The representatives of the indigenous peoples of Canada in protest against the former colonial policy of the country threw down the statues of the British Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and the reigning at present Elizabeth II in Winnipeg (province of Manitoba). CBC television channel reported about it on Thursday.
On July 1, the country celebrates its main national holiday, Canada Day. A group of activists gathered in front of the local assembly, where monuments to monarchs are installed.
First, the Canadian natives doused the monuments with paint, and then tied them with ropes and knocked them down from their pedestals. According to the TV channel, police detained one man who was shouting profanities at the crowd that knocked down the statues.
Since late May, 1,148 unmarked graves of minors have been discovered on the grounds of three former residential schools for Native American children in Canada. On June 24, in particular, it became known that hundreds more nameless children’s graves had been discovered on the grounds of the former Indian Residential School in Kamloops, Canada.
Special schools, which were called residency schools, were established in Canada in the late 19th century to integrate Indian children into Canadian society. At least 150,000 children passed through the schools. According to statistics, at least 4,000 students died of beatings and disease in such institutions over the entire period.