Coast guard ship Edward Cornwallis renamed to honour peace treaty with Mi'kmaq
A Canadian Coast Guard ship whose original name paid tribute to the controversial founder of Halifax is being renamed to recognize an 18th century peace treaty between a British governor and a Mi'kmaq chief.
Indigenous leaders and historians said last year the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Edward Cornwallis should stop honouring a military officer who offered a bounty for scalps of the Mi'kmaq people.
The new name to be installed this year during the ship's refit in Shelburne, N.S., will be Canadian Coast Guard Ship Kopit Hopson 1752.
The new moniker includes the date of the treaty and recognizes its signatories, Mi'kmaq Chief Kopit and Peregrine Hopson, the career military officer who succeeded Cornwallis.
Last summer, federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan said her government was consulting with Indigenous groups to choose a new identity for the ship.
Daniel Paul, a Mi'kmaq elder and author of "We Were Not the Savages,'' had pushed for the change, noting similar name changes had occurred at a Halifax junior high school and a historic African Nova Scotian Baptist church.