OTTAWA: Canadians have joined a world push to strip public areas of racist and colonial symbols, calling this week for a statue of Canada’s first prime minister to be taken down and the renaming of a Toronto road.
Hundreds signed petitions to take away John A. Macdonald’s bronze likeness from Place du Canada Park in Montreal, and to rename Dundas Avenue in Toronto.
This comes after strikes to take away statues honoring Accomplice generals and slave house owners in the USA in response to anti-racism protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd.
“It is time for Canadians too to revise the meanings of our own public monuments, and their effect on the legacy we wish to correct,” one of many petitions states.
Macdonald’s statue, put in in 1895 within the coronary heart of Montreal, has been repeatedly vandalised over time. His authorities has been accused of searching for to assimilate indigenous peoples via forcible enrollment in residential colleges, for instance, that led to a lack of language and tradition, described in a 2015 reconciliation fee report as “cultural genocide”. Centuries later, many Canadian aboriginals proceed to endure excessive poverty and violence.
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante stated on Wednesday there have been no plans to take away the statue. However she additionally welcomed the chance for “a dialogue between what was the past and what was right then or what was acceptable then, where at one point we’re like, as a society, ‘enough’.”
Revealed in Daybreak, June 12th, 2020