Barbara Whitby is a freelance writer living in Halifax. She developed a life-long fascination with the Beothuk story after she immigrated to Canada from England in 1960. Now retired; she hikes, belly dances, acts as a film extra, and enjoys life as a great-grandmother. Through writing and the occasional radio broadcast, she shares her ardent interest in history, spirituality, healing, and travel.
The arrival of Europeans in the New World forever changed the fate of the Beothuk. As more settlers arrived, the Beothuk were forced inland. They were tracked, abducted, and even murdered. Their plight was epitomized by the tragic story of Shanawdithit - the last of the Beothuk.