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Their spirits are here’: The Halifax Explosion’s untold story of Mi’kmaw communities lost – The Globe and Mail

by pmnationtalk on December 6, 201712 Views

December 05, 2017

One December day in 1917, Indigenous people were among those who lost loved ones and homes in the disaster that rocked Halifax and killed thousands. While Mi’kmaq remember the tragedy in oral tradition, the rest of Nova Scotia largely hasn’t – until now, Lindsay Jones reports

For the past decade, Cathy Martin has stood on the rocky shore of Dartmouth every Dec. 6 calling out the names of her Mi’kmaw ancestors as the bells toll at the official Halifax Explosion ceremony across the harbour.

This year, she’ll add seven more names to that list, as the mystery of what happened to her family a century ago is finally unravelling.

“Their spirits are here. The more we say their names, the better they can rest and know that we haven’t forgotten them,” said Ms. Martin, age 59.

Read More: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/halifax-explosion-anniversary-indigenous/article37194443/

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