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What to do about statues of Canadians with problematic histories?
Almost three years ago, the statue of John A. MacDonald that stood by Victoria City Hall was wrapped in foam, and trucked away to storage. This summer, a similar statue of our first Prime Minister was toppled by protestors in Montreal. While it is being repaired its future is unknown. Opponents of these statues say they are a reminder of the policies that led to generational trauma suffered by Indigenous people in our country, including residential schools and mass starvation. Yet statues of John A. MacDonald remain on a bench in downtown Charlottetown, greeting visitors at the Ottawa airport and prominently visible in Victoria Park in Regina, but not for long.
The City of Regina has voted to remove this statue from Victoria park.
Our guests today will share with us more of John A. MacDonald's history that is often ignored, and what they believe should be done with the statue. We were joined by Robert Innes, the head of Indigenous studies at the University of Saskatchewan and members of the decolonizing relations group in Regina. We also heard from listeners across the province with a wide range of perspectives.