The official unveiling of the new “Peace and Friendship Park” name took place yesterday in Halifax (June 21. 2021).
Many Mi’kmaw Elders and leaders were present for the event, as well as the Mayor, a city councilor or two, and two MPs (Jaime Battiste and Andy Fillmore).
These photos catch the moment Elder Daniel Paul and Mayor Mike Savage pulled the tarp off the panel, then them checking out the other side of the two-sided panel.
There were about 150 people in attendance, including several of us who had been on the Task Force on the Commemoration of Edward Cornwallis and the Recognition and Commemoration of Indigenous Peoples. To rename Cornwallis Park as Peace and Friendship Park was one of our recommendations. The full report is available on the HRM website.
It strikes me that this action—and many more that are taking place across Canada—was roughly 500 years in the making. That’s how long it has taken the millions of descendants of the newcomers to the Americas to begin to understand and respect Indigenous perspectives and experiences. Of course, the process is not over. As is often said, reconciliation is a shared journey, not a destination.
I was surprised today to learn that the latest La Parole Newsletter had discovered and referenced one of my entries on the shepherd.com web site. The write-up they highlighted was the one I had done on the Acadian Deportation.
Please click on the link to read the newsletter. The story about my posting is on page 2.
The latest issue of Atlantic Books Today (Spring 2021) is now out.
Among many feature stories the issue presents a short excerpt, along with the cover, from the new book that Jesse Francis and I have been working on—Ancient World, New World. That excerpt is found on page 43.
Here is a link to the full issue.
It is sweet to see that the opening page of the Shepherds.com (book lovers’) web site currently highlights my post about 1960s rock ‘n’ roll books (including “Kings of Friday Night: The Lincolns”).
I’m sure that opening presentation will change in the days ahead, but for the time being it offers great publicity for all books I discuss.
Here’s the link.
The link above will take you to my latest posting on the Shepherd.com website, a site for book lovers of all kinds.