P.E.I. Park Honours Man Who Wanted Aboriginals Killed: Mi'kmaq Leader
John Joe Sark has sent a letter to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, asking for the park's name to be changed.
It’s a “grave insult” that a national park in Prince Edward Island still bears the name of a military general who wanted to kill aboriginal people with smallpox, says a Mi'kmaq leader.
John Joe Sark, a member of the Mi'kmaq Nation traditional government, says the name of 18th-century British military commander Jeffery Amherst should be removed from the Port-la-Joye Fort Amherst historic site near Charlottetown.
“Why should they name any public place after a barbarian and a tyrant that this guy was?” Sark said Monday from Johnstons River, P.E.I.
“He may be a hero to the colonial government or the Settlers’ Society or whatever, but he’s no hero to the Mi'kmaq people.”