National Acadian Day
Since 1881, Acadians have celebrated National Acadian Day on August 15. It is a celebration of the cultural vitality and enduring heritage of the Acadian people, and a reminder of the historic struggles that have shaped our collective commitment to ensuring the rights and dignity of all individuals.
In Nova Scotia, National Acadian Day is a time for communities to come together and showcase their vibrant traditions, music, cuisine, and language. It's a celebration of diversity and identity, reminding us of the essential nature of preserving and honoring different cultural backgrounds.
The forced deportations of Acadians that occurred in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, known as the Expulsion of the Acadians, were a violation of their basic human rights. This historical injustice underscores the importance of safeguarding the rights of all individuals, regardless of their ethnicity, language, or origin.
By celebrating National Acadian Day, Nova Scotians emphasize the value of cultural diversity and inclusivity and encourage conversations around the ongoing efforts to prevent such violations from occurring again. Every person has the right to their identity, language, and heritage,
The celebration also reinforces the importance of protecting linguistic and cultural rights. As Acadian communities continue to promote their language and traditions, it contributes to a society where multiple cultures coexist harmoniously. This resonates with the broader notion of human rights, emphasizing the significance of embracing differences and promoting equality.
The preceding is a statement from Joseph Fraser, Director & CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.