Robert Devet
The Nova Scotia Advocate
August 7, 2021

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – I can’t say it enough, a tiny group of activists deserve a lot of credit for keeping the secretive delisting and potential sale of Owls Head Provincial Park in the news, even at the height of summer.

Today the Save Owls Head group did it again, organizing three public rallies, in Wolfville, Annapolis Royal and Halifax. The rally at Victoria Park in downtown Halifax drew at least 300 people angry enough about the potential sale to sacrifice part of a beautiful summer weekend. Passing cars and buses honking in support provided a steady background chorus throughout the event.

… A large Mi’kmaw contingent attended the rally, including grassroots grandmothers Doreen Bernard, who opened the rally with prayers, and Elizabeth Marshall. Marshall, who is from Eskasoni, has been vocal in her opposition to the sale.   

“Crown Lands belong to L’nuk for our benefit and harvesting rights. Rankin wants to sell or give these Crown Lands to his billionaire friend… Rankin, his Liberal golfers & his billionaire friend need to prepare for the Mi’kmaq people, the coming generation who are coming into fruition, they are going to assume their title of Crown lands, they will assume title and will occupy the coastal lands your military and RCMP drove our grandfathers from,” Marshall recently stated on Facebook.

[Gary] Burrill committed that a NDP government not only would stop the sale of Owls Head, it would also ensure no other park that is pending protection would be sold in secret. And an NDP government would move Nova Scotia towards protecting 25 per cent of our land and water by 2025, and 30 per cent by 2030, in line with international commitments, he said.

“Owls Head provincial park was designated by means of an extended process of consultation, involving over 1000 public submissions over a series of years, which were completely thrown out the window with one secret Liberal cabinet decision. It’s environmentally wrong. It’s democratically wrong. And I think it’s important for us to register clearly that it’s morally wrong as well,” Burrill said.

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