ABOUT THE SANB
The Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB) is the recognized political representative of New Brunswick’s Acadian and Francophone community. It is dedicated to the defense and promotion of the rights and interests of the province’s Acadian and Francophone population.
The SANB is comprised of a democratically elected board. The president of the SANB is its official spokesperson. The SANB has a broad focus and its core values are openness, transparency and inclusion. The SANB is a member driven organization that also plays a consultative role insofar as it has the mandate to foster collaboration between different organizations within the Acadian civil society.
The SANB deals with local issues that have a direct impact on the province’s Francophone community. The SANB intervenes regularly at the local, provincial, national and international levels.
While the victories of the Acadian community are numerous, they were hard fought and remain fragile. Citizen mobilization and participatory democracy are therefore at the heart of the SANB. Our citizen driven agenda harnesses the energy of engaged individuals that contribute to the greater good in their day to day lives through participation in different concerted activities.
Institutional bilingualism is an entrenched right in New Brunswick, as is the constitutionally guaranteed equality of both linguistic communities. Consequently, the SANB believes that Francophone institutions should be governed for and by Acadians and that public funds dedicated to this effect are the catalyst that enable not only greater equality, but more importantly, the rectification of historical wrongs. Linguistic duality, and more importantly institutional duality, are of the utmost importance in not only the preservation but also the holistic development of the Acadian community of New Brunswick. The future of the Acadian people lies not only in its ability to participate as equal partners, but also in its ability to insure the sustainability of its rural areas, its coasts and its woodlands.
The SANB promotes a modern Acadie, home to a vibrant economy where immigrants are welcomed with open arms and true equality is contagious and celebrated; where pay equity is normal and youth have limitless opportunities; where we are a model of tolerance and everyone celebrates the historic and present contribution of the Acadian Community.
With some 20,000 plus members, the SANB officially represents our community within Atlantic Canada as a member of the www.snacadie.org Société nationale de l’Acadie (SNA) and nationally at the www.fcfa.ca Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA du Canada). The work accomplished at these tables helps the SANB foster collaboration between Francophone communities, A Mari Usque Ad Mare.