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Government of Canada Recognizes the Significance of Jamaican Maroons in Nova Scotia

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, has announced the designation of the Jamaican Maroons in Nova Scotia as an event of national historic significance under Parks Canada’s National Program of Historical Commemoration.

The experiences of Jamaican Maroons forcibly transported to Nova Scotia in 1796 exemplified the insecure rights and freedoms of African-descended British subjects in the late 18th century. In spite of an inhospitable reception in Nova Scotia, the Maroons maintained a strong sense of community through adaptation, accommodation, and resistance. 

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