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City to begin community conversation on Sir John A. Macdonald's legacy

August 31, 2018 -

How does Kingston move forward on a path of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples while addressing the legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald?

Beginning Sept. 6, the City of Kingston is asking residents to express how they feel about Sir John A. Macdonald's legacy. The "Your Stories, Our Histories" public engagement opportunity will launch a 2018-2019 community discussion that will help the City reflect Kingston's deep and diverse histories in its cultural exhibitions, events and programming.

"Our goal through this engagement opportunity is to hear what people think about the whole history of Kingston, the histories that are less well known or less frequently profiled – it is an opportunity for an inclusive dialogue about how we tell our story, a dialogue that is not necessarily just about how the City should manage artifacts linked to Sir John A. Macdonald," says Jennifer Campbell, manager, cultural heritage.

The City's Civic Collection includes many artifacts that mark Sir John A. Macdonald's time in Kingston, including the statue in City Park, Engine 1095 "The Spirit of Sir John A." and the portrait in Memorial Hall.

Your Stories, Our Histories: Offer Your Input

Starting Sept. 6, you can offer your thoughts about Sir John A. Macdonald – along with your ideas and themes for building a more inclusive history of Kingston:

Your input will be used to shape plans for a number of facilitated engagements in 2019.

This engagement opportunity will help the City develop a prioritized list of interpretive themes/topics that could be used to develop specific exhibitions, installations and programs within City Hall and/or at sites across the community (City museums or other public spaces). It will also address specific themes that have been identified through previous community conversations, to better understand Kingston's inclusive history and stories that remain to be told.

Share. Participate. Engage. – GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca

About the City of Kingston

Kingston's vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston's high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

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