News Release Archive

  Acadian and Francophone governance policy advisor Allister
  Surette, on behalf of Education and Culture Minister John
  MacEachern, today announced government's decisions on Le
  Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial's administrative
  structure and the location of the head office. Mr. Surette
  was joined at the press conference in Clare by Acadian
  Affairs Minister Wayne Gaudet.
  The report of the governance working group, chaired by Leon
  Richard, was also released. It will provide the framework to
  guide programming and educational decisions for le conseil
  and government.
  The report recommends that three geographical regions be
  established: Northeast, including Sydney, Pomquet, Cheticamp
  and Richmond; Central, including Halifax, Dartmouth and
  Greenwood; and Southwest, to include Clare-Argyle.
  Administrative head offices will be located in the southwest
  region in Clare. This puts the head offices where most of
  the schools and students are located, and close to
  Universite Ste.-Anne, College de l'Acadie head offices, and
  the Centre Provincial de Resources Pedagogiques (provincial
  teaching resource centre). Board meetings could be held in
  different regions so travel will be reasonable for people
  across the province.
  As well, for the first time, there will be a sub-system
  office in the northeast region. Transportation and
  Communications Minister Richie Mann announced today that
  this office will be located at the current Richmond board
  offices in D'Escousse. "Community well-being is at the heart
  of this announcement," said Mr. Mann. "Today, we are
  honouring our commitment to rural Nova Scotia and to our
  Acadian communities."
  There will also be a liaison office at le Carrefour, in
  Dartmouth, to ensure staff, parents and students have access
  to the educational services and support needed for the
  central region.
  Once le conseil is appointed, it can make adjustments within
  the announced administrative framework, so the exact number
  of administrative staff is not known at this time. However,
  new positions such as the co-ordinator of technology and
  innovation, will present opportunities for all students
  across the province.
  In terms of programming, Mr. Surette said changes will occur
  gradually. "Like we've done all along, changes will come
  about by talking and listening -- making the right changes,
  in the right amount of time, for our students and the
  preservation of our linguistic and cultural heritage.
  Schools which offer bilingual or other programming can
  continue to do so for the time being. Individual schools,
  with their school councils, will develop a plan, to be
  presented to le conseil, that addresses the program of
  studies for their school."
  As well, schools under le Conseil Scolaire Acadien
  Provincial will be linked to the world. "All of our schools,
  including our elementary schools, will have access to the
  Internet," Mr. Surette said. "That means our students not
  only can keep in touch within Nova Scotia, but they can
  reach out to students who share their language, culture and
  heritage around the world."
  Le conseil's high schools will be linked with
  video-conferencing technology for distance education. This
  means a course in calculus, for example, can be offered as
  easily and inexpensively to a couple of students in
  Cheticamp as it can be offered to a classroom full of
  students in Clare.
  Mr. Gaudet said he is pleased with the real progress toward
  having the Francophone and Acadian population taking control
  of its education.
  "I have followed this dossier very closely to make sure that
  the changes will not only respect the Canadian Charter of
  Rights and Freedom but will also reflect the needs of each
  Acadian community. This can only be done with abundant
  information to the public. Consultation and participation of
  the population in the decision making process can now be
  assured by the provincial Acadian Francophone board," said
  Mr. Gaudet.
  In releasing the report, Mr. Surette praised the working
  group for looking at what's needed from a provincial
  perspective. "The report presents shared values. Some of
  their words include: respect for our communities, devotion
  to the well-being of students, and commitment to developing
  a school that supports the social, political, economic and
  cultural life of our Acadian and Francophone communities. Le
  conseil will be built on the common interest of all Acadian
  Friday, Feb. 16, was the last day for applications to serve
  on le conseil. Until le conseil is appointed, the working
  group, with representatives from across the province, will
  continue to meet and plan. Le Conseil Scolaire Acadien
  Provincial will serve approximately 4,000 students.
  EDITORS NOTE: There is an accent aigu on the "e" in
  Cheticamp and Leon, on the first "e" in Pedagogiques, on the
  second "e" in Universite. There is an accent grave on the
  first "e" in College.
  Contact: Donna MacDonald  902-424-2615 or 902-499-0264
           Lisa Bugden      902-499-9632
  trp                      Feb. 19, 1996 - 10:00 a.m.