A Louisiana delegation recently joined French speakers from around the world at the Congrès Mondial Acadian, or
, held in the Quebec, New Brunswick and Maine areas.
The event, which honors Acadian heritage and culture, began August 8 and lasts through August 23. On August 15, all Acadian nations were celebrated at La Fête Nationale. Acadians in Louisiana were specially noted during
, an August 18 event set up by the Association Louisiane-Acadie.
The Louisiana delegation, led by Dr. William Arceneaux, president of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (
), was present at the signing of a bilateral agreement with the Province of New Brunswick. The document serves as an establishment of new initiatives in education, tourism and economic interests between Louisiana and New Brunswick.
It was signed by Arceneaux and by Brian Alward, Premier of the Canadian Province of New Brunswick. Also on hand for the signing were Senator Eric LaFleur and State Representative Jack Montoucet.
Several Lafayette officials were in attendance at Louisiana Day, including Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel, Lafayette Councilman Don Bertrand, Lafayette Convention and Visitors Center Director Ben Berthelot and Le Centre International de Lafayette Director Philippe Gustin.
Other persons invited to attend Louisiana Day festivities included Dr. Joseph Savoie, President of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and poet/singer-songwriter Zachary Richard.