Around the Anglosphere: Living in English on the Magdalen Islands

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The population of the Magdalen Islands is less than 12,000; only 260 of them identify English as their mother tongue.

The English-speaking community in the Magdalen Islands, an archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the coast of the Gaspé Peninsula, was built up through a succession of accidents of history. “Many of us are the descendants of shipwreck survivors or fishermen,” says islander Helena Burke.