The Story and Events in Newfoundland

The Saltbox Sweater is based on real events in the recent history of Newfoundland. In the early 1990s, people began to realize that the northern cod stocks were disappearing. Fishing has always been one of the most important means of earning a living on the island of Newfoundland, and cod was always the most important fish.

In July of 1992, the northern cod fishery was shut down completely. This was called the Moratorium. Nothing like it had ever happened before. Over the next few years, fish processing plants across the island closed and about 8,000 people left the province. Many were leaving places where they had always lived, and where their families had lived for generations. Many did not want to go.

Some people managed to stay in their home communities by finding new work.  Some became involved in tourism. Some women who had worked in fish processing plants found new careers as crafts workers.

Return to The Saltbox Sweater main page

Return to main page