Contested Terrain: Aboriginal Land Petitions in New Brunswick, 1786-1878

This website features a digital collection of petitions, written between 1786 and 1878, relating to land grants in colonial New Brunswick, in which either Aboriginal people are the petitioners or their land is the subject of attention.

Little documentation exists in New Brunswick surrounding the early period of Aboriginal-settler interaction in the province. The 90 petitions in this collection, located in RS108 at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, offer valuable primary evidence about the experience of First Nations after the arrival of the Loyalists and the founding of New Brunswick in 1784.

The petitions are presented as archival-quality images with full-text transcriptions and are fully searchable.

The Atlantic Canada Virtual Archives, with the support of Canadian Culture Online and the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, created this digital collection, accompanied by learning activities and contextual material, to increase public awareness about New Brunswick’s rich Aboriginal history.

Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine canadien