The suburban-built environment whitewashes the violence and theft on which Canada is built.
Contending with Canada’s history means acknowledging different versions of the truth. Toppling statues won’t resolve the wrongs of the past — education is an important part of democracy and inclusion.
As the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of a pandemic approaches, it might be time to consider how our modern age wants to remember this plague.
US monuments and memorials have overlooked frontline workers and people of color affected by past epidemics. Will we repeat history?
Once stripped of their symbolic power, problem monuments offer what educators call ‘teachable moments,’ helping people assess society’s current values and compare them with what mattered in the past.
Monuments are testaments to how a society wants to remember. Now is the time to ask which monuments can withstand introspection. Artists are opening those conversations – sometimes hilariously.
Statues and monuments have been used to present a revisionist history in which empire was great while omitting the violence they subvertly celebrate.