WOLFVILLE, N.S. _ Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she defers to the views of local Mi’kmaq leaders on whether a controversial statue of Halifax’s founder should be moved.
The Liberal cabinet minister is in Wolfville, N.S., today to attend a meeting with Nova Scotia chiefs and MPs to discuss increased self government for Mi’kmaq communities in the province.
Last month protesters pledged to remove a bronze monument to Edward Cornwallis in a Halifax park, but instead the city temporarily covered it in a tarp.
Cornwallis, as governor of Nova Scotia, founded Halifax in 1749 and soon after issued a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps in response to an attack on colonists.
Some members of the Mi’kmaq community have called for removal of tributes to Cornwallis, calling his actions a form of genocide.
Wilson-Raybould, who is aboriginal, says the regional leadership of the Assembly of First Nations and “the rest of the community and elders” will determine what actions to take to enhance reconciliation between First Nations and non-aboriginal residents in Nova Scotia.