National Acadian Day, officially observed on August 15 since 2003, was first set by Acadian leaders as a day of celebration in 1881. It is a time to reflect on the origin, history and culture of Acadians.
In 1605, French colonists established the first permanent French settlement in North America, founding Port Royal –now called Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Acadian history includes a period called the Great Upheaval, from 1755 to 1763. During this time, an estimated 10,000 to 18,000 Acadians lived in exile in Québec, Anglo-American colonies, England and France. By the early 19th century, however, Acadians had recolonized in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. Nova Scotia Acadian Affairs, Timeline >
Today, Acadians contribute to the economic, cultural and social vitality of Canada, and carry a unique French culture across North America. Well-known Acadians include: Roch Voisine, singer-songwriter, actor, and radio and television host; Michel Cormier, General Director of Information and Public Affairs at the CBC Radio Canada; and novelist, playwright, translator and scholar, Antonine Maillet. Many Acadians have held political office, including Roméo Leblanc, who was appointed Governor General.
On August 15th at 17:55, Tintamarre (noisemaker gatherings) will resonate throughout Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The Tintamarre mark remembrance of the Great Upheaval, and celebrate the vibrancy, resiliance and many contributions of Acadian culture to Canada.