Institutions reconsider legacy of Sir John A Macdonald on-campus

June 30, 2020

Two institutions in Ontario have recently announced that they will be examining the use of Sir John A Macdonald’s name for campus buildings. At Queen’s University, the Faculty of Law has committed to a formal consultation process regarding the name of Sir John A Macdonald Hall, which will consider the present name and whether it should be removed. At the University of Windsor, a review of the “appropriateness” of a student residence building named after the former prime minister is underway. The review began after a petition began circulating calling for the building to be renamed. "People all over the world right now and especially young people, are waking up to the realization that the history they've been given is at best a mischaracterization and, at worst, a flat out lie," said Indigenous law student David Pitawanakwat. "Whatever you could name these buildings, there's so many local heroes and local stories that you could choose to honour." The Whig (Queen’s) | CBC (UWindsor) (ON)