Opinion: Cornwallis paid people to kill the Mi'kmaq, but Halifax should still remember him
Cornwallis is a name you will come across several times in Halifax.
But recently the city found itself in a debate about whether it should continue to remember Edward Cornwallis — its founding father.
Cornwallis, a governor of Nova Scotia, was a British military officer who founded Halifax in 1749. He also issued a proclamation that same year, in which he offered a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mi'kmaq person.
But John Boileau says to erase Cornwallis from the city's history would be a mistake with severe consequences.
Where does it stop? Do we end up with every place in Canada being named 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, red, green, black, elm, oak, maple so we don't offend anybody? Where does it stop?- John Boileau
The retired colonel and member of the Halifax Military Heritage Preservation Society also argues it is akin to rewriting history, and suggests instead that the community work to include all of the city's founding fathers.
If the Mi'kmaq community and the Acadian community want to put statues up ...what a great inclusiveness and what a great educational experience to show the folks who founded this province.- John Boileau
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