OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2016 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on National Acadian Day:
"Today, we celebrate the unique history and rich culture of the Acadian people, and recognize the important contributions they have made to our society and our history.
"Acadian roots run centuries deep and stretch long past Confederation. In the early 1600s, Acadians established the first French settlements in what would eventually become Canada. Since then, Acadians have played a significant role in shaping the country we all call home.
"Despite many hardships, Acadians have showed strength in maintaining their distinct identity over the centuries. Their determination and resilience have been visible throughout history, and have preserved a vibrant culture, a rich set of customs, and a beautiful language that continue to enrich our country today.
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I invite all Canadians to learn more about the Acadia of past and present, and wish all those celebrating today a happy and memorable National Acadian Day."
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