About the Project

Contested Terrain: Aboriginal Land Petitions in New Brunswick, 1786-1878 is a digital collection hosted by the Atlantic Canada Virtual Archives (ACVA).

The originals of the land petitions featured in this collection are housed in the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, which is a partner in this project.

The ACVA is a joint initiative of Margaret Conrad, Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies, and the Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.

Special Acknowledgments

We would like to acknowledge the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, and Peskotomuhkati as the traditional owners and caretakers of the territory that is the province of New Brunswick.


We are grateful for the assistance of the following institutions in presenting this website.


This project was made possible with assistance from Canadian Culture Online, an initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage to encourage a uniquely Canadian presence on the Internet.

Additional support, both financial and in kind, has been provided by:

  • Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick
  • University of New Brunswick Libraries
  • Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies
  • Office of the Vice-President (Research), University of New Brunswick

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