B.C.'s Hanging Judge is cut down - Buildings renamed


tay
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While Canadians observing the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., may feel assured this country does not have hundreds of U.S. Civil War monuments, some statues and buildings divide Canadians along similar lines.

One is the statue in Halifax of Edward Cornwallis, a governor of Nova Scotia and a military officer credited by the British for founding the city in 1749. Later that year, he issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi'kmaq people.

A recent protest by activists and Indigenous people at the statue was interrupted by five off-duty military members wearing black polo shirts who referred to themselves as Proud Boys, a so-called "Western chauvinist" organization associated with the far right which has defended Cornwallis's scalping proclamation.

In June Prime Minister Justin Trudeau renamed the Langevin Block, the building housing his offices on Wellington Street in Ottawa, opposite Parliament Hill. The new name is The Office of the Prime Minister and the Privy Council.

Hector-Louis Langevin was a Father of Confederation, a prominent member of Sir John A. Macdonald's cabinet and a proponent of the residential school system.

In Calgary, the Langevin Bridge has been renamed Reconciliation Bridge.

Joseph Trutch garners a similarly divided reaction. He is remembered as B.C.'s first lieutenant-governor, an engineer and commissioner of public works. But he is also remembered as a man who trampled over the rights of B.C.'s Indigenous peoples in the 19th century.

The University of Victoria recently removed his name from one of its residence buildings. It was temporarily renamed Lansdowne Residence #1 until a new name is selected.

The Law Society of B.C. recently removed a statue of the province's first chief justice Matthew Begbie from its foyer.

Begbie sentenced six Tsilhqot'in chiefs to death before Canada became a country, earning the nickname the Hanging Judge. The statue was removed, the society said, to be replaced with a more unifying and inclusive symbol.

Indigenous and municipal leaders debate the future of a public statue of Begbie in New Westminister, B.C.

In Ottawa's Beechwood Cemetery the grave of Nicholas Flood Davin, which contains a prominent bust of the man, has been augmented by a plaque drawing attention to his role in the residential school system.

The Regina journalist and politician, an early proponent of voting rights for women, also wrote an influential report in 1879 that led to the creation of residential schools.

Cindy Blackstock, an Indigenous activist and a professor of social work at McGill University, fought to have the plaque installed to recognize Davin's role in what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called a "cultural genocide."

At Ryerson University in Toronto, a student-led campaign has pushed for the school to change its name out of respect for residential school survivors.

Egerton Ryerson, a pioneer of public education in Ontario. is widely believed to have helped shape residential school policy.
The campaign also seeks the removal of his statue.

The Hudson's Bay Company has removed a plaque from its flagship store in downtown Montreal that commemorated Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States during the U.S. Civil War.

The plaque hung on a wall of the store on Union Avenue. Written in French, it read: "To the memory of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States, who lived in 1867 in the home of John Lovell, which was once here."

It was placed in 1957 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a group dedicated to glorifying a revisionist perspective of Confederate history.

Buildings renamed, monuments fall in recognition of oppression of Indigenous people - Politics - CBC News
 
Danbones
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Wiping out history is the first step towards cultural genocide.
 
Angstrom
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Lets over compensate, because we have no idea how to stop hatred from growing as our economy declines.

This is the "hatred is learnt" camp who figures, if we erase our past Hatred will disappear.
These new haters must be learning their hatred somewhere somehow!!!

Will they continue to be in denial when all remaining history of hate is erased, but hate continues???

Probably. Its embarrassing being completely wrong about everything.
 
tay
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I think the statues and plaques should stay with an additional plaque to explain who these people were so that all understand the history.
 
Danbones
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Who cares about "hate" or any other emotion?
That's just thought control.
( Don't forget your anti depression pills, and your anti pain pills, but sorry, happy drugs are illegal)

I am descended from the Huron who were wiped out by first white disease brought by the jesuits, and then by white weapons held by the Iroquois.

So, what are they going to wipe out the whole town's Indian styled tourist traps?
Should we go wipe out all the Iroquois cranberry pickin' signs up the hiway? ( that's was all Huron land at one time, as is the Ojibway reserve currently existing just outside of town)

Here we also have a dandy Indian ( actually JESUIT ) village built by the conquerors which also has a huge church beside it built to commemorate the original Jesuits that were having sex with the little boys, and who were burnt at the stake because of that.

After residential schools, are they going to down every church too?
Every government building?

Talk about genocide, I guess every frickin beer store has to go too.
 
White_Unifier
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The Indian Residential School system started under John A. McDonald's watch and encouragement.

Jean Chretien wrote the Indian White Paper of 1968.

The B&B Commission under Pearson laid out the ideological foundations of 'two founding races.'
 

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