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Weighing the Legacy of Sir John A Macdonald’s Policies Towards Indigenous People

October 11, 2017 - 18:30 - 19:30

Presented by Prime Ministers’ Row and hosted by the National Arts Centre

Amid calls for the removal of Sir John A. Macdonald’s name from public schools in Ontario, Canadians have been invited to challenge the histories we’ve been taught about our first Prime Minister. While many celebrate him as the father of Confederation, for Canada’s Indigenous people, Macdonald’s legacy is one of pain and loss. As we move towards reconciliation, hearing stories of the Indigenous experience under Macdonald’s policies opens a path to dialogue, understanding and healing.

On October 11, join us for a lively discussion of Macdonald’s impact on Indigenous people, featuring Tracy Coates, of the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies, and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, author of Sir John: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion.

Location: Le Salon, National Arts Centre


October 11, 2017
18:30 - 19:30
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National Arts Centre
1 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W1
(613) 947-7000


Prime Ministers’ Row
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