Saturday, August 07, 2004
I could join: William Cork > Wilifred Smith > Frederick William Smith > Domithilde LeBlanc > Obeline Gautreau > Domithilde LeBlanc > Charles LeBlanc > Georges-Robert LeBlanc > Marie-Josephe Bourg > Elisabeth Melanson > Pierre (dit Pedro) Melanson > Marguerite Mius d'Entremont > Sieur Philippe Mius d'Entremont (10th great-grandfather).
Friday, August 06, 2004
I'm descended from both Charles (through his daughter Elisabeth, who married Michel Bourg/Bourque) and Pierre Melanson (through his son Pierre's daughter Elisabeth, who married Ambroise Bourg/Bourque). I look forward to visiting the Melanson Settlement National Historic Site next week. The museum at Fort Anne National Historic Site includes some of the artifacts from the Melanson excavation--there's no experience quite like looking at a knife and fork that may have been used by an ancestor of yours 300 years ago.
they loaded their truck and camper with 900 kilograms of Cajun souvenirs - including beads, packets of spices, hot fish sauces and Tobasco sauce - just to give away to reunion participants in Cheticamp, as well as Halifax later next week.Good idea ... but I can't get that much lagniappe on a plane!
Thursday, August 05, 2004
I leave here on August 11 (Feast of St. Clare), and will get to Halifax about 3:15, will rent a car and drive to Yarmouth, which will be my base.
On August 12, the pace will be more relaxed, but I will explore the Acadian Museum and Historic Acadian Village in West Pubnico.
Friday could be busy. I want to go to Annapolis Royal, and may go as far as Grand-Pre, to hear Lucie LeBlanc Consentino's presentation on New England Acadians. The LeBlanc reunion will begin with a "Meet and Greet" in Belliveau Cove late in the afternoon.
Saturday will be spent at the LeBlanc reunion in Church Point.
Sunday will begin with a long drive to Grand-Pre for 11:00 mass and 12:30 CMA Closing Ceremony. Afterwards, I'll head to Halifax for the concert on Citadel Hill. I'll spend that night in Tantallon, a relaxed day Monday, and return home Tuesday.
Acadian Nova Scotians want a guarantee that they can get some government services in French.
The Federation Acadienne de la Nouvelle-Ecosse made such a proposal to the Hamm government last week, and Acadian Affairs Minister Chris d'Entremont said Wednesday that he'd like to bring a bill forward during the fall session of the legislature.
"Right now, there is no law. Right now, any service in my language is by accident," said Stan Surette, the federation president.
The Municipal Government Act dictates that area rates levied in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and the former Halifax County for supplementary funding go back to benefit schools in those areas.
The fund helps bolster such things as music, art and physical education and special-needs programs for some schools operated by the Halifax regional school board.
But metro schools in the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial are shut out.
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
From July 31 to August 15, Nova Scotia will host the Third Acadian World Congress in the very places where—exactly 400 years ago—the first French colonists settled on Canadian soil. What a path has been trod from those earliest painful origins, first on Saint-Croix Island and then at Port Royal! From that point onward, the history of the Acadian people has become part of our collective memory. It is a history that has been marked with happy events, but also with tragic occurrences, ones that even today evoke compassion and respect on behalf of those who were victims.
After the congresses held in New Brunswick and Louisiana, it is fitting that the 3rd Acadian World Congress be held in Nova Scotia, the very place where the French language and Catholic faith first took root in our midst, thanks to the labours of such precursors as Pierre Dugua, Samuel de Champlain, Reverend Jesse Fleche and Father Enemond Masse, to name only a few. It is with legitimate pride that the thousands of descendants of all of the first Acadians should flood into various places in Nova Scotia to participate in the numerous activities of this grand reunion. As President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Canada, I would have liked to be able to join with them, but other engagements prevent me from being present.
In the name of all of the Bishops of Canada, I would be very grateful if you would kindly transmit to those taking part in the Acadian World Congress my warmest best wishes and assure them, as well, of my fraternal prayer for them. May Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption and Patron of the Acadians, protect them and bless them with her maternal smile all through these festivities.
More than good food, music and fun await guests at this week's Amirault family reunion - a round of genetic testing may also give them a better understanding of their history.
Organizers of the reunion, held as part of this summer's Congres mondial acadien, will share their results, which may shed light on the region's first Amirault, Francois Amirault dit Tourangeau.
The DNA testing on 15 men involves local Amiraults, plus others throughout Canada, the United States and France....
Ms. Amirault said the project is also expected to confirm that many different branches of the Amirault family tree have the same roots.
She said there are at least 20 different spellings of her last name, including Mirault, Mireault, Amiro, Amero and Emero.
"The idea was to prove that all the Amiraults and Miraults and Amiros, and whatever spellings there are, are all related," she said.