Statues of queens destroyed in Canada

Vandalism is linked to anger following a series of discoveries of children’s graves at Aboriginal boarding schools recently, writes BBC.

On Friday, protesters in Manitoba’s provincial capital, Winnipeg, cheered the fall of the statue of Queen Victoria. A nearby smaller statue of Queen Elizabeth II was also demolished.

Last weekend, several Catholic churches were set on fire, this is also linked to the discoveries of mass graves in boarding schools. Many of these schools were run by the Catholic Church.

Trudeau understands but denounces

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemns church vandalism and burnings and calls them unacceptable.

– I understand that there is anger, both against the federal authorities and against institutions like the Catholic Church. It’s appropriate and completely understandable given the shameful history. But instead of destroying, we should unite and work for reconciliation, Trudeau said at a news conference on Friday.

The toppling of the statue coincided with Canada Day, which is an annual commemoration of the founding of the country by British settlers in 1867.

Assimilation of Aboriginal children

Over 150,000 Indigenous Canadian children were taken from their families and forced to attend residential schools in the 19th and 20th centuries. The goal was to forcibly assimilate them into society.

It is estimated that at least 6,000 children died while attending these schools. Often they were placed in dirty, poorly constructed houses without much heating.

Over the past month, more than a thousand unmarked graves have been discovered in at least three boarding schools. Canadian Indigenous groups have called on the government to verify all former Indigenous schools in the country.

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