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Macdonald statue protesters meet with Regina mayor
Star Andreas and Kerry Bellegarde-Opoonechaw are willing to wade through the red tape to achieve their goal of having the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald removed from Victoria Park.
The two First Nations women have been protesting in the downtown Regina park for the past 18 days, and on Friday had a meeting with Mayor Michael Fougere right beside the statue they want taken down.
The women are opposed to the monument to Canada’s first prime minister due to Macdonald’s racist views and legacy as the architect of Canada’s residential school system.
The women and Fougere discussed the consultation process the city will embark on before council can make a final decision on whether or not to remove the statue. They also talked about racism in the city.
Bellegarde-Opoonechaw described the meeting with Fougere as “polite,” and said she was happy with the mayor’s willingness to liaison with them. She also said the city’s recent announcement that it would conduct a legacy review of the statue was a step in the right direction.
“I have his words that he is willing to do something. Racism is not acceptable; none of this is acceptable. He understands who John A. is,” said Bellegarde-Opoonechaw.
Both women know getting the statue removed will be a lengthy venture through bureaucracy, but that isn’t dampening their resolve.
“We’re trying to be peaceful and law-abiding and understanding that everybody’s vote or opinion needs to be heard on the issue of John,” said Andreas.
However, Andreas was frustrated with Fougere’s previous suggestion that a plaque could be placed alongside the statue to provide further historical context. She said all this would accomplish is further rub Macdonald’s legacy in the faces of First Nations people who visit the park.
“We’re fighting for the people and for our ancestors and what they did to the children, for what this man represents. We don’t want to look at this guy, because we said, ‘Why don’t you just have an Adolf Hitler in the park and see how people’s reaction is?’” said Andreas.
Fougere said the meeting, which lasted about half an hour, was part of a larger meaningful discussion happening around the statue.
“It was a very good conversation, very respectful, and I didn’t offer my position. I said ‘I came here to listen, and want to hear what you have to say so I can learn about your perspective,'” said Fougere......More