Port Hawkesbury’s mayor says she’s optimistic about a possible signage addition to the Canso Causeway.
Town councillors sent a letter to Premier Stephen McNeil, who also serves as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, requesting the addition of “Unama’ki” (Cape Breton) to the welcome sign at the Canso Causeway in January.
Brenda Chisholm-Beaton, the town’s mayor, says to her knowledge, officials from all local municipalities and First Nations’ communities in Cape Breton, as well as officials from the mainland, have sent letters of support for the idea.
She said McNeil seemed pleased with the steps taken by local officials.
After Tuesday night’s town council meeting, Chisholm-Beaton said despite a concrete answer, they’re hopeful about the chances.
“He expressed, kind of an appreciation, that we are taking such strides in truth and reconciliation and leading by example,” she said. “We didn’t have confirmation that there will be in fact the addition of Unama’ki to the Canso Causeway sign.”
Chisholm-Beaton said she believes steps are being made, and she is confident the addition will happen.
She has said the discussion on its own has been important for community members.
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