Sunday, September 24, 2006


Originally uploaded by Oldmaison.

Oui, the Acadian population should be in an uproar against the Irving Empire.

I found out last week that the Irvings will clean up the old Acadian Settlement of Fort Nashwaak and will not give it to the City of Fredericton so a Acadian Fort can be built as a reminder of the Acadians who come here 400 years ago.


The Irvings are going to sell this historic land so the buyers can built Town houses.


Can you imagine that one???



I just wish to refresh you readers with this note I found on the information Highway-

Background on Fort Nashwaak

In September 2003, Fredericton region MP Andy Scott joined city officials to announce plans to recreate the original Fort Nashwaak on Union Street where the Irving Oil bulk storage tanks used to be located.

Scott announced a federal contribution of $1-million for the project, funded by both ACOA and the Department of Canadian Heritage. At the announcement, the City of Fredericton stated it had an agreement to purchase the necessary land from Irving Oil for $750,000 with the company responsible for full remediation on the property and turning it over to the city.

The city would operate Fort Nashwaak as a tourism and educational attraction that would remind people of the proud Acadian Heritage.


The Fort Nashwaak reconstruction project was to include a rebuilt 1692-1698 fort with on-site buildings, an amphitheatre, a ticket office and gift shop, site security fencing, trails and a parking lot. The Fort will provide interpretation of the historic relationship between the Aboriginal and French cultures using period-costumed interpreters.
“The reconstruction of the Fort Nashwaak will add one more historical and cultural attraction to Fredericton’s appeal,” said MP Scott. “The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is pleased to invest in the redevelopment of this historic site that celebrates the relationship between two of our city’s founding cultures.”
“Fort Nashwaak is an important part of our history as the provincial capital,” said Fredericton Deputy Mayor Walter Brown and Fort Nashwaak Committee member. “I am extremely pleased with ACOA’s funding announcement.

The Fort Nashwaak project reflects our founding cultures and is important to our tourism and riverfront development strategies. Today’s funding announcement will allow us to move this project forward.”

Fort Nashwaak was originally established at the interception of the St. John and Nashwaak rivers in 1692 and protected a French speaking community. Re-creating Fort Nashwaak and providing heritage interpretation through a variety of supporting programs is considered an important cultural tourism project for the City of Fredericton.

The City undertook a four-phase multi-disciplinary study to determine land use, user needs, programming, site design, and forecast economic impact of a redeveloped Fort Nashwaak site. The cost of the study, estimated at $159,800, was also supported by ACOA.


Between 1672 and 1700 the French King assigned land grants, and in 1692, Joseph Robineau de Villebon established a fort at the point where the Nashwaak River drains into the St. John. The handful of settlers who lived near the fort became prosperous fur traders. When Villebon died, his successor was sent to Port Royal in Nova Scotia to help rebuild the fort there. That same year spring floods were particularly destructive at Fort Nashwaak, so the people who had remained near it moved to Port Royal as well.

After months of stalling and no effort by Irving to clean up the site - things came to a head in November 2004. The Fort Nashwaak project collapsed when Arthur Irving Junior appeared before municipal and federal officials and raised the asking price to $1.25-million and suggested that the city take over full liability for the property.

What an insult to the Acadian population!!!

I also heard that the old Railroad Station will not be touch by the Irvings because it would cost too much money to fix the old building.


Since the City of Fredericton knows the Irvings cannot be trusted in a verbal manner?

The Irvings will not spent one cent on this historical site.

From what I heard? It would cost too much money to clean up Fort Nashwaak

to make it safe.

I guess with their lobbyists connection in the Capital?

The Irvings will be able to make certain the land passes a few environmental rules and sell the land so they can built big town houses. Look at this warning sign? It's so full of fuel that it's dangerous to smoke in that area.


This is a disgrace to the Acadians.

The Irvings made a verbal agreement with the City so a Fort could be built but went back on their words later on so therefore the City do not trust the Irvings when it comes to the old railway station.

I got one final question? How did the Irvings manage to obtain those piece of land anyway???



Anonymous said...

more like this. interesting story i havent seen elsewhere. well done.

Charles LeBlanc said...

Merci.....I bet you'll never see this in the Irving papers!!!

Jean La` Foote` said...

The majority of the Acadian population doesn't care One Way Or The Other:

As a matter of fact, I'm told their big supporters of the Irvings. And their smart as well.

They know which side of the Bread Slice is buttered.

Anonymous said...

Honourable Andy Scott, MP for Fredericton, announced the investment today on behalf of Minister Byrne.

A liberal promise.
And you continue to vote liberal.
And where did the money go,for the project?
And where was the money coming from for the project?
Since 1692 the acadians couldn't manage to buy that great memory for the "FRENCH" not acadians.