Government of Canada to unveil plaque and launch new interpretive media for Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site

Media advisory

September 6, 2023                     Charlottetown, PEI                    Parks Canada

Heath MacDonald, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, will participate in a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque unveiling ceremony to commemorate the historic significance of Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site.

In the spirit of reconciliation, and on recommendation of the Mi’kmaw leadership on Prince Edward Island, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada has added the traditional Mi’kmaw name “skmaqn” – meaning “the waiting place” – to the name of this national historic site and the new plaque commemorates the significance of the three-part name “Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst”.

During the event, a new video and interpretive panels created in collaboration with L’nuey, through Parks Canada’s Stories of Canada initiative, will be launched and shared with attendees.


MP MacDonald will make the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

Please note that this advisory is subject to change without notice.


The details are as follows:


Date:                September 8, 2023

Time:               The event will start at 10 a.m.

Location:         Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site
                          191 Hache Gallant Dr
                          Rocky Point, PEI C0A 1H2



Information and RSVP:
Stacey Evans
Partnering, Engagement and Communications Officer
PEI Field Unit
Parks Canada

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