Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

December 02, 2014 09:00 ET

Preserving and Celebrating the Heritage of Prince Edward Island's Acadian and Francophone Community

The Association of the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island receives funding from the Government of Canada

MISCOUCHE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwired - Dec. 2, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Association of the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island will receive $25,000 through the Development of Official-Language Communities Program.

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (Egmont), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

With this funding, the Museum will launch the Causeries du mardi 2015 series to explore the cultural richness of Prince Edward Island's Acadians as part of a project called "Le Musée acadien de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard, gardien du patrimoine acadien depuis 50 ans, continue sa mission" [The Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island, the guardian of the Island's Acadian heritage for 50 years, continues its mission]. The funding will also be used for the production of a multimedia exhibition, the installation of a temporary exhibition on the heritage of Prince Edward Island's Acadians, and activities to promote deeper understanding of the history and heritage of Prince Edward Island's Acadian and Francophone community.

Quick Facts

  • The mission of the Association of the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island is to acquire, preserve, study and interpret artifacts, archives and genealogical resources related to the heritage of P.E.I.'s Acadian community.
  • In April 1996, the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island became one of the seven sites of the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation, the provincial network of Island museums.
  • The aim of the Museum's project is to develop a greater sense of pride and identity among Island Acadians and to build awareness about the contribution made by the Acadian and Francophone community among Islanders and visitors alike.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to provide support to organizations like the Association of the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island that contribute to the development and vitality of our two official languages in communities across Canada."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Association of the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island helps preserve the rich heritage and culture of our province's Acadians and Francophones. This linguistic and cultural wealth is part of our history and our unique identity."

-The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (Egmont)

"The Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island is very appreciative of the support received from the Department of Canadian Heritage. This contribution will be of great help in carrying out our mission to preserve Acadian artifacts and increase awareness of Acadia's history, a significant component of Canadian diversity. The funding from Canadian Heritage will help us to enhance the development and vitality of the Island's Acadian and Francophone community."

-Edgar Arsenault, Chair, Association of the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island

Associated Links

Development of Official-Languages Communities Program

Association of the Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island

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