McAdam Elementary School students learn about Acadian culture and heritage

Article Posted: Friday, May 04, 2018

​As part of McAdam Elementary School's bilingual learning environment plan project, Grade 5 students discovered much about the Acadian people and heritage as well as their traditional cuisine. Students had the chance to wash, measure, chop and stir to create an authentic Acadian dish and  were very engaged and eager to taste what they had prepared. 

The Grade 5 students and staff then participated in a cafe-style lunch consisting of tortiere, fricot, potato rolls and cinnamon buns, while traditional Acadian music played in the background. A cookbook with these recipes was prepared for each student to take home. 

The roots of Acadian history and culture run deep in New Brunswick, dating back to the 1600s when colonists from France first arrived to establish Acadia in the Maritimes. These French settlers remained in the region for many years, intermixing with the local aboriginal people until they no longer considered themselves French but Acadian. 

In the 1700s, when the Acadians refused to pledge allegiance to the crown, they were deported en masse. Some went back to France and other went south to what is now Louisiana​, while others stayed and lived quietly in exile with the help of their Mi'kmaq neighbours. Eventually, these resilient people rebuilt their communities while preserving their language, culture and traditions. In the last century, the Acadians have made many achievements in the areas of equal language and cultural rights as a minority group in the Maritimes. Today, most Acadians in New Brunswick inhabit the northern and eastern shores of the province.

Shown in the photo below are (left to right) Bree McIntyre, Molly McIntyre and Gracie Kitchen with staff member Sherry Johnston as they sample their Acadian style meal.