Le travail en Acadie
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The themes of working experience and union activity have been neglected in studies of Acadian history. We aim to increase the understanding of the economic contributions and working lives of Acadians through attention to issues of community survival, regional depopulation and access to employment.
Our features on this theme include the following:
- Acadian Women Activists and the Labour Market: Since the end of the 1960s, several women's groups have actively campaigned to help Acadian women gain access to the labour market and to ensure fair working conditions for women. In this section of our site you will be able to read excerpts from memoirs, reports and letters prepared by women activists over the course of the last several decades. [ in preparation ]
- Acadian Emigration to the United States: Thousands of Acadians from New Brunswick migrated to the United States in the 20th century. This section of our website devoted to the subject will allow you to identify and remember ancestors of families and friends, and to read the letters of those who remained proud of their origins. [ in preparation ]
- Crisis in the Forest Industries: In recent years many New Brunswick communities have been severely affected by the crisis in the province's forest industries. The closing of important mills and factories and the loss of well-paid jobs have presented serious challenges for the people and communities who rely on this economic sector for their livelihood. On this part of our site you will be able to read articles from provincial daily and weekly newspapers focusing on the crisis and other documents discussing how workers, unions and communities have developed strategies to respond to them. You will also be able to hear excerpts from the testimony of workers who have been affected by the crisis. [ in preparation ]
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