June 12th, 2021

Edmonton removes references to Bishop Vital Grandin from downtown transit station

By The Canadian Press on June 8, 2021.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson listens to a question during a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Iveson put forward a motion at a city council meeting to remove references to Bishop Vital Grandin from a light-rail transit station. The motion was passed unanimously. Grandin was an area Roman Catholic bishop who helped design residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Edmonton has removed references to Bishop Vital Grandin from one of the city’s light-rail transit stations.

Mayor Don Iveson put forward a motion at a city council meeting on Monday to remove references to Grandin from the Government Centre station, signage and audio announcements.

It also included covering a mural at the earliest opportunity.

Council passed the motion unanimously.

Grandin was a Roman Catholic bishop from St. Albert, just north of Edmonton, who helped design Canada’s residential schools.

Crews covered the mural in orange panels last night – the colour that has come to represent reconciliation with First Nations people.

Iveson has also suggested consultation with a group of concerned citizens, Indigenous people and the francophone community that commissioned the mural. The group formed out of concern about other Grandin references at the location.

It is to decide how to go forward and to come up with a committee to find a new name which contributes to reconciliation.

The city of St. Albert says it is also considering how to proceed as residents call for changes there. (CTV Edmonton)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 8, 2021.

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