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by andrewricha98 on November 6, 2017 - 8:31pm

“Montreal adds Iroquois symbol to flag, Strips British general of the street name,” says Benjamin Shingler in his article posted on CBC News. One step forward for appreciating the impact of indigenous people that helped build this city. Furthermore, they will rename an existing street to an indigenous figure instead of a British general named Jeffery Amherst. The Mayor of Montreal added a white pine tree at the center of the flag which represents the Iroquois. This revelation happened on the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples. This White pin represents a “Great Tree of Peace” a mark of a harmony of the five nations also recognized as the Iroquois Confederacy. The chief of the indigenous was moved when he saw the new flag. This is a movement toward reconciliation adds the author. Coderre confirmed that Amherst street would change. The general’s activities were dark and unpleasant for our history, Amherst wanted to kill the indigenous through smallpox blankets (a fatal disease), and his name should be removed. The Mayor adds that if we are moving in the right direction, we shouldn’t praise someone that wanted to massacre indigenous people. 
 
Montreal is moving in the right direction I believe, by including the symbol shows a significant understanding and ability to recognize what the first nations did and helped build this city and country. Especially if the Europeans came and took it from them by force. Not only Montréal is moving in the right direction, Toronto as well. They are renaming new street names. They are getting a makeover, but the names are not new, in fact, they are thousand years old(1). Our past will haunt us forever, but we, the society, are moving in the right direction. Step by step we are resolving the tension between us and the indigenous. I have one small concern, what if these new native names are too long or hard to spell, for example, Wikaskokiseyin, if one would call for an emergency and has difficulty pronouncing the title to the police, ambulance, fire department. That is only a small problem, and they could always find a more straightforward name. I do agree that we should rename streets with first nations names because after all this is their land and the name that are on these roads and schools are not the prominent explorers and the best people that we think they are. I believe that only renaming the streets isn’t a big step. Many reserves have a high rate of suicide and a dangerous environment. The government should provide them with a better territory and build some houses, schools, hospitals to reduce the suicide rate because 126 out of 100,000 commit suicide the Canadian Institute of Health reports. 
 
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Comments

This is indeed a very great topic that relates to our class content. Very good summary!

I completely agree with you, that Montreal is moving forward in the good direction by renaming streets and acknowledging that the Indigenous are a very important part of our culture and history. I strongly believe in equality and, with the discussions we have had in class, I value the indigenous and I understand how they went through terrible events in our past, which we should be ashamed of. It is important to come together and make sure that discrimination against them no longer happens. I value multiculturalism and believe that we should all share our cultures and beliefs in order to be a united country. I believe that Montreal is helping this come true.

Do you think that we should do more than rename streets to acknowledge the indigenous? What else should we do to bring peace between us and the indigenous, to bring us to a better future as one country with many beautiful cultures?

This is great to see. We have to recognize the wrongs that were done in our pass and make amends. Sometimes this is the best way to move forward. It is good to see that Montreal and Canada are willing to realize the wrongs that were done and that they are willing to make things right with the aboriginal communities. We have to understand that everything we see and read in our history text books are not necessarily accurate and could easily have been manipulated in such a way to make the masses think a certain way about issues. We need to be critical and objective about things that we do in this world and it is nice to see Mr.Coderre step up to the plate and make this gesture. Hopefully this is the sign that more is to come. I like where this is going. Great story!