Halifax Canadian Press, 2017). The protesters provided

Halifax is a
city that prides itself on its history and multiculturalism, but what many do
not know is that the founder of Halifax, Edward Cornwallis, was the cause of
extreme violent racism in Canadian history. Edward Cornwallis was a soldier and
politician and is celebrated for his legacy of founding Halifax in 1749 (Maham
Abedi, 2017). Another legacy of Cornwallis that often goes unknown is how he
issued an order in 1749 known as the “Scalping Proclamation” in response to an attack
on colonists, which issued a government-funded bounty to those who returned
with the scalps of Mi’kmaq adults or children (Maham Adbedi, 2017). A statue of
Cornwallis is located in Cornwallis Square in the downtown Halifax area. This
past summer, Halifax residents gathered around the statue rallying against the white
supremacist movement, which had began taking place in the United States, and to
remind the public of the racism that occurred in Canada’s history (The Canadian
Press, 2017). The protesters provided the Mayor with a list of demands, one of
which was for the statue to be removed. Many claimed the statue is distasteful and
represented a “colonial genocide” (Pam Berman, 2017), however, some state that
Cornwallis was “not the monster” people are portraying him as, and that we
should not try to “erase history” (Pam Berman, 2017). The municipality has developed
a panel to deal with the situation, and to increase the recognition of
indigenous history (Pam Berman, 2017). The municipality also intends to include
an indigenous advisor in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (Pam Berman,
2017). Although the statue still stands, it has been veiled with a black tarp. Overall,
despite what happens to the statue, the controversy has led to the municipality
to make changes that otherwise would not have been done; it is about bringing
the community together and eliminating the public divide. 

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