The statue of Sir. John A. Macdonald at a Hamilton park became once introduced down during a rally in the town Saturday afternoon.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on the steps of Hamilton Metropolis Hall at midday for the Solidarity Rally organized by participants of the Indigenous community. It comes after city council voted against removing the statue of Canada’s first high minister from Gore Park.
“This resolution is deeply disturbing to our Indigenous community,” a letter issued by organizers sooner than the rally read.
From city hall, demonstrators marched to Gore Park, where Hamilton police explain, “an individual scaled the statue and the statue fell.” Videos posted on social media prove the 2d Macdonald’s figure became once pulled down.
Macdonald is believed to be one of many architects of Canada’s residential faculty system that took Indigenous kids from their families to assimilate them.
Potentially the most up-to-the-minute discovery of thousands of unmarked graves in primitive residential faculty sites in all places in the country ignited a national reckoning over Canada’s treatment of Indigenous peoples.
“The cause of a statue is to enlighten, promote and maintain time cultural values. By keeping this statue in a public dwelling, it acts as a reminder of the values that lead to the forcible elimination of Indigenous kids and the destruction of families,” the letter read.
“It invokes extensive pain and forces community participants to relive the trauma for which Sir John A. MacDonald is in part guilty.”
Hamilton police explain they’ve made no arrests and are investigating the incident.
With information from The Canadian Press
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