NS place names containing a derogatory word will have new names chosen in January
New names for four Nova Scotia locations in Shelburne County that contain a derogatory word will have new names chosen next month.
A poll asking residents of the neighborhood to vote on new names will end at the end of December.
“The final selections will be counted in the new year and then go to the municipalities of Shelburne and Barrington, as well as the local MP, to receive their support,” Blaise Thériault of the Nova Scotia Department of Services told CBC .
Together, they will decide on the new names of Cape Negro (the region), Cape Negro Harbor, Cape Negro Island and Cape Negro (a point on the island).
Thériault said the process of changing the four place names started with two nominations in 2018.
A local man filed a complaint with the provincial government about place names that included a racial insult, after being called the same insult at a cafe.
Thériault said there had been public engagement about the name change since June.
“We received hundreds of responses which included suggested names for the locations,” Theriault said. “The department then researched and verified the proposed names and has now shared a list of names with residents of Shelburne County for final selection.”
For Cape Negro, the five names proposed are Peaceful Haven, Cape Perseverance, Cape Freedom, Cape Hope and Herbertville.
For Cape Negro Island, the options are Spirit Island, Freedom Island, New Hope Island, and Cromwell Island.
For Cape Negro, it is between Peaceful Point, Cape Courage, Cape Loyalist Point and Cape Faith.
The names suggested for Cape Negro Harbor are Loyalist Harbor, Precious Waters, Freedom Harbor and New Hope Harbor.
Both Herbert and Cromwell were surnames shared by some of the black loyalists who remained in Nova Scotia instead of leaving Birchtown in 1792 to settle in Sierra Leone, Africa, like many others at the time.
In March Chuck smith, a descendant of the Black Loyalists, gave a presentation to city councilors and explained how the word made him feel.
In a recent letter he wrote to Shelburne County, he said the areas to be renamed should honor black loyalists who lived in the area.
“We need to change the names of these communities to show respect to our black ancestors who came to Nova Scotia to escape racism but who faced so much discrimination and racism when they arrived here in Nova Scotia. that they were forced to leave these small communities, ”he said. wrote.
Smith said in the letter that he hoped “the community will change the name to a prominent black loyalist.”
However, the Department of Service Nova Scotia did not specify whether the Black Loyalist Heritage Center and Society will have a say in the final decision.
“It is important that places in our province have names that are respectful and inclusive to all Nova Scotians,” said Thériault.
“When we change a place name, we need to make sure that we are working with the communities to select the correct name.”
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