Petition to Change 'Cornwallis Street' in Halifax to 'Rocky Jones Blvd'
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Cornwallis Street in North-End Halifax brings thoughts of oppression and racialized violence to people of the original inhabitants of the area. Cornwallis Street is home to various African-Canadian focused organizations, and the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre. The purpose of this petition is to change the name of the street, to reflect a champion for both Mi'kmaw and African-Nova Scotians. Jones was a founding member of The Black United Front of Nova Scotia, National Black Coalition of Canada, Dalhousie University Transition Year Program (where he taught for 10 years), Dalhousie Law School Indigenous Blacks and Mi'kmaq Program, African Canadian Liberation Movement, African Canadian Caucus of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Project to name a few. Jones was involved in the establishment of the Black Inmates Association and the Native Brotherhood of Dorchester Penitentiary and Springhill Institution. Jones developed programs for women in the Kingston Prison for Women, Halifax County Correctional Centre and in the community. The Transition Year Program, for example, has helped educate thousands (Over 1000 as of January, 2012) of Mi'kmaw and African-Canadians from Dalhousie University. We recognize that history can not be changed, although we can choose who we honour by naming streets, parks, and schools after them. Having streets named after more positive figures will also help boost confidence and tranquility among area residents, while inspiring youth to reach their full potential. By signing this petition you agree that The City of Halifax should honour true heroes such as Mr. Jones, as opposed to people like Mr. Cornwallis. These signatures will be presented to councillor for Halifax North Mr. Lindell Smith, with hopes that he will present this as a motion in City Hall.
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