The city plans to place the statue temporarily in storage and eventually put it up in Kingston Cataraqui Cemetery where Canada’s first prime minister is buried

The city plans to place the statue temporarily in storage and eventually put it up in Kingston Cataraqui Cemetery where Canada’s first prime minister is buried
A statue of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, stands covered after a protest over residential school issues at City Park in Kingston on June 11, 2021.Photo by Ian MacAlpine/Postmedia
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A statue of Sir John A. Macdonald will be removed from a park in his hometown of Kingston, Ont., while his name will be taken off a local school.
Kingstons city council voted this week to take the statue from City Park, place it temporarily in storage, and eventually put it up in Kingston Cataraqui Cemetery where Canadas first prime minister is buried.
Mayor Bryan Paterson says it was a difficult decision on a topic that has divided the community.
He says the statue will be removed on Friday.
Macdonald is considered an architect of the countrys notorious residential school system that took Indigenous children from the families in an effort to assimilate them.
Paterson says the statues move is a compromise that will not appease everyone.
The hope is that with this compromise we signal to the community, one with very divergent views on this matter, that were committed to continued dialogue about the legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald in Kingston, he said in a statement.
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We recognize the pain that the statue inflicts on the Indigenous community in its current location, we understand the legacy of Sir John A. is complex, and we want to move forward in a way that encourages community, conversation, healing, and education towards the shared path of reconciliation.

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Calls to remove the statue and rename a local school have grown steadily in recent years.
Those calls came again after the Tkemlups te Secwepemc Nation announced last month the discovery of the suspected remains of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia.
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In addition to the Kingston councils decision on the statue on Wednesday, a school board in the area voted unanimously this week to rename Ecole Sir John A. Macdonald Public School.
The Limestone District School Board said Macdonalds name will be removed from the school by the end of the month and it will become known as Ecole Kingston East Elementary School in the interim.
The schools renaming process will begin in September, the board said.
The board of trustees acknowledges the ongoing pain and harm related to the use of that name within our school communities but particularly with Indigenous members, board chair Suzanne Ruttan said in a statement.
Removing the current name at the end of the school year is a timely way to begin the healing process while planning for meaningful consultation with the Indigenous community, students, families and staff.
The final report from the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission detailed the mistreatment at Canadas residential schools, including emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and found there had been more than 4,000 deaths at the institutions.
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