The Last 30 Years

1981
The Province passes the Act Recognizing the Equality of the Two Official Linguistic Communities in New Brunswick.

1982
The Province officially recognizes the Acadian flag.

1983-84
The newspaper L'Évangéline closes down and is replaced by Le Matin (Moncton) and L'Acadie nouvelle (Caraquet). Le Matin closes down four years later.

1987
Aldéa Landry becomes the first Acadian woman to be elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick.

1988
Radio Péninsule (CKRO), the first French-language community radio station outside Quebec, enters the airwaves.

1993
The Act Recognizing the Equality of the Two Official Linguistic Communities in New Brunswick is enshrined in Canadian Constitution.

Pierrette Ringuette-Maltais becomes the first Acadian woman from the Atlantic to be elected to the House of Commons of Canada.

1994
The Congrès mondial acadien and the Retrouvailles des familles acadiennes [Acadian family homecoming] are held in Moncton.

SAANB creates the Fonds de l'avenir [Futures fund].

Roméo LeBlanc becomes the first Acadian Governor General of Canada.

1995
Rose-Marie Losier-Cool becomes the first Acadian senator.

1997
Justice Michel Bastarache is appointed to the Supreme Court.

1998
Claudette Arsenault-Bradshaw becomes the first Acadian woman to be appointed to a federal cabinet post.

1999
Acadia hosts the Francophone Summit in Moncton. Bernard Lord becomes the second Acadian to be elected premier of New Brunswick.

2000
The Association des aînées et aînés francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick is founded.

2002
A new Official Languages Act is passed.

2003
Santé en français network created.

2006
The Commission consultative sur la gouvernance de la société civile de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick [Advisory committee on governance of Acadian civil society in New Brunswick] submits its report to the Forum de concertation des organismes acadiens et francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick.

2008
The Société des Acadiens et Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick (SAANB) becomes the Société de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB).