4 June 2013

2011 Trudeau Fellow Ronald Rudin has developed, in collaboration with the multimedia producer Philip Lichti, a website, Returning the Voices to Kouchibouguac National Park, to tell a wide range of stories inspired by the experiences of the residents who have been expropriated for the creation of the Kouchibouguac National Park. In a virtual way, the residents can now return to their lands…

The central feature of the site is the presentation of 26 video portraits drawn from interviews with former residents, who often told their stories while standing on the lands where they once lived, an experience that was not always easy for them.

Visitors to the site are encouraged to interact with the map that represents the map created at the time of the expropriation to facilitate the process. Here, however, the map is used as a navigational device to return the voices of the residents to their lands, as visitors are encouraged to click on those properties for which there are stories to be seen and heard. The expropriation map has been superimposed on the current landscape so that visitors can learn about the impact of the park upon both the former residents and the land itself.

For more information about the story of the park and the website…>

Ronald Rudin

Professor Rudin is a renowned public historian who innovatively combines various technologies and media -- books, films, Internet, and GPS -- to tell stories about the past.

2011 Fellows