Bridgewater, N.S. to change street name, citing slaughter of Indigenous people – CTV News

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Bridgewater, N.S. to change street name, citing slaughter of Indigenous people – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on June 17, 202131 Views

June 17, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. — The town of Bridgewater in southwestern Nova Scotia has joined the growing list of communities that have dropped the name Cornwallis from its street signs, saying the name of the former colonial governor is too closely associated with the slaughter of Indigenous people.

Edward Cornwallis, who was also the founder of Halifax, earned a notorious reputation for brutality after he issued a bounty for the scalps of Mi’kmaq men, women and children in October 1749.

Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell said Cornwallis’s actions should not be celebrated.

“What we learn from history is that we should ensure we are not rejoicing in the wrong things or the wrong people,” he told a virtual council meeting Monday.

Read More: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/bridgewater-n-s-to-change-street-name-citing-slaughter-of-indigenous-people-1.5474626

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