XX.1705 | Ribbon

Oscar Gagnon
1928, 20th century
12.4 x 4.1 cm
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Keys to History

In 1902 in Waltham, Massachusetts, Acadians who had emigrated to New England organized a rally during which the idea of a mutual benefit or friendly society was mooted. One such, the Société mutuelle l'Assomption that was founded the following year with the goal of improving the socio-economic conditions of Acadians in New England, had its members' interests at heart and worked at protecting and defending their religion, language and traditions. In the wake of its huge success, this friendly society expanded; quickly establishing branches all over the United States and the Maritime provinces of Canada. In 1913 the financial institution moved its head office to Moncton, New Brunswick and continued to play a significant social and cultural role in Acadian society, supporting the universities and various French-speaking organizations.

  • What

    The success of the Société l'Assomption was largely due to its local branches, which enabled Acadians from all over the province to develop the various socio-economic networks that would help Acadian communities to grow and thrive.

  • Where

    The Société l'Assomption head office is now housed in the tallest building in Moncton, New Brunswick, the l'Assomption Building on Main Street.

  • When

    From 1914 on, life insurance was one of the services offered by the Friendly Society.

  • Who

    The symbol chosen to represent the Société mutuelle l'Assomption was, naturally, Our Lady of the Assumption, the Blessed Virgin, as can be seen in the badge at the end of the ribbon.