OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on National Acadian Day:
"Today, we celebrate the proud heritage and vibrant culture of the Acadian people. We also recognize their resilience through history, and the significant role they have played in shaping Canada.
"National Acadian Day traces its roots to the first Acadian national convention held in 1881 in Memramcook, New Brunswick. During that convention, Acadian delegates chose to celebrate their national day on Our Lady of Assumption Day, in recognition of their French Catholic heritage.
"Descendants of French settlers, Acadians hold a unique place in Canada's history. Over centuries, they survived a deportation, endured exile, and persevered through relentless persecution. Despite these hardships, Acadians grew into a distinct community with a beautiful language, a colourful culture, and a rich set of customs. Today, Acadian music, poetry, literature, and theatre entertain and inspire people around the world.
"As we celebrate 150 years since Confederation, we also take time to recognize the people and communities at the heart of Canada's success. Acadians reflect the vibrant diversity that defines us as a country, and they continue to make important and unique contributions to our national fabric.
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a happy National Acadian Day."
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