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As Canadian government officials spoke this week about the bodies of 215 children found in unmarked graves at a former B.C. residential school site, the building they were sitting in bore the name of one of the men responsible for that system. His name was Sir. John A. Macdonald — Canada’s first prime minister. The pain and horror of the discovery spread like wildfire across the country. It also reignited a debate: what should Canada do about the statues that revere the very men who started the schools where these children died?

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