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August 07, 2009 10:00 ET

Minister Moore Joins in the Celebrations of the 2009 World Acadian Congress

SHIPPAGAN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today joined the thousands of Acadians, Francophones, and Francophiles gathered in Shippagan in the Acadian Peninsula to kick off celebrations for the 2009 World Acadian Congress.

In a speech during the opening ceremony, Minister Moore highlighted the important place that Acadians hold in all sectors of society and the influence of their culture throughout the world.

"This major event provides Acadians around the world with an opportunity to come together and celebrate their culture, their traditions and their identity," said Minister Moore. "I have no doubt that this event will be both memorable and successful."

Their tenacity and courage have allowed the Acadians to preserve their language, culture, and heritage, which they are proudly celebrating here during the fourth World Acadian Congress. For participants, commemorating the deportation of their ancestors, the Congress is a wonderful opportunity to rediscover themselves and strengthen the ties that unite them.

"It is in part thanks to the Acadian people's struggle for the survival of the French language that linguistic duality has become an undeniable Canadian reality. Our Government recognizes the vitality, passion, and creativity of this people, who continue to enrich our society," added Minister Moore.

The Minister concluded his address by inviting young Acadians to follow the path carved out by their ancestors to continue to promote and enrich their culture and their language.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155