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51-52 ELIZABETH II, 2002-2003




An Act respecting a National Acadian Day

  [Assented to 19th June, 2003]

Preamble WHEREAS Acadians, in view of their origin, history and development, constitute the first permanent settlement from France in Canada and now reside in most of the provinces and territories of Canada;

WHEREAS the Acadian people have contributed, for nearly 400 years, to the economic, cultural and social vitality of Canada;

WHEREAS August 15 has been, since 1881, the day on which Acadians celebrate National Acadian Day;

WHEREAS the Acadian people's identity is defined by their language, their culture and their customs; 

WHEREAS it is in the interest of all Canadians to be able to share in the rich historical and cultural heritage of Acadians and to become more familiar with all its aspects, both traditional and contemporary;

AND WHEREAS it is important to encourage Acadians to be proud of their heritage;

NOW, THEREFORE, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
Short title 1. This Act may be cited as the National Acadian Day Act.
Definition 2. In this Act, "National" means that it relates to all Canadians throughout Canada.
Acadian Day
3. Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the 15th day of August shall be known under the name of "National Acadian Day".