Protesters destroyed statues of Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria in Winnipeg, Canada. The action took place on Canada Day, which has traditionally celebrated across the country. It is all due to anger grows in people over the recent discovery of the remains of many children in unmarked graves at a former local school.
The crowd in Winnipeg cheered as a statue of Queen Victoria fell in front of the Manitoba Legislature. A nearby statue of Queen Elizabeth has also removed. Elizabeth is the current head of state of Canada while Victoria ruled from 1837 until 1901.
Protesters, many of them wearing orange clothes, which became symbol of movement kicked the overturned statue and danced around it. The people chanted “no pride in genocide” before falling down statues.
However, many cities have suspended this year’s event because the Indigenous child scandal has left Canadians grappling with colonial history. Protests and rallies took place in many other parts of the country.
Nearly 1,000 unmarked graves have found in former British Columbia and Saskatchewan schools. Most of which are run by the Catholic Church and funded by the government. Schools had forcibly separated Indigenous children from their families till 1996. They leaving them malnourished and physically and sexually abused. Read More…
Protests in support of indigenous children also took place in another city Toronto, Canada. Thousands of people drew to support victims and survivors of the housing school system as #CancelCanadaDay march in Ottawa.
Moreover, British PM Boris Johnson condemned any desecration of the Queen’s statues in Canada.
PM Justin Trudeau’s message on Canada Day
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a message to his nation on Canada Day. He said the discovery of remains of children rightly urges us to reflect on the historical failures of our country. He added that injustice still exists for indigenous people and many others in the country.