Re­mov­ing statue a ‘lo­cal’ issue

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

WOLFVILLE, N.S. — Fed­eral Jus­tice Min­is­ter Jody Wil­sonRay­bould says she de­fers to the views of lo­cal Mi’kmaq lead­ers on whether a con­tro­ver­sial statue of Hal­i­fax’s founder should be moved. The Lib­eral cabi­net min­is­ter was in Wolfville, N.S., Thurs­day to at­tend a meet­ing with Nova Sco­tia chiefs and MPs to dis­cuss in­creased self-gov­ern­ment for Mi’kmaq com­mu­ni­ties in the prov­ince. Last month pro­test­ers pledged to re­move a bronze mon­u­ment to Ed­ward Corn­wal­lis in a Hal­i­fax park, but in­stead the city tem­po­rar­ily cov­ered it in a tarp. Corn­wal­lis, as gover­nor of Nova Sco­tia, founded Hal­i­fax in 1749 and soon af­ter is­sued a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps in re­sponse to an at­tack on colonists.

Some mem­bers of the Mi’kmaq com­mu­nity have called for re­moval of trib­utes to Corn­wal­lis, call­ing his ac­tions a form of geno­cide.

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