Mi’kmaq Chiefs Want Cornwallis Statue Down
The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs is calling for the Edward Cornwallis statue in downtown Halifax to be taken down immediately.
The assembly says the HRM’s review process on the founder of the city is taking too long.
Chief Bob Gloade from Millbrook First Nation says the Mi’kmaq need to see action now.
Halifax council launched a committe in October to determine what to do with signage named after Cornwallis and was seen by some to be a step toward reconciliation with the Indigenous communities.
The controversy escalated when a group of roughly 50 around the statue on Canada Day were confronted by five men who said the protesters were disrespecting the founder.
Cornwallis was the British military officer who founded Halifax in 1749 and issued a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps after some Mi’kmaq attacked settlers in the British colony.