Provincial ministers condemn ‘racist anti-Indigenous vandalism’ on Coast – Coast Reporter

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Provincial ministers condemn ‘racist anti-Indigenous vandalism’ on Coast – Coast Reporter

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 202047 Views

RCMP investigating banner at a Pender Harbour school, defaced highway signs

July 10, 2020

Two provincial cabinet ministers and local MLA Nicholas Simons have issued a joint statement condemning “recent acts of racist anti-Indigenous vandalism on the Sunshine Coast.”

Sunshine Coast RCMP are investigating after a sign was strung up between the welcome poles at Pender Harbour Elementary-Secondary School threatening to cut down totems if “George, Stanley or John A” are touched – an apparent reference to recent movements to remove statues of some historical figures.

Police are also investigating the vandalism of highway signs featuring the shíshálh Nation name for Madeira Park, salalus. It’s not clear at this point if the two incidents are linked. A statement from the shíshálh Nation said the word “conquered” was spray-painted on one sign.

The joint statement from Simons, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser and Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson, released July 9, said: “We stand together with shíshálh Nation to denounce and condemn in the strongest possible terms the racist anti-Indigenous vandalism that occurred on July 7, 2020.

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