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Government of Canada provides funding for four Madawaska‑area organizations

May 23, 2014 – Edmundston, New Brunswick – Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Member of Parliament (Madawaska–Restigouche), today announced a total of $146,300 in funding for four organizations in the Madawaska region on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Four projects will be undertaken in the Madawaska region thanks to funding provided through two programs: the Museums Assistance Program and the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program. Residents and visitors will be able to discover and enjoy unique experiences involving Brayon, Aboriginal, Acadian and Francophone arts, culture and history.

The recipient organizations are the Musée historique du Madawaska (Université de Moncton), the Foire Brayonne, the Comité de promotion de l’Acadie des terres et forêts and the Rendez-vous des Artistes. Details on project funding are provided in the attached backgrounder.

Quick Facts

  • The Musée historique du Madawaska (governed by the Université de Moncton, Edmundston campus) will introduce a travelling bilingual exhibit entitled “L’Acadie des terres et forêts : territoires contestés et familles retrouvées.” The project involves the production, presentation and touring of the exhibit.
  • The Foire Brayonne is one of the most important French Canadian festivals. The 36th edition will be held from July 30 to August 3, 2014, in Edmundston.
  • “L’Acadie des Terre et Forêts en fête,” a show that began in July 2002, presents young people celebrating 400 years of history through song, dance and theatre. It will be presented from July 27 to August 17, in Edmundston. This year, it is the ambassador show for the 2014 World Acadian Congress.    
  • The 11th Rendez-vous des Artistes will be held August 14–17, 2014, in Saint-Léonard, in northwest New Brunswick.


 “Our Government is very proud to support these organizations that highlight the arts, culture and heritage of Madawaska and the surrounding communities. The travelling exhibit project will, among other things, provide a first-rate showcase to ensure that the region’s history will become better known to the public and remain vibrant.”

- The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

“Through these cultural projects, Brayon, Aboriginal, Acadian and Francophone activities will entertain residents and visitors. Our Government’s investment in arts and culture contributes to economic activity and the quality of life in our communities.”
- The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Member of Parliament (Madawaska–Restigouche)

“We would like to thank Canadian Heritage for its support. The travelling exhibition, “L’Acadie des terres et forêts : forêts contestées, familles retrouvées” wil be presented at the Madawaska Historical Museum starting July 31. It will allow local residents and visitors to appreciate the details associated with the attribution of lands along the border of Acadia of the Lands and Forests, including south Témiscouata county, in the years following the famous Webster–Ashburton Treaty of 1842.

—Jacques Paul Couturier, Vice-Rector of l’Université de Moncton – Edmundston campus

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