This circa 1871 photo shows members of the Mi'kmaq community at Turtle Grove.
Aboriginal band plans rebuild on site of Mi’kmaq village
Turtle Grove, destroyed by the Halifax explosion
in 1917, could be redeveloped
A Nova Scotia aboriginal band is drafting ambitious plans to rebuild a community on the site of a Mi'kmaq village that was obliterated by the Halifax Explosion nearly a century ago.
Black-and-white photos taken at the turn of the last century show a collection of wigwams close to the shoreline at the narrowest part of Halifax harbour. The Mi'kmaq called it Turtle Grove.
Some of the descendants of those who lived there; members of the Millbrook First Nation, want to develop the site to include a mix of residential and commercial properties.
The band, which is no stranger to commercial success, has tentative plans to build a boardwalk, marina, ferry terminal and residential units with office and retail space, some of which would be made available to band members.
About 900 members live on the existing reserve in the Truro area, an hour's drive north of Halifax. Another 900 live off the reserve, many of them in the Halifax area.
"That would be reserve land (and) that would create a desire (for band members) to be there," says chief Bob Gloade. "We're also looking at some cultural components and marking the history of the residents...there could be a monument."
The Crown corporation presented three development proposals to the public last November and a preferred concept is expected to be submitted for municipal approval this spring.
Demolition at the site started earlier this month. The Millbrook band is a partner with the contractor, Dexter Construction.
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