News release

Province to Introduce Bilingual Stop Signs in Acadian Communities

The province will begin installing bilingual stop signs on provincial roads in some Acadian communities this summer.

“This is an historic moment for our province that strengthens our commitment to French language and culture in Acadian communities,” said Acadian Affairs and Francophonie Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “As part of the province’s Culture Action Plan, we continue to work with communities to find new ways to acknowledge and celebrate our diverse, inclusive province.”

In 2019, a group of young Acadian students from Clare met with government representatives including Clare-Digby MLA Gordon Wilson, as part of their project to introduce bilingual stop signs in the Municipality of Clare.

This regulation change mirrors other francophone communities in Canada where bilingual stop signs have been introduced to support, reflect and celebrate francophone language and culture.

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We applaud the initiative of these young students, their teachers and La Société acadienne de Clare. They have demonstrated commitment to citizenship and making meaningful change, not just in their community, but across the province. Lloyd Hines, Transportation and Active Transit Minister

“I am very proud of the work the students have done. It was a very enriching experience for them. Not only have they learned how different levels of government work, they have learned how to be agents of change. I hope that they will continue to participate in civic engagement as they become adults and continue to be active members of their communities."

Natalie Robichaud, executive director, la Société acadienne de Clare

This project is just as important to me as it is to my community. In 50 years, I’ll be able to say that we did this. We all put in a lot of hard work and it took patience but I can finally say that we did it and couldn’t have done it if we didn’t have this amazing group to work with! Crystal Madden, Grade 11 student, l'Ecole Secondaire de Clare

Quick Facts:

  • all current stop signs on provincial roads in the Municipality of Clare will be replaced with new bilingual stop signs
  • government is consulting with communities and those that have a landmark or historical site with significant social, linguistic and cultural interest to the Acadian community
  • the new signs will be installed ahead of Congrès Mondial Acadien, an international gathering held in Southwest Nova Scotia that showcases the culture of Acadian communities, in 2024

Additional Resources:

La Société acadienne de Clare: https://saclare.com/

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