First Nations leader blindsided by QEII statue, province says AMC was consulted

By Dave Baxter  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A statue of Queen Elizabeth II that was toppled on Canada Day two years ago is once again standing at the Manitoba Legislative Building, and that is not sitting well with one of this province’s most powerful First Nations leaders. `There was no consultation, prior notice, or acknowledgement from the provincial government that this would be happening, which is upsetting,” Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Grand Chief Cathy Merrick said in a media release put out just days after a bronze statue of Queen Elizabeth II was re-erected on the east side of the Manitoba Legislative Building grounds. Protesters toppled the statue on Canada Day in 2021, during a protest and demonstration held after the discovery of what is believed to be 215…

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