Statues of Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II have been torn down in Canada amid rages at the deaths of indigenous children.
The incident occur during the annual Canada Day celebrations on July 1st. A group gathered at the Manitoba legislature and pulled the statue of Queen Victoria down. Also a statue of Elizabeth II was pulled over because both royals are seen as symbolic of the country’s colonial history and the residential schools.The schools were first established under Queen Victoria’s reign.
This comes after a mass unmarked grave of 182 human remains were found at a former residential school by the Lower Kootenay Band.
The children were forced to attend non-indigenous schools in an attempt to assimilate the children into Canadian society.
A Truth and Reconciliation committee concluded this school system amounted to ‘cultural genocide’.
Belinda Vanderbroeck was a survivor of the schools said, “This Queen is the one that gave our land away just like that to her merry gentleman — her fur traders. So I really have no place for her in my heart. I never did."
The group wore orange shirts to honour indigenous children sent to the infamous residential schools across Canada. The sign reads:
“We were children once. Bring them home.”
Protestors chanted “No pride in genocide” before the statue of Queen Victoria being pulled down.