Updated September 11, 2020
The City’s Social & Cultural Development Branch has been leading the review with support from Reconciliation Regina. The purpose of the review is to gather input on the options for response to Macdonald’s full legacy, which could include adding contextual information, interpretation, additional artwork, or relocation or removal of the statue. The process of review is also intended to increase understanding of the diverse histories and experiences of Regina residents and community members.
Since June, meetings have been held with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, curators, museums and other art collectors to understand perceptions of the art piece and to explore the City’s responsibilities as stewards of a public art collection. Indigenous elders have provided guidance on what is missing from the story of Macdonald’s legacy. The City has committed to additional engagement with other cultural groups impacted by the policies of Macdonald’s government, and with academics and other advisors in late September and into October 2020.
A progress report will be provided in the coming weeks to individuals who have registered for updates. There will be opportunity in October and November for broader input from these individuals and the general public. A complete summary of the review and next steps will come to Council for discussion in December.