The Historic and Cultural Heritage of Acadians from Nova Scotia Highlighted Through Partnerships

Church Point (NS), July 18, 2019 – The team at Université Sainte-Anne's Centre acadien (CA) is proud to launch the “Acadian heritage, culture and history” project. The first phase of this project is to publish approximately fifty new texts intended for the general public on various online platforms, including the CA's Capsules acadiennes, the FANE's Acadia Historic Trail and Historic Nova Scotia's website and mobile application.

“The project's goal is to offer high-quality content on Acadian heritage and culture for applications in research, education and tourism. The sole focus of phase 1 of the project is the regions of Clare and Argyle, and we hope to develop additional partnerships with Nova Scotia's other Acadian regions in the coming months.” 

- Stéphanie St-Pierre, project manager and interim coordinator of the Centre acadien.

This summer, four research assistants are working on the project thanks to the support of the Young Canada Works program, whose contribution amounts to over $18,000. The Municipalities of Clare and Argyle are also each making a financial contribution of over $7,000.

“The Municipality of Clare is proud to support this innovative project that bridges the riches of our past with present-day technology. We are grateful to the Centre acadien and to Historic Nova Scotia for recognizing the value of preserving our Acadian identity and of sharing our stories with new audiences.” 

- Ronnie LeBlanc, Warden for the Municipality of Clare

“Given that South West Nova (#CLARGYLE) will host the Congrès mondial acadien in 2024, the timing is perfect to ensure that our historic and cultural heritage is available on a variety of online platforms. We are happy to support this project.” 

- Danny Muise, Warden for the Municipality of Argyle.

This project provides unique work experience for the research assistants who are actively participating in preparing partnerships. Research assistants Taylor Aymar, Ramona Blinn, Manuela Leka and Océane Nyel are matched with institutions or associations with whom they develop or adapt content. The assistants also adapt the texts on the signs for the “Excursions acadiennes” tourism circuit of both municipalities to make them accessible via Historic Nova Scotia's website and mobile application.

“Thanks to this collaborative and partnership-driven project, which includes a major partnership with the Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos, the CA is able to provide human resources support. Our agreement with Historic Nova Scotia (HNS) is truly win-win. HNS provides a platform with a mobile application designed to highlight resources and documents of archival centres throughout the province. The CA plays a liaison role that enables the project and its partners to increase their Internet visibility and at the same time, HNS increases its Acadian and French-language content!” adds Stéphanie St-Pierre.

The following events (French only) are open to anyone who wishes to share their ideas:

For more information about the project, or to propose historic events or heritage sites that the project could highlight, please contact the Centre acadien by e-mail () or by telephone at (902) 769-2114 (extension 7340).

Thanks to our Partners and Colleagues:

  • Municipality of Argyle
  • Municipality of Clare
  • Historic Nova Scotia
  • Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos
  • Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse
  • Société historique acadienne de la Baie Sainte-Marie
  • Musée de l'Église Sainte-Marie
  • Argyle Township Court House and Archives
  • Société acadienne de Clare
  • Conseil acadien de Par-en-Bas
  • Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse

About Université Sainte-Anne

Université Sainte-Anne, the only French language post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia, offers university and college-level courses as well as a French immersion program and customized training in French as a second language. Recognized for its excellent programs as well as its unique and exceptional living environment, Sainte-Anne offers experiential learning opportunities that promote student engagement and success, and an atmosphere which encourages a culture of excellence in research and development. Solidly established in its community, Université Sainte-Anne is a partner of choice for all those who wish to strengthen the vitality of the regions surrounding its 5 campuses as well as all of Acadie throughout Nova Scotia.

For more information

Rachelle LeBlanc, Director of Communications and Marketing
Université Sainte-Anne
Tel.: 902-769-2114 Extension 7222
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