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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

First Nation Opposition To Champlain Monument

Orillia | by Ken Hashizume  

The monument was removed from Couchiching Beach Park by Parks Canada for restoration.

A First Nation community does not want to see the Champlain monument back at Couchiching Beach Park in Orillia.

A letter was sent to the City by Grand Chief Konrad H. Sioui of the Huron-Wendat First Nation.

It was received as information at last night's (MON) Council meeting as part of the consent agenda.

In the letter,  Sioui says his Nation does not support the 're-installement of Park Canada's offensive and degrading monument.'

He says such action would undermine and challenge reconciliation efforts with Indigenous Peoples

Mayor Steve Clarke acknowledged the wishes stated in the letter and says there are different parts in the story of Samuel de Champlain's arrival to Orillia.

He says that story needs to be told accurately and that is the goal of the stakeholders.

Clarke says the way it is depicted right now is not accurate.

He says the people who brought the project forward and after speaking with the Chippewas of Rama, all parties want to make sure they tell an accurate story.

Resident Bruce McRae addressed Council on the Champlain monument during their open public forum.

Clarke says whenever we look into a part of history in Canada, it should be put into context.

He says that is what McRae wanted Council to do during his address to Council.

The Champlain monument was taken down by Parks Canada in 2017 so work can be done to restore it. 

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