The Last 30 Years

Creation of Acadian schools: on June 24, the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia signs Bill 65. The new law establishes the right of the Francophone minority to French-language education in schools designated as Acadian by the Minister of Education at the request of the school boards.

Acadian women form the Association des Acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse;

The Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FPANE) is established;

Community radio arrives in Nova Scotia as CIFA begins broadcasting in Clare, in the Southwest of the province. CKJM enters the airwaves in 1995 in Cheticamp, Cape Breton, and CKRH follows in 2007 in the Halifax/ Dartmouth metropolitan region;

Creation of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. School governance is finally obtained in Nova Scotia;

Following an agreement with the federal government, the Acadian community becomes responsible for managing the Grand Pré National Historic Site.

Judge Arthur LeBlanc of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia rules in favour of parents vested with French education rights and orders the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial and the Department of Education to create homogeneous schools by September 2001. This decision is challenged by the province of Nova Scotia and later overturned by the Court of Appeals of Nova Scotia. In 2003, the Supreme Court of Canada hears the appeal of the Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse in the Doucet-Boudreau case against the Nova Scotia Department of Education and rules that a judge may retain jurisdiction over a minority language rights case in order to monitor the implementation of his decision.

The 3rd Congrès mondial acadien (CMA) is held in Nova Scotia and celebrates the 400th anniversary of the founding of Port Royal. Over 750,000 people visit the Acadian regions of Nova Scotia to celebrate this momentous event.

Nova Scotia adopts the French-language services Act (Bill 111), which aims to contribute to the preservation and growth of the Acadian and francophone community, and to provide for the delivery of French-language services by designated departments, offices, agencies of Government, Crown corporations and public institutions to the Acadian and francophone community. Nova Scotia thus became the fourth province to adopt a French-language services act after Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

The 29th finals of the Jeux de l'Acadie takes place in Halifax, the first time ever it is held in Nova Scotia. The municipality of Halifax and a team of dedicated volunteers from the Acadian and francophone community welcome 1,100 athletes and the 400 members of the accompanying personnel from all parts of Acadia.