My piece from Voyageur Heritage.
Originally posted on ~~Voyageur Heritage~~ The French Canadian Cultural Alliance of the Great Lakes:
French-Canadian Heritage Week is September 29-October 5, 2014 as resolved and adopted by the Michigan State House of Representatives on August 27, 2014.
Why pride? Why French-Canadian Heritage Week? What’s all the fuss?
A cultural attribute that often comes up when I have conversations with other French-Canadians, Métis, and Franco-Americans about identity is the way we often tend to “not make a big deal” of things. As a culture we have tended, in the USA at least, to avoid confrontation with church, state, and industry. Wherever this comes from — inborn humility, self-deprecation, a history of living under harsh authorities — it means that as the generations pass, we lose touch with our culture and our history. It means we may even lose touch with our ancestry. Effectively, while all around us other ethnic and religious groups thrive with major celebrations and community centers brimming with pride, French-Canadians fade into…
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