Sir John A. Macdonald: National Hero or Architect of Genocide?
Updated: Sep 2, 2020
On Saturday August 29, 2020, Black Lives Matter and Indigenous Rights protestors unbolted and pulling down a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald at a defund the police rally in Montreal. The statue had already been the target of vandalism in the months of protests leading up to the rally, mirroring the backlash against Confederate monuments in the United States and colonial figures in Europe. Canada has seen its own wave of activism in response to the lasting racism from its colonial past and these protests have centred heavily around one figure: Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.