Beyond Sir John: Unsettling Public Memory in Kingston, Ontario

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Laura Murray Paul Carl


This essay begins with a discussion of how provincial and municipal policy and practice in Kingston has defined “heritage” in such a way as to reinforce class and race privilege. It then offers a critical documentation of the Macdonald bicentennial in Kingston, which has not been done synthetically elsewhere. Finally, it describes some alternative plaques the authors proposed at an Indigenous Symposium on the eve of the bicentennial as a way of insisting on Indigenous presence in the city and challenging triumphalist state narratives.

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MURRAY, Laura; CARL, Paul. Beyond Sir John: Unsettling Public Memory in Kingston, Ontario. Journal of Critical Race Inquiry, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, feb. 2017. ISSN 1925-3850. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 nov. 2017.
public memory; commemoration; history; place; sir john a. macdonald; indigenous; indigenization; kingston, ontario; canada