The remains of two Beothuck, believed to be the last of their people, will be repatriated to Canada.
Sagimaw Mi’sel Joe of the Miawpukek First Nation says his first reaction was a resounding “yahoo.”
Joe led the charge to have the remains of two Beothuck, believed to be among the last of their people, brought back to Canadian soil.
Today, the National Museum of Scotland agreed to release the remains to the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa.
Joe spent time with the remains of Nonosabasut and his wife Demasduit in Scotland—a time he considers sacred.
The remains were found by William Cormack in the early half of the 19th century, who sent them to Scotland, where they have been ever since.
Joe says for now, he’s pleased they’ll be coming back to Canada. He says it’s been a very hard few weeks for Indigenous people in the province and this is good news to be celebrated.
Ultimately, Joe says, he’d like to see the remains come back to Newfoundland, “Where they belong.”
Premier Dwight Ball is welcoming news that the effort to have the remains of two Beothuck people repatriated to Canada is another step closer.
He thanks Chief Joe for his leadership and advocacy on the issue, and is hopeful that the remains can be restored to “their rightful home,” and reflect on what has been lost.