71-50-143 | Pascal Poirier

Pascal Poirier
Philomène Belliveau
About 1890, 19th century
752 x 649 cm
Gift of Jean-Paul Poirier
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Pascal Poirier, who was born in Shédiac in 1852 and died in Ottawa in 1933, was a celebrated Acadian patriot. This first Acadian intellectual was known for his keen intelligence, many talents and strong character.

He completed his education at St. Joseph's College in Memramcook, where he was greatly influenced by the college's founder and director, Father Camille Lefebvre. In 1872, Father Lefebvre recommended Pascal Poirier to Prime Minister John A. Macdonald, who was searching for an Acadian for the federal public service.

While still in his early thirties, Pascal Poirier became the first Acadian to be appointed a senator, a position he held until his death. He took part in every major battle fought be the Acadians. One of the main organizers of the First Acadian National Convention, in Memramcook in 1881, he also campaigned for the appointment of an Acadian bishop, an ambitious dream that materialized in 1912.

  • What

    This charcoal drawing of Pascal Poirier is attributed to the artist Philomène Belliveau. The drawing is based on a photograph.

  • Where

    This work was probably done in Memramcook, New Brunswick, home of the artist.

  • When

    The drawing was made in about 1890. It has, over the past 20 years, been shown on several occasions at the Musée acadien de l'Université de Moncton.

  • Who

    Even though the artist, Philomène Belliveau, rarely signed her works, her style is very recognizable.