I received a brief message from my friend Ghislain Savoie this morning who is relaying an important radio program from Radio Canada on the ‘Acadians of Maine’. The program is in French but would be interesting to all francophones, especially the people of northern Maine. Lise Pelletier, Director of the Acadian Archives of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, is interviewed by Stephane Coté. Here is a summary:
For over a century, the French-speaking people of Maine have been confronted by various policies of assimilation which ranged from intimidation to discrimination. Despite this, French is still spoken in the state. That was the message delivered last week at the University of Moncton, Edmundston, by the director of Acadian Archives at the University of Maine in Fort Kent, Lise Pelletier.
Here is the Radio Canada program “L’Histoire des Acadiens du Maine… Story of the Maine Acadians“.