Statue of Halifax's controversial founder vandalized following protest

A statue of Halifax's controversial founder has been vandalized following a protest calling for the removal of tributes to Edward Cornwallis.

The statue of Cornwallis was defaced with graffiti shortly after Saturday's protest that saw the monument covered with a tarp for a few hours.

A city crew quickly removed the graffiti denouncing celebrations of Canada's 150th birthday.

As governor of Nova Scotia in the 1700's Cornwallis issued a bounty on Mi'kmaq scalps in response to an attack on colonists.

The Mi'kmaq have long demanded the removal of tributes to Cornwallis, some calling his actions a form of genocide.