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May 11, 2021
FREDERICTON, N.B. — The City of Charlottetown will add a representation of an Indigenous elder or child next to a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald to create a reminder of the darker side of the former prime minister’s legacy.
The change is one of several recommendations from Indigenous groups on Prince Edward Island that were adopted by city council Monday night in an 8-1 vote.
The statue in the P.E.I. capital of Canada’s first prime minister, sitting on a bench with his arm outstretched and his top hat beside him, has been vandalized three times in the past year. The damage is part of a national trend, which saw one statue toppled in Montreal last August, as greater attention is focused on Macdonald’s role as an architect of the country’s residential school system, where thousands of children suffered abuse, or even death.