Bank of Montreal ready to remove ‘Iroquois bashing’

By Giuseppe Valiante THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL- Michael Rice said growing up as a Mohawk child, he was told to be prepared to come across portrayals of Indigenous people as the “bad guys.” “We are used to being bashed as Iroquois,” the high school history teacher said in an interview. “We are like the Russians in the Cold War.” An example of Iroquois bashing, he said, is the stone marker on the facade of the Bank of Montreal building in the city’s historic Place d’Armes square, one of Montreal’s top tourist destinations. Across the street from a statue of the founder of Montreal, Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve, is an engraving dedicated to a man he killed in 1644. “Near this square afterwards named La Place d’Armes the founders…

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