The Sir John A. Macdonald statue in a downtown Kingston, Ontario park has been removed from its pedestal. A crowd of dozens gathered at the City Park to watch the crew take it down around 9 a.m. Friday. The removal of the statue was voted on this week by the Kingston city council to move the statue into the Cataraqui Cemetery, where Macdonald is buried.
The crew started the removal of the 135-year-old statute around 6 a.m. Roughly 75 people gathered between 6 .a.m. to 9 a.m. which included individuals for and against the removal of the statue. The gathering also involved Indigenous groups participating in drum circles around the park.
The vote to remove the statue was due to Macdonald’s role as an architect of Canada’s residential school system, which separated Indigenous children from their families. Pictures and descriptions of the removal of the statue can be found under CTV’s Twitter by the reporter Kimberley N Johnson, @ctvottowa.
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