MEMRAMCOOK (NEW-BRUNSWICK) June 2008 – The Société Nationale de l’Acadie announced today the official call for nomination for the 2014 Congrès mondial acadien.

During a media conference held at the Monument Lefebvre, a symbolic Acadian venue in Memramcook, New-Brunswick, the SNA officially announced the call for nomination to all regions that might be interested in organizing the 5th edition of the Congrès mondial acadien.

The SNA introduced at this conference a new guide for the regions aspiring to host the event. The guide is designed to assist the regions in the preparation of their nomination. It includes details on all the elements subject to evaluation within the selection process. A time line for the selection process of the next host region was also announced. With this tool in hand, potential organizers will be able to draw up a precise critical path to the event.

The deadline for filing the declaration of interest for the regions interested in hosting the next CMA is November 2008. The candidate regions will then have until March 2009 to submit their official nomination. The selection process will take place during the following months and the official announcement of the host region of the CMA 2014 will be in August 2009.

The SNA also created during the past year an internal committee that reviewed the evaluation criteria to ensure they were up-to-date. The committee also wrote a new policy for the Congrès mondial acadien, which was adopted by the Board of Directors of the SNA last May.

The chairperson of the SNA, Mrs. Françoise Enguehard, qualified this announcement as exhilarating. “This is excellent news. In less than two decades, the Congrès mondial acadien has become an international institution and the SNA is particularly proud to be the guardian of this event and of its future”, she explained.

One will recall that the SNA accepted in 2001 the mandate to ensure the continuity of the CMA by developing the necessary tools for the selection of host regions including an assessment guide and a memorandum of understanding to be signed between the SNA and the host region of the CMA.

The Société Nationale de l’Acadie is a non-profit federation that includes the four francophone representative associations of the Atlantic Provinces and the four youth associations. Its mandate is to represent the Acadian people on the Atlantic scene and both nationally and internationally.