Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

August 15, 2016 09:00 ET

Statement by Minister Joly on National Acadian Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 15, 2016) - The diversity of Canada's society is a strength, and our two official languages are a cornerstone of this diversity.

For more than 400 years, Acadians have contributed in French to Canadian society. In this way, they have enriched our history and heritage, while perfectly embodying Canada's diversity. Their unique cultural role has resonated particularly in the fields of music, poetry, literature and theatre throughout Canada and around the world.

I wish to draw attention to National Acadian Day. Since 1881, August 15 has been an important date in the lives of Acadians: it marks National Acadian Day. The Government of Canada recognized the day in 2003 when it passed the National Acadian Day Act, inviting all Canadians to celebrate the historical and cultural heritage of Acadian people.

Happy National Acadian Day!

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  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    819-997-7788