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The Return of the Beothuk Bodies

That the Parliament notes that the remains of Chief Nonosabasut and his wife, Demasduit, two of the last members of the extinct Beothuk tribe of Canada, are held in the collection of the National Museum of Scotland; recognises the growing campaign in Canada for the repatriation of these remains, which are of religious, cultural and ethnic significance to many; commends the work being done by Chief Mi'sel Joe of the Miawpukek First Nation to achieve that end, and, while urging the Scottish Government to ensure that the museum accedes to the request now made by Chief Mi'sel Joe in the spirit of common humanity and respect for the dead, also recognises previous good work by the museum and other Scottish institutions in respecting those circumstances in which the rights and wishes of communities, countries or cultures can override established policy on the integrity and maintenance of collections particularly where human remains and religious artefacts are concerned.

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Hanzala Malik, Kenny MacAskill, George Adam, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Roderick Campbell, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, Angus MacDonald, Colin Beattie, John Finnie, Hugh Henry, Rob Gibson, John Mason, Dennis Robertson, Chic Brodie, Gil Paterson, Sandra White

Current Status: Fallen on 29/09/2015
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