An account of the aborigines of Nova Scotia called the [Mi’kmaq]

In Mr. Bromley’s Appeal on behalf of the [Indigenous people], printed in Nova Scotia, in 1820 p.24 he says:—

“One of the chiefs, who took up his abode with me a few weeks ago, appeared much agitated while he related the circumstance of the white people having obtained a grant of the burying-ground of his ancestors, whose bones they had lately ploughed up; and this to an [Indigenous person] is a species of sacrilege which he never can forgive. I am also acquainted with a particular part of the province of Nova Scotia, where a most ancient burying-ground of the [Indigenous people] is now in the possession of the white people; who, however, out of courtesy, still allow them to bury their dead there.” Mr. Bromley adds, “While reading over this part of my manuscript to a friend, a “native of this country, he assured me” that the white people had not only dispossessed them of their land, but that they had also driven them from their fishing-ground; and he related the following anecdote, as he was an eye-witness to the circumstance, which took place last autumn;— “In Chedebucto Bay, contiguous to Fox Island, in the eastern part of Nova Scotia, where the [Indigenous people] have been in the constant habit of fishing, and supplying the white fishermen with their manufactures, peltry, &c. for several years, they have been expelled in the most brutal manner from that fishing ground by the white people, who entered their camps, defiled their women, abused and beat the men, and, in fact, conducted themselves in such a manner as to prevent the possibility of their remaining any longer. My friend assures me, that he has purchased from those [Indigenous people], during his visits to that place, more than 300 barrels of mackerel. He described them as strictly honest, sober, and intelligent.”

“It is earnestly to be hoped, that general principle of JUSTICE will be acted upon towards them in future.”

Bromley, Walter. An Account of the Aborigines of Nova Scotia Called the Micmac Indians. [London?: s.n.], 1822. https://hdl.handle.net/2027/aeu.ark:/13960/t74t7r08v