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Song playing is the CMA 2004 Theme Song entitled
"Je reviens au berceau de l'Acadie"


The song, which literally means, “I’m returning to the cradle of Acadia”, is sung by Nova Scotia’s own Grand Dérangement and features New Brunswick singer Carole Daigle. Michel Thibault, Artistic Director for the group, is responsible for writing the lyrics and music.

This page consists of some of my experiences at CMA 2004 and at the LeBlanc Family Reunion.

CMA 2004 has come and gone. It was a wonderful experience and wasn't it great to see or meet all of our Acadian and Cajun cousins?!?

I want to thank Vaughn Madden who was General Manager for CMA 2004. Vaughn listened and heard what sometimes needed to be said. As a result, she was instrumental with regard to some of the invitations I received to represent New England Acadians; for radio and newspaper interviews; for inviting me to be a participant in the Closing Mass on August 15th.

My thanks also to Donna Doucet, Director at the Grand-Pré Historical site for inviting me to participate as a presenter at this most wonderful and Acadian historic site. My presentation was about New England Acadians.

Finally, a warm thank you to the LeBlanc Family Association who invited me as one of two speakers for the reunion. Five thousand LeBlanc descendants were there. Stephen A. White, Genealogist spoke about Marie-Blanche LeBlanc who was deported four times.

My presentation was on Acadian History. It was wonderful to meet the many cousins I have corresponded with online who were at this presentation. Thank you *all* for making it a wonderful experience!


Photo taken by Chris Smith

The Closing Mass for CMA 2004 was held on Sunday, August 15th on the feast of the Assumption of Mary. I was a participant in the Mass representing New England Acadians. The water being poured into the glass urn was brought by me from the Atlantic Ocean especially for this Mass. All participants were asked to bring water from their regions. Water bearers were from Mi'kmaq Nation, France, Belgium, the Maritimes, Louisiana and New England. The water was then blessed and used to bless the people in attendance numbering about 8,000.

Le Troisième Congrès Mondial Acadien

The Third World Congress of Acadians


Le Troisième Congrès Mondial Acadien / The Third World Congress of Acadians was held July 31, 2004 through August 15, 2004 in 2004 in Nova Scotia. This celebration of our heritage coincided with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the French in l'Acadie in 1604.

The year 2005 will see festivities commemorating the 400th anniversary of Port-Royal. Now called Annapolis Royal, it was settled by the first Acadian Ancestors in 1605.

CMA 2009 will be held in Caraquet, New Brunswick. Information will be posted here as it is received.


Presentation

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino being presented a LeBlanc Family Association T-shirt for CMA 2004
by Hector LeBlanc, who was then president of the Association, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia during my visit there on October 7, 2000.

The LeBlanc Family Reunion Committee invited me as one of two presenters at the LeBlanc Family Reunion at CMA 2004. My presentation was on Acadian History in PowerPoint and the other very well known speaker was none other than Stephen A. White who spoke on Marie-Blanche LeBlanc who had been deported no less than four times.

Click on the appropriate links to access past CMAs and the one to come in 2009.
ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE CMA 2004 THEME SONG
I RETURN TO THE CRADLE OF ACADIE
"Je reviens au berceau de l'Acadie"

Like a ship in full sail I leave joyfully.
Like a night sky pierced with stars I wait for the morning sun.
Offshore, the ships call out to me and the wind calls me back to my country
I return to the cradle of Acadie.
I miss the storms of past winters, I miss the colours of my youth.
Port Royal calls out to its children, I hear the bells of Grand-Pré
Like a bird carrying a message of a beautiful spring
Like a river freed from dams and glaciers
I return to the cradle of Acadie.

From the Baie des Chaleurs to the land of the bayou, in the ports of New England
From Belle-Île-en-Mer, in the fields of Poitou
Everywhere, you can hear Acadie.
From all over the world I see my friends returning. Some will want to speak of harder times.
But I want to see my country reborn. A land without borders, my father's garden,
A country re-energized by a torrent of pride
I return to the cradle of Acadie.

My blood needs the salt air, my heart beats to the rhythm of the fiddle.
I hear thunder in a quiet sky, I smell all the scents of the seasons.
I've decided to return to the land of my forefathers with memories of friendship and separation
I return to the cradle of Acadie

From the Baie des Chaleurs to the land of the bayou, in the ports of New England
From Belle-Île-en-Mer, in the fields of Poitou
Everywhere, you can hear Acadie
I am coming home, I want to renew the ties, I want to see my country
I return to the cradle of Acadie
Overjoyed I return with a peaceful heart I want to see my country
I return to the cradle of Acadie.

Words and music by Grand Dérangement, (c) 2004










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