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FMPSD Statement of Solidarity for the Vandalized Indigenous Memorial

FMPSD Statement of Solidarity for the Vandalized Indigenous Memorial

August 31, 2021

Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) strongly condemns the heinous act of vandalism perpetrated at the Indigenous memorial at City Hall over the weekend. The memorial, which pays homage to Indigenous children whose graves were discovered at residential schools this May - by displaying hundreds of shoes, and other symbolic items at the Jubilee Centre steps -  was disrespectfully “tossed onto the nearby sidewalk, and a sign stating ‘Garage Sale, all items free’ was posted with the pile,” as per the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s official statement. A police investigation has begun.

“This is beyond horrible. There is no place for racism, and hate in our community. FMPSD Staff and Board of Trustees, stand in solidarity with our Indigenous Peoples, and strongly condemn this act of vandalism. We hope the perpetrator, or [perpetrators] are caught as soon as possible, and are held accountable for their actions,” said Jennifer Turner, Superintendent, FMPSD.

To our Indigenous Peoples - we see you, hear you, and honour you. We stand with you. 

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