In 1999, The Acadian Odyssey Commission was created and developed with the goal of permanently highlighting the Odyssey of the Acadian people in Canada, North-America and the world. Thus, it encourages and supports the construction of commemorative monuments.

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

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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

La Petite-Rochelle, Campbellton, NB, August 15, 2012
Baie-Sainte-Marie, Univ. Sainte-Anne, N.S., September 19, 2015
L'Acadie de St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc, September 11, 2016

Composition of the Acadian Odyssey Commission