December 10, 2003

A royal proclamation acknowledges the injustices inflicted on Acadians during their deportation

In her proclamation, Queen Elizabeth II acknowledges the tragic consequences of the deportation.

The Proclamation recognizes that the deportation of the Acadian people, commonly known as the Great Upheaval, continued from 1755 until 1763 and had tragic consequences, including the deaths of many thousands of Acadians—from disease, in shipwrecks, in their places of refuge and in prison camps in Nova Scotia and England as well as in the British colonies in America.

The Queen also proclaimed July 28 as “A Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval.