BR Halifax Ditching Founder – CP

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BR Halifax Ditching Founder – CP

by ahnationtalk on May 12, 2016185 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
May 12, 2016

Halifax’s first Mi’kmaq poet laureate says it’s disrespectful for Halifax’s municipal council to reject a debate over public sites named for the city’s controversial founder.

Rebecca Thomas says she was disappointed by the results of the council’s close eight-to-seven vote over Edward Cornwallis.

Councillor Waye Mason had proposed a discussion on updating municipal landmarks bearing Cornwallis’s name.

The Mi’kmaq are asking for the removal of tributes to Cornwallis, with some saying his actions against their ancestors are genocidal.

Cornwallis founded Halifax in 1749 and issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi’kmaq men, women and children, in response to an attack on colonists.

The Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre and mostly black Cornwallis Street Baptist church had petitioned council to re-name Cornwallis Street.

Mayor Mike Savage says his office has received calls from residents who want to preserve the city’s heritage, but he is urging councillors not to delay the discussion.

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(The Canadian Press)

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