Statement by Minister Joly on the Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval

Today, we pay tribute to the Acadian people, whose culture has survived and thrived.

OTTAWA, July 28, 2017 /CNW/ - From 1755–1763, the British deported thousands of the Acadians from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. This tragic series of events, known today as the Great Upheaval, caused the separation of families and the death of many people. Despite this, the Acadian people survived, and today their culture is more dynamic than ever.

On this Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval, we pay tribute to the victims of this tragedy, admire the strength and determination of the Acadian people and celebrate their resilience. Many Acadian artists and writers have made a name for themselves in Canada and around the globe, including Antonine Maillet, Lisa Leblanc, France Daigle, Herménégilde Chiasson, Les Hay Babies and Radio Radio.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I encourage Canadians of all backgrounds to learn more about Acadian history and heritage. Let us all gain strength from their story of resilience, as we commemorate this important part of Canadian history.

 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788

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