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‘Send him back’: Halifax hosts first consultation on commemorating Cornwallis – Global News

by ahnationtalk on June 7, 201949 Views

June 6, 2019

Halifax has hosted its first public engagement session on how to commemorate both its colonial history and its rich Indigenous heritage — a mission launched after the removal of the controversial Edward Cornwallis statue.

The consultation took place at the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre on Thursday evening, where residents discussed the fate of the statue, which was removed from the park bearing its name in January last year.

Cornwallis, the founder of Halifax, is infamous for putting a bounty on Mi’kmaw scalps in 1749, while serving as governor of Nova Scotia.

Speakers on Thursday were overwhelmingly against keeping his effigy in the city, and further, suggested renaming Cornwallis Street in the downtown part of the city.

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