Excerpts from the testimony of Gina (Jeanna) Polchies
Woodstock First Nation
This elder testimony is excerpted from interviews conducted as part of the Jemseg Crossing Archaeological Project. The complete interviews are included in a final report edited by Karen Perley. The photographs were provided by the New Brunswick Provincial Archives and the University of New Brunswick Archives and Special Collections. The photographs are used as illustrations and do not refer to specific people or situations in the testimony. More specific details about the photos are as follows:
Photo 1: Tobique, 1862. New Brunswick Provincial Archives.
Photo 2: Wolastoqey guide with birch bark canoe with supplies in foreground. c 1888. New Brunswick Provincial Archives.
Photo 3: Wolastoqey children, St. Mary’s Reserve, on north side of Fredericton on their way to school with books and slate board. New Brunswick Provincial Archives.
Photo 4: Wolastoqiyik at Gagetown c. 1870s. New Brunswick Provincial Archives.
Photo 5: Left to Right: Mrs Noel John Sappier (Molly Tomah); Mrs Frank Francis (Mali Poligaman); Mrs Peter Sappier (Sarah Gabriel). Standing: Oliver Fallis, c. 1923 (Peter Paul Fonds) UNB Archives and Special Collections
Photo 6: Wolastoqiyik at the church at French Village. New Brunswick Provincial Archives.