Georges Arsenault

Georges Arsenault

Prince Edward Island

Georges Arsenault Director

Historian, ethnologist and communicator

After completing his studies, he settled in Prince Edward Island in 1977 to assume the position of socio-cultural animator at the Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin for five years. He will coordinate an ambitious project to develop educational materials on Acadian history and culture for schools in the province, a project supported by the Ministry of Education. A series of booklets on education, agriculture, fishing and religion have been published. This collection of booklets was later expanded into a single book entitled Les Acadiens de l’Île: 1720-1980.

Arsenault later became a professor of Acadian Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. His career then branched off to the media when the CBC chose him to host the Prince Edward Island morning show then-called “Bonjour Atlantique.” He did that for fifteen years.

A considerable collection of records of Acadian traditions in Prince Edward Island is held at the Centre d’études acadiennes at the Université de Moncton. These archives reflect Mr. Arsenault’s passion to understand where we come from and to bring heritage to life through its dissemination.  A precious legacy, a source of inspiration.

Among the articles and books on the history of Acadians of Prince Edward Island that he has published, the following are some titles: Contes, légendes et chansons de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard; Par un dimanche au soir : LéahMaddix, chanteuse et conteuse acadienne; Courir la Mi-Carême, which earned him the 2008 Island Book Award.

He also published Noël en Acadie and La Chandeleur en Acadie, and has collaborated on a book about Acadian women in Prince Edward Island.

Several honorary titles have highlighted Georges Arsenault’s career, including: member of the Ordre des francophones d’Amérique  awarded by the Government of Quebec, knight of the Order of Arts and Letters awarded by France, the médaille Léger-Comeau of the Société nationale de l’Acadie and the Ordre du mérite acadien received in 2008 from the Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin. In November 2016, he was admitted into the Order of Canada.

Did you know…

The Foundation was created in 2004 by the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada.