July 2016 – The Canadian project started in Baddeck, with a tribute to Major Percival Anderson and the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) during which the Mi’kmaq Nation was recognized with a presentation of a medal in memory of Private Stephen Toney now in the Cape Breton Highlanders Museum in Sydney (Nova Scotia).
Cape Breton Post article: https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/veteran-of-vimy-ridge-remembered-in-baddeck-12225//
March 2017 – Twinning of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (District #8) and the Municipality of Givenchy-en-Gohelle (Vimy-Ridge) where the Canadian Vimy National Memorial now stands. The two regions share 300 years of common history, folklore, and culture.
Cape Breton Post article: https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/plans-underway-for-vimy-ridge-celebration-13921/
April 2017 – Official Release of the 3D map of Hill 145 (now the location of the Canadian Vimy National Memorial) created by the Nova Scotia Community College and the Centre of Geographical Sciences from the original map of Captain Percival Anderson.
November 2017 – Inauguration of the Allée du 85ème Bataillon – Nova Scotia Highlanders by Givenchy-en-Gohelle’s Mayor, Mr. Pierre Senechal.
Cape Breton Post article: https://www.capebretonpost.com/living/cape-bretoner-led-troops-to-glory-19387/
November 2017 – During the visit of a 27-member Canadian delegation representing the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) to Givenchy-en-Gohelle for Remembrance Week 2017 – Inauguration of the Peace Fresco by Givenchy-en-Gohelle’s Mayor, Mr. Pierre Senechal, and Councillor Amanda McDougall, District #8, Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
Cape Breton Post articles:
July 2018 – Cape Breton visit of French delegation from Givenchy en Gohelle and presentation (during the inauguration of Senator Dan Christmas’s Membertou office) of the flag and plaque of the Municipality of Givenchy-en-Gohelle (Vimy Ridge), in recognition of the participation of the Mi’kmaq in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
July 2018 – Conference organized by Councillor Amanda McDougall to define the scope (tourism, economic development and exchanges) of a collaboration between the two municipalities (Cape Breton Regional Municipality and Givenchy-en-Gohelle).
CBC article: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1279197763623