“A branch of my family arrived here in the 18th century as part of the Loyalists resettlement following the American Revolution, while others migrated over from Europe. Everyone came here from somewhere else, in some manner, and in that respect, my story is not necessarily unique.
My family settled along the Northwest Miramichi River, in northeastern New Brunswick. Parts of five or more generations of my family on both sides lived and died along about 20 kilometers of the river and its tributaries. I grew up in Ottawa, but I would visit frequently, and the region was full of places that had significance to my family. I remember the old barns, family houses, and even visiting cemeteries with family members dating back generations on the headstones. As a kid, I didn’t think it was all that special or different from the experiences that others had.