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Newfoundland Outports

Newfoundland Outports

The CBC ran a news piece about the isolated villages that are found along the coast of the province. These places are called Newfoundland Outports.Usually, you can only reach them by ferry. The government is encouraging people to leave them because the villages are too expensive to maintain. Resettlement started in 1949 as more and more people moved to urban centres. Almost forty years later, when Newfoundland stopped fishing cod, the resettlement accelerated. I once heard that the government actually transported people’s houses by boats! Resettlement is still a controversial issue.

Here is a video about resettlement today. There are activities to guide your listening. Happy Watching

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