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Mi'kmaq leaders urge calm ahead of protest to remove statue in Halifax


Published on July 14, 2017

A statue of Edward Cornwallis in a Halifax park is shown in this file image from Thursday, June 23, 2011. Organizers say a protest calling for a statue of Halifax's controversial founder to be toppled will proceed as planned, despite objections from Mi'kmaq leaders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

HALIFAX — Organizers say a protest calling for a statue of Halifax’s controversial founder to be toppled will proceed as planned, despite objections from Mi’kmaq leaders.

A Facebook event called “Removing Cornwallis” invites protesters to remove a large bronze statue of former governor Edward Cornwallis from atop a stone pedestal on Saturday.

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs has come out against using force to remove the statue, joining Mayor Mike Savage’s call for the Mi'kmaq community to work with the city as it re-evaluates its commemorations of Cornwallis.

In 1749, Cornwallis issued an infamous scalping proclamation promising a bounty for the scalp of every Mi'kmaq.

City councillors voted in April to convene an expert panel to recommend what to do about municipal landmarks paying tribute to the British military officer.

Protest organizer Suzanne Patles says the event was planned with the guidance of Indigenous elders, and she accused Savage of trying to sow division within the Mi'kmaq community.

The Canadian Press