BURYING OF THE HATCHET CEREMONY: 1761
On June 25, 1761, a "Burying of the Hatchet Ceremony" was held at the Governor's farm in Halifax. During the day treaties of peace and friendship were signed between Jonathan Belcher, President of His Majesty's Council and Commander-in-Chief of the province, and the Chiefs of the Mi'kmaq Nation, called Merimichi, Jediack, Pogmouch, and Cape Breton, on behalf of themselves and their people. The ceremony proceeded thus:
This speech is a classic expressions of British hypocrisy. Statements such as "putting you in full possession of English protection and liberty" must have been considered, after what their Nation Had suffered at the hands of the English, a sick joke by the assembled Chiefs. Even while the ceremony was in progress numbers of their relatives still languished inside British forts as hostages.
The Governor went on to describe the English as "merciful." This was also a mockery because the English had shown no mercy towards the Mi'kmaq. The Governor tells the Chiefs that the Crown will protect them "against the rage and cruelties of the Oppressor." Given that the English were the only oppressors the Mi'kmaq had ever known, they must have waited with great anticipation to find out how the English might protect them from the English.
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