Locating children who died in Indian Residential Schools

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s “Missing Children and Unmarked Burials Project” was a systematic effort to record and analyze the deaths at the schools within the regulatory context in which the schools were intended to operate. The findings and conclusions included: The Commission identified 3,200 deaths… Continue reading Locating children who died in Indian Residential Schools

“Christian Statesmanship”

The cover of the April 14, 1888 edition of the Toronto-based satirical magazine Grip displays “Christian Statesmanship” – a political cartoon of John A. Macdonald starving Indigenous People on the Prairies. The cartoon has been reproduced in many papers and books – including James Daschuk’s classic Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the… Continue reading “Christian Statesmanship”

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Dishonouring Us All

Politicon 2017 - Day 1 Featuring: David Frum Where: Pasadena, California, United States When: 30 Jul 2017 Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com (Newscom TagID: wennphotossix417615.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

Yesterday, The Times of Wellington, ON published my response to David Frum’s Letter to the Editor (The Times, September 16, 2020) regarding the legacy of John A. Macdonald. In my view, Mr. Frum stands in the way of Canadians finally accepting and beginning to reconcile ourselves to the awful truth that Canada committed genocide against… Continue reading Dishonouring Us All

Tainted Monuments: Additional Reading

What to do with tainted monuments? This collection introduces the ethics of cultural heritage and shares recent philosophical answers to the question, including essays by two young Canadian scholars, Brenda Macdougall and Daniel Abrahams. The Ethics of Cultural Heritage, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2018) Is It Wrong to Topple Statues and Rename Schools?, Joanna Burch-Brown,… Continue reading Tainted Monuments: Additional Reading

John A. Macdonald was the real architect of residential schools

Sean Carleton, Toronto Star, July 9, 2017 On June 21, National Aboriginal Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government will change the name of Langevin Block, the building across from Parliament Hill, to the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council. The building was named after Father of Confederation Sir Hector-Louis… Continue reading John A. Macdonald was the real architect of residential schools

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Open statement to Council re: public consultation about Holding Court

It’s been a tough weekend for us in the County, so I hesitated to publish this open statement to Council re: the stalled public consultation on the statue of Macdonald Holding Court. I ended up thinking that Council needed to hear it was time to get on with it and stop procrastinating: Mayor Ferguson and… Continue reading Open statement to Council re: public consultation about Holding Court

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Membership has its privileges: The Macdonald Project in Prince Edward County

Introduction It’s only fair that supporters of Macdonald Holding Court have been seeking the most favourable terms for their side’s participation in Council’s review of their statue’s future in Prince Edward County. I’d say, they’re faring fairly well. David Warrick, who founded The Macdonald Project to promote and raise funds for the statute, has been… Continue reading Membership has its privileges: The Macdonald Project in Prince Edward County

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Macdonald’s Leading Apologist in Prince Edward County

Two days ago, David Warrick (The Macdonald Project) invited friends and acquaintances by email to sign his petition to “support the continued presence of the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald and plaque in front of the Picton Library.” I’m neither Warrick’s friend nor acquaintaince yet, so I didn’t learn of his invitation until someone… Continue reading Macdonald’s Leading Apologist in Prince Edward County

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Upcoming Public Discussion re: Macdonald Holding Court on Picton Main Street

Prince Edward County’s municipal council (Council) has announced that the Prince Edward Heritage Advisory Committee (PEHAC) is expected to lead a public discussion about the Macdonald statue’s future in Picton. The Agenda Package for the PEHAC’s next meeting on July 2, 2020 includes Draft Terms of Reference and Membership of for a Heritage Advisory Committee… Continue reading Upcoming Public Discussion re: Macdonald Holding Court on Picton Main Street

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Sen. Murray Sinclair: Macdonald’s genocidal views

On November 16, 2016, Senator Murray Sinclair spoke about Indigenous perspectives on racism to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs. In this video recording of his address (beginning at 00:18:00), Senator Sinclair confronts Sir John A. Macdonald’s clearly genocidal views and their lasting damage on generations of Indigenous children and their families. Here’s… Continue reading Sen. Murray Sinclair: Macdonald’s genocidal views

Time for Truth and Reconsideration in Prince Edward County

Canada Day 2020 marks the fifth anniversary of the unveiling of a bronze statue of John A. Macdonald Holding Court (MHC) on Picton Main Street. Supporters and critics of MHC disagree strongly about Macdonald’s legacy and what honouring him with public memorials says about us. After learning that there’s no evidence for the truth of… Continue reading Time for Truth and Reconsideration in Prince Edward County

Presentations re: Macdonald Holding Court to PEC Council

On November 26, 2019, PEC Council received a deputation from Paul Allen and comments from four members of the audience requesting that the County defer the re-installation of the statue of Macdonald “Holding Court” on Picton Main Street until there’s been an opportunity for residents to learn of this pending change in our common space… Continue reading Presentations re: Macdonald Holding Court to PEC Council

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