On Monday, Edmonton metropolis council unanimously handed a movement to cowl up the Grandin LRT mural and to take away the Grandin identify from the LRT station.
The movement from Mayor Don Iveson, handed in a vote of 13-0 in assist.
“Like many Edmontonians, I’m involved in regards to the Grandin LRT Station mural and websites bearing the Grandin identify, together with the station,” the mayor stated in an announcement June 3.
“It’s time to take this motion.”
Bishop Important-Justin Grandin was an early advocate of the residential college system who lobbied the Canadian authorities to fund residential colleges within the late 1800s.
In response to the invention of the stays of 215 Indigenous kids buried in unmarked graves at a residential college in Kamloops, B.C., there have been calls throughout the nation and proper right here in Edmonton to rename colleges, prepare stations and different public locations which might be named after the architects of the residential college system.
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“I agree with residential college survivors, their households, and the 1000’s of Edmontonians from all walks of life who’re calling on the town to deal with the mural, and take away his identify from the LRT station and space,” Iveson stated.
“The legacy of residential colleges unambiguously represents cultural genocide on this nation.
“It’s not simply Indigenous Canadians asking for it and a small variety of allies amplifying it — it’s a very widespread societal demand and I think it should weigh closely on most, if not all, councillors.”
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The Francophonie jeunesse de l’Alberta board of the day commissioned mural in 1989. It depicts Bishop Grandin and a nun eradicating an Indigenous child from their household. Behind them, is Bishop’s home, in line with the Francophonie jeunesse de l’Alberta.
FJA stated the mural was designed to honour Grandin for his contributions to French tradition, language and faith.
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