PAQUETVILLE (GNB) – The artwork and promotional poster for the 2018 Provincial French Pride Week were officially unveiled today at École Terre des Jeunes in Paquetville.

“The creation of artwork that will represent Provincial French Pride Week in March is a meaningful activity for the students,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “They have to work in co-operation with a local artist to express their pride in their language and culture while taking the slogan into consideration.”

The artwork was produced by Grade 5 to 8 students at École Terre des Jeunes in co-operation with multidisciplinary artist Michelle Smith. It is based on the week’s 2018 theme: La francophonie s’expose, ma fierté explose!

The wooden artwork represents the landscape of the Paquetville area. It includes a timeline of francophone communities that retained their cultural heritage in spite of some displacements. It also features text that reads: Ici en Acadie, nous avons à cœur notre langue française et notre culture acadienne… notre héritage fait de nous un peuple fier et libre de s’exprimer en français partout dans la francophonie. (Here in Acadie, we care for our French language and our Acadian culture… our heritage makes us a proud people free to express itself in French throughout the Francophonie.)

Each spring, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development launches a contest in francophone schools to select a poster and artwork for Provincial French Pride Week the following year.

The week will take place March 19-23. The opening ceremony will be held on March 19 at Le Domaine Étudiant community school in Petit-Rocher.