Whether you are interested in early Prince Edward Island history, genealogy, family history, researching the United Empire Loyalist era or perhaps just a student of history in general, we welcome you to our organization. At the Abegweit Branch of the UELAC we hope you will find a place where we strive to bring to the public information about United Empire Loyalists, their families, businesses, political interests, their participation in the American Revolution and connect where possible to their families in their home countries and colonies.
For those who would like to recognize the Loyalist settlement of certain areas of Prince Edward Island, or graveyards containing Loyalist burials or other sites of significance to Prince Edward Island’s Loyalists we will assist to designate the site as being of Loyalist significance, raise funds to install a commemorative plaque and wherever possible support like initiatives. If you would like to donate to a PEI-based fund to recognize places of Loyalist significance to Prince Edward Island, please visit our donations page.
Abegweit is translated as “Cradled on the Waves” and is a Mi’kma’ki name for Prince Edward Island.
We acknowledge that Mi’kma’ki is the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people, who, in 1725 first signed the Treaties of Peace and Friendship with the British Crown. Those treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources, but instead recognized Mi’kmaq title and negotiated a path toward an ongoing relationship between nations.
We convey our respect to all indigenous peoples living in this region, to the knowledge keepers, and to their brave and resilient leaders, past and present.