Bruce Miller and his family were forced by the government to leave the only home they knew in the 1960s. Miller was only nine months old at the time so he doesn't remember leaving, but he does remember a lot of the stories his family told.
Miller remembers being with his uncle, working in a garden in the town where he was born, then abandoned for over a dozen years. His uncle looked back while leaving the harbour by boat.
"Uncle Joe said 'want to know what one of the hardest things I ever had to do in my life?' and I figured it had something to do with the garden. He said 'it was having to unwillingly leave this harbour.'"
After decades of working odd jobs, including a lot of time crab fishing offshore, Miller now runs Rugged Beauty Boat Tours, which explains the history of the province’s resettled communities.
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