XX.1865 | Ribbon
1911, 20th century
2.1 x 11.2 cm
Gift of L'Abbé Jos. A. L'Archevêque
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
Keys to History
Until the early-20th century Acadian primary-school teachers had no association of their own, but took part in the pedagogical meetings of anglophone instructors organized by the Teachers' Institute.
It was with the aim of starting a similar association that in 1911 the Abbé Désiré F. Léger (1855-1939), a member of the board of the Société mutuelle l'Assomption, organized the first French-language teachers' conference in Saint-Louis-de-Kent, New Brunswick. He wanted Acadian schoolteachers to be kept abreast of new methods of teaching and to use their association to improve their pedagogical skills.
To provide themselves with meetings where they would feel comfortable speaking French, in 1911 Acadian primary-school teachers organized the first francophone teachers' conference.
Abbé Léger studied theology at the Grand Séminaire in Quebec City.
New Brunswick's anglophone teachers had held their own pedagogical conferences since the 1850s.
Abbé Désiré F. Léger wrote poetry in his spare time. His poems were published mostly in Acadian newspapers.