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Sixth National Convention of the Acadians at Saint-Basile - 1908

 

 

The sixth Convention took place on August 19 and 20, 1908. Acadians from the Maritime Provinces, Îles de la Madeleine, Labrador, New England, Louisiana, and other places were present at Saint-Basile of Madawaska. Cyprien Martin was president, the Senator Pascal Poirier was secretary and Prudent Mercure, assistant secretary. Each parish was allowed three or four delegates. A special train from Moncton bringing 300 delegates came in late, but nevertheless the convention was a success. About 5000 people gathered and strolled around the grounds between the church and the Hôtel-Dieu. The reporter from Le Moniteur Acadian wrote that the Acadian flag was flying and towered above everthing. (August 27, 1908). They even had fireworks the first evening, with patriotic speeches in between. On the second day, a Requiem mass was celebrated in memory of the ancestors.

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1881
First Acadian national congress in Memramcook. Delegates choose August 15 as the Acadian national holiday. At this congress, the Société nationale de l'Acadie was created.


1884
+ Second Acadian national congress at Miscouche, Prince-Edward-Island. Acadians adopt their flag which constitutes the Franch flag to which a gold-coloured star to commemorate the Virgin Mary was added to the blue section. Also adopted was the Ave Maris Stella as the national anthem. August 16, 1884.
+ The Acadian flag is raised for the very first time. The Acadian flag was chosen in Miscouche, PEI in 1884 at the second national Acadian Convention. To honour the French heritage of Acadians, the Acadian flag is based on the blue, white and red flag of France. The yellow star, symbol of the Virgin Mary, was added to the upper left corner of the blue band to represent the Catholic faith. This star of the sea, Stella Maris, provides Mary's light and protection to guide mariners through storms and around shoals, toward the future. It was designed by Father Marcel-François-Richard and sewn by Marie Babineau, from Saint-Louis-de-Kent (NB). You can find the original flag at the Musée acadien de l’Université de Moncton.

 

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L'Acadie is the place to be in 2004


Throughout the Maritimes this summer, celebrations mark the founding of Acadian culture, the 400th anniversary of the arrival in the New World of Samuel de Champlain along with some 80 sturdy colonists.

"It's an occasion to say, 'We're still here, and we're looking forward to the next 400 years,'" says Euclid Chiasson, president of the National Society of Acadians.

There are about 300,000 descendants of the early settlers in the Maritimes, 250,000 of them in New Brunswick. But they have not had an easy history.

Between 1755 and 1763, the British deported more than 10,000 French-speaking people who refused to swear allegiance to the crown. Family members were separated and sent to New England, Louisiana and as far afield as France and the Falkland Islands.

In a variety of ways, the Acadian Odyssey National Historic Site at Memramcook, N.B., tells the story of le grand derangement in gripping detail, including a look at Acadian life after 1763 when Acadians had the right to return to their land and re-establish their community.

Memramcook, about 20 minutes south of Moncton, is considered the cradle of Acadia. It's a logical point from which to explore the picturesque Acadian Peninsula.

Head north to Shediac, the self-appointed Lobster Capital of the World, where Eric LeBlanc, operator of Shediac Bay Cruises, demonstrates the art of catching lobster, then cracking and enjoying every tasty morsel.

From here, Route 11 continues along the coast to Bouctouche to one of the last remaining great sand dunes on the northeastern coast. It is a world-class eco- destination. Visit the interpretation centre and walk the 1.8-kilometre long boardwalk built by the Irving family to preserve the dunes from invasion by ATVs and to protect the native plants, animals and birds.

Further north at Neguac, a great family adventure awaits. Gisele Robichaud, owner of Le Pain d'Acadie, invites you to make bread as it was done 300 years ago – in an outdoor red clay oven. While the bread bakes, Mme Robichaud entertains with the story of Evangeline and Gabriel, immortalized in Henry Wads-worth's epic poem Evangeline and symbolic of the tenacious Acadian spirit.

"There are thousands of activities planned this year," says Chantal Abord-Hugen, a co-ordinator of Acadie's 400th Anniversary committee, "but none more joyful than the Festival Acadien de Caraquet on the province's north shore." The festival starts on Aug. 1 and climaxes with the Tintamarre 14 days later, on Acadia's national holiday.

This year, a record 32,000 revellers are expected in the town of 5,000. They will come to celebrate their roots and reaffirm the survival of their people by taking to the main street in a burst of ethnic pride. "It's an exuberant way to express our joy," says Chiasson. "It's our way of recognizing the struggles of the people as well as celebrating a country where there is respect for diversity."

At 6 p.m., Caraquet's church bells announce the beginning of the parade. The red, white and blue of the stripes and the yellow of star in the Acadian flag are the de rigueur colours for costumes and face paint. Noise becomes the order of the day. Honking horns, blowing whistles, ringing bells or banging pots and pans. The louder the better. "It's like Mardi Gras, Halloween and New Year's Eve all rolled into one," says Paul Marcel Albert, artistic director of the festival." At 7 p.m., the action stops as quickly as it began, and revellers scatter to listen to finger-snapping, toe-tapping music and just have a good time.

At the nearby Acadian Historical Village, visitors experience local life from the 18th to 20th century. Bilingual interpreters demonstrate old skills, such as blacksmithing and making shingles by hand. Wander along the roads and stop in at the one-room school, the little church and the village store. Then ride in a horse-drawn wagon to Le Chateau Albert, a Caraquet hotel built in 1910, now re-created in the village. Enjoy dinner and a show with some boisterous musical entertainment, and experience a hotel stay as it would have been 95 years ago – thankfully with the addition of modern plumbing.

No trip to Acadia is complete without a visit to Le Pays de la Sagouine on Flea Island in Bouctouche. The fictional village and the play of the same name are based on Antonine Maillet's best-selling book La Sagouine and chronicle life from about 1910 to 1930. The heroine is a scrubwoman, the daughter and the wife of fishermen. Of her, Maillet wrote, "I give her to you as she is, without touching up her wrinkles, her chapped hands nor her language." For the past 32 years, Viola Leger, now a member of the Canadian Senate, has been the only actress to play the role of La Sagouine.

Share their joie de vivre.

Written by Anna Hobbs for the Canadian Association of Retired Persons Magazine; May 2004

 

May 26, 2004:

Congrès mondial acadien 2004 in Nova Scotia, July 31 – August 15

(Halifax, NS) - Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the
French to North America, Congrès mondial acadien 2004 (CMA 2004) reports
that 25,000 individuals have already registered for family reunions for its
international gathering of Acadians in Nova Scotia, July 31 – August 15.

 

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY FOR THE CONGRES MONDIAL ACADIEN 2004 - CORNERSTONE EVENTS


Tickets (with the exception of the conferences) can be purchased through the METRO CENTRE BOX OFFICE in Halifax, by calling (902) 451-1221 as well as through the official CMA website at www.cma2004.com


TICKETS AVAILABLE IN ACADIAN REGIONS:

a) Municipality of Clare: CLARE MUNICIPAL OFFICE (902-769-2031) and THE CAISSE POPULAIRE DE CLARE, Meteghan branch (902-645-2661). Both locations are ONLY selling tickets to the Opening Ceremonies and the 400th Anniversary Concert.


b) Clare Municipal Office hours of operation:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed from 12 pm to 1 pm)


c) Caisse populaire de Meteghan hours of operation:
Monday to Wednesday: 9 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday: 9 am to 6:30 pm
Friday: 9 am to 4:30 pm


d) Cheticamp: LES TROIS PIGNONS (902-224-2612). This location is ONLY selling tickets to the Show du Mitan, Le Grand Cercle and the 400th Anniversary Concert.

Les Trois Pignons hours of operation:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


To find out the schedule and the artists who will be playing, please visit:
http://www.cma2004.com/En/events_en.cfm


THE CORNERSTONE EVENTS

a) Official Opening Show: le retour au bercail
Date: July 31 2004
Location: Church Point (Clare)
Admission: $12.50


b) Academic Conferences: 20/20 vision
Date: August 1 to 5
Lieu: Université Sainte-Anne, Church Point
Admission: $50/day or $175 for the entire session


c) Register online at: https://www.compartevents.com/congres/congres_f.htm or for additional information contact Nancy Blanchard [email protected],
(902) 454-4826 or 1-800-910-1154.


d) Festival du Mitan
Date: August 6, 7 and 8 2004
Location: Cheticamp
Admission: $12.50 for each show


e) Mass and Official Closing Ceremonies
Date: August 15 2004
Location: Grand-PreNational Historic site of Canada
Admission: Donation to Societe promotion Grand-Pre encouraged


f) 400th Anniversary Concert: L'Acadie prend son envol
Date: August 15 2004
Location: Citadel Hill-Garrison Grounds
Admission: $29.50, children 12 and under, free of charge when accompanied by an adult

 

 

Tuesday, April 13, 2004


Congrès mondial acadien 2004 Announces Performers For 16-Day Event, July 31 ­ August 15


(Halifax, NS) - Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the French to North America, Congrès mondial acadien 2004 (CMA 2004) announces the performers for its international gathering of Acadians in Nova Scotia, July 31 ­ August 15.


Named Top Event in Canada for 2004 by the American Bus Association, CMA 2004 is the third of its kind (previously held in Louisiana in 1999 and in New Brunswick in 1994) and welcomes over 100,000 Acadians from around the world back to their homeland, Acadie. Close to 100 families are organizing reunions during the 16-day event, ranging in size from 200 to 7,000 participants per family. Comprised of cornerstone events such as opening and closing concerts, academic conferences and community-based events, CMA 2004 has over 2,000 activities taking place in more than 60 communitiesthroughout Nova Scotia.


“Congrès mondial acadien 2004 is a world class event with first class entertainers,” says Allister Surette, president of Société Acadie Nouvelle-Écosse 2004, society mandated to organize CMA 2004. “We are excited to be able to offer the best of Acadian performers from all of Acadie. There are no barriers when it comes to music; all participants will savor the spirit of Acadie and be part of this homecoming celebration.”


“As producer of Congrès mondial acadien 2004, I am thrilled at the variety and quality of talent we will have on stage for CMA 2004," agrees Ron Bourgeois, co-executive producer. "From amateur, to true star power we guarantee to all attending, an exciting and unforgettable entertainment experience!”


On July 31, the Opening Ceremonies will take place in the Acadian region of Clare in southwest Nova Scotia, where Samuel de Champlain, Sieur De Mons and other French explorers landed, commemorating the birthplace of Acadie. Performers will include 2004 ECMA winner for Francophone Recording of the Year, internationally renowned BLOU, whose music is inspired by their Acadian roots; innovative and energetic group Grand Dérangement who combine the liveliest of music and dance; Cajun musician Waylon Thibodeaux, dubbed 'Louisiana’s Rockin’ Fiddler'; Acadian dance troupe La Baie en Joie; pianist-composer Paul Saulnier; Acadian group La Chorale du Sud-ouest; traditional musician and accordion player Bernard Félix; traditional group Vishten, who combines French, Irish and Scottish styles featuring the drive of the fiddle; Cajun music sensation Bruce Daigrepont who has performed at such prestigious venues as New York’s Lincoln Center; eclectic New Brunswick group Bois Joli whose repertoire consists of traditional Acadian, folk, Martinique, and French pop, and of course, 1755, the first popular group to bring introduce Acadian and French music into their repertoire.


On August 6, 7 & 8, Acadians and their friends from around the world will experience Acadian arts and culture in all its forms at the Festival du Mitan in Cheticamp. Artists performing will be well-known Inverness County musical family Le Groupe LeLièvre; blues legend Patrick Verbeke from France; storyteller, singer and musician Edith Butler who can play 24 instruments and has recorded 27 albums, as well as Grand Dérangement, Waylon Thibodeaux, Bruce Daigrepont, and Bois Joli. The Festival will also feature an original play by Paul Gallant called Le grand cercle. In total, the theatrical performance will bring together close to 200 local performers.


The 400th Anniversary Concert will take place on Citadel Hill in Halifax on August 15. The concert will include performances by winner of the first edition of “Star Academy”, francophone artist Wilfred LeBoutilier who has a new album éponyme, released only a few months ago, that has already surpassed 200,000 sales; 2003 ECMA Francophone Album of the Year winner Lennie Gallant, co-writer of the theme song for the first Congrès mondial acadien, “Acadie de nos coeurs”; New Brunswick teenage fiddling sensation Dominique Dupuis who opened the prestigious Celtic festival in Paris this year; energetic folk-pop-rock singer Jean-François Breau; and author, composer, singer and poet Zachary Richard whose music reflects styles of his native Louisiana.


The show will also feature singer and actor Marie-Jo Thério; popular Canadian soprano Nathalie Paulin, who is a regular guest soloist with the Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Tafelmusik; pianist and singer Isabelle Roy, whose reputation transcends the borders of l’Acadie; Nova Scotia rappers Jacobus et Malico; multi-instrumentalists Suroît, six musicians who employ fiddle, mandolin, bass, accordion, harmonica, keyboard, bones, spoons, washboard and of course, their feet; writer and singer Paul Hébert, as well as Edith Butler, Grand Dérangement, BLOU, La Baie en Joie, Bernard Félix, Vishten and more.


“With all the major events put together, the Congrès will be the biggest cultural event ever held in Nova Scotia and represents the greatest collection of Acadian artists ever presented in this province,” says Gerry Boudreau, co-executive producer, CMA 2004.


Tickets will be made available on May 3rd through the Metro Center Box Office by calling (902) 451-1221. Ticket prices will range from $12.50 for the Opening Show and the Festival du mitan to $29.50 for the 400th anniversary concert on Citadel Hill. Children 12 years of age and under will enter free of charge for the 400th anniversary concert only.


CMA 2004 is sponsored by Oland Brewery Ltd., Caisse populaire de Clare / Credit Union Central, Sobeys Inc., Bay Ferries Ltd., Comeau Sea Foods Ltd., and Assomption Vie. Government partners include the Federal government through ACOA and Canadian Heritage and the province of Nova Scotia through Acadian Affairs and Tourism, Culture and Heritage.


For more information, visit: http://www.cma2004.com/ or please contact:


Wendy Phillips or Leah Copeland, Sonic Entertainment Group
Phone: (902) 491-1991
[email protected]


For information in French, please contact:Danielle LeBlanc, Direction des
communications
Phone: (902) 424-2220
[email protected]

 

The following "Caravan Information" was provided me by Jeff Melancon, Curator of the Acadian Genealogy Society, via e-mail message on March 5, 2004...

 

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The Caravan From Cajun Land To The Acadian C.M.A.

This trip was not put together by a Travel Agency. It is just a group of Cajuns from Louisiana that will travel to Nova Scotia, but may end up in California. If you are traveling in the same direction at the same time as we are, we'll be glad to see you. The caravan will not be responsible for anything that happens to you on the trip. You will be responsible for your own expenses, including but not limited to overnight accommodations, fuel, and meals.


If you would like to meet up with the caravan at any point on the way to Nova Scotia, contact Jeff Melancon via e-mail at [email protected] or phone 225.744.4253. Let us know where you will meet up, and how far your motorhome / vehicle can travel on a full tank. Your cell phone number would be good to have too.


The caravan will stop approximately every 200 miles to stretch their legs and give those who are not in a motorhome a chance to fuel up and grab something to eat. The stops will try to be scheduled at locations such as TA, Pilot, Flying J, etc. They will be places where everything can be done at one location, such as fuel up with diesel or gas, eat, and use the restroom. The caravan will not be stopping at Interstate "Rest Areas" or "Welcome Centers".


The following are web sites to the towns the caravan will be stopping in. If you wish to make arrangements for overnight stay, you can find a place here:


Fort Payne, AL: www.fortpayne.com
Harrisonburg, VA: www.hrchamber.com
Manchester, CT: www.manchesterchamber.com
Houlton, ME: www.greaterhoulton.com


If you have any trouble getting to these web sites, just type in the town / chamber of commerce.


If you are driving a motorhome and do not want to dry camp, you will have to make arrangements at a campground.


If you plan to cross a ferry from the main land to Nova Scotia, go to one of these web sites:


Cat Ferry: www.catferry.com
Scotia Prince: www.scotiaprince.ws


The following driving directions are from AAA and FMCA and will be followed as closely as possible. From Baton Rouge to Clare is approximately 2450 miles and will take approximately 40 hours in driving time.


DIRECTIONS:


July 26 / Day 1:
Beginning in Baton Rouge, LA on I-12 East at Exit #10 at the Truck Stop. Leaving at 9:00 am sharp, the caravan will head East on I-12 and connect with I-59 North in Slidell, LA. The caravan will continue on I-59 North until arriving in Fort Payne, Alabama.Miles traveled - approximately 500


July 27 / Day 2:
The caravan will leave Fort Payne, AL at 9:00 am sharp heading North on I-59 and connecting with I-24, then with I-75 North in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Continuing on I-75 North to Knoxville, TN and connecting with I-40, then with I-81 North. Continuing on I-81 North, traveling through Tennessee and Virginia until arriving in Harrisonburg, VA. Miles traveled - approximately 500


July 28 / Day 3:
This will be the hardest day, as for watching for highway changes and by passes. The caravan will leave Harrisonburg, VA at 9:00 am sharp heading North on I-81 until connecting with I-66 East in Strasburg, VA. Continuing on I-66 until the Washington, D.C. area and connecting with the I-495 North Loop, then connecting with I-95 on the other side. Continuing on I-95 North until the Baltimore, Maryland area and connecting with the I-695 Loop (Right), then reconnecting with I-95 on the other side, and continue on I-95 North through Maryland and Delaware. Entering New Jersey and connecting with and continuing on the New Jersey Turnpike, until connecting with the Garden State Parkway near Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Continuing on the Garden State Parkway until connecting with I-287 East, then with I-684, then with I-84 East. This will have taken us through New Jersey, part of New York, and into Connecticut, where the caravan will stop in Manchester, CT. Miles traveled - approximately 500


July 29 / Day 4:
The caravan will leave Manchester, CT at 9:00 sharp heading North on I-84 and enter Massachusetts until connecting with I-290, then connecting with I-495. Continuing through Massachusetts until connecting with I-95 near the Massachusetts/New Hampshire state line. Continuing through part of New Hampshire, into and through Maine on I-95 North until arriving in Houlton, Maine. This will be the last stop in the US before crossing the border.


* For those of you who will be crossing the ferry from the main land to Nova Scotia, you will be getting off of I-95, and will not continue to Houlton, ME with the rest of us.


July 30 / Day 5:
The caravan will leave Houlton, ME at 9:00 am sharp heading toward the border and connecting with Hwy 2 East (Right). Continuing on Hwy 2 through New Brunswick and until entering Nova Scotia, where Hwy 2 changes into Hwy 104. Continuing on Hwy 104 until connecting with Hwy 102 near Truro, N.S., then continuing on Hwy 102 until connecting with Hwy 14 near Milford, N.S., then continuing on Hwy 14 until connecting with Hwy 101 and head West. The caravan will continue on Hwy 101 until arriving in Church Point - Clare for the Opening Ceremonies.

Miles traveled - depends on where you broke off from the caravan. But you made it to Nova Scotia.


* Individuals may have already broken off from the caravan once it entered Nova Scotia, depending on what reunion you are attending and where the reunions are.

August 9: Aheeee!, Everyone is invited to come join in on the fun at the "Louisiana Day" celebration in Wolfville, Nova Scotia (near Grand Pre). This event will show how your "Cajun Cuzins" live and pass a good time. There will be music, dancing, artwork & crafts, workshops & lectures on the Cajuns, and lots of other things. And yes, of course food and drinks too! There will be a small charge to enter the venue. If you would like to participate with this event by cooking, showing your craft items, speaking about Cajun life, or just want to help out in general, contact Brenda Trahan at [email protected] . Do not contact Brenda about the caravan, only about "Louisiana Day".


August 15:
The caravan will meet up in Grand Pre, N.S. for the Closing Ceremonies.


August 16:
The caravan will leave Grand Pre, N.S. at 9:00 am sharp and head back in a similar way it came.

Halifax ­ February 5, 2004 ­ Congrès mondial acadien 2004 (CMA) brought together over 40 participants representing host regions of Congrès for a two-day training session in Tatamagouche on February 1 and 2. CMA 2004, a world-class event which gives an opportunity to Acadians from around the world to meet, exchange and celebrate the Acadian culture, felt it was necessary to bring together the communities to create a provincial team.


"This large-scale project has never been attempted in the past in Nova Scotia. We felt it was essential for all groups concerned to come together to exchange their ideas and challenges", explains Vaughne Madden, General Manager of Congrès. Exchange they did! The participants were treated to a variety of presentations on Congrès, from its history to marketing and logistics strategies. There was also an opportunity for the representatives to share their community’s projects and successes. More than 2,000 individual activities are planned for CMA 2004. Mostly organised by volunteers and community groups. Their content to CMA’s programming is essential.


"We are assured that we have a strong provincial team of knowledgeable and dedicated people working to make Congrès an international success", continues Ms. Madden. For Megan Moore, Community Development Officer with the Western Valley Development Authority, the experience was eye-opening. "It was a great opportunity to meet and network with the CMA 2004 team and everyone that is working towards making the celebrations a success. I had a wonderful time. It was great to learn what is happening all over the province, we often get too focused on our regions. Getting to see the entire picture was very beneficial."

 


One of the greatest successes of the weekend was a greater cooperation between the two linguistic communities of Nova Scotia. Both the French and English communities came together to build a better project. "I can honestly say I think the work we our doing between the two communities is ground-breaking. Congrès will definitely bring together our communities and promote a better understanding of the overall Acadian culture", exclaimed an enthusiastic Madden. Representatives from all Acadian regions were present, including, Argyle, Clare, Isle Madame, Larry’s River, and Chéticamp. As well, representatives from what are known as historical Acadian communities joined in, including the South Shore, Annapolis Valley, Amherst and Truro.


The team is well on their way to creating the biggest cultural event in Nova Scotia.

 

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Acadians set to celebrate 400 years

By CHRIS MORRIS, December 28, 2003 [http://cnews.canoe.ca/]

FREDERICTON (CP) - 2004 is to be a year of celebration for Acadians and, for many, it will also be a time for stocktaking.

They will be marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Samuel de Champlain in the New World and the establishment of the first French settlement on a small, windswept island between what is now New Brunswick and Maine.

But they will also be reflecting upon their long struggle for survival as a people and whether the future will be kinder.

In the 400 years since Champlain and about 80 colonists settled on the island of St. Croix off southwestern New Brunswick, the Acadian people have endured mass expulsions and ongoing assimilation into the larger, anglophone population.

Yet they are still here and are now a vibrant, distinctive population especially in New Brunswick, where many settled following the expulsions and where their language and culture are protected.

"The 400th anniversary will be an occasion to say even though we're small, we're still here and not only are we still kicking, we're looking forward to the next 400 years," says Euclide Chiasson, president of the National Society of Acadians, which has members as far afield as Louisiana and France.

"If we can at least maintain where we are now in the Canadian landscape, demographically, well, I think we'll be doing great."

Chiasson says there are roughly 300,000 Acadians living in the Maritimes. The vast majority, about 250,000, are in New Brunswick.

He says that in New Brunswick, the Acadians have sufficient critical mass to protect themselves from the rapid assimilation that normally dooms small minorities.

He says there has been a sea change in the way the Acadian minority is regarded by the anglophone majority in the Maritimes.

Chiasson, 60, says when he grew up in northern New Brunswick, being an Acadian was not a positive experience.

But he says it is much better now and Acadian children can complete their entire education from kindergarten to university in French.

"I wouldn't say our culture is threatened, but I would say it has to be always defended or it would be swamped."

While the arrival of Champlain and the colonists in 1604 marked the beginning of the Acadian experience, the later expulsions of these first European pioneers surely defined their history.

The Acadian people who now live in the Maritimes filtered back to the region following the expulsions by the British in the mid-1700s, resettled, and began new lives all over again.

Anniversary organizers say it is the tenacity of Acadians, their spirit and their will to survive that will be the focus of the celebrations in 2004, celebrations that will take place in all four Atlantic provinces and will involve people from across North America and Europe.

"There will be thousands of activities in all of the Atlantic provinces through the year, but the big event will be the World Congress of Acadians in August in Nova Scotia," says Chantal Abord-Hugon, co-ordinator of Acadie's 400th Anniversary Committee.

"The congress will be a big reunion of Acadians coming from all over Canada and other countries and states, including Louisiana and France."

The celebrations, Chiasson says, have been given a boost by the fact that Ottawa recently endorsed a royal proclamation recognizing the expulsion.

The proclamation acknowledges the "historical facts and the trials and sufferings" of the thousands of Acadians who were forced by the British to leave the Maritimes almost 250 years ago.

While the document is deemed a declaration by the Canadian Crown, the Queen may also be prepared to read out the proclamation when she pays a royal visit to Canada in 2005.

"It is more than a gesture of respect to Acadians," Chiasson says. "It is a statement that the strength and the wealth of this country lies in the diversity of its culture."

2004 will be just an opening act in the 400th anniversary celebrations.

2005 is an even bigger year because it is both the 250th anniversary of the first expulsion in 1755 and the 400th anniversary of the establishment of Port Royal in what is now Nova Scotia, the permanent settlement set up after Champlain's one, disastrous winter on St. Croix.

While St. Croix, now an international historic site, was the first choice of Champlain and his fellow pioneers, it wasn't the best choice.

The tiny island near the mouth of the St. Croix River, now part of the Canada-U.S. boundary, seemed to Champlain and Pierre Dugua, the leader of the expedition, well-situated for trade and defence.

But it was vulnerable to cold winds and the colonists were unprepared for the winter, which came early and hard that year.

It was so bitterly cold, liquor froze and cider was served in frozen blocks.

The settlement was ravaged by scurvy and 36 of the 79 colonists died.

In the spring of 1605, the survivors dismantled the buildings and moved to Port Royal.

The provinces are spending up to $2 million each for the 2004 celebrations, while the federal government is spending $18.8 million on a variety of related projects in France with an additional $10 million available for projects in Atlantic Canada through Canadian Heritage and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Organizers expect the anniversary to draw approximately 400,000 people.

 

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ON AUGUST 15, ALL OF ACADIE WILL ECHO WITH THE SOUND OF THE CMA 2004
THEME SONG


Halifax, August 14, 2003 - At the stroke of midnight on August 15, Acadian National Holiday, all of Acadie will have the opportunity to hear, for the very first time, the Congrès mondial acadien 2004 (CMA 2004) theme song:

Je reviens au berceau de l’Acadie.

The song, which literally means, “I’m returning to the cradle of Acadia”, is sung by Nova Scotia’s own Grand Dérangement and features New Brunswick singer Carole Daigle. Michel Thibault, Artistic Director for the group, is responsible for writing the lyrics and music.


Over 600 media from Canada, France, Louisiana and the New England States have received a copy of the CD and will hopefully broadcast the song for their listeners. “We’re hoping the song will be heard simultaneously throughout the world. With only one year until Congrès, the song will create a unique momentum, kicking off the official countdown to the event”, explains Vaughne Madden, General Manager for CMA 2004.


Je reviens au berceau de l’Acadie invites Acadians and friends of Acadians from around the world to return to Nova Scotia, the cradle of Acadian culture. The song is a celebration and a renewal of Acadian pride. It is also a tribute to the glorious homecoming scheduled for next year.


The public is invited to download the song free of charge on the CMA 2004 website, www.cma2004.com. “The song does not belong to Congrès mondial acadien 2004, it belongs to each and every Acadian. This is why we chose to offer the song at no cost to anyone who wishes to download it from our site” adds Ms. Madden.


Greater Halifax residents will have the opportunity to witness the first live performance of the song during the Grou Tyme Acadian Festival scheduled for September 18, 2003. Grand Dérangement will release their latest album on which Je reviens au berceau de l’Acadie is among the compilation.


The production of the theme song, as well as a promotional video, is made possible by funds from Canadian Heritage and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.


Source and information:
Danielle LeBlanc, Communications Director
Congrès mondial acadien 2004
Telephone: (902) 424-2220

 

 

August 1, 2003

PRESS RELEASE: ONE-YEAR COUNTDOWN TO THE 3rd CONGRÈS MONDIAL ACADIEN

 

July 31st marks the official one-year countdown to Congrès mondial acadien 2004. The Acadians communities in Nova Scotia consider this year’s Acadian National Holiday, August 15, a sneak preview for the events scheduled for next year’s great celebration. This year, the festivities should be even more memorable since the Canadian government has officially named August 15, “journée nationale des acadiens et acadiennes” (National Acadian Day).


We encourage everyone to participate in their local celebrations, whether they are in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Louisiana or anywhere else in the world. In Nova Scotia, activities are planned for Par-en-Bas (Argyle region), Clare, Petit-de-Grat, Chéticamp and Halifax.


To learn more about the activities going on in Nova Scotia on August 15, please visit the CMA website at: http://www.cma2004.com/en/august15.cfm

 

Le premier Août, 2003

LE COMPTE À REBOURS EST LANCÉ : UN AN AVANT LE 3e CONGRÈS MONDIAL ACADIEN


Le 31 juillet 2003 lance officiellement le compte à rebours de la dernière année précédant le 3e Congrès mondial acadien. Les communautés de la Nouvelle-Écosse voient le 15 août 2003 comme un préparatif important pour la grande célébration qui aura lieu à travers leur province en 2004. Cette année, les célébrations se feront encore plus vives depuis que le 15 août a été officiellement reconnu par le gouvernement du Canada comme Journée nationale des Acadiens et Acadiennes.


Nous vous encourageons à participer activement aux événements prévus dans vos communautés. Surtout ne manquez pas les activités qui sont organisées dans les régions acadiennes de Par-en-Bas, Clare, Petit-de-Grat, Chéticamp et Halifax en vue des célébrations de la Fête nationale de l’Acadie.


Pour connaître les activités prévues en Nouvelle-Écosse, veuillez visiter le lien ci-dessous :

http://www.cma2004.com/fr/15aout.cfm

 

August 13, 2002

The following message was received from Cyrille LeBlanc [email protected]

 

Invited to join 2004 reunions of Acadian families

On behalf of the Acadian families in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, I invite all descendants of our families to join our associations and help in organizing the reunions to be held during the third Congrès mondial acadien in 2004.

Plans are already progressing well for these reunions. We have 12 associations grouping 27 families which will be holding their respective reunion, or a major activity, in Yarmouth County between July 31 to August 15, 2004.

The families are: Amirault (Amiro, Amero), Babin, Blanchard, Boudreau of South Western Nova Scotia(an activity), Boucher, Bourque (Bourg), Clairmont, Corporon, Cottreau, d Eon (Duhon, Duon), d Entremont, deViller, Dulong, Frotten, Fitzgerald, Harris, Hubbard, Jacquard, Landry family of Yarmouth County, LeFave, Moulaison, Mius (Muise, Meuse), Pothier / Pottier, Richard family of Wedgeport, Surette, Thibeau / Thibault and Vacon.

We have incorporated associations, nominated committees and are well on our way to holding memorable reunions for all our Acadian families.

We need your assistance in contacting all our families members who are living on the four corners of the globe.

Visit our web site at www.tusket.com. Follow the links. Or write to me for membership forms and information on your family. You can also call our office during normal working hours at 902-648-2440. Our answering machine is on 24 hours a day. Our fax number is 902-648-2341. The e-mail address of our coordinator is [email protected].

We are also planning other activities during the two weeks of the Congrès such as; combining three Acadian festivals during that time; Acadian soirées and suppers; outdoor shows; exhibits and interpretations and plays commemorating the 400th anniversary of l Acadie; concerts, and many other opportunities to meet Acadians and other visitors from around the world. These activities will keep you more than busy before and after your family reunion.

Bonjour et merci.

Betty d Eon
President Reunions 2004
PO Box 590
Sainte-Anne-du-Ruisseau
Nova Scotia
B0W 2X0

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Le 16 avril, 2002

En route avec l’équipe du Congrès mondial acadien 2004


L’équipe du Congrès mondial acadien 2004 fera la promotion de son projet dans ses marchés cibles au cours des prochaines semaines.

Une délégation s’est rendu à Montréal à l’occasion du Salon vacances et loisirs d’été du 12 au 14 avril dernier. Les membres faisaient partie d’un groupe de la Nouvelle-Écosse faisant la promotion de la province comme destination touristique par excellence. Une deuxième délégation participera à un Salon Vacances similaire à Québec du 26 au 28 avril prochain. Ces salons sont les plus grands foires touristiques au Québec et permettent de rejoindre 75 000 consommateurs potentiels.

Les marchés cibles du Congrès s’étendent aussi jusqu’aux États-Unis. Une équipe du CMA 2004 participera ainsi au Festival International de la Louisiane à Lafayette du 23 au 28 avril. Afin d’assurer une visibilité de haut niveau, le CMA 2004 est commanditaire du festival, ce qui permet également au groupe acadien Grand Dérangement de se faire connaître auprès des 200 000 individus qui prennent part au Festival. L’équipe visitera aussi des organismes communautaires, des médias louisianais et des municipalités pendant son séjour en Louisiane afin de les inviter en Nouvelle-Écosse, terre ancestrale des Acadiens.

Au mois de mai, des représentants du Congrès mondial acadien 2004 se rendront à Boston avec une équipe de la Nouvelle-Écosse à l’occasion du Cat Sail. Le Cat, le traversier le plus rapide en Amérique du Nord, sera alors transformé en foire touristique flottante du 16 au 20 mai. Cette promotion d’envergure en Nouvelle-Angleterre attire chaque année plus de 18 000 personnes sur les quais de Boston.

Pour plus d’information sur le Congrès mondial acadien 2004 veuillez visiter notre site web : www.cma2004.com. Pour fixer une rencontre avec un membre de l’équipe lors de leur tournée dans votre région, communiquez avec :

Danielle LeBlanc
Directrice des communications
Congrès mondial acadien 2004
Téléphone : (902) 424-2220
Courriel : [email protected]

 

April 16, 2002

On the Road with Congrès mondial acadien 2004


The Congrès mondial acadien 2004 team will promote its event in various markets over the next few weeks.

In fact, representatives were in Montreal during the tourism show Salon Vacances et Loisirs d’été, from April 16 to April 18. They were participating in the event as part of a Nova Scotia delegation promoting the entire province. A second group will participate in a similar show in Quebec City, from April 26 to April 28, 2002. Salon Vacances is Québec’s largest consumer vacation show with approximately 75,000 visitors.

Congrès mondial acadien 2004 is also targeting markets in the United States. A team from CMA 2004 will be in Louisiana to participate in “Festival International de la Louisiane’ in Lafayette, from April 23 to April 28. As a Festival sponsor, CMA 2004 is aiming for high visibility in Louisiana, in addition to showcasing the music of Nova Scotia’s Acadian group Grand Dérangement to the Festivals 200,000 participants. While in Louisiana, CMA 2004 will also visit with community organizations, various media and municipalities to invite them to visit Nova Scotia, the ancestral land of Acadians.

In May, representatives of CMA 2004 will make their way to Boston as part of Nova Scotia’s Cat Sail. North America's fastest car ferry, The Cat, which runs from Bar Harbour to Yarmouth, will be transformed into a Nova Scotian floating travel fair from May 16 to May 20 in a high-profile promotion reaching 18,000 people from New England

For more information on Congrès mondial acadien 2004 visit our website www.cma2004.com. To schedule a meeting with the Congrès team while in your region, please contact:

Danielle LeBlanc
Communications Director
Congrès mondial acadien 2004
Tel: (902) 424-2220
E-mail: [email protected]

 

Le 22 février, 2002

UN NOUVEAU LOGO; UNE NOUVELLE IMAGE.


C’est dans le but de vous inviter à vivre avec nous le cheminement vers le 3e Congrès mondial acadien, qui aura lieu du 31 juillet au 15 août 2004 partout en Nouvelle-Écosse, que nous vous invitons à visiter notre site Internet www.cma2004.com et à y découvrir notre logo.

Sur notre site Web depuis le mois de janvier, le logo représente bien le Congrès de 2004. Nous avons voulu que ce Congrès se démarque des autres par le fait qu’il soulignera le retour des Acadiens et des Acadiennes vers leur terre d’origine, l’Acadie. De plus, il était important pour nous de mettre l’accent sur le dynamisme des communautés acadiennes et francophones partout dans le monde ainsi que sur les célébrations associées à cette manifestation internationale.

L’élément fondamental de ce nouveau logo est une étoile jaune, reconnue comme un symbole important chez les Acadiens et Acadiennes. L’étoile, dont les pointes, comme des bras, s’ouvrent toutes grandes, est entourée d’un tourbillon à sa base. Le tourbillon symbolise le retour à la terre ancestrale. Le logo contient aussi quelques rubans colorés, symboles de dynamisme et de fête.

Nous sommes conscients de votre enthousiasme à l’endroit du Congrès et de ses images. Toutefois, l’utilisation du logo du Congrès mondial acadien 2004 est réservée aux activités, produits, publicités, site Web et outils promotionnels du CMA 2004. Certains organismes externes peuvent obtenir un permis d’utilisation. Veuillez communiquer avec nous afin de connaître nos politiques à cet égard. Nous vous remercions très sincèrement de votre collaboration !

Vous découvrirez aussi sur notre site le programme préliminaire du Congrès mondial acadien 2004 et de l’information sur les réunions de familles. Nous prévoyons de grands changements et des ajouts au site au cours des prochains mois, alors visitez-le souvent pour ne rien manquer !

Pour plus de renseignements sur la Nouvelle-Écosse, visitez le site Internet de la province au www.nouvelle-ecosse.com ou www.novascotia.com. Pour ceux et celles qui habitent à l’extérieur de la province, vous pouvez commander en ligne votre guide gratuit de planification des vacances en Nouvelle-Écosse.

Si vous connaissez d’autres gens qui aimeraient recevoir nos bulletins électroniques périodiques, vous n’avez qu’à envoyer un courriel pour demander qu’on ajoute leur nom à la liste d’envoi. Nous vous encourageons aussi à faire suivre ce message à vos collègues, parents et amis.

N’hésitez surtout pas à communiquer avec nous si vous avez des questions ou des commentaires. Voici nos coordonnées :

Congrès mondial acadien 2004
Édifice Roy, pièce 106
1657, rue Barrington
Halifax (N.-É.) B3J 2A1

Tél. : 902.424.4284
Téléc. : 902.424.3600

[email protected]
www.cma2004.com

 

February 22, 2002

A NEW LOGO; A NEW LOOK.


In the spirit of our common journey towards the 3rd Congrès mondial acadien, to be held from July 31st to August 15th 2004 throughout Nova Scotia, we invite you to visit our website www.cma2004.com and discover our logo.

Added to our website since January, the logo truly defines the Congrès of 2004. We wanted to distinguish this Congrès by emphasizing the return of Acadians to the birthplace of Acadie. It was also important for us to emphasize the dynamism of the Acadian and francophone communities throughout the world and the celebration associated with this world-class event.

The focal point of the logo is a yellow star, recognized as a significant icon of the Acadian community. The star with its open arms is surrounded by a swirl. The swirl represents the return to the birthplace of Acadie. The logo also includes a few colored ribbons representing the joy and festivities surrounding the event.

We recognize your enthusiasm for Congrès and its images. However, the use of the Congrès mondial acadien 2004 logo is reserved for the activities, products, advertisements, Web site and promotional material of CMA 2004. Certain external organizations can obtain a license of usage. Please contact us in order to receive a copy of our policies pertaining to the CMA 2004 logo. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

You will also discover on our website a preliminary program, as well as recent information on family reunions. We are planning a lot of important changes and additions for our website in the coming months so visit it often to ensure you won’t miss anything!

For more information on Nova Scotia, visit the province’s web site at www.novascotia.com. Those of you living outside the province can go online to order your free Nova Scotia travel guide.

If you know of individuals who would like to receive updated newsletters via e-mail, keeping them informed and involved on our journey towards the 3rd Congrès mondial acadien, simply send a message indicating their name and e-mail address to be added to our electronic mailing list. We also encourage you to forward this message to your colleagues, family and friends.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or comments. Here’s how to reach us:

Congrès mondial acadien 2004
Roy Building, Suite 106
1657 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS, B3J 2A1

Tel. : 902.424.4284
Fax : 902.424.3600

[email protected]
www.cma2004.com

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Le 28 novembre, 2001

"C’est ce rêve que nous vous offrons, en attendant l’an 2004, quand nous fêterons pour de vrai nos quatre siècles. Si vous pensez que ce soir vous assistez à la fête, attendez de voir la vraie, celle dont ces retrouvailles ne sont que la répétition générale, celle que nous préparerons pour vous pendant les dix ans à venir."
- Antonine Maillet, 1994

 

LA FÊTE DE NOS QUATRE SIÈCLES SE PRÉPARE!

Voici le premier d’une série de messages que l’équipe du Congrès mondial acadien 2004 vous fera parvenir par courriel pour vous renseigner et vous permettre de vivre avec nous le cheminement vers le 3e Congrès mondial acadien.

Ce rassemblement international des Acadiennes, des Acadiens et de leurs ami(es) représente un véritable retour aux sources, car c’est en Nouvelle-Écosse que l’on trouve les terres ancestrales de nombreuses familles acadiennes.

Des fêtes, des conférences, des spectacles, des rencontres de familles et bien d’autres occasions de célébrations et de rassemblements sont encore à l’étape des préparatifs. .

Vous pouvez maintenant visiter le site Internet du Congrès mondial acadien 2004 au www.cma2004.com. Découvrez les régions acadiennes ainsi que les communautés de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui vous accueilleront du 31 juillet au 15 août 2004.

Pour plus de renseignements sur la Nouvelle-Écosse, visitez le site Internet de la province au www.novascotia.com. Pour ceux et celles qui habitent à l’extérieur de la province, vous pouvez commander en ligne votre guide gratuit de planification des vacances en Nouvelle-Écosse .

N’hésitez surtout pas à communiquer avec nous si vous avez des questions ou des commentaires.

Voici nos coordonnées :

Congrès mondial acadien 2004
Édifice Roy, pièce 106
1657, rue Barrington
Halifax (N.-É.) B3J 2A1

Tél. : 902.424.4284
Téléc. : 902.424.3600

[email protected]
www.cma2004.com

 

November 28, 2001

"This is the dream we offer you in anticipation of the year 2004, when we will truly celebrate our four centuries. If you think tonight is a party, just wait until you see the real one. This is merely a dress rehearsal for what we will be preparing for you over the next ten years."
- Antonine Maillet, 1994

A CELEBRATION, FOUR CENTURIES IN THE MAKING!

Here is the first in a series of messages you will receive from the CMA 2004 team. These messages are meant to keep you informed and involve you on our journey towards the 3rd Congrès mondial acadien.

This international gathering of Acadians and their friends represents a return to their roots, as Nova Scotia is the ancestral land of many Acadian families.

Many celebrations, conferences, concerts, family reunions as well as other celebrations and gatherings are now in the first stages of development.

You can now visit the Congrès mondial acadien 2004 web site at www.cma2004.com. Learn about the Acadian regions and other communities which will host the events from July 31 to August 15, 2004.

For more information on Nova Scotia, visit the province’s web site at www.novascotia.com. Those of you living outside the province can go online to order your free Nova Scotia travel guide.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or comments.

Here’s how to reach us:

Congrès mondial acadien 2004
Roy Building, Suite 106
1657 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2A1

Tel. : 902.424.4284
Fax : 902.424.3600

[email protected]
www.cma2004.com

 


Vendredi le 15 juin, 2001

CMA 2004 announces major events!

Halifax (N.S.) - The Congrès mondial acadien organizing committee is pleased to make this first of a series of announcements regarding its programming for the 16-day event to be held in Nova Scotia in 2004. On July 31, 2004 opening ceremonies will be held in the Acadian region of Clare in South West Nova Scotia. Historically, Samuel de Champlain and Sieur De Mons as well as other French explorers, landed on the beautiful shores of la Baie Sainte Marie in 1604. This event will commemorate the beginings of Acadie.

On August 7 and 8, Acadians and their friends from around the world will experience Acadian culture and arts in all its forms in the region of Chéticamp on the Cabot Trail. Recognised world-wide for its music and crafts, Chéticamp will welcome Acadian artists from all of Nova Scotia for a splendid showcase of modern as well as traditional creations. All participants will congregate for a pilgrammage to the site which commemorates the deportation of the Acadians on August 15, national feast day for Acadians. Grand-Pré National Historic Site of Canada will host a religious ceremony.

To celebrate 400 years of the founding of Acadie as well as the start of French colonization of the Americas, the city of Halifax will play host to a musical happening of international calibre, ringing with pride and praise for a people with such a rich background. This event is equally significant to ALL as the anniversary is an important part of Canadian history.

Allister Surette, President of the organizing committee states. "These events will be the anchors of the Congrès mondial acadien. Our goal is to showcase the vitality and vibrancy of Nova Scotia's Acadie to the world."

Details of these and other events will be released at a later date. A call for proposal for producers of the events will be released shortly. Other events include family reunions, festivals, conferences and twinning ceremonies with communities in Louisiana. In all, it is expected that more than 1,200 activiies will be hosted during the CMA 2004.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world are expected to attend this third Congrès mondial acadien which marks, for Acadians living outside Nova Scotia, a return to their homeland.

For further information :
Vaughne Madden, General Manager
Congrès mondial acadien 2004
Suite 106, Roy bldg.
1657 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2A1
Tel : (902) 424-7104
Fax :(902) 424-3600
Email:
[email protected]
Web Site :
www.cma2004.com

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CMA 2004 CENTRAL COMMITTEE: Press release from Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 16, 2000:

The Board of Directors of the World Acadian Congress, Nova Scotia-2004, is pleased to announce the hiring of Ms. Vaughne Madden as General manager. She has more than 10 years experience in community development. She has held the position of Director General of the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia as well as General Manager of Grand-Pré National Historic Site. Ms. Madden begins her new position immediately. To
communicate with the Congrès office, please call 1-902-424-7104.


Statement from Vaughne Madden, General Manager, via e-mail 5 Dec. 2000):

"Preparations for the 2004 Congrès Mondial Acadien in Nova Scotia are well under way. Approximately 12 family associations have been formed and others are in the planning stages. Since the hiring of the general manager in October, the CMA organizing committee has been busy meeting with various groups and governmental agencies in order to promote the event and create strategic partners. In the following months plans are to hire a Programming Director, develop a communications and marketing strategy, launch the official CMA 2004 web site as well as hold information and motivation meetings throughout the province. The families and communities are excited and looking forward to greeting their cousins from the South. We will do our best to keep you informed of future developments. Happy Holidays !"
Vaughne Madden, General Manager.

[email protected]

 

Press Release by The Board of Directors of the World Acadian Congress 2004

Preparations for the 3rd World Acadian Congress 2004 progressing

For immediate release:

Meteghan River (Nova Scotia) August 17, 2000 At its August 9th meeting, the “CMA2004” Board of Directors that includes Acadian representatives from throughout the province of Nova Scotia, officially adopted the Organizational Guide for the World Acadian Congress that will take place from July 31 to August 15, 2004.

Allister Surette, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Acadian Congress 2004 (CMA 2004), expressed his pleasure at the adoption of the Organizational Guide which he characterised as an indispensable tool that will permit the Board to function in a clear framework. In addition, he underscored that the flexibility and hard work required to organize such a large undertaking requires an ability to adjust to changing circumstances and requirements over the period of preparation.

The Guide includes, according to Mr. Surette, the general orientations of the Congress, its organizational structure, a calendar of deadlines, as well as an action plan and a proposed budget required to achieve its goals.

The Organizational Guide will be officially presented in October 2000 at the Annual General Meeting of the World Acadian Congress 2004 to be held in Dartmouth in conjunction with the AGM of the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia (FANE).

Following the anticipated confirmation of operating grants from the Federal and Provincial governments, the Board of Directors is now in a position to roll out its organizational plan.

The Board of Directors will immediately begin work on setting up the organizational structure to reflect the wide range of events to be included in the World Congress. The first task is to proceed with the hiring of a CEO. According to Mr. Surette, the right choice of the CEO is essential to the success of the Congress.

Once the CEO is in place, other positions will be filled including Finance, Administration, Logistics, Programming and Communications as well as the Regional Co-ordinators.

The Acadian community and the Family Reunion organizations will be consulted throughout the planning and organization of this third World Congress, Mr. Surette said.

Mr. Surette concluded by stating, “The World Acadian Congress 2004 will be a source of pride and of renewal for all Acadians and therefore it is essential that they continue to take part in the decision making process for this unique historic event.”

For information please contact:

Allister Surette, Chairman
Board of Directors of the CMA 2004
Telephone (902) 769-3906
Facsimile (902) 769-0165

 


PRESS RELEASE: Halifax, N.S.

Board of Directors for 2004 World Acadian Congress in Nova Scotia Named

The board of directors of the World Acadian Congress, Nova Scotia 2004, met in Halifax December 8, 1999 to select the members of its executive committee and to discuss steps which will take priority in the planning and organization of the Congress.

Mr. Allister Surette, president of the College de l'Acadie, and who was chairman of the provisional committee for the Congress, was elected chairman of the new permanent committee by the board. Napoléon Chiasson, a former school principal in Cheticamp, will be vice-chairman; Harley d'Entremont, President of Université Sainte-Anne, will be treasurer while Jennifer Bourque, executive director of the Conseil Jeunesse Provincial, will serve as secretary. The four positions are renewable annually; others could be added to the executive committee if necessary.

"One of the first tasks of the new executive committee will be to prepare initial requests for financing for the new council's operating funds. In this way, we will be able to develop a structure and a working procedure," said president Allister Surette.

Mr. Surette assures the board has clearly received the messages expressed at the first annual general meeting of the Congress. Communication and direct links between the board of directors and the regions and activities, especially the family reunions, will be essential. In due course, a provincial strategic planning and vision will be developed by the board by respecting regional particularities," declares Mr. Surette.

The ten members of the board were elected and chosen from the twenty-six applications received at the first meeting of the Congress on November 20, 1999 at the Ramada Inn in Dartmouth. Over a hundred people from all over Nova Scotia were at this gathering. The next meeting of the board of the 2004 WAC will be held in January, 2000.

Information:
Mr. Allister Surette
Chairman of the Board,
World Acadian Congress 2004
Tel: (902)769-3906
Fax: (902)769-0165

or

Jean Leger
Director of Marketing &
Communications
College de l'Acadie
[email protected]
http://www.ccfne.ns.ca
Tel: (902)769-3907
Fax: (902)769-0165

 

Achee/Hache/Gallant

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Have expressed interest in organizing a family reunion, but no confirmation yet received. Contact Gerald Hashey (902)443-1288 for added information.

ACHEE CREST
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Albert

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ALBERT CREST
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Allain

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Reunion scheduled for Middleton, N.S. on August 14 and 15, 2004. Conract Edouard Allain (506)459-8741 or Jean-Marie Allain, 34 Cap Breton Road, Irishtown, New Brunswick, E1H 1W9 for complete details.

ALLAIN CREST
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Amirault

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Reunion scheduled for Pubnico-Ouest on August 8, 2004. Contact Kathy Bourque P.O. Box 2, Lower East Pubnico, Nova Scotia B0W 2A0 (902)769-0550 for complete details.

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Arsenault

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Have expressed interest in organizing a family reunion, but no confirmation yet received. Contact Ginette Arsenault (902)424-2041 for added information.

ARSENAULT CREST
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Aucoin

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Reunion scheduled at Cheticamp, N.S. on August 4 and 5. Contact Daniel Aucoin President, P.O. Box 672, Chéticamp, N.S. B0E 1H0 (902)224-1242 or (902)224-2652 for complete details.

AUCOIN CREST
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Babin & Surette

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Reunion scheduled for Tusket, N.S. on August 14, 2004. Contact Theresa McEnaney President, (902)742-3155, or Vice-President Caroline Babin (902)648-2664, for complete details.

BABIN CREST
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Babineau(x) and Granger

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Reunion scheduled for Amherst, N.S. from August 8, 2004. Contact Genevieve Babineau (902)865-4588 for complete details.

BABINEAU CREST
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Barrieau/Barriault/Barrilleaux

Reunion scheduled for Wolfville, N. S. on August 13, 2004. Contact Maria LeBlanc (506) 855-6197 for complete details.

BARIAULT CREST
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Bastarache & Basque

Reunion scheduled for August 10 to 15, 2004 at Wolfville, N.S. Have expressed interest in organizing a family reunion, but no confirmation yet received.

Contact in Moncton: Marc Bastarache, (506)853-6770, 250 Université ave., P.O. 950, Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 8N8
Contact in Montreal: Raoul Bastarache, 7731, ave du Mail, Montréal (Anjou) Quebec H1K 1Y9

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Beaulieu

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Belanger

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Bellefontaine

Have expressed interest in organizing a family reunion, but no confirmation yet received. Contact Joyce Fawcett (902)827-2893 for added information.

 

Belliveau

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Reunion scheduled for Clare, N.S. on August 7 and 8, 2004. Contact Claude Belliveau (902)837-5505.

Bernard Belliveau, Director Geneology and History; René Belliveau, Vice-President; Gabriel Belliveau, Director Special Projects; Michel Belliveau, President.

Lynn Belliveau, Treasurer; Mariette Saulnier Belliveau, Secretary (acadien youth education); Christine Belliveau , Director Social Events.

Michel Belliveau,président
Association des Belliveau de la Nouvelle-Écosse
C.P. 71, Anse des Belliveau
3325,Chemin du Roi
Baie Sainte Marie, Nouvelle-Écosse, B0W 1J0
Tel :902-837-4920
[email protected]

 
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Benoit & Bennett

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Reunion scheduled for Tracadie, N.S. on August 8 to 10, 2004. Contact Lloyd Boucher (902)232-2172 for complete details.

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Bergeron

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Bernard

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Berthier/Burkey

Reunion scheduled for L'Ardoise, N.S. on July 31 and August 1, 2004. Contact Thérèse (Berthier) MacDonald (902) 587-2409 for complete details.

 

Blanchard, Dulong, Frotten & Vacon

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Reunion is scheduled for Belleville, N.S. on August 8, 2004. Contact Ruth Huribert ((902)642-0088) for complete details.

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Boucher

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Bouchard

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Boudreau

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Reunion scheduled for Petit-de-Grat, N.S. from August 4 to 6, 2004. Contact Josette Marchand (902)226-0149 for complete details.

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Bourgeois

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Bourque

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Reunion scheduled for Tusket, N.S. on August 7, 2004. Contact Barbara Pothier (902)648-2069 for complete details.

Note: James and Lona Bourque attended the 1st organizational meeting during July 2000. In an address to the group, James gave them encouragement and offered the support of the Bourg/Bourque Louisiana organization as well as help from the CAFA organization. Cyrille Le Blanc was extremely helpful in organizing the initial meeting and several radio and newspaper interviews for James and Lona.

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Breaux

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Brossard

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Broussard

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Reunion scheduled for Pomquet, N.S. from August 11 to 13, 2004. Contact Sheila Broussard (902)473-7092 or (902)477-1495 for complete details.

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Chiasson

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Reunion scheduled for Cheticamp. N.S. on August 1 and 2, 2004. Contact Eric Chiasson (902)224-2226 for additional information. The Chiasson Association Secretary is Geraldine LeBlanc and you can listen to her on the Fais DoDo Internet Radio program (direct from Chéticamp), on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Atlantic time), by connecting to http://www.ckjm.ca. Also, visit the Chiasson web site at http://www.chiasson.chebucto.org for more information.

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Clairmont, De Viller, Fitzgerald, Harris & Jacquard

Reunion scheduled for Wedgeport, N.S. on August 7, 2004. Contact Larry Fitzgerald (902)742-5689 for complete details.

 

Comeau

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Reunion scheduled for Clare, N.S. on August 12, 2004. Contact Denise Comeau-Desaultels (902)769-3044 for complete details.

COMEAU FAMILY OFFICERS FOR CMA 2004
Denise Comeau Desautels, présidente
Stephanie Comeau LeBlanc, vice-présidente
Jocelyne A. Comeau, Dr. Felix D. Comeau, secrétaire
Pierre A. Comeau, Denise Comeau et Mike Comeau, trésorier

L'Association des Comeau de la Nouvelle-Écosse

Voici le nouveau comité exécutif de l'Association des Comeau de la Nouvelle-Écosse.Nous vous informerons des progrès en cours de route.

COMEAU NOVA SCOTIA 2004
The committee has been organised and will be working with all the volunteers to make the Comeau Reunion 2004 in Nova Scotia a great success. As the committee's work progresses we will keep everyone informed.

Laissez-nous savoir si vous avez des questions ou des commentaires/Please let us know if you have any questions or comments:
Denise Comeau Desautels [email protected]


August 1, 2000
The Comeau family Association is hard at work.
Anybody who wishes to do so may join the Comeau Association of Nova Scotia/Association des Comeau de la Nouvelle-Écosse by sending an email to Denise Comeau Desautels [email protected]


January 26, 2002; As posted on the ACADIAN-CAJUN Rootsweb Mailing List by Denise Comeau Desautels:

The Comeau family of Nova Scotia has launched it's web site. You are all invited to the Acadian World Congress in 2004 in Nova Scotia, Canada. Connect to: http://www.comeau2004.com for more details.

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Cormier

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Reunion scheduled for River Hebert District High School, Joggins, Nova Scotia on August 1 and 2, 2004. Contact Dara Legere, 239 Hastings Rd, RR #3 Amherst NS B4H 3Y1, Canada Phone:(902)667-9754 oror "Email the Family Reunion Committee: [email protected] Another contact person is Michael Cormier (902)562-8600

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Corporon & Pothier

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Reunion scheduled for Tusket, N.S. on August 8, 2004. Contact Gerard Pothier (902)663-4371 for complete details.

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Cote

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Cottreau

Reunion is scheduled for Wedgeport, N.S. on August 8, 2004. Contact Franklin Cottreau (902)663-4388 for complete details.

 

Cyr/Sire

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Daigle

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Reunion scheduled for Halifax, N.S. on August 8, 2004. Contact Lloyd Daigle, 17421 Tiger Road, Prairieville Louisiana, USA 70769-6035 or Marcel Daigle, 35 Dresden Court, Lower Sackville, N.S. B4C 3X1 for added information.

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Decoste

Reunion scheduled for Havre Boucher, N.S. from August 9 to 11, 2004. Contact Evelyne DeCoste (902)234-2592 for complete details.

 

Delorey

Reunion scheduled for Antigonish, N.S. from August 13 to 15, 2004. Contact Marshall Delorey (902)477-8227 for added information.

 

d'Entremont - D'eon

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Reunion scheduled for Pubnico-Ouest, N.S. on August 7, 2004. Contact Jean-Bernard d'Entremont (902)762-2245 for complete details.

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Deschenes

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Deveau

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Reunion scheduled for Cheticamp. N.S. on August 3 and 4, 2004. Contact Paul Angus Desveaux (902)224-1224 for complete details. The Deveau Association Secretary is Geraldine LeBlanc and you can listen to her on the Fais DoDo Internet Radio program (direct from Chéticamp), on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Atlantic time), by connecting to http://www.ckjm.ca.

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Dionne

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Doiron

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Reuniuon scheduled for Pomquet, N.S. on August 2, 2004. Contact Alfred Benoit (902)386-2491 for complete details.

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Doucet

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Reunion scheduled for Clare, N.S. on August 2, 2004. Contact Glenda Doucet-Boudreau (902)769-3005 for complete details.

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Dube

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Dugas

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Reunion scheduled for Clare, N.S. on August 11, 2004. Contact Emile Dugas (902)769-3404 for complete details.

Émile Dugas, of Station du Petit-Ruisseau ( Little Brook Station), BaieSainte-Marie announces a meeting for starting a DUGAS family association to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia on Sunday, March 12th....

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Dulong

Contact: Cyrille LeBlanc email: [email protected]
Reunion date: to be determined; place: Argyle
The Dulong family will have its reunion with the Blanchard, Frotten and Vacon families.

 

Forest

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Reunion scheduled for Middleton, N.S. on July 31 and August 1, 2004. Contact Denis Forest (450)883-2355 for complete details.

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Fortin

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Fournier

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Gagnon

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Gallant/Achee/Hache

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Have expressed interest in organizing a family reunion, but no confirmation yet received. Contact Gerald Hashey (902)443-1288 for added information.

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Gaudet/Gaudette

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Reunion scheduled for Clare, N.S. on August 2, 2004. Contact Marie Gaudet (902)769-0224 for complete details.

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Gauterot/Gautreau

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Girouard/Giroir/Gerrior

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Reunion scheduled for Port Royal, Larry's River, Grand-Pre, Antigonish, N.S. from August 2 to 6, 2004. Contact Bill Gerrior (902)852-3926 for complete details.

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Godin

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Gaudreau(x)

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Granger

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Guerin

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Guidry - Labine - Petitpas

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Reunion scheduled for Clare and Lunenburg, N.S. from August 5 to 7, 2004. Contact Martin Guidry and/or Felice Belliveau (902)769-2144 for complete details.

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Guilbau(l)t/Guilbeau(x)

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Hache/Achee/Gallant

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Have expressed interest in organizing a family reunion, but no confirmation yet received. Contact Gerald Hashey (902)443-1288 for added information.

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Hebert

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Reunion scheduled for Amherst, N.S. on August 13 and 14, 2004. Contact Gord Hebert (902)667-2775 for complete details.

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Johnson/Jeansonne/Jeanson

Reunion scheduled for Coldbrook, N.S. on August 13 and 14, 2004. Contact Alexandre Cyr (418)689-2634 or (613)733-8349.

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Landry

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Reunion is scheduled for Windsor, N.S. on August 9, 2004. Contact Richard Landry (902)769-2805 for complete details.

A committee has been created to organize a Family Reunion in 2004. A membership campaign is underway, and we need more members to join so we can plan on how many people to expect in 2004. All interested persons can get in touch with the committee by emailing: [email protected]

...or sending your membership to: Richard Landry, Box 168, RR#1, Saulnierville, N.S. BOW 2ZO
Membership is $10.00 per person or $15.00 per family, good until the end
of 2004. Additional information available from Lucille/Felix Amirault via e-mail at
[email protected]

***

The Landry Reunion is scheduled for Windsor, Nova Scotia (ancient Pisiquid)
for August 9, 2004.

The site of Fort Edward, where the Acadians were assembled in October 1755
for the expulsion to Maryland is located at Windsor. On the site is the
original "Blockhouse".

There are many other historic sites in the area, including the recently
unearthed cemetery of the parish of Sainte Famille, located just across the
river in Falmouth.

Windsor is also just a short distance from the very popular Grand Pre
National Historic site, which will have been substantially improved, thanks
to a grant awarded by the Canadian government.

The location of a number of farm sites or villages have been identified,
including the sites of Village Germain Landry, Village Abraham Landry and
Village Pierre Landry, three of Rene Landry, lejeune's sons who moved from
port Royal and established these sites. In addition to these sites, there a
number of other sites established by related families.

Chairman for the Landry family reunion is Richard Landry at:
[email protected]

For Hotels, Bed and Breakfast and other points of interest in the Windsor, Nova Scotia area, comtact:
Patricia Gould-Thorpe
Community Development Officer Hants Regional Development Authority at:
[email protected] (Pat Gould-Thorpe)
Tel: (902) 798-2284
Fax: (902) 798-3254
http://www.hantscounty.com
[email protected]

In Louisiana contact:
Jim Landry webmaster of the Landry website at [email protected], [email protected]
and visit the website at:
http://www.landrystuff.com/
Or contact Don Landry at:
[email protected]

Our Canadian cousins should contact: Paul Landry
[email protected]
webmaster of the website of:
L'Association Des Familles Landry D'Amerique, Inc.
Visit the website at: http://www3.nbnet.nb.ca/landryp/landry.htm

Or contact Ghislaine Landry Foulem
[email protected] (Ghislaine Landry Foulem)
President L'Association Des Landry D'Amérique Inc.

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Lapierre

Have expressed interest in organizing a family reunion, but no confirmation yet received. Contact Joan Myatt (902)827-2553 for added information.

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LeBlanc

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These are the tentative plans for the LeBlanc Family Reunion at CMA2004:
August 14, 2004
Tentive program for the LeBlanc family reunion
07:00 - 10:00 Community breakfast
10:00 - 10:30 Special Guest speakers
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch at the Saint-Anne University campus
13:00 - 13:30 Unvailing of the monument for the first Acadian Bishop Mgr
Edouard LeBlanc at the St Bernard Church
13:00 - 17:00 Genealogy at the Saint-Anne University gymnasium
......................Local music being perform all over the UniversityCampus
......................Musical Theatre play Evangeline
......................Entertainment at the University Chateau
......................Performance by the Dance Troop La Baie en Joie
......................Conference in relation of the Leblanc Family
......................activities at the University pool
......................Sport activities
......................Nature walk in the "Petit Bois" ( Little forest)
......................Acadian Films
......................Art Exposition a the Father Leger Comeau Gallery
17:00 - 19:00 Dinner at the Saint-Anne University campus
18:00 - 20:00 Musical Theatre play Evangeline
20:00 - 22:00 Grand Performance
23:00 - 02:00 End of the day at the Chateau

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Reunion scheduled for Pointe-de-l'Eglise, N.S. on August 14, 2004. Contact Dave LeBlanc (902)769-3014 for complete details.

The LeBlancs of Nova Scotia have formed an association and chosen August 14, 2004 to hold their family reunion at the third Congrès mondial acadien (World Acadian Congress). The location of the reunion has not been chosen.

Hector LeBlanc of Pointe-de-l'Église, Digby County, was elected President of "L'Association des LeBlanc de la Nouvelle-Écosse" and Reginald LeBlanc of South Ohio, Yarmouth County, Vice President. The founding meeting was held at the Collège de l'Acadie, Tusket Campus, Monday evening 27 March, 2000.

Edouard LeBlanc of Sainte-Anne-du-Ruisseau, Yarmouth County, was elected Secretary-Treasurer. The following will serve on the Board of Directors: Pauline, Danny, Elsie, William and Jocelyne LeBlanc. It was decided at the meeting that directors from other areas of Nova Scotia should be added at a future date. Meetings by videoconferencing could be held at the Collège de l'Acadie campuses.

For added information please contact Hector LeBlanc, 902-769-3388 or Cyrille LeBlanc,
[email protected], 902-648-2440.

Email address for the LeBlanc Family Association of Nova Scotia/Association des LeBlanc de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

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Leger & Trahan

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Reunion scheduled for Grand Pre, Wolfville and Windsor, N.S. from August 6 to 8, 2004. Contact Eric Trahan (902)678-9271 for complete details.

Steering committee contact: Fred and Pat Trahan, RR l, 712 Windermere Road, South Berwick, Nova Scotia, BOP 1EO Tel: 902-538-9695
[email protected]
Note: Ray and Brenda Trahan attended the 1st organizational meeting of the Nova Scotia Trahans during October 2000. They met with 17 people at city hall in Petit Ruisseau, Nova Scotia. Ray reports that he and Brenda received royal treatment, with everyone being excited about their visit. Their next meeting was scheduled for 17 November to elect officers.

 

Levangie & Levandier

Reunion scheduled for Tracadie and Antigonish, N.S. on August 12 and 13, 2004. Contact Bob King (902)234-2420 for complete details.

 

Lebreton & Prejean

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Reunion scheduled for Hall's Harbour, from August 12 to 14, 2004. Contact Mario LeBreton (506)395-9149 for complete details.

 

Maillet

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Reunion scheduled in Clare, N.S. on August 7, 2004. Contact Vickie Maillet-LeBlanc at [email protected] or [email protected] or via telephone at (902)769-3906 (days) 769-3014 (evenings).

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Mallet

Reunion scheduled for Baie Ste-Marie, N.S. on August 12, 2004. Contact Jean-Pierre Mallet (902)645-3299 for complete details.

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Martin

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Mazerolle

Have expressed interest in organizing a family reunion, but no confirmation yet received. Contact Rodrique Mazerolle (514)527-4146 for added information.

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Melanson

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Reunion scheduled for Annapolis Royal from August 2 to 5, 2004. Contact Trish Fry (902)532-2043 for complete details. Or, contact Eddie Melanson, C.P. 99, La Butte, RR l Meteghan River, Nouvelle-Ecosse, BOW 2LO Tel: (902)645-2477

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Michaud

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Mius d'Entremont

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Descendants of Sieur Philippe Mius d'Entremont Association L'Association des descendants de Sieur Philippe Mius d'Entremont was founded April 25,
2000 to organize a family reunion to be held during the third Congrès mondial acadien in Nova Scotia 2004.

More than 60 people from Baie Sainte-Marie and Argyle areas attended the founding meeting held at the Musée acadien in West Pubnico, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia.

A temporary committee has been elected with Jean-Bernard d'Entremont as President and Phyllis Cottreau as Vice President. Other members are: Evelyn Muise, Rhoda Jacquard, Bernice d'Entremont, Elaine Surette, Darcy d'Eon, Nora d'Entremont and Marcel d'Eon.

The committee will be organizing the next meeting to elect a permanent committee and to incorporate the Association.

The association includes the Mius (Meuse, Muise) the d'Entremont, the d'Eon (Duhon, Duon) and the Cottreau families. Other families which are descendants of this noble French family can be added at a later date.

Sieur Philippe Mius d'Entremont founded Pubnico in 1653 and was named Baron by the then Governor of Acadie, Charles Saint-Étienne de La Tour. Sieur Mius d'Entremont came to l'Acadie 1651 as Major General to the Governor. In 1670 he became the King's Attorney General of l'Acadie fulfilling this function for 18 years. At the end of his life he lived with his daughter, Marguerite, in Grand-Pré until his death (approximately 1700). Marguerite and her husband Pierre Melanson are the founders of Grand-Pré.

Contact person: Jean-Bernard d'Entremont
[email protected]

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Miville

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Morin

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Have expressed interest in organizing a family reunion, but no confirmation yet received. Contact Norbert Morin (514)987-3000 for added information.

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Moulaison

Reunion scheduled in Tusket, N.S. on August 6, 2004. Contact Claire Moulaison-LeBlanc (902)648-2123

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Muise/Meuse

Reunion scheduled for Belleville, N.S. on August 7, 2004. Contact P. Earl Muise President of the Muise Association de Mius (Muise, Meuse) of Nova Scotia, for complete details.

 

Ouellette

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Pellerin

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Reunion scheduled for Larry's River, N.S. on August 3 and 4, 2004. Contact Jude Avery (902)525-2567 for complete details.

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Pelletier

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Pitre

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Poirier

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Reunion scheduled for Cheticamp, N.S. on August 9 and 10, 2004. Contact Joseph Henri-Poirier (902)224-3693 for complete details.

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Pothier

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Prejean & Lebreton

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Reunion scheduled for Hall's Harbour, from August 12 to 14, 2004. Contact Mario LeBreton (506)395-9149 for complete details.

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Prince

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Richard

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Reunion scheduled for Halifax, N.S. from August 13 to 15, 2004. Contact Irene Schofield (902)469-9002 for complete details.

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Reunion scheduled for Meteghan, N.S. on August 11 and 12, 2004. Contact Hugh Robichaud (902)663-2306 for complete details.

A PROVISIONAL COMMITTEE IS BEING FORMED TO ORGANISE THE 2004; ROBICHAUD.EAU.&C. FAMILY REUNION

With the 3rd World Acadian Congress now officially announced for Nova Scotia in 2004, a provisional committee is being formed to oversee the success of the Robichaud.eau.&c. Family Reunion.

Our goal is to reach an attendance of at least three thousand Robichaud.eau.&c. descendants for this reunion.

Details for the World Acadian Congress will be more readily available in the coming year, however, preliminary figures report an estimated attendance of over 250 thousand people. Family reunions account for much of this total.

If you wish to obtain further information on this reunion, or if you have
genealogical information that you wish to contribute to our association,
please contact us.

ROBICHAUD.EAU.&C. FAMILY REUNION 2004, P.O. Box 33, Centre-de-Meteghan, Nova Scotia, Canada B0W 2K0 Telephone (902) 645-2889, Fax (902) 645-2787, E-Mail: [email protected]

***

UN COMITÉ PROVISOIRE EST ÉTABLI AFIN D'ORGANISER LA RETROUVAILLE DES ROBICHAUD.EAU.&C. 2004

Alors que c'est officiel, le troisième Congrès Mondial Acadien sera en Nouvelle-Écosse (2004), un comité provisoire est établi afin d'assurer le succès de la retrouvaille des familles Robichaud.eau.&c.. Notre but est d'avoir une réunion d'au moins trois mille Robichaud.eau.&c. Les détails du Congrès Mondial Acadien seront disponibles de plus en plus
l'an prochain, mais encore les prévisions estiment qu'environ 250 mille
personnes participeront dans ce Congrès. Les retrouvailles de familles y en
sont grandement responsables.

Pour plus d'amples renseignements, ou si vous avez des informations
généalogiques que vous désirez nous faire parvenir, n'hésitez pas à nous
contacter.

Retrouvailles Robichaud.eau.&c. 2004, C.P. 33, Centre-de-Meteghan, Nouvelle-Ecosse, Canada B0W 2K0 Téléphone (902) 645-2889, Télécopieur (902) 645-2787, Courriel: [email protected]

 

***

Minutes de la rencontre des / Minutes of the first general meeting of
Retrouvailles Robichaud.eau.&c 2004
Le dimanche (Sunday) 24 septembre, 2000
Présent : Daniel Robichaud, Marie-Colombe Robichaud, Gilbert Robichaud, Dorothy Thibodeau, Yvonne Saulnier.


The meeting was recorded on video tape by La Petite Camera.

Updates Website www.geocities.com/drobicho We constantly update the website.

Our list of email contacts keeps growing weekly.

Media coverage: We have already gotten coverage on two newspapers in Nova Scotia.

General Discussion:

- It is suggested to hold general meetings at three month intervals.

- It is suggested to hold a three day reunion in 2004, the middle weekend of CMA.

- It is suggested to book a parish and a priest as soon as possible for 2004.

- It is suggested to organize a tour of the parish cemetaries in 2004.

- It is also suggested to book a space for the 2004 reunion asap.

Committees:

- The social committee will organize an event next summer with a mass and a lunch.

Miscellaneous:

- No board of directors was apointed or elected, nor will be, until a quorum is present.

- Next meeting January 2001.

***

La réunion fut enregistré par La Petite Camera, sur format VHS.
Mise à jour: Website
www.geocities.com/drobicho - on update toujours.
Liste des courriels: On a déjà plus de 40 personnes sur la liste des mels.
Couvertures médiatiques : on a déjà reçu plusieurs couvertures (Le Courrier, The Vanguard).

Discussion ouverte:

- C'est suggéré d'avoir une réunion tous les trois mois.
- C'est suggéré que la rencontre en 2004 soit de trois jours, pendant la fin de semaine au milieu du congres.

- C'est suggéré de réserver un curé et une paroisse pour 2004, aussitôt possible.

- C'est suggéré de faire une tourné des cimetières de la région en 2004.

- Il est également suggéré de réserver un local pour la rencontre de 2004 aussitôt possible.

Comités:
- Le comité social organisera une journée l'été prochain avec une messe et un goûter.

Misc:

- Aucun conseil exécutif sera pas élu jusqu'à ce qu'il y ait assez de monde au réunions.
- La prochaine réunion sera en janvier.

***

Contact: Daniel Robichaud, C.P. 33, Centre-de-Meteghan, Nouvelle-Ecosse, BOW 2KO Tel: 902-645-2889 [email protected] Web Site: www.geocities.com/drobicho

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Roi

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Saindon/Sindon

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Samson

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Reunion scheduled for Petit de Grat, N.S. from August 13 to 15, 2004. Contact Yvon Samson, President, 3435 Route 206, PO Box 130, Petit de Grat Nova Scotia B0E 2L0 Telephone (902)769-2453 for complete details.

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Saulnier

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Reunion scheduled for Saulnierville, N.S. on August 14, 2004. Contact Nadine Saulnier (902)769-2453 for complete details.

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Savoie

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Reunion scheduled for Annapolis Royal, N.S. from August 11 to 14, 2004. Contact Arthur Savoie (506)776-3790 for complete details.

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Sirois

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Soucy

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Surette & Babin

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Reunion scheduled for Tusket, N.S. on August 14, 2004. Contact Theresa McEnaney President, (902)742-3155, or Vice-President Caroline Babin (902)648-2664, for complete details. Individual membership cost is $10.00 (family $15.00) and requests should be sent to the Surette Association of N.S., P.O. Box 72, Tusket, N.S. BOW 3M0

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Theriault

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Reunion scheduled for Saulnierville, N.S. on August 6 and 7, 2004. Contact: Gérard Thériault - President, (902)769-0707 or any of the other officers listed below, for complete details.


Association des Thériault de la Nouvelle-Écosse inc.
R.R. 1, Boîte 1N
Saulnierville, Nouvelle-Écosse
B0W 2Z0

 

Pour plus d'informations veuillez contacter : For more information you can contact :

Mme Lynne Thériault, vice-présidente
Téléphone : (902) 769-0990 (maison) ; 769-5403 (travail)
Courriel : [email protected]

Mme Charline (Thériault) Saulnier, secrétaire administrative
Téléphone : (902) 769-3093 (maison) ; 769-2114 (travail)
Courriel : [email protected]

Mme Glenna (Thériault) Titus, secrétaire
Téléphone : (902) 769-3511
Courriel : [email protected]

Visiter notre site web à : Visit our Website at :

WWW.TERRIAU.ORG/RENCONTRE2004

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Thibeau/Thibeault & Hubbard

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Reunion scheduled for Yarmouth, N.S. on August 7, 2004. Contact Richard Hubbard (902)742-7288

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Thibodeau Family reunion will be held on August 1, 2004 at Grand Pré.
For additional information, including membership application to the Thibodeau Association, connect to: http://www.geocities.com/sat1.geo/familledethibodeauxnewsletterfeb2002aa.html

Above-noted information posted on the ACADIAN-CAJUN Rootsweb Mailing List on March 19, 2002 by Shirley Thibodeaux LeBlanc.

or contact, Rene Thibodeau (902)769-0757

 

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Reunion scheduled for Grand Pre, Wolfville and Windsor, N.S. from August 6 to 8, 2004. Contact Eric Trahan (902)678-9271 for complete details.

Steering committee contact: Fred and Pat Trahan, RR l, 712 Windermere Road, South Berwick, Nova Scotia, BOP 1EO Tel: 902-538-9695
[email protected]
Note: Ray and Brenda Trahan attended the 1st organizational meeting of the Nova Scotia Trahans during October 2000. They met with 17 people at city hall in Petit Ruisseau, Nova Scotia. Ray reports that he and Brenda received royal treatment, with everyone being excited about their visit. Their next meeting was scheduled for 17 November to elect officers.

 


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Miscellaneous

Cheticamp Area
This information comes from Lisette Cormier, Executive Director La Societe
Saint-Pierre. On September 11, the official organizing committee for the
Cheticamp community was formed. This committee will be the link between the community and the provincial organizing committee CMA 2004. The first
project for the newly formed committee is to determine and announce which
family reunion will be held near Cheticamp. There has been an interest in
the AUCOIN, CHIASSON, POIRIER AND CORMIER families. For more information go to: www.cheticampns.com or contact Lisette Aucoin-Cormier, P.O. Box 430, Cheticamp, Nova Scotia BOE lH Tel: 902 224-2642 or Fax 902-224-1579. [email protected]


Isle Madame Area
Information from Isle Madame area comes from Josette Boudreau-Marchand who works for the Federation Acadienne de la Nouvelle-Ecosse as a Coordinator. An organizing committee has been formed and the most likely families to have reunions in the area are SAMSON, BOUDREAU, AND LANDRY. Josette can be contacted at: P.O. Box 70, Petit de Grat, Nova Scotia, BOE 2LO Tel: 902-226-2800 or 226-3071


Halifax Area
Information comes from Eddie Richard, with the Richard family organization
from Louisiana. The 2004 reunion will be held during August in the Halifax
area. Irene Schofield is in charge and can be reached at 30 Harris Rd,
Darmouth, Nova Scotia, D2Y 3J4.

 

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