September 23rd, 2017

Montreal to strike name of British general Amherst from city map

By The Canadian Press on September 13, 2017.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre says the name of Jeffery Amherst is going to disappear from the city’s map.

Amherst Street is named after the British general who supported giving smallpox-laced blankets to the Indigenous people living here in the 1700s.

Coderre made the announcement today, which is the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Earlier in the day, he also said Montreal is redesigning its flag and coat of arms by adding a white pine tree to reflect Indigenous contributions to the city.

The new coat of arms and flag still includes the Fleur-de-lis, the thistle, the rose and the shamrock, which represent the other peoples who founded and developed Montreal.

The white pine tree was chosen by an advisory committee designated by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. It was comprised of members from various First Nations as well as a representative from the Centre d’histoire de Montreal.

Coderre said the move allows the city to start its new chapter toward reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

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