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IAT North America Meeting in Nova Scotia


On April 8 & 9, IAT North America held its Annual Spring Council Meeting in Mabou, Nova Scotia, a Gaelic speaking region of Cape Breton. The two-day event held at Duncreigan Inn was an opportunity for the U.S. and Canadian chapters to gather to discuss common issues and joint initiatives, as well as provide updates on regional and international progress.

St. Mary's Church in Mabou, NS


Day One began with a welcome from IAT Nova Scotia hosts Claire MacNeil and John Calder, followed by chapter updates.

Duncreigan Inn
IAT Nova Scotia's John Calder welcoming council reps (click to enlarge)


IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol gave a presentation on the IATNL's plan to develop a UNESCO Global Geopark across the Bay of Islands Ophiolite Complex and commemorate (in 2017) the 250th Anniversary of James Cook's survey and map of Western Newfoundland, spanning the entire route of the IAT from Port aux Basques in the south to Cape Raven (near the Norse UNESCO World Heritage Site at L'Anse aux Meadows) in the north. He also gave an update on the EU funded Drifting Apart project.

Paul Wylezol giving an update on the Drifting Apart project


After the chapter updates, representatives posed for the traditional group mugshot

(L-R) Front row: Eric Chouinard, Bill Duffy, Don Hudson, Michael Charles Haynes
Back row: Claire MacNeil, Cathy Gill, Leo Gill, Richard Anderson, John Calder,
David Williams, Paul Wylezol, Poul Jorgensen and Walter Anderson


before heading to the Mull Cafe and Deli for a well-earned meal and refreshments.


For more on the story, go to the IAT website