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Acadian Flag Drawing

A blue, white and red flag with a yellow star is raised in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island

The flag becomes the symbol of the Acadians of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Main building at Université Sainte-Anne, Church Point, Nova Scotia.

The Université Sainte-Anne is built in Nova Scotia

This educational institution is the only French-language university in the province and the first in the Maritimes.

Instruction in French is partially permitted in Nova Scotia

Acadian children in Nova Scotia are now allowed to receive instruction in French during the first half of elementary school.
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January 1, 1937

Nova Scotia’s only French-language newspaper, Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse, hits the newsstands

In 1937, Désiré d'Éon launches Le Petit Courrier du Sud-Ouest, which would become Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse in 1972.
Festival logo

Clare, Nova Scotia gets swinging

The Festival Acadien de Clare is the oldest Acadian festival in the world.
First meeting of the Fédération des francophones de la Nouvelle-Écosse in 1969

The Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse is founded

The Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and global development of Nova Scotia’s Acadian and French-speaking community.

Nova Scotia celebrates the first Festival de l’Escaouette in Chéticamp

The goal of the Festival is to inform visitors from here and abroad of Chéticamp’s Acadian heritage.

Nova Scotia adopts a new Education Act

The new Education Act is passed, giving Acadians in Nova Scotia the right to be provided with French first-language education.
Canadian Parents for French logo

The Nova Scotia branch of Canadian Parents for French is founded

It is the tenth provincial/territorial branch of the Canadian Parents for French network.
Students at the Collège de l’Acadie

The Collège de l’Acadie is founded

This French-language community college is established in Nova Scotia under provincial legislation in 1988 and opens its doors to students in 1992.

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal rules in favour of the right to publicly funded French-language education in Cape Breton

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal overturned two 1988 decisions by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, finding instead that the appellants have the right to have their children receive publicly funded primary and secondary education in the language of the minority.

Nova Scotia adopts a new School Boards Act

The Act enables the creation of French-language school boards.
Conseil scolaire acadien's logo

The Conseil scolaire acadien provincial is created in Nova Scotia

It is the only French-language school board in the province.
Sign of the Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada hands down its ruling in the Doucet-Boudreau case

It confirms that the courts must issue effective, responsive remedies that guarantee full and meaningful protection of the rights and freedoms guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Logo of Réseau Santé — Nouvelle-Écosse

A French language health services network is created in Nova Scotia

Réseau Santé – Nouvelle-Écosse is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the delivery of health care services to Acadians and Francophones in Nova Scotia.
December 10, 2003

A royal proclamation acknowledges the injustices inflicted on Acadians during their deportation

In her proclamation, Queen Elizabeth II acknowledges the tragic consequences of the deportation.
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Nova Scotia passes its French Language Services Act

This Act aims to foster the ongoing development of the province’s Acadian and Francophone community and specifies the terms and conditions under which provincial institutions provide services in French.

The Federal Court rules in favour of the use of both official languages by RCMP officers on the Trans-Canada Highway in Amherst, Nova Scotia

The Federal Court ruled that having French-speaking motorists use a police radio to communicate with a bilingual RCMP officer does not meet the language rights requirements stated in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Acadian deportation site in Nova Scotia

Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia, is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

This designation formally recognizes the Acadian people for their contribution to world heritage.
Halifax City Hall

The City of Halifax apologizes to Nova Scotia’s Acadians and Francophones

The Nova Scotian capital acknowledged the harm it had caused regarding school taxes collected from Acadians and Francophones that were used to fund only English-language schools.