In keeping with its mandate, The Acadian Odyssey Commission ensures:
- the international commemoration of the expulsion of the Acadian people and the Acadian Odyssey;
- awareness of Acadian history and culture, and;
- the promotion of Acadie.
Since 2009, The Acadian Odyssey Commission has added to its mandate, thanks to the expertise of its members, by accepting to process requests relating to Acadian heritage and any questions related to the recognition of key characters, important events and historical sites.
Download the application file
Download the Procedures for the Installation of a Monument
Download the Odyssey pamphlet
Commemoration of the Great Upheaval
The project of international commemoration of the Great Upheaval covers the period from 1755 to the beginning of the 19th century. It is categorized in four stages: embarkation (in Acadie), disembarkation (in the United States and Europe), transit/migration (in Acadie, Europe, the United States and the West Indies) and the recolonization of Acadie (in Atlantic Canada, Louisiana, Quebec and France).
The Great Upheaval was a tragic event. The international commemoration project of the Great Upheaval allows the Acadian people to assert themselves and be a model of a community that has shown perseverance.
Since 2005, a total of 16 monuments have been erected, including 5 in New Brunswick, 3 in Nova Scotia, 1 in Prince Edward Island, 1 in Newfoundland and Labrador, 4 in Quebec, 1 in Louisiana, and 1 on Miquelon Island (France). Each monument includes a general text in French and English on the Great Upheaval as well as a specific text (also in French and English) for the site hosting a monument.
List of memorial sites and their unveiling dates
Dieppe, NB, July 28, 2005
Halifax, NS, July 28, 2005
Saint-Basile, NB, July 28, 2006
Miramichi, NB, August 13, 2006
Caraquet, NB, July 28, 2007
Miquelon, S.-P.-M., France, October 23, 2007
Port-la-Joye, P.E.I. ,13 décembre 2008
Cape St. George, NL, 31 octobre 2010
Saint-Grégoire-de-Bécancour, Qc, August 14, 2011
Houma, Louisiana, USA, October 11, 2011
La Petite-Rochelle, Campbellton, NB, August 15, 2012
Saint-Jacques-de-Montcalm, Qc, August 11, 2013
Baie-Sainte-Marie, Univ. Sainte-Anne, N.S., September 19, 2015
L'Acadie de St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc, September 11, 2016
West Pubnico, N.S., 28 juillet 2017
Carleton-sur-mer, Que., September 16, 2018
Composition of the Acadian Odyssey Commission