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Mi’kmaq artist moved by messages of support following graffiti incident –

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 202020 Views

VALLEY, N.S. – Leonard Paul has been inundated with messages of support since a sign he painted near the Nova Scotia border at Amherst was defaced with racist graffiti on Monday.

While disappointed someone would scrawl NS Needs Mills across his creation, he’s not angry. Instead, he believes something positive will continue to come out of it.

“Whoever did this has really opened up a kinship,” Paul told SaltWire on Wednesday. “The messages and comments I have received have not come from just First Nations people, but from people of all walks of life. Everyone was offended by the message.”

The graffiti appeared on the heels of Northern Pulp shutting down its Abercrombie Point mill last month after failing to win environmental approval for a new effluent treatment facility to replace Boat Harbour, which lies adjacent to Pictou Landing First Nation.

The closure put hundreds of direct mill employees out of a job and left many more forestry workers who supplied the mill without work.

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