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World Acadian Congress 2014 = Congrès mondial Acadien 2014

Identifier: MCC-00480

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of documents, pamphlets, maps, printed materials, memorabilia, photographs, newspaper articles, audio-visual materials, and banners that were created for the 2014 World Acadian Congress starting in 2008 with pre-congress events and lasting through the disassembling of the Organizing Committee in 2015. These items were generated to track all events: meetings, conferences, ceremonies, family reunions, concerts, religious ceremonies, etc. that took place during the years mentioned above.

The number of participants were estimated to be at around 200,000 in three host regions: Northwest New Brunswick, Témiscouata in the Province of Quebec, and Northern Maine. The theme of the three host regions was Acadie des terres et forêts / Acadia of the Lands and Forests.

The theme song was Mon tour de te bercer sung by Roch Voisine and Natasha St-Pier.

The official opening ceremonies took place in Edmundston, N.B. on August 8, 2014. The August 15, Acadian National Day, Tintamarre and mega-show took place in Madawaska, Maine. The master of ceremonies for the mega show was Zachary Richard. The closing ceremonies were held in Témiscouata-sur-le-lac on August 24, 2014 with activities, fireworks, music, etc.


  • Creation: 2008-2015
  • Other: 2015

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been assigned to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes


The World Acadian Congress, or Le Congrès mondial acadien, is an international event held every five years since 1994 reflecting diversity and vitality of the Acadian and Cajun culture. Its mission is to bring together the Acadian diaspora from around the world through a series of family reunions, conferences and events taking place over a two-week period. Its creator was André Boudreau in 1994.

The fifth Congress was held along the Canada–United States border, co-hosted by Maine's Aroostook County in the United States and its neighboring counties in Canada (Témiscouata in Quebec, and Victoria, Madawaska and Restigouche Counties in New Brunswick). The 2014 World Acadian Congress will be take place from August 8 to 24, 2014. The theme was Acadia of the Lands and Forests / L’Acadie des terres et forêts.

The three major events for the World Acadian Congress were: 1) opening ceremonies held in northwestern New Brunswick on August 8, 2014; 2) the Acadian National Holiday was celebrated in Maine (USA) on August 15; 3) the closing ceremonies was held in Témiscouata, Quebec, on August 24. The Congress President was Émilien Nadeau and the general director was Léo-Paul Charest.


6.89 Cubic Feet (4 oversize boxes; 3 small boxes; 1 album; 1 oversize folder; 5 map tubes)

Language of Materials



This collection is divided into VI series: Series I: Documents; Series II: Promotional materials (Articles, booklets, pamphlets, posters, banners); Series III: Published materials; Series IV: Images; Series V: CMA Realia; Series VI: Memory & storage media: CDs, DVDs & USB Keys/memory sticks, external hard drive

Technical Requirements

Access to some materials will require the use of a computer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Léo-Paul Charest, general director of the World Acadian Congress 2014, donated the material.

Separated Materials

Some printed materials were seperated from the collection


Materials are in French and English

Anne Chamberland
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Repository Details

Part of the Acadian Archives Repository

University of Maine at Fort Kent
23 University Drive
Fort Kent ME 04743 United States