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It's an historic homecoming with a tourism and business theme
that's expected to boost the economies of Nova Scotia and

Almost 250 years after their tragic deportation from Nova Scotia,
Acadians from Louisiana will return to their ancestors' homeland
this week, when a Cajun trade group starts a six-day trade

Today, the group, which includes 11 representatives from
Louisiana businesses, tourism and cultural organizations and news
media, will visit both Halifax and the Annapolis Valley.

Among the business representatives is Karl Breaux, who hopes his
spicy brand of Cajun sausages will be a hit in Nova Scotia. He
will be featuring them for buyers at a Cajun cooking
demonstration Friday evening at Le Carrefour du Grand-Havre
Francophone Community Centre in Dartmouth. While in Nova Scotia,
the group will be meeting with Economic Renewal Minister Richie
Mann and other Nova Scotia government representatives.

The visit follows a Nova Scotia mission to Louisiana last April,
organized by the Nova Scotia Economic Renewal Agency. A group of
nine Nova Scotia Acadian businesses will be returning to
Louisiana this November 2-8, to further explore business

"We're looking forward to welcoming these people to the province.
They don't just share a common heritage, they share a desire to
do business globally. Nova Scotia Acadians and Louisiana Cajuns
have a tremendous chance to strengthen their cultural ties and
use them as a springboard for increased trade," said Economic
Renewal Minister, Richard Mann.

The incoming mission will take part in a ceremony at Grand Pre
Thursday evening, twinning the National Historic Site with
Evangeline Oak Park in St. Martinville, in the Lafayette region
of Louisiana. The site at Grand Pre commemorates the deportation
of the Acadians from Nova Scotia and the St. Martinville site
marks the arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana. Mayor Eric Martin
of St. Martinville will be participating in the ceremony.

St. Martinville's tourism coordinator, Audrey Brignac, says the
mission has exciting potential for tourism and trade between Nova
Scotia and Louisiana. "We're very excited about the trip and look
forward to developing cultural and trade relationships."

Ms. Brignac said French-speaking Louisiana Cajuns choose to
travel to places where there is a cultural link. With easier and
cheaper air travel, that puts Nova Scotia on the map as an
increasingly popular destination.


Contact: Steve Fairbairn  902-424-5836

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