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Acadia-Québec Relations

Québec and Acadia are the original territories of the Canadian Francophonie.  Quebecers and Acadians have inherited a shared language and history.

Cooperation Agreement Between the Gouvernement du Québec and the Société Nationale de l’Acadie

Over the last decade, Acadia-Québec relations have progressed and achieved a certain maturity. Several events signal this evolution, including the signing of the new cooperation agreement between the Gouvernement du Québec and the Société Nationale de l’Acadie, in November 2008. This agreement renewed and reinvigorated the first agreement signed in 2001. This close partnership strengthens the historical and privileged ties between the Québec nation and the Acadian people. As such, each is familiar with the diversity and vitality of the other, in particular through policies, information exchanges and the development of projects in sectors such as early childhood, youth, immigration, justice and sustainable development. 

Objectives of the Agreement

  • Preserve and promote the use of French in Acadia and Québec;
  • Encourage a better mutual understanding of the needs and aspirations between Acadians and Quebecers;
  • Promote closer consultation and collaboration and increase discussions between the Société Nationale de l'Acadie and the Québec government;
  • Identify and carry out approaches jointly to improve cooperation between Acadians and Quebecers;
  • Define the shared interests of Acadia and Québec in this endeavour.

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Commission permanente de concertation entre l’Acadie et le Québec

Co-chaired by the Chief Representative of the BQPA and the chair of the Société Nationale de l’Acadie (SNA), the Commitee was created to promote dialogue, inspire reflection and support action. It has an important mandate of promotion, information, planning and action. It is composed of the following members:

  • The Chair of the Société Nationale de l’Acadie;
  • The Chief Representative of the Bureau du Québec dans les provinces atlantiques; ;
  • The Chair of the Société des Acadiens et des Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick;
  • The Chair of the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse;
  • The Chair of the Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin;
  • The Chair of the Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador;
  • The Chair of the Coalition des organisations acadiennes du Québec;
  • The Chair of the Corporation des Acadiens des Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Two representatives from the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes;
  • Youth representative on the board of directors of the Société Nationale de l'Acadie
  • Youth representative from Québec.

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Prix Acadie-Québec (Award)

Created in 2006 by the Commission permanente de concertation entre l’Acadie et le Québec, the Prix Acadie-Québec recognizes the outstanding contribution of Acadian and Québec individuals or organizations to creating and consolidating Acadia-Québec relations. It is presented annually to an Acadian winner and a Québec winner. The award ceremony is held during the Fête nationale du Québec reception hosted by the BQPA.

Winners

2019 : Festival international de musique baroque de Lamèque and the City of  Bécancour

2018 : Festival Frye and Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec

2017 : M. Benoît Pelletier and Société Saint-Thomas d’Aquin

2016 : Réseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scène (RADARTS) and Les Arts et la Ville, in partnership with the city of Dieppe and the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAPNB)

2015 :  Édith Butler, singer-songwriter-composer and André-Carl Vachon, teacher and author 

2014 :  Phil Comeau, filmmaker, and Jacques Savoie, author and screenwriter

2013 : Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick and Association québécoise de pédagogie collégiale

2012 : Théâtre l’Escaouette and Festival international de la chanson de Granby

2011 : Belle-Baie television series and Coup de cœur francophone festival

2010 : Mouvement acadien des communautés en santé du Nouveau-Brunswick and Réseau québécois de Villes et Villages en santé

2009 : Société acadienne de Clare (Nova Scotia), Sylvain Rivière, artistic director of the festival international Contes en Îles (Îles de la Madeleine), and Marc Laberge, director of the Festival interculturel du conte du Québec (Montréal)

2008 : Paul Aucoin, former managing director of the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick, and Régis Labeaume, ex-CEO of the Fondation de l’entrepreneurship

2007 : Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick, de l’Université de Moncton et de l’Université de Sherbrooke, as well as Entreprise Péninsule and Place aux jeunes du Québec

2006 : Théâtre populaire d’Acadie

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Fonds Acadie-Québec (Fund)

The Acadia-Québec Agreement, signed in 2001 and renewed in 2008 and 2018, aims to develop ties of solidarity and cooperation between the Acadian and Québec peoples.

The Fonds Acadie-Québec, which stems from this agreement, aims to support projects of common interest to Québec and Acadia and help strengthen exchanges between Québec and Acadian societies. These projects must also take place in the Atlantic Provinces or in Québec. Given the priorities identified when the agreement was renewed in 2018, the focus is now on youth and structuring projects.

Each year, the SNA and the Government of Québec solicit project proposals through a call for proposals under the Fonds Acadie-Québec. 

In 2019-2020, the Government of Québec provided $50,000 to the SNA to support the Fonds Acadie-Québec.

Consult the list of projects funded in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

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Prix Éloizes de l’artiste de l’Acadie du Québec (Award)

The Prix Éloizes celebrate artistic creation by recognizing the dynamism, quality and originality of the work of Acadian professional artists in six artistic disciplines (visual arts, music, dance, theatre, literature and media arts). They also highlight the contribution of the media, individuals, businesses, events and organizations to the advancement of the arts in Acadia. These awards are presented every two years during the Soirée des Éloizes, organized by the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB).

In the desire to create a rapprochement between Acadia and Québec and to recognize the excellence of a Québec artist, the AAAPNB and the Commission permanente de concertation entre l'Acadie et le Québec created the Prix Éloize de l'artiste de l'Acadie du Québec. This award is given to a Québec artist who identifies with or contributes to and is interested in Acadian culture. The artist must work in French in one or more artistic disciplines (visual arts, media arts, dance, literature, music or theatre) and must have created and/or presented a work or performance in Québec.

The first Éloize de l'artiste de l'Acadie du Québec was awarded in 2012 to Philippe Soldevila for the play Les trois exils by Christian E., for which he co-signed in addition of ensuring its staging.

In 2014, writer Luce Fontaine received an Éloize de l'artiste de l'Acadie du Québec for her youth novel Lizzy d'Armoirie et la légende du médaillon.

In 2016, Suroît, a Celtic music group from the Magdalen islands, won an award for their album Bercer l'amer.

The last edition of the Soirée des Éloizes, held on May 5, 2018, awarded the Prix de l'artiste de l'Acadie du Québec to author Annie-Claude Thériault for her book Les filles de l'Allemand.

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