NEW HERITAGE MINUTE AIMS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT TRAUMATIC CHAPTER OF CANADIAN HISTORY

Vignette tells story of expulsion that's often overlooked outside of the Maritimes

The new Heritage Minute tells the story of what an Acadian mother witnessed during the expulsion of the Acadians. (Historica Canada/YouTube)

It’s been more than 260 years since thousands of Acadians were rounded up, torn from their families and forced away from their homes in the Maritimes.

Historica Canada is now telling their story in a new Heritage Minute, which was released on Thursday — National Acadian Day.

The vignette shows a mother and her child being led to a beach, where they would be separated and forced onto boats by British troops.

In a voiceover, she explains how the men in their community were imprisoned before their houses were burned and the women and children were forcibly evicted.

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