(Le Moniteur Acadien, 1892)
The Acadian Renaissance in New Brunswick
Confederation saw the rebirth of Acadian cultural, economic, and political identity through various media. From newspapers to parliamentary seats, “La Renaissance Acadienne” became a keystone in Acadian history, and a strong proponent for shaping New Brunswick of today.
(Centre d'études acadiennes de
l'Université de Moncton)
Confederation, and the promises that followed, caused a significant disturbance in Acadian communities. Confederation promised railroads (that would potentially bypass any and all Acadian communities), a second layer of government consisting of little-to-no Acadian representation, and secular schools.
While many originally anti-confederation groups would eventually change their minds, New Brunswick’s Acadian population was consistently opposed to union. Nevertheless, although Confederation was feared to bring a slow death to Acadian political
(Library & Archives Canada)
The second half of the 19th century also witnessed the rise of the Common Schools Act of 1871. In short, the act stripped churches of their funding for private schools, in support of public schooling funded by government. Public schools were, for the most part, English, and while there were a few French schools, these did not receive the same level of funding as their English counterparts. Accompanying the new schools act was a mandatory school tax to be paid by all New Brunswickers.
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