Friday, August 26, 2016

Ottawa backs request for return of Beothuk remains from Scotland

CBC News, August 25, 2016

Ottawa is throwing its weight behind an effort to repatriate the remains of two Indigenous people taken from a Newfoundland gravesite in 1828 that are now at a museum in Scotland.

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has taken the unusual step of notifying the director of National Museums Scotland that Canada will make a formal demand.

The remains are Nonosabasut and his wife Demasduit, two of the last Beothuks, an Indigenous people declared extinct in 1829. Some historians have claimed the Beothuks were the victims of genocide.

"The government of Canada considers this matter to be of considerable importance," Joly wrote to Gordon Rintoul on May 26.

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