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The controversial statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in downtown Charlottetown will remain, but with some modifications. Monday evening, Charlottetown city council voted 8-1 in favour of adopting five recommendations presented by the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils, a joint forum that includes the councils of both Abegweit First Nation and Lennox Island First Nation. The assembly said it had made five suggestions to the city to amend the art installation and “tell the true story of this individual and begin to address the trauma that its presence is continuing to perpetuate,” the statement said. Those recommendations are: Add another figure, such as an Indigenous child or elder. Fill in or seal off the empty space on the bench so it can’t be used for photo opportunities. Install signage so viewers understand “the devastating role that Sir John A. Macdonald played in the Indigenous history of Canada.” If the artist engaged is not Indigenous, a Mi’kmaw artist should be hired as a consultant. Complete the work as soon as reasonably possible. Only Coun. Mike Duffy voted against the resolution Monday, referencing a survey last summer that indicated the majority of respondents wanted the statue to remain as is.

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