NOTE: A list of the 10 community associations and their projects follows this release.
Nova Scotians continue to support Acadian and francophone culture with contributions to the Vive l’Acadie Community Fund.
Funds collected from the sale and renewal of 661 Acadian flag licence plates between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016 will support community cultural projects in the amount of $33,050.
“Nova Scotia’s Acadian and francophone community is celebrating its rich culture with a variety of exciting projects this summer,” said Acadian Affairs Minister Michel Samson. “I thank everyone that contributed to the Vive l’Acadie fund, and I wish you success with events that highlight the province’s joie de vivre.”
A donation fee collected from the sale and renewal of the licence plates is returned to the Acadian and francophone communities from where it came. The funds go to 10 established regional Acadian and francophone associations that are members of la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, and are mandated to promote the development of their communities.
The funds support activities that preserve Acadian and francophone culture and heritage such as artistic workshops, musical concerts, heritage conservation, theatre productions and festivals.
“The contribution from the Vive l’Acadie Community Fund will definitely support our activity on August 15 very well,” said Napoléon Chiasson, chair of La Société Saint-Pierre. “The designation of Jeanne Dugas as a national historic person by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada is a great celebration for all of Acadie, and especially Chéticamp. The official announcement and unveiling of a book and video are opportunities to learn about the life of Jeanne Dugas. “
To learn how to get an Acadian flag licence plate, go to http://accessns.ca/acadian-flag-plate .
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