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e-2669 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Mayillah Ezekiel from Montreal, Quebec

Original language of petition: French

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • We are in a humanitarian crisis raising Canadians’ ignorance of the history of slavery in Canada;
  • Education is the foundation of understanding and humanization to rectify wrong patterns of behaviour;
  • The existence of monuments and statues with racist connotations falsely honours the oppressors and reminds us of the pain experienced by the victims of racism;
  • Our history must contain the harmful consequences of past actions that still influence the behaviour of Canadians today, and education is a key part of the solution to combat racism;
  • We must remove all monuments that are reminders of genocide and crimes against peoples; and
  • The removal of these monuments has already begun across the United States and we must continue this work in Canada;
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Revise Canadian history books to detail the history of slavery and the Black and Indigenous slave trade so that Canadians understand and recognize the violent past of our colonizers and all the harms committed against the First Nations;
2. Eliminate all symbols of our ancestors who are still considered heroes as they are reminders of the injustice and abuse of power imposed on Black and Indigenous peoples;
3. Rename streets and parks named after these individuals and then revise their dictionary entries to include the negative consequences of their actions.
These initiatives will give us a better understanding of the past and will help us understand the present and work toward a better future.
Open for signature
June 15, 2020, at 3:09 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 14, 2020, at 3:09 p.m. (EDT)
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Liberal Caucus
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