Sir John A. MacDonald + monuments

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PAOV — “To show commemoration to someone who did such heinous things and keep a statue of that as a permanent reminder on indigenous land is an abomination.” A monument on Parliament Hill celebrates Sir John A. MacDonald’s accomplishments as Canada’s first prime minister — but his government was also responsible for the implementation of the residential school system. Petition starter Melissa believes that the statue should be removed, in recognition of its place on colonized land and out of respect for the trauma caused by MacDonald’s government. If you agree, sign the petition today.

Petition to take down the John. A. Mcdonald statue in Ottawa, parliament hill.

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Canada has caused and still does cause the indigenous people of Canada great pain, and by having a statue (a form of commemoration) to John. A.Mcdonald someone who kept residential schools going, and made sure they kept running is inappropriate. Not to mention the assimilation act he enacted in 1883 as well as making indigenous practices and traditions illegal. Many children were raped, beaten, and murdered in residential schools. The last one closed down in 1996, we must not forget this is not our land. To show commemoration to someone who did such heinous things and keep a statue of that as a permanent reminder on indigenous land is an abomination.

Theres an argument that when we take the statue down it will cause us to forget history, unforutantely even if that were possible many indigenous don’t have that luxury. History of this nature is meant for the museum, not as a permanent reminder of what went on in the very recent past. As Canadians, we pride ourselves on being a diverse country, but keeping this statue shows our true colors and white-centric ways. The only way to fight injustice is to presently support minorities in their fight for justice. It’s not enough to just not be racist one must be anti-racist, a country built for one is a country built for none.

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