PSAC and Acadian Federation fight to keep artifacts in Nova Scotia

PSAC Atlantic is raising its voice against the closing of a custom built facility in Dartmouth that houses centuries-old, historical, Acadian artifacts.

“Our members are proud of the work they do to support the Acadian community in Atlantic Canada,” says Jeannie Baldwin, PSAC Atlantic Regional Executive Vice-President.  “This decision shows just how little the federal government values the diversity of Canada’s heritage and those who help preserve it.”

The brand new facility with climate-controlled labs has been affected by the Conservative government’s budget cuts and is slated to be shut down, with the precious objects being moved to Ottawa.

“It’s almost scandalous that these artifacts are moved so far away,” said Charles Gaudet, the director of La Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FANE), “They belong to all of Atlantic Canada and, in our view, should remain in Nova Scotia.”

Among the thousands of artifacts being perilously moved halfway across the country is an “aboiteau,” an Acadian-made, dyke-like construction used in land reclamation and irrigation systems that the Dartmouth facility helped unearth and restore.

“Moving these artifacts puts them at risk of being damaged, broken or lost, and it robs the Acadian people of a significant piece of their ancestry and heritage,” Gaudet said.

We all stand to be affected by the loss of these precious artifacts. Help maintain an integral part of Atlantic Canada’s history and raise your voice against the Conservative government’s budget cuts.  Visit www.acadienouvelle-ecosse.ca  to learn how you can have your voice heard.