Wellness, Culture and Sport

Name of Caraquet Island officially changed (09/12/09)

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Dec. 9, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A decision on the official name of Caraquet Island has been made by Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport Hédard Albert, based on recommendations brought forward by the department's toponymy steering committee. Albert, who is also minister responsible for the Francophonie, announced today that the island, located between Caraquet and Bas-Caraquet, is now Île de Caraquet.

"I am happy to announce that Caraquet Island will be francized to Île de Caraquet," said Albert. "This name change reflects the situation on the Acadian Peninsula, where the population is predominantly francophone. Giving the island a French name is therefore very important."

The recommendation was made by the toponymy steering committee, which is comprised of representatives of the province's anglophone, francophone and First Nations communities.

The committee is a public mechanism that allows members of interested communities to participate in identifying and establishing place names throughout New Brunswick.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, Communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.

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