Family of Jackie Vautour to continue fight for land expropriated for national park


Parks Canada is offering to move the belongings of the late Jackie Vautour out of New Brunswick's Kouchibouguac National Park.

But Vautour's son calls the offer shameful and says he'll continue his father's 50-year battle against expropriation of their land.
Vautour remained on his property, on the east coast of the province, after the park was created in 1969, living in a cabin without electricity until his death in February.
His widow has received a letter from Parks Canada offering to move belongings and structures out of the park and to allow the family to bury Vautour in a cemetery in the park.

Vautour's son, Edmond, says if anyone tries to move their belongings, they're in for a fight, and the location of his father's burial is none of Parks Canada's business.

The Vautour family say they are Metis-Acadian and the expropriated land is unceded Mi'kmaq territory that is the subject of an ongoing court challenge.