Nova Scotia premier to discuss 'racist' Halifax statue

Nova Scotia premier to discuss 'racist' Halifax statue
First posted: Sunday, December 13, 2015 02:11 PM EST | Updated: Sunday, December 13, 2015 04:17 PM EST
HALIFAX -- The name of a British military officer once lauded as Halifax's founder is splashed on across the capital city, serving as a constant reminder to the Mi'kmaq community of their ancestors who died under his scalping proclamation more than 260 years ago, says Mi'kmaq elder Daniel Paul.
A statue of Edward Cornwallis sits in a downtown park that also bears his name, just a few kilometres from Cornwallis Street.
But there has been a movement in recent years to strike a compromise that recognizes the city's history while still acknowledging the atrocities Cornwallis committed.
Cornwallis, a governor of Nova Scotia, founded Halifax in 1749 and issued the cash bounty that same year, which included Mi'kmaq men, women and children.
"When you go and you do such a horrible thing with the intent to exterminate a race of people from an area, it's kind of horrible for a society to be idolizing such a man as a hero," said Paul, who has been working for decades to expose "Nova Scotia's hidden history."
"It would be the same as a Jewish person walking down the street in Germany and seeing a statue of Hitler."
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has agreed to discuss options for the three-metre statue that has long been viewed as racist by the Mi'kmaq community and beyond.
McNeil's comments came after a question in the legislature on Friday from Progressive Conservative politician Allan MacMaster, who argued the statue should come down, as it stands as a "tribute to the near extermination of Mi'kmaq people in Nova Scotia."
A spokeswoman for McNeil said the premier plans to meet with Halifax Mayor Mike Savage to discuss the statue, which has stood in the downtown park for more than 80 years.
McNeil noted in the legislature that interpretive signs recognizing Cornwallis were recently removed from the Cornwallis River, which runs near a First Nations community in the Annapolis Valley, following a request from Paul.
"We will continue to work with our partners both municipally and the Mi'kmaq community to ensure that our history is reflected, but done so in a respectful way," said McNeil, who is also the province's aboriginal affairs minister.
Paul said his goal is not to erase Cornwallis from history books, but to strike a compromise that recognizes his brutal acts.
He said he would like to see the statue removed from the park and placed in the depths of the Citadel Hill fortress. He would also like to see the name Cornwallis removed from other places around the city, such as the park and street.
"Cornwallis should be relegated to the history books," said Paul in a phone interview on Sunday, adding that its not known exactly how many Mi'kmaq people died under Cornwallis' proclamation.
About four years ago, a local junior high school stripped Cornwallis from its name amid concerns from the Mi'kmaq community.
A statue of Edward Cornwallis stands in a Halifax park on Thursday, June 23, 2011. Nova Scotia's premier says he will discuss options for a statue of Halifax city founder Edward Cornwallis that the Mi'kmaq community has long argued is racist. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

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Led by the efforts of Daniel N. Paul (external - login to view), there has been much public attention in the twenty-first century on Cornwallis's use of frontier warfare against Mi'kmaq civilians. Paul accuses Cornwallis of committing "genocide". Historians have asserted that this position distorts the past, paying little regard for the historical context of Cornwallis's decisions. Frontier warfare against civilians was standard practice during the colonial period - Mi'kmaq leaders and New England Governors had endorsed this type of warfare since King William's War (external - login to view) (1688 ). Further, rather than being intent on genocide, Cornwallis tried to create peace treaties with the Mi'kmaq before and after the 18 month bounty he imposed. As well, had Cornwallis been intent on genocide of aboriginal peoples, he would have also put a bounty on the other tribes in the region. Instead, Cornwallis was able to create peace treaties with the other tribes. (external - login to view)
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The lefties hate history cuz it shows them in a bad light.
Golly,walleye, governor Cornwallis doesn't sound much like a Liberal to me,sounds like he was pretty ****servitive minded.
lone wolf
From Wiki"

Cornwallis played an important role in suppressing the Jacobite rising of 1745. He fought for the victorious British soldiers at the Battle of Culloden and then led a regiment of 320 men north for the Pacification of the Scottish Highlands. The Duke of Cumberland ordered him to "plunder, burn and destroy through all the west part of Invernesshire called Lochaber." Cumberland added: "You have positive orders to bring no more prisoners to the camp."Cornwallis's campaign was later described as one of unrestrained violence. Cornwallis ordered his men to chase off livestock, destroy crops and food stores Cornwallis's soldiers used rape and mass murder to intimidate Jacobites from further rebellion.

I can't imagine he'd be popular in Scotland either. How's being an upper crust British prick make him a leftie?
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It's the lefties who want to get rid of the statue. Lefties don't like history.
lone wolf
"Lefties", apparently, don't like honouring the action of a mass killer

Personally, I think it's a great place for pigeons to poop
Pigeons and statues being what they are, of course.
And history being what it is ...... IN THE PAST. Gone, done, has-been, etc.
Curious Cdn
Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaGView Post

Pigeons and statues being what they are, of course.
And history being what it is ...... IN THE PAST. Gone, done, has-been, etc.

I will add, as well that expunging the historic record just because you don't like it is not freeing, liberating or in any way contributing to some sort of collective "truth". That sort of editing of our past, like a lot of political correctness, is worthy of Joe Stalin.

Quote: Originally Posted by relicView Post

Golly,walleye, governor Cornwallis doesn't sound much like a Liberal to me,sounds like he was pretty ****servitive minded.

BTW, for those of you who may not know, HMCS Cornwallis near Digby NS was the Canadian Navy's entry training boot camp for a couple of generations. Now that is SERIOUSLY politically incorrect and should be covered up forthwith. Imagine, a peacekeeping nation like Canada with a military boot camp!? It must be a lie. Pass the "whiteout", please.
lone wolf
I find it interesting that scorched earth and bounties were accepted parts of military action - but now that it's cleaned up and cradled in history, if someone else does the same thing, they're terrorists.
Curious Cdn
... and "Child Soldiers" ... like my 15 year old Great Uncle who signed up with the Artillery at Fort George in 1916 and ended up in France four months later. He was not the only one, not by a long shot.
Oh I know about HMCS Cornwallis,found it quite conservative in '70.
Curious Cdn
Quote: Originally Posted by relicView Post

Oh I know about HMCS Cornwallis,found it quite conservative in '70.

It wasn't Paris Island . I was being a trifle fecitious.

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