Holding Court is a monument to cultural genocide

In 2010, a small group in Prince Edward County conceived The Macdonald Project to celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth, in 2015. The Project’s centrepiece was Holding Court – a bronze statue commemorating the nineteen year old Macdonald’s first trial before a judge and jury in the Picton Courthouse in […]

T&R Resources

There are many excellent “one-off” contributions to the study and understanding of issues related to truth and reconciliation. Here we link to current, sustained treatments of truth and reconciliation in the popular and academic press. Canada’s History Canada’s History asked several prominent historians and authors to weigh Macdonald’s achievements against his failures and to explore […]

I Am Your People, We Are Our People – Dr. Niigan Sinclair

On November 12, 2019, Dr. Niiganwewidam Sinclair spoke to a gathering at St. Mary Magdalene United Church in Picton, Ontario on “The Memorialization of Sir John A. Macdonald.” Dr. Sinclair spoke for about an hour and answered questions from the audience for another half hour. Dr. Sinclair has kindly agreed to our publishing and transcribing […]

Comment of Sharon Hart to PEC Council, November 26, 2019

Sharon Hart: Hi. My name is Sharon Hart. I was not prepared to stand up here … Paul, my partner Paul usually does that piece of the work. I’m more of a chain – I would chain myself to a statue or something – not that I’m going to. I did want to get up […]

Comment of Carlin Thompson to PEC Council, November 26, 2019

My name is CarlinThompson. I’m speaking to Deputation 7.4 – in support of it. I am an educator. I’ve worked in an Indigenous community for a number of years. My niece lives in Prince Edward County and she is an Indigenous girl. I am concerned about what glorifying characters of history like John A. Macdonald […]

Comment of Annette McIntosh to PEC Council, November 26, 2019

Hello, my name is Nat McIntosh. I’m speaking to Item 7.4, Paul Allen’s deputation that Council should defer the re-installation of the Sir John A. Macdonald statue until there’s been further opportunity for residents in the County to learn of this pending change in our common space, and to share their perspectives with Council. I […]

Comment of Angela Lammes to PEC Council, November 26, 2019

Hello, my name is Angela Lammes and I’m speaking to Item 7.4. I agree with Paul Allen that Council should defer the re-installation of the Macdonald “Holding Court” statue until there’s been further opportunity for residents in the County to learn of this pending change in our common space, and to share their perspectives with […]

Deputation of Paul Allen to PEC Council, November 26, 2019

Paul Allen: Good evening, Mr. Mayor and Councillors. Paul Allen: I want to thank you all first for giving me an opportunity this evening to share my concerns about the municipality’s plan to re-install the Macdonald “Holding Court” statue on Picton Main Street in the near future, as I understand it. I also wanted to […]