The city holds the first public participation session in City Park for the former site of Sir John A.

The city has started trying to gather information on the former site of Sir John’s statue. A Macdonald.

On Saturday, the City of Kingston set up a tent in City Park directly adjacent to the now vacant podium to share information some may not have seen online.

City staff are seeking ideas from residents for new facilities on the now-empty site that was once Canada’s controversial prime minister.

Last week, the City of Kingston sent out a press release seeking new ideas for the space, as well as hearing community feedback on the proposed move of the statue to the Cataraqui Cemetery.

“The City is seeking information from both indigenous and non-indigenous community members regarding the relocation of the statue to the cemetery, as well as future uses of its previous location in City Park,” said Director of Heritage Services Jennifer Campbell, at the release.

“There are many ways the community can share ideas and get involved in these discussions.”

Many residents have said that the city of Kingston should more easily seek the opinion of the indigenous community on what to replace the statue with.

Today, a city representative confirmed that they have been in conversation with Revolution of The Heart organizers for the past few weeks about their hopes for the new facility.

According to the city representative, the organizers of the movement hope that the base of the statue will become a monument for the survivors of residential schools.

A similar but virtual meeting will be held on November 15 from 4-6 pm discussing ideas for future facilities and programming at the City Park site.

Finally, there will be ten small group meetings with members and organizations of the local indigenous community from now until the end of November, facilitated by the First Group of the Peoples.

You can find information about the project and the registry to give your opinion. here.

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