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You want reconciliation? Rename Vancouver, says local historian – News 1130 Radio

Aug 8, 2018

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A local historian says the planned removal of a John A. Macdonald statue in front of Victoria City Hall is a good move towards reconciliation, and if Vancouver is serious about repairing relations with indigenous communities, he says we should look at taking it a step further.

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says the removal of the statue is coming while the city, the Nations and the wider community grapple with Macdonald’s complex history as both the first Prime Minister of Canada and a leader of violence against Indigenous Peoples.

Civic historian John Atkin says Vancouver has made some good steps towards reconciliation, like adding some Indigenous names to different spots around the city.

He says steps like that, along with the Victoria statue removal, are good teaching moments.

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