Allowing the Mi'kimaw people to rename 'Indian Beach".

Allowing the Mi'kimaw people to rename 'Indian Beach".

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Wayne O'Toole started this petition to Cape Breton Regional Municipality and

"Indian" is a term misused to identify Indigenous peoples of North America.

This "beach" was settled by Mi'kmaw people more than 10,000 years ago.

In 1941 the Indigeous were forceable relocated.

It had a name, and a history pre colonialism.

The name should be changed, and that change should come from the Mi'kmaw people of Unama'ki, the land of the fog. Also known as Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

"Indian" people come from India, and have a beautiful culture of their own.

This was once called – Etlimketo’sni’k

Reconciliation starts with any actions to share truth. And history is older than colonialism.

A simple change, given as a gesture that we, settlers, are trying to understand and do better.

"The first permanent settlers on the north shore of Sydney harbour were indigenous, members of the Mi’kma'ki Nation who arrived in Unama'ki (now Cape Breton Island) roughly 10,000 years ago and shortly after the end of the last great ice age. They built seasonal encampments on the local sandbar which they named Etlimketo’sni’k (Indian Beach) and a permanent settlement, (North Sydney) Kwesomkwiaq behind the present town on the side of Ferris Hill. (In 1942 the Mi’kmaq inhabitants of North Sydney were forcibly removed by the federal government and resettled in Eskasoni, Nyanza, and Whycocomagh.").

It is time we began the reconciliation in any way we can. Out of respect and love for the beautiful cultures and for diversity.

Wantaqo'ti, or peace begins by extending some respect and embracing that which is.

The name is not mine to choose. It is for the people that were displaced from their home.

 

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