Today, August 15, the Acadians commemorate a dramatic chapter in their history that occurred in 1755.
I had learned that this people wanted to be neutral in the various Franco-British conflicts and that it was repeatedly tossed between allegiance and its refusal to the crowns of the two belligerent metropolises.
A people who have registered, from generation to generation, in a permanent resistance in order to keep alive its language, its culture and its traditions in the face of the multiple attempts of British acculturation.
If we did a poll, I'm pretty sure that many people in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta or British Columbia wouldn't know who the Acadians are. and the tragedy that struck this people in 1755.
At the beginning of the history of colonization in our hemisphere, according to exegetes, the Acadian people were mainly made up of people who came from the west of France to found in 1604, under the peaceful and friendly gaze of the Micmacs, one of the four French colonies in North America: Acadie.
Acadie would today include New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, a part of Quebec and Newfoundland.
In 1755, the neutrality observed by the Acadians until then was put to the test when the tensions between France and England carried to Acadia then became British.
The British want to monopolize the Acadian lands. The Acadians, then stuck in neutrality, were caught in the crossfire.
The French fortifications fell. The British took control of it and notably discovered a handful of Acadians there who, apparently, did not observe neutrality.
This was the trigger for the massive deportation, at all speeds, of the Acadians .
In the name of King George II of Great Britain, the British colonial authorities had then ordered the deportation of the Acadians from their lands and the seizure of all their goods and properties… This is the Grand Dérangement.
This genocide of the Acadians, orchestrated by the British Crown under the leadership of the Duke of Cumberland, the son of King George, took place from 1755 to 1762. (We are still waiting for an official apology…)
Once the Franco-British fratricidal wars ended and calm returned, many Acadians returned to swell the small number of those who remained on the territory in order to rebuild themselves to give themselves a new start…
August 15 is Acadian Renaissance Day. A party to tell the world: “despite the multiple attempts at obliteration or annihilation orchestrated by the English conquerors two hundred and fifty years ago, we still exist! »
Indeed, even today, through their language and their culture, this people resists and shines, in particular through the words, writings and songs of a string of artists who proudly carry and with authenticity, the signature of their identity.
Think of Antonine Maillet, Serge Patrice Thibodeau, Georgette LeBlanc, Clarence Comeau, Phil Comeau, Patsy Gallant, Edith Butler, Roch Voisine, Jean-François Breau, Lisa LeBlanc and many more…
Happy birthday and long life to the Acadians. Long live Acadie!
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128