July 28, 2005
DIEPPE (CNB) - Premier Bernard Lord participated today in the unveiling of the first monument in a series of six retracing the Acadian odyssey following the Great Upheaval of 1755.
"Despite the great tragedy of the deportation, this event should serve as an opportunity to commemorate the continued existence of the Acadians," Lord said. "The Acadian people survived and overcame many hardships. Today, they constitute a strong people with a rich and vibrant culture. That is a tremendous accomplishment we all can celebrate."
The New Brunswick government contributed $90,000 to a project involving the erection of monuments commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Great Upheaval. An additional $25,000 was provided by the provincial government for the organization of activities in observance of this anniversary on July 27 and 28.
The ceremony took place today along the Petitcodiac River. Also taking part in the event were Intergovernmental and International Relations Minister Percy Mockler, Minister responsible for the Francophonie; the deputy mayor of the City of Dieppe, Achille Maillet, federal Minister of State (Human Resources Development) Claudette Bradshaw, the president of the Société nationale de l'Acadie, Michel Cyr, and the president of the Société des Acadiens et Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick, Marie-Pierre Simard. MLAs Richard (Cy) Leblanc and Claude Williams also attended the event.
The Dieppe monument, located at the Bend on the Petitcodiac River, honours the Acadian resistance along this river following the Deportation Order, when the heroic Joseph "Beausoleil" Broussard and his friends engaged in guerilla warfare in an effort to prevent the deportation.
The monument is a joint project between the City of Dieppe, the governments of Canada and New Brunswick, the Société nationale de l'Acadie, and the Société des acadiens et acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick.
This first monument highlights the resistance of the Acadian people to the deportation. It is also an opportunity to honour the independent spirit of New Brunswick's ancestors that lives on in its current accomplishments, its associations, and its institutions in every sphere of social, cultural, economic, and political life.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chisholm Pothier, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286; Gisèle Regimbal, Intergovernmental and International Relations, 506-444-4594.