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XX.1865
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
Ribbon
1911, 20th century
Silk
2.1 x 11.2 cm
Gift of L'Abbé Jos. A. L'Archevêque
XX.1865
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.

What:

To provide themselves with meetings where they would feel comfortable speaking French, in 1911 Acadian primary-school teachers organized the first francophone teachers' conference.

Where:

Abbé Léger studied theology at the Grand Séminaire in Quebec City.

When:

New Brunswick's anglophone teachers had held their own pedagogical conferences since the 1850s.

Who:

Abbé Désiré F. Léger wrote poetry in his spare time. His poems were published mostly in Acadian newspapers.

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