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About the SANB
The Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB), or Acadian Society of New Brunswick, is the official political representation structure of Acadian and Francophone communities living within the province. It is dedicated to the defense and promotion of the rights and interests of Acadians, Francophones, and Francophiles.
The SANB is comprised of a democratically elected board, and its president is the organization’s official spokesperson. The SANB has a broad focus, and its core values are of openness, transparency, and inclusion. The SANB is a grassroots, member driven organization, that also seeks to foster collaboration between different organizations within the Acadian civil society.
The SANB is most comfortable with harnessing local issues which have a direct impact on all members of the Francophone community. The SANB intervenes regularly at the local, provincial, national, and even international levels. While the victories of the Acadian community are numerous, they have been hard fought and remain fragile in many cases.
The mobilization of citizens towards collective action is at the heart of the SANB’s mandate. Our citizen-driven agenda harnesses the energy of engaged citizens on files affecting both their individual day to day lives, as well as their community more broadly.
While institutional bilingualism is an entrenched right in New Brunswick, along with the constitutionally guaranteed equality of both linguistic communities, the SANB believes that Francophone institutions should be governed by and for Acadians. The public funds designated to this effect are not only the catalysts that enable equality between both official language communities, but they are more importantly a means to correct historical wrongs and foster equality in all its forms. 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 and Francophone community in New Brunswick. The future of the Acadian people lies not only in its ability to participate as equal partners within the province, but more importantly in its ability to insure the sustainability of its rural and urban areas, its coastlines, and its woodland areas.
A prosperous and modern Acadie must be home to a vibrant economy, where newcomers of all backgrounds are welcomed with open arms, and where equality and diversity are truly celebrated. In this modern Acadie, pay equity is normal and our youth have limitless opportunities. This Acadie that we are building must be a model of tolerance, where the historic and present contributions of the Acadian community are seen as things worth celebrating.
With some 25,000 plus members, the SANB officially represents the province’s Acadian community within Atlantic Canada as a member of the Société nationale de l'Acadie (SNA) and nationally at the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA du Canada). The work accomplished at those tables enables and fosters collaboration within the country’s francophone communities, A mari usque ad mare.