Sir John A. Macdonald

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The ETFO motion to remove Sir John A. Macdonald's name from all Ontario public schools passed ostensibly because he "has been celebrated based on an incomplete version of Canadian history." The complete version, says motion sponsor Felipe Pareja, must acknowledge that Macdonald was "the architect of really what was genocide of Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island." Two questions arise. Did Macdonald harbour what the U.N. Genocide Convention calls "a proven intent ... to physically destroy" the First Peoples of North America? And in an era of historical amnesia, when primary-school teachers are working so conscientiously to cleanse our national past, would it really matter if he didn't?