Remove John A. Macdonald Statue at Ottawa International Airport

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Growing tired of being greeted by this statue upon arriving in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Why do we continue to allow Sir John A. Macdonald to be honoured? Personally I am at the point where I am ready to fight for this statue to be removed. If "Canada" and "Canadians" are to move forward with "Reconciliation" these spaces need to be addressed and statues such as these need to be removed.

Did you know?

Sir John A. Macdonald:

- Was the first the first prime minister of Canada and had also been the Minister of Indian Affairs.

- Was the leading figure in the subsequent discussions and conferences, which resulted in the British North America Act, 1867 and the birth of "Canada" as a nation on 1 July 1867.

- Was the architect of the "Indian Act" initiated in 1876 which launched the government of "Canada" on an increasingly and repressive series of acts and policies directed towards the assimilation of the Indigenous people and original inhabitants of Turtle Island which is often referred to as "Canada".

Since "Canada" was created in 1867, the federal government has been in charge of Indigenous affairs. The Indian Act allowed the government to control most aspects of Indian status, land, resources, wills, education, band administration and reserves.

Under the Indian Act, the residential school system was established which enabled government-sponsored religious schools to set out on a mission to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture by force. It is estimated that over 150,000 Indigenous, Inuit and Métis children attended Indian residential schools. Many of these children faced physical, verbal, sexual and emotional abuse while attending Indian residential schools and many had also died while attending.

“The government stopped recording deaths of children in residential schools, we think, probably because the rates were so high,” Sinclair said, adding that up to 6,000 children may have died. - Indian Country Today, June 2, 2015

Sir John A. MacDonald was also the architect in creating the residential school system and seeing that it was upheld. The last residential school closed in 1996.

Residential School Locations:

Source: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

- Said quotes such as the following:

Source: Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.