The federal government has removed the biography page of Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada, from the official website of the Government of Canada.
According to the Toronto Star, McDonald’s page was pulled from the Library and Archives Canada website over the weekend, displaying only an “Error 404” message on Monday. Currently, search results for his name are not available on the website.
The Star reported in October last year that McDonald’s biography page on its website did not mention his role in establishing a Canadian indigenous boarding school system.
The removal of Macdonald took place after a member of the Tk’em lúps te Secwépemc First Nation community issued a statement last month (pdf) Announced the discovery of the bodies of 215 indigenous children at a former boarding school site in Kamloops, British Columbia.
With this discovery, protests against McDonald’s are gaining momentum. McDonald’s statues have been the target of repeated attacks and vandalism in recent years in many Canadian jurisdictions.
Most recently, the Charlottetown City Council on Prince Edward Island voted on June 1 and decided to permanently remove the McDonald’s statue.
In addition to McDonald’s, another person in Canadian history is also the gathering point for protests. Egerton Ryerson was a major contributor to the creation of the boarding school system.
On Sunday, a statue of Ryerson at Ryerson University in Toronto was defeated and decapitated by demonstrators an hour after the university announced a decision to derive its name from Ryerson. The university’s president, Mohammed Rashemi, said the statue. Said it couldn’t be replaced.
The hashtag #cancelcanadaday has been disseminated on social media as calls for the cancellation of this year’s Canada Day have increased. Indigenous peoples’ advocacy group Idle No More has also called on Canadians to “confuse” the celebration of Canada Day with a national social movement on July 1.
Canada Day is a federal holiday celebrating the anniversary of the Commonwealth of Canada on July 1, 1867.
Some people reject holiday cancellations by calling them “cancellation culture.”
Alberta’s Prime Minister Jason Kenny said last week that Canadians should take into account the complex social background of historical figures when policies such as boarding schools were introduced.
“If we want to get started with revoking all the people in history, we face the issues we are currently scrutinizing, and looking back on history is correct, and if that is the new standard, the country will be revoked. “He said.