Government of Canada and Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs announce partnership to change name of Canadian Coast Guard ship Edward Cornwallis
“Reconciliation is imperative to our country’s future, and advancing it is the responsibility of every individual and institution. By renaming the Cornwallis, we take another step in righting the wrongs of our country’s past. As we make way for a new name, one chosen in partnership with the Mi’kmaq people, we have a new opportunity to shine a light on a leader whose actions embody the values we hold today. Reconciliation is a shared journey, and I’m very thankful to Chief Paul and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs’ leadership for their ongoing guidance and partnership.”
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
"As we work together with Minister Jordan to address the long-standing negative history of figures of the past, today we are witnessing reconciliation in action. The Mi'kmaq have called this land home since time immemorial, however, the dark legacy of early settlers continues to serve as a painful reminder of the inequalities that still exist today. As we right the wrongs of the past, we build stronger relations for the future."
Chief Terry Paul, Chief & CEO, Membertou
“When I was informed that CCGS Edward Cornwallis would be renamed it made my day. This is what reconciliation is all about, our society should be comfortable for all races to reside in, it is not possible when a historical wrong is left to fester and be an affront to the human dignity of another race, in this case, the Mi’kmaq. Hats off to the Honourable Bernadette Jordan for making this decision, she is a lady who saw a wrong and corrected it, Wela’lin, (thank you)!”
Mi’kmaw Saqmawiey, Daniel N. Paul, C.M., O.N.S.
“The men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard are proud to serve Indigenous peoples and other Canadians in Nova Scotia and across this country as we work together on search and rescue, environmental response, aids to navigation and marine protection. The new name of the ship will reflect that pride.”
Mario Pelletier, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard
The CCGS Edward Cornwallis is a high-endurance multi-tasked vessel, which performs light icebreaking and buoy tending operations essential to keeping waters open and safe for marine traffic.
The vessel entered into service in 1986 and its home port is located at the Canadian Coast Guard base in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
On March 2, 2020 a contract for $12.1 M was awarded to Shelburne Ship Repair, of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, for vessel life extension work on the ship. This work is expected to be completed in early 2021.
It is the Government of Canada’s hope that the new name not only reflects the core values of the Coast Guard, but also of Canada's commitment to Reconciliation.
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
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