Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on National Acadian Day:
“National Acadian Day is an occasion to reflect on Acadians’ unique history, recognize their resilience and vitality, and celebrate the invaluable contributions they have made to Canada.
“In the early 1600s, Acadians helped establish the first French settlement in North America and despite early hardships, played an important role in the foundation of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and parts of Quebec.
“Today, Canada is home to a vibrant 350,000-member strong Acadian community whose traditions and spirit continue to lend to our country’s rich heritage and culture.
“Our Government is committed to preserving Acadian heritage and to ensuring their continued success. This year alone, we have assisted the Commission du tourisme acadien du Canada atlantique participate in the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in France and have provided support for the forthcoming 2014 World Acadian Congress to be jointly held in New Brunswick, Quebec, and northern Maine, United States.
“On this special day, I wish Acadians the very best and encourage all Canadians to join in celebrations commemorating Acadians’ culture, traditions and language.”