76.19.28 | Cane

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1885-1933, 19th century or 20th century
Wood, metal
94.3 x 8.5 cm
Gift of Soeur Juliette Poirier, s.p.
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Pascal Poirier, who was born in Shédiac, NB, in 1852 and died in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1933, was one of Acadia's great intellectuals. A lawyer, civil servant, writer and senator, he was known for his outstanding intelligence, patriotism and strong personality.

Poirier received a classical education at Collège Saint-Joseph in Memramcook. He was greatly influenced by the founder and principal of the college, Father Camille Lefebvre. In 1872 Father Lefebvre recommended Poirier to Prime Minister John A. Macdonald, who wished to appoint an Acadian to the federal civil service. In 1885, at the age of 33, Poirier became the first Acadian senator. He held that position until his death in 1933.

Poirier took part in all the Acadian struggles. He was one of the main organizers of the first Acadian national convention, which was held in Memramcook in 1881, and he fought until 1912 to have the first Acadian bishop appointed.

  • What

    This cane belonged to Senator Pascal Poirier.

  • Where

    Pascal Poirier's name and the date 18/4/01 are engraved on the gold handle of the cane.

  • When

    Pascal Poirier headed the Acadian delegation to the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste convention in Quebec City in 1880.

  • Who

    Pascal Poirier is considered to be a figurehead of the Acadian Renaissance.