Ten Acadian National Conventions (1881-1937) National Historic Event

Miscouche, Prince Edward Island
Ten Acadian National Conventions (1881-1937) © Expired
Ten Acadian National Conventions (1881-1937)
© Expired
Ten Acadian National Conventions (1881-1937) © ExpiredTen Acadian National Conventions (1881-1937) © Expired
Address : Miscouche, Prince Edward Island

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1997-09-22

Other Name(s):
  • Ten Acadian National Conventions (1881-1937)  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 1993-041, 1996-059

Importance: Instrumental in establishing and asserting a national identity for the Acadian people


Existing plaque: Acadian Museum Miscouche, Prince Edward Island

Between 1881 and 1937, these conventions fostered a national feeling among Acadians in all three Maritime provinces. Organized by the Société nationale l'Assomption, they promoted Acadian influence in the Church and education, championed the use of the French language, encouraged development in agriculture and economy as well as settlement. The first convention, at Memramcook in 1881, chose August 15 as the national holiday. The second, held at Miscouche in 1884, adopted the distinctive flag and the anthem, Ave Maris Stella, which have become enduring symbols of Acadian identity.