Seven Wonders of Canada
This nomination came from the grade two class at Woodland Primary in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland - Labrador.
The class has been studying the Beothuks, one of the area’s first nations who did not, ultimately, survive European settlement. The grade two class nominated a very special local rock, which they say is representative of the Beothuk people.
We liked this wonder nomination because addresses the wrongs of history with all the optimism and good intention of youth.
Nonosabasut Rock (4:06)
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Ms. Warr's Grade Two Students
Woodland Primary Grand Falls-Windsor Newfoundland Labrador
We are Grade Two students at Woodland Primary in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland Labrador. We would like to nominate Nonosabasut Rock as one of the Seven Wonders of Canada. This rock is located in the middle of the Exploits River in our town. The Exploits River is the longest river in Newfoundland. This rock is very unique. It has a face at each end, and one of the faces is upside down. Some say they are able to see many different animal faces in the rock also. We have written the Geological Department at Memorial University to see if these faces were manmade by the Beothuks, made by one of the other First Peoples, or made by nature.
For the past two years Ms. Warr's grade two classes have been trying to help right the wrong that was done to the Beothuks, one of Newfoundland's First Peoples. We collected names on petitions to try to get the name of our local museum changed from the Mary March Museum to The Demasduit Centre of the Founding Peoples. Our local MHA, Anna Thistle, presented our petitions in the House of Assembly. When they captured Demasduit the white people took her real name away from her and gave her the name Mary March. Our class feels that nobody has the right to take your name away from you.
When John Peyton Jr. captured Demasduit in 1819, they killed her husband Nonosabasut, who was a Beothuk chief, killed his brother and left their newborn baby with the rest of the tribe. The baby died two days later. There is a mountain in Central Newfoundland named after the Peytons, who killed Demasduit's husband. There's nothing to pay tribute to a Beothuk chief who died trying to protect his family.
Actually, one of the faces in the rock resembles Nonosabasut, who was a really big man. We wrote to our town council and they gave us permission to name the rock, Nonosabusut Rock. We just finished writing letters to Scotland to try to get Nonosabusut's and Demasduit's skulls back where they belong in our province. They are a part of our history, not Scotland's. They have been in Scotland since 1827 when William Cormack took them from the Beothuk burial place where their baby was buried too, and brought them to Scotland. That was another wrong that was done to the Beothuk people. Bringing the skulls home would be the best way to right the wrong that was done to the Beothuks.
If Nonosabusut Rock gets picked as one of the Seven Wonders of Canada, it would be the best ever tribute to the Beothuks and serve as a memorial to this extinct group of people.
You can visit the following website to view the rock which we wish to nominate as one of the Seven Wonders of Canada. http://www.k12.nf.ca/woodland/woodland_connections/index4/AnthonySubject.htm
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