As ceremonial ambassador of the 300th anniversary of the settlement of the French and Acadians in Prince Edward Island, I would like to invite all Islanders to celebrate this milestone event in our province's history. A great many Prince Edward Islanders, myself included, have descended from these hardy pioneers.
Since the 1999 Bicentennial Celebrations in Tignish, my hometown, I have taken part in numerous festivals and anniversaries throughout the Acadian community. at all these events, I have celebrated with pride our rich Acadian and French heritage, our vibrant language and our culture shaped by dynamic artists and storytellers.
This tricentennial also gives us a chance to learn more about the history of our province and, in particular, the crucial contribution of the Acadians to the Island's culture. In addition, this occasion offers an ideal opportunity to recognize the historical ties between the Mi'kmaq, who have lived on the Island for thousands of years, and the French and Acadians.
I therefore encourage everyone in Prince Edward island to take advantage of this 300th anniversary to learn more about, and celebrate, the Acadian and French contribution to what is today the beautiful province of Prince Edward Island.