12/13/2015 03:02 EST | Updated 12/13/2016 05:12 EST

Halifax's Racist Statue Has Got To Go: Mi'kmaq Elder

The city's founder offered a reward for the murder of Mi'kmaq people in the 18th century.


HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's premier says he will discuss options for a statue of Halifax city founder Edward Cornwallis that the Mi'kmaq community has long argued is racist.

A spokeswoman for Stephen McNeil says the premier plans to meet with Halifax Mayor Mike Savage to discuss the statue, which has stood in a downtown park for more than 80 years.

Mi'kmaq elder Daniel Paul says although Cornwallis is the city's founder, he also issued a scalping proclamation in 1749 that offered a cash bounty for anyone who killed Mi'kmaq men, women and children.

Paul says his goal is not to erase Cornwallis from history books, but to strike a compromise that recognizes the atrocities he committed.

He says he would like to see the statue removed from the park and placed in the depths of the Citadel Hill fortress.

About four years ago, a local junior high school stripped Cornwallis from their name amid concerns from the Mi'kmaq community.

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