacDonald Family Letters, 1779-1801.
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